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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
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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: 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: King Puck

1. Before The Deluge

2. The Two Conneeleys

3. Lawless

4. Yellow Furze Woman

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: Christy Moore

1. Biko Drum

2. Natives

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

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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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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