The older brother of Irish folk singer Luka Bloom, Christy Moore is Ireland’s premier singer-songwriter. The former lead-vocalist and chief song-writer of Planxty and Moving Hearts, Moore helped to bring the musical traditions of Ireland up to modern standards and he has been a major inspiration to many modern Irish artists.
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 American Rock & Roll. Moore moved to Britain in the 1960s and began busking in the streets, whilst seamlessly extending his repertoire of traditional and folk songs. After returning to Ireland later in the decade, Moore released his debut album, Paddy On The Road.
Whilst recording his album Prosperous, 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, and brought Moore together with fellow diverse and skilled musicians Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn and Andy Irvine. Although he left Planxty in 1974, Moore returned when the band’s original line-up reunited in 1979. He remained with Planxty until 1983, when it evolved into a new band, Moving Hearts; Moore served as front-man there until leaving to resume his solo career in 1985…. Read More
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