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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, Sinead 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 original, folk-like songs after returning to Ireland in the late 1960s. 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 it 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 Moore's concerts has been documented on two albums. Live In Dublin, released in 1978, featured accompaniment by Donal Lunny. Live at the Point, released in 1995, captures a solo performance at the Point Theater in Dublin in July 1994. Moore's solo recordings between 1973 and 1978, were compiled on The Folk Collection, released in 1978. His solo recordings between 1981 and 1991 were anthologized on The Christy Moore Collection, released in 1991. Moore's 1985 album Voyage featured backing vocals by Sinead O'Connor, Elvis Costello and Mary Black, plus accordion player Shamus Shannon. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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woodsnwater1
Christy has been an Irish treasure for years. ..one of the truly great ones.
great vioce
This guy is a legend! And he's singing the song of another—Bobb y Sands. RIP, Bobby. Ireland will be united one day.
Ata boy Christy! Ledgend!
And his voice is so peaceful to the ear.
Wow! I realized how beautiful this song is.. (The word's just lovely)
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!!
the tune giuseppe will blow you back. everything about it is sweet. christy moore ..yes indeed
Love Christy Moore
kroper68
older brother of WHO?
He's fantastic !! Such spirit !
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.
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...
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.
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!
A strong voice with strong emotions and words. Tremendous live performer. My favorite for many years!
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.
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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