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Christy Moore

The older brother of Irish folk-pop singer/songwriter Luka Bloom (Barry Moore), Christy Moore is one of contemporary Irish music's best singer/songwriters. The former lead vocalist and chief songwriter of Planxty and Moving Hearts, Moore helped to bring the musical traditions of Ireland up to modern standards. As a solo singer/songwriter, Moore has continued to add elements of rock and popular music to his well-crafted, tradition-based tunes and has been a major inspiration to such modern Irish artists as U2, Sinéad O'Connor, and the Pogues.

Traditional Irish music had little influence on Moore's early music. Trained in old-time pop tunes and religious music, Moore was inspired as a teenager by the rock & roll of American artists including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard. It wasn't until he had moved to London, where he heard Irish folk songs sung in Irish ghettos, that he became aware of the musical traditions of his homeland. Acquiring an acoustic guitar and Irish drum (bodhran), Moore began busking in the streets. Moore continued to attract attention with his folk-like original songs after returning to Ireland in the late '60s. Moore's debut solo album, Paddy on the Road, was released in 1969.

While recording his third album, Prosperous, in 1972, Moore assembled a band that evolved into Planxty. The group's fusion of Celtic music and high-energy rock made Planxty one of Ireland's most influential bands. With Moore singing lead in his heavily accented brogue and playing rhythm guitar and bodhran, Planxty brought together such top-ranked Irish musicians as Donal Lunny (guitar, bouzouki, bottleneck bouzouki), Liam O'Flynn (uilleann pipes, whistle), and Andy Irvine (mandolin, mouth organ). Although he left Planxty in 1974, Moore returned when the band's original lineup reunited in 1979. He remained with Planxty until 1983, when they evolved into a new band, Moving Hearts. Moore served as frontman for Moving Hearts until leaving to resume his solo career in 1985.

The excitement of a Moore concert was documented on Live in Dublin, released in 1978 and featuring accompaniment by Donal Lunny. Moore's solo recordings between 1973 and 1978 were compiled on The Folk Collection, also released in 1978. Moore's 1985 album, Ordinary Man, featured contributions from former Planxty bandmates Lunny, Irvine, and O'Flynn. The original single "They Never Came Home," about the infamous Stardust nightclub fire in Dublin that killed 48 people, was critical of the city's government. An investigation revealed the fire to be arson and Moore's charges libelous. The recording had to be temporarily withdrawn and the song was removed.

Voyage was released in 1989. It featured backing vocals by Sinéad O'Connor, Elvis Costello, and Mary Black, plus accordion by Seamus Shannon. His solo recordings between 1981 and 1991 were anthologized on The Christy Moore Collection, and a new studio effort, Smoke & Strong Whiskey, arrived in 1991. Touring and working sporadically, Moore released King Puck through Newberry in 1994 -- it was later picked up by Sony. Two dates on Grapevine followed: 1995's Live at the Point, capturing a solo performance at the Point Theater in Dublin in July 1994, and 1996's Graffiti Tongue. He finished the decade with 1999's Traveller for Sony.

Moore remained active in the 21st century. Given his vast and ever growing repertoire, he was easily able to alternate between studio and live recordings. The former included This Is the Day (2001) and the stripped-down Burning Times (2003). The latter included covers of songs by Morrissey, Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, and Joni Mitchell in its track list. A year later, Sony released the massive six-disc retrospective The Box Set 1964-2004. It featured his earliest tape-recorded performances as well rare work and favorites. In the booklet, Moore exhaustively annotated each selection. To further celebrate the artist's 40th anniversary, another Planxty reunion tour was recorded, and the audio/video package Live 2004 was released.

Live at the Point 2006 and a global reissue of Burning Times in a deluxe edition both arrived in 2006. The Moving Hearts reunited for several Irish gigs in 2007; an album entitled Live in Dublin was released a year later. On 2009's Listen, Moore delivered a stunning cover of Pink Floyd's "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," while 2011's Folk Tale revisited classic songs in new arrangements and included new material. The 2014 compilation Where I Come From featured the previously banned "They Never Came Home" among its contents. Moore spent two years gigging and recording. In the early spring of 2016, he announced via his website and Facebook page that "a new basket of songs simply titled Lily" was imminent. The album appeared in May. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Where I Come From

Disc 1

1. Where I Come From

2. Arthur's Day

3. Veronica Guerin

4. Scallcrows 2

5. Derby Day

6. Delirium Tremens

7. The Stardust Song

8. Johnny Connors

9. The Time Has Come

10. The Birmingham Six

11. St. Brendans Voyage

12. On The Mainland

13. Barrowland

14. Minds Locked Shut

15. Song For Imelda Riney

Disc 2

1. North And South Of The River

2. Welcome To The Cabaret

3. Giuseppe/ Away Ye Broken Heart (Live From Belfast)

4. The Ballad Of Ruby Walsh

5. Easter Snow

6. Viva La Quinte Brigada

7. Song For Anne Lovett

8. Riding The High Stool

9. On The Bridge

10. Casey

11. Whacker Humphries

12. Knock Airport

13. Boning Halls

14. Encore

15. Arthur's Day (Live From Whelans)

Disc 3

1. Lisdoonvarna

2. The Two Conneeleys

3. Tyrone Boys

4. Strange Ways

5. Yellow Triangle

6. The Boy From Tamlaghtduff

7. Haiti

8. Yellow Furze Woman

9. Lovely Young One

10. In Praise Of Mullaghmore

11. The Wicklow Boy (Live From Lisdoonvarna)

12. Joxer Goes To Stuttgart

13. Ballydine

14. Me And The Rose

15. Where I Come From (Live From Knocknagoshel)

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Track List: Live In Dublin 2006

Disc 1

1. Two Island Swans (Live)

2. North And South (Live)

3. So Do I (Live)

4. Hattie Carroll (Live)

5. Motherland (Live)

6. Wise And Holy Woman (Live)

7. Casey (Live)

8. The Magdalene Laundries (Live)

9. Missing You (Live)

10. Beeswing (Live)

11. Smoke And Strong Whiskey (Live)

12. America, You Are Not The World (Live)

13. Natives (Live)

14. Quiet Desperation (Live)

15. Ordinary Man (Live)

16. Ride On (Live)

17. Viva La Quinta Brigada (Live)

18. The Contender (Jack Doyle) (Live)

19. City Of Chicago (Live)

20. Victor Jara (Live)

Disc 2

1. The Two Conneeleys (Live)

2. Yellow Triangle (Live)

3. Strange Ways (Live)

4. Faithful Departed (Live)

5. Sacco & Vanzetti (Live)

6. Sonny's Dream (Live)

7. Stitch In Time (Live)

8. Veronica (Live)

9. Corina, Corina (Live)

10. Butterfly (So Much Wine) (Live)

11. Sixteen Fishermen Raving (Live)

12. Mercy (Live)

13. Cry Like A Man (Live)

14. Hiroshima Nagasaki Russian Roulette (Live)

15. Bright Blue Rose (Live)

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Track List: Burning Times

1. Sixteen Fishermen Raving

2. Motherland

3. Butterfly (So Much Wine)

4. Magic Nights In The Lobby Bar

5. America, I Love You

6. Mercy

7. Beeswing

8. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll

9. The Magdalene Laundries

10. Burning Times

11. Peace In The Valley Once Again

12. Changes

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Track List: Live At Vicar Street

1. Continental Ceilidh (Live)

2. First Time Ever (Live)

3. A Pair Of Brown Eyes (Live)

4. Biko Drum (Live)

5. Quiet Desperation (Live)

6. McIlhatton (Live)

7. January Man (Live)

8. Allende (Live)

9. Johnny Don't Go (Live)

10. Wandering Aongus (Live)

11. Lisdoonvarna (Live)

12. Ride On (Live)

13. Tribute To Noel Brazil (Live)

14. Metropolitan Avenue (Live)

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Track List: Traveller

1. Urgency Culture

2. Raggle Taggle Gypsy

3. I Loved Her

4. Tell It Unto Me

5. Rocky Road

6. Last Cold Kiss

7. Lovely Young One

8. The Sirens Voice

9. Burning Times

10. Glastonbury

11. The Well

12. What's The Story Git?

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Track List: Graffiti Tongue

1. Yellow Triangle

2. God Woman

3. Minds Locked Shut

4. Folk Tale

5. Riding The High Stool

6. Tiles And Slabs

7. Strange Ways

8. On The Mainland

9. Boning Halls

10. Miracles Of Nature

11. North And South Of The River

12. Rory Is Gone

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Track List: Christy At The Point Live

1. Welcome To The Cabaret (Live)

2. Natives (Live)

3. Fairytale Of New York (Live)

4. Delirium Tremens (Live)

5. Black Is The Colour (Live)

6. Missing You (Live)

7. Cliffs Of Dooneen (Live)

8. Well Below The Valley (Live)

9. Go, Move, Shift (Live)

10. Casey (Live)

11. Ride On (Live)

12. Knock (Live)

13. Joxer Goes To Stuttgart (Live)

14. Nancy Spain (Live)

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Track List: King Puck

1. Before The Deluge

2. The Two Conneeleys

3. Lawless

4. Yellow Furze Woman

5. Giuseppe

6. Sodom & Begorra

7. Johnny Connors

8. King Puck

9. Away Ye Broken Heart

10. Me And The Rose

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Track List: Smoke & Strong Whiskey

1. Welcome To The Cabaret

2. Fairytale Of New York

3. Scapegoats

4. Aisling

5. Burning Times

6. Smoke & Strong Whiskey

7. Whacker Humphries

8. Blackjack County Chains

9. Green Island

10. Encore

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Track List: Voyage

1. Mystic Lipstick

2. The Voyage

3. The Mad Lady And Me

4. The Deportees Club

5. The Night Visit

6. All For The Roses

7. Missing You

8. Bright Blue Rose

10. Musha, God Help Her

11. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

12. Middle Of The Island

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Track List: Christy Moore

1. Biko Drum

2. Natives

3. No Time For Love

4. Lisdoonvarna

5. Quiet Desperation

6. City Of Chicago

7. Ordinary Man

8. Ride On

9. Delirium Tremens

11. Dying Soldier

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Track List: Unfinished Revolution

1. Biko Drum

2. Natives

3. Metropolitan Avenue

7. On The Bridge

9. Derby Day

11. A Pair Of Brown Eyes

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Track List: Ride On

1. The City Of Chicago

2. Ride On

3. Viva La Quinta Brigada

4. Songs Of Wandering Aongus

5. McIlhatton

6. Lisdoonvarna

7. Among The Wicklow Hills

8. Sonny's Dream

9. The Dying Soldier

10. El Salvador

11. Back Home In Derry

12. The Least We Can Do

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Track List: The Time Has Come

3. Nancy Spain

5. All I Remember

7. Don't Forget Your Shovel

8. The Wicklow Boy

9. The Time Has Come

10. Go, Move, Shift

11. Curragh Of Kildare

12. Sacco And Vanzetti

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Track List: Folk Tale

1. Tyrone Boys

2. Folk Tale

3. My Little Honda 50

4. Easter Snow

5. Farmer Michael Hayes

6. On Morecambe Bay

7. Tiles And Slabs

8. Haiti

9. Weekend In Amsterdam

10. Ballydine

11. God Woman

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michael.houl i h a n 1
Christy is a great interpreter of songs but not much of a songwriter - his own compositions tend towards the comic, 'Lisdoonvarn a ' , 'The Knock Song etc - enjoyable but throwaway. His best moments are singing songs written by othrers....n o shame in that, Frank Sinatra did the same thing.
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Being in the presence of God , when he sings , absolutely the greatest
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downeymgp1
Great artist not many of them left
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Christy played solo at the Irish Embassy in Easton Mass, 1983, black tee shirt, I think he was still drinking. Cantankerous and took no time in chastising the audience and wait staff to be quiet. Once he got the rooms attention he memorized us all, fan and casual diner. You could hear a pin drop as he strummed and opening cord. Power and sweet voice.
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1626368661
Where is Brendan and Bluestack on Pandora?
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woodsnwater1
Christy has been an Irish treasure for years. ..one of the truly great ones.
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great vioce
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This guy is a legend! And he's singing the song of another—Bobb y Sands. RIP, Bobby. Ireland will be united one day.
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Ata boy Christy! Ledgend!
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And his voice is so peaceful to the ear.
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Wow! I realized how beautiful this song is.. (The word's just lovely)
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Great
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acarmody26
One of my all time favorite artists. The Voyage was my wedding song. Was lucky enough to see him in Galway one summer. Awesome!!
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the tune giuseppe will blow you back. everything about it is sweet. christy moore ..yes indeed
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Love Christy Moore
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kroper68
older brother of WHO?
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He's fantastic !! Such spirit !
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I'm glad Barry has finally come into his own enough to get a reviewer to lead with "The older brother of luka bloom..." when talking about a legend like Christy!

Both are great performers with completely different styles.
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sylvain.loub o u t i n
Christy Moore is also awesome on stage, I mean, not many artists can really pull that off as well as he does, and I was lucky enough to attend a couple of his gigs when I was a student in Dublin; he would also do things like dropping in on campus unannounced and improvise a gig in an empty theater...
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erikaburke
I love Christy Moore, he is my Irish husbands favorite artist. He really tells a story and makes all men every man. A rare talent who has his corner of the music world and is holding court.
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I have been looking for the name of this artist for YEARS!!! Some one gave me a copy of the song "Burning Times" but had no information about it. AWESOME!!! I love the vocals and music and lyrics... it is just beautiful!
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A strong voice with strong emotions and words. Tremendous live performer. My favorite for many years!
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Music that comes from the gut and the heart.Not to be confused with senseless love songs full of self-pity or poor-me-she- b r o k e - m y - h e a r t - a n d - m y -daddy- was- a- no-good-and- m y - m a m a - s t r u g g l e d - r a i s e the flag-country tune.
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drewewhitman
I've enjoyed this guy's work for about 15 years. What a great assortment of songs with excellent lyrics and engaging melodies and great hooks.

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