Christy Moore is one of Irelands superstars!!!
Watch a music playlist – 100 tunes, click here… It starts with LISDONVARNA…
“Here we are in the county Clare, tis a long long way from here to there… If its music you want, you should come to Clare…”
Recent articles in the Irish Times: ‘How many gigs are left? Is it 10, 100 or 1,000?’
Below are a couple of choice vids and interviews. Enjoy
#christymoore trended on twitter last week becuase he appeared on the late late show friday night, recording isnt up yet, but heres a super appearance from 2011…
part 3 , finishing with “The balled of ruby walsh”
Think this has to be the only “music video” made by christy, a video for that old christy hennessy song; dont forget your shovel:
christy here sings an ol rebel tune, the galtee mountain boy… for some time, he was in trouble due to his republican support, his H blocks album was banned, he was followed by the special branch… 80’s Ireland was quiet a different place… anyway heres a lovely tune from tipperary
Christy doesnt drink now, but in the old days he drank whatever was in sight, as the photo above captures well, aswell as consuming nearly anything there was to consume… his autobiography “One Voice: My Life in Song” (click on link, to have a good gawk inside…) captures very well that side of things, as does the song “i like the way pierce turner sings” on his red disc on the box set… talking about his sleepless coke filled days…. anyway here is a cracking tune which captures the madness of the booze world… the old johhny jump up…
I think this is Christys first appearance on the late late show, but not full sure of that, with Planxty back in about 1972… have to love the chops on him then, when he outs with the bodhran and lets rip…
a cracking tune
And lastly; yet another gem: Raggle Taggle Gypsy: Planxty Staidiam Náisiúnta, Baile Átha Cliath 1973
And he didnt forget those brave Irishmen who left Ireland to fight with the Spanish people during that sad sad tragic affair the Spanish civil war, the International brigades. And as he sings “The bishop in Maynooth gave the call to support the nazis“, the vid is complete with images from that sad part in Irelands history: Viva la quinta brigada
“Ill say one thing about (Margeret) Thatcher… There was some terrific songs written during her reign”… This is part of the opening to this live version of the “ballad of and ordinary man”, which he learned in the early 80’s over in Grimsby. Christy was no fan of the ex British prime minister, on the box set there is plenty commentry about her and the destruction she left in her wake.
Barrowlands in Glasgow is Christys favourite venue… and when you see the crowd singing “Viva la Quinta Brigada” with him you know why. Here he is singing that great tune “Before the Deluge”… “Some of them were dreamers…” its that great tune with that great line: SO LET THE MUSIC KEEP YOUR SPIRITS HIGH
He has changed over the years, physically (especially with the supping), mentally, politicallay, spiritually… His story, perhaps, runs on a parallel trajectory of the history of Ireland… Ride On Christy boy, thanks.
SO LET THE MUSIC KEEP YOUR SPIRITS HIGH