2024 Hot Press

Live Report:  Christy Moore goes to the Opera

As part of a series of sold-out gigs that will see him on the road until October if not beyond, Christy Moore is going solo and audiences are loving it.

This was Christy Moore in his natural habitat, totally engaged with a Wexford Opera House full of fans, and his songs and stories teeming with heroes and villains.  It sure augurs well for the rest of his current tour.

Yes we had the hilarious ‘Joxer Goes to Stuttgart’ and a fabulous solo vocal version of ‘The Ballad of Ruby Walsh’, with a standing Christy trying out his best jockey moves.  But other heroes were honoured too, with Wally Page’s ‘The Biko Drum’ getting a welcome outing alongside Bobby Sands’ ‘McIlhatton’ and ‘Lyra McKee’, James Cramer’s tribute to the murdered Belfast journalist

The audience responded with vigour to Christy’s version of Martin Leahy’s fierce putdown of the cowardice of anonymous online trollers.  Leahy is the somewhat unsung hero who takes up his weekly position outside Leinster House trying to penetrate the hearts of politicians with his song ‘Everybody Should Have a Home’.

But then Christy is no fan of politicians, as you would gather from the wit and venom of ‘I Hate Politicians’ which neatly segued into ‘Don’t Forget Your Shovel’.

But there was something of a privilege in hearing for the first time Christy singing Jim Page’s brand new ‘Palestine’ which got the biggest cheer of the night.

‘North and South’ was another audience winner.  There were less politically-overt favourites too, ‘Beeswing’, ‘The Voyage’, ‘Welcome to the Cabaret’ and ‘The Time Has Come’, and two songs by younger brother Luka in ‘The City of Chicago’ and ‘I’m a Bogman’.  They were all delivered with Christy’s voice as strong and as wholesome as ever, his wit on full alert and real anger in his rhythmic guitar accompaniment whenever the song deserved it.

Walking out onto Wexford’s High Street we felt better equipped to face the ongoing depravity of the human race.¬† That’s what a close engagement with Christy Moore does to you.¬† As he said himself, he’s come a long way from The Unyoke Inn to the Opera House.

Jackie Hayden

2023 Cork Marquee Review

Christy Moore Stars at 17th Marquee outing

How does Christy Moore remember all those words, eyes closed, singing and reciting around 10,000 words in two of the most joyful hours ever in the Marquee?

Could Shakespeare recite his hit eyes closed?¬† Total recall.¬† Christy [Moore] is the Arnie [Schwarzenegger – legends don’t need surnames] of Irish folk.¬† It’s just one of his many blessed mysteries.¬† He truly has the gods in his pocket.

With thunder and lightning threatening earlier in the day, we were hoping that Christy’s show in Cork’s Marquee would enjoy a degree of calm between the storms.¬† The gods smiled.

Mercurial, magical, and never one to pull his punches when a point of principle is at stake, Christy Moore really is so much more than Ireland’s undisputed champion of acoustic folk music.

His sold-out show was a thing of beauty, but it was more than that.¬† It was a moment to reflect on the issues currently facing society, not least homelessness.¬† He’s not just shaking a fist at authorities either.¬† When Christy plays Dublin’s Vicar Street in July, the entire proceeds will go to the homeless charity Focus Ireland.

At the Marquee, his passion is evident.¬† “I saw a woman begging on the streets on my way here today, she was in an awful way,” he says.¬† “I’d like to sing this song for her.¬† It’s called ‘Lemon Sevens’, which are tablets that some people crush and smoke.”

He also played “They’re Afraid to Use Their Names’, a new song about social media trolls written by Bandon’s Martin Leahy, with Christy also urging people to visit YouTube to view ‘Everyone Needs A Home”, the protest song Martin sings outside the D√°il every week.

An RTE poll placed Christy as Ireland’s greatest living musician.¬† He’s adored in the Marquee, which he sells out every year.¬† He’s loved like a local for a good reason.¬† “This is my 17th time playing in this tent.¬† I tried to have a song ready for last year’s show, I was writing it on the way down,¬† I have it [‘The Big Marquee’] ready tonight.

Huge applause, name-checking everyone listed in the Cork phonebook, from The Two Norries, John Spillane, Ricky Lynch, and the Irish Examiner.

Christy played solo, though ‘solo’ is too small a word – he’s bigger, both in terms of performance and charm than any 15-piece band.¬† The songs are huge: ‘Ordinary Man’, ‘Delirium Tremens’, ‘Viva la Qunita Brigada’, ‘Lisdoonvarna’, ‘Ride On’, ‘Beeswing’, ‘Lingo Politico (I Hate Politicians)’, with a sprinkling of ‘Don’t Forget Your Shovel’ and ‘Sonny’ (dedicated to the late Christy Dignam).

Incredible repertoire, but his personality is even bigger than the songs.  Down these parts, he can do no wrong.  He walks on water.

Joe Dermody
Cork Examiner

 

 

2021 Irish Times Review

Christy Moore:  Flying Into Mystery
Solid Outing from Ireland’s greatest treasure

Moore revisits songs by namesake Gary and Bob Dylan alongside a few new of his own.

“It has been a very different recording process this time around,” writes Christy Moore in the liner notes.¬† “Since 1969 I have been involved in recording but never with a total absence of live performance.¬† Since March 2020, all my focus has been on this album.”¬† You would imagine that Moore might have basked in the socially enforced leisure time, but a restless spirit is a restless spirit, and so he did what every other musician does as downtime looms – forget about relaxing, pick up a guitar and write songs.

As is usual for Moore, however, Flying Into Mystery revisits the work of other songwriters as well as throwing some of his own into the pot.¬† He is as astute a curator and collector as he is an original songwriter, and the crux of the album lies primarily in two songs, cover versions that Moore effortlessly makes his own.¬† The opening track, Johnny Boy, was written in the 1980’s by a different Moore (Gary), as a tribute to his friend, Phil Lynott.¬† It connects thematically with the closing track, I Pity the Poor Immigrant, written in the 1960’s by Bob Dylan.

The filling in the sandwich includes revisions of songs not only from his back catalogue but also known songwriters.¬† This isn’t Moore by numbers, however, rather another solid outing from (not that he would ever think of himself as such) Ireland’s greatest living national treasure.

Tony Clayton-Lea

2022 UNCUT Review

Christy Moore
Flying Into Mystery
Legendary Irish veteran still hitting the mark

As someone who has always road-tested his material before recording it, Moore faced a new challenge during lockdown: for the first time in a career lasting 50 years he was forced to make a studio album without having first developed the songs in front of an audience.¬† He’s responded bravely with a mature set of exquisitely crafted ballads, his simple guitar picking burnished with elegant piano-and-strings arrangements.¬† From his stirring climate change protest on ‘Clock Winds Down’ (“The ice caps melt, the Amazon burns, the grid goes down) to his deathless take on Dylan’s ‘I Pity the poor Immigrant’, the results are both masterful and moving.

Nigel Williamson

2022 RnR Magazine Review

Christy Moore
****
Flying Into Mystery

Bookended by ‘Johnny Boy’, Gary Moore’s heartfelt tribute to Phil Lynott, and Bob Dylan’s ‘I Pity the Poor Immigrant’, Flying Into Mystery is everything you’d expect from the esteemed son of County Kildare: well chosen contemporary songs, a smattering of trad.arr. and a few originals with the usual mix of politics, romance, humour and social commentary.

Right from the start Christy Moore’s unparalleled skills as a storyteller draw the listener in, whether he’s putting his own spin on traditional songs ‘Van Diemen’s Land’ and ‘Myra’s Caboose’ (aka ‘The Gander’) or taking contemporary songs, including Mick Hanly’s ‘All I Remember’ and Lynch’s ‘December 1942’, and making them his own thanks to a warm vocal performance that belies his seventy-six years.

Politically, Moore is bang on the money once again with ‘Clock Winds Down’, Jim Page’s timely and powerful reflection/reaction to the climate crisis but, as ever, he doesn’t dwell on the negative, tempering the doom and gloom with the humour of ‘Bord Na Mona Man’, his own homage to the ubiquitous Irish peat company.

Closing with ‘Zozimus & Zimmerman’, an autobiographical tale of watching Bob Dylan perform, Flying Into Mystery is yet another glorious release from a true master of his art.

Dave Haslam

Chat with Ronan Collins

Dear Listeners,

In case you missed it, here is a link to my recent chat with Ronan Collins:

Ronan Collins Collection

Christy at Vicar Street 2023-2024

Dear Listeners,

Tickets for the annual run of shows in Vicar St.are on sale now.

 

November 22, 26, 29, 2023

December 4, 11, 29, 2023

January 2, 7, 11, 16, 19, 2024

Further details  here on the gig page

Such a profound loss. Our Warrior Woman РFearless yet fragile. May Sinéad Rest in Peace

Cork Examiner Review June 19th

 

Gig to Benefit People Experiencing Homelessness

Dear Listeners,

On Monday 10th July Christy will perform at Vicar Street with all proceeds going to Focus Ireland, founded by Sr Stan.

Focus Ireland is a national voluntary organisation that aims to advance the rights of people in homelessness, and works to prevent, alleviate and eliminate homelessness in Ireland.

The gig is now SOLD OUT, but if you want to contribute to this effort, you can make a donation on focusireland.ie and select Christy Moore Concert as the reason you are donating.

 See Christy speaking about Homelessness Here

Further details  here on the gig page

Four New Shows Announced

Dear Listeners,

We have announced four new Autumn shows.

On Sale Tues May 16th @ 1pm
Cork Opera House Nov 6th, 2023

 

On Sale Thurs. May 18th @ 10am
Waterfront, Belfast Oct 17th, 2023;
Armagh City Hotel Oct 19th, 2023;
Carrckdale Hotel, Dundalk November 19th, 2023

Further details  here on the gig page

Castlebar – Oct 28th, 2023 on sale

Dear Listeners,

We have the following date on sale for 2023

Royal Theatre Castlebar Oct 28th, 2023

Further details  here on the gig page

New Date announced for Limerick May 19th

Dear Listeners,

We have the following dates on sale for 2023

University Concert Hall Limerick May 19th,
TLT Drogheda July 5th
Theatre Royal Waterford July 19th and 21st
Great Northern Bundoran September 26th

Further details  here on the gig page

A few remaining dates still on sale

Dear Listeners,

University Concert Hall Limerick May 4th,
Castlecourt Hotel Westport May 24th
Cork Live at the Marquee June 17th,
Slieve Russell Cavan June 23rd
INEC Killarney June 30th,
TLT Drogheda July 5th
Theatre Royal Waterford July 19th and 21st
Great Northern Bundoran September 26th

Further details  here on the gig page

A few remaining dates still on sale

Dear Listeners,

University Concert Hall Limerick May 4th,
Radisson Hotel Sligo May 11th,
Castlecourt Hotel Westport May 24th
Cork Live at the Marquee June 17th,
Slieve Russell Cavan June 23rd
INEC Killarney June 30th,
TLT Drogheda July 5th
Theatre Royal Waterford July 19th and 21st
Great Northern Bundoran September 26th

Further details  here on the gig page

ALL VICAR STREET SHOWS SOLD OUT

EXTRA AND FINAL VICAR STREET SHOW ADDED JAN 17TH

Christy Moore
Extra and final Vicar Street Show date added
17 January 2023 
 Extra date on sale at 3pm today Friday Sept 30th

We are today announcing an extra and final date at Dublin‚Äôs Vicar Street ‚Äď 17 January 2023. This means that Christy will play 13 dates at Vicar Street spread across November, December and January.

Pre Sale link to Vicar Street shows

Dear Listeners,

There have been posts to the website asking about how to get notice of pre-sale.

The Artist Pre Sale link to Vicar Street shows is scheduled to be delivered on Monday Sept. 26th to all valid email addresses registered with the current newsletter.

Artist Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday September 27th via link received by email.

Tickets On Sale to General Public  Thursday 29th September at 9.00am

Vicar Street

Nov 23 & 29 2022

Dec 5, 7, 12, 14 & 18 2022

Jan 2, 4, 9, 11, 15 2023

CHRISTY ANNOUNCES 12 NIGHTS IN VICAR STREET

Dear Listeners,

I am happy to announce we are planning 12 shows in Vicar Street starting in November.  Hope to see you along the way.

 

Tickets On Sale   Thursday 29th September at 9.00am

Nov 23 & 29 2022                 Dec 5, 7, 12, 14 & 18 2022               Jan 2, 4, 9, 11, 15 2023

Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm

Further details  here on the gig page

CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF CORK LIFE CENTRE

Dear Listeners,

I’m very pleased to tell you that in Tribute to Don O’Leary, I will be playing a concert at the Cork Opera House on Sunday Nov 6th in support of Cork Life Centre.¬† Tickets go on sale Thursday September 15th.

All Proceeds to Cork Life Centre. Cork Life Centre

Further details  here on the gig page

 

The Cork Life Centre is an alternative education project for young people who cannot access their education in the mainstream secondary school system.  www.corklifecentre.org

2nd Carrickdale Hotel Show announced for November 18th.

Dear Listeners,

First show gone, but we now have a second show scheduled for November 18th.

Tickets on sale Monday  July 25th.

Further details  here on the gig page

CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF WOMEN’S AID

Christy Moore announces concert in support of

WOMEN’S AID

Vicar Street, 11th July 2022

Tickets on sale this Monday 23rd May at 9am

Christy Moore today announced that he will perform a special concert at Vicar Street on 11th July in support of Women’s Aid.

Women’s Aid has been working to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974. As a leading support service, their ethos is based on listening to and believing women, and giving them the support they need to escape and recover from abuse. In addition to this, through advocacy, representation and policy reform they seek to create an Ireland where domestic violence is not tolerated. Women’s Aid will remain at the forefront of this endeavour, supporting women and advocating for change, until Ireland is free from domestic violence against women and children.

Tickets for this special concert, priced at 50 euro, go on sale this Monday 23rd May at 9am from Ticketmaster.ie

For more on Women’s Aid go to www.womensaid.ie

Change of Venue for July Show

Dear Listeners,
We have had to change the venue for our July 20th show. It is now scheduled to take place at the Mullingar Park Hotel on the same date – July 20, 2022. All previously purchased tickets remain valid.
Please accept our apology for any inconvenience caused.
Further details  here on the gig page

Spring and Summer Calendar

Dear Listeners,

There are still tickets available for:

Thurs May 26th – Limerick Concert Hall

Sat June 11th – Tullamore Cout Hotel

Fri June 17th – Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan

Fri July 15th – National Opera House, Wexford

Hope to see you soon.

Further details  here on the gig page

Killarney Show Rescheduled to April 23rd.

Dear Listeners,

Unfortunately I have tested positive for Covid-19 and will have to reschedule this weekend’s gig in the Gleneagle INEC Arena. The show will now take place on Saturday April 23rd. All previously purchased tickets remain valid for this new date. I am feeling well and I thank you for your continued support. Looking forward to seeing you all in Killarney on April 23rd.

Christy

Further details  here on the gig page

VICAR ST CONCERT IN AID OF IRISH RED CROSS UKRAINE APPEAL

Dear Listeners,

Please join us in Vicar St. for a Benefit Concert on April 11th at 8pm.

CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF IRISH RED CROSS UKRAINE APPEAL

11th April 2022 @ 8pm

Vicar Street, Dublin. Fully Seated.

Tickets ‚ā¨ 50 on sale Wednesday 16th March at 9am

ALL PROCEEDS TO THE IRISH RED CROSS TO ASSIST IN THEIR WORK

The Irish public have been so generous up to now in supporting the Irish Red Cross in their humanitarian work for the refugees and those who continue to live in Ukraine during the ongoing crisis. Even if you cannot attend the concert, you can donate on the Irish Red Cross website (www.redcross.ie) or on Revolut. All funds received will go directly to Red Cross partners in Ukraine and neighbouring countries to assist them in their humanitarian efforts, to repair vital infrastructure, support health facilities, reconnect families separated by conflict and provide life-saving food and hygiene items as well as shelter given the cold and snow on the ground.

Further details  here on the gig page

Another Few Dates To Tell You About

Dear Listeners,

Happy to announce a few new shows for your diary.

Carlow on April 8th

Sligo on April 27th

Two Kilkenny shows on May 19th and 21st

Naas on June 2nd

Cavan June 17th

And a second Galway show on Sept 2nd.

Hope to see you at one of them.

Further details  here on the gig page

More Shows Added to the Calendar

Dear Listeners,

We have added shows in the National Concert Hall, Dublin;  University Concert Hall, Limerick;  Wexford Opera House;  Leisureland, Galway.

Further details  here on the gig page

MORE GOOD NEWS!

Dear Listeners,

We have added shows in Waterford, Drogheda, Mullingar, Killarney, Athlone and Limerick.

Further details  here on the gig page

Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire Shows Announced

Dear Listeners,

We are delighted to tell you that we now have 4 shows on sale for the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire Feb 15, 17, 22, and 25.

Further details  here on the gig page

 

FURTHER CHANGES TO JANUARY SHOWS

Christy Moore

Vicar Street  

Following the most recent announcement of new Government guidelines re Covid-19 measures, Aiken Promotions announce a change to performance time for Christy Moore’s upcoming concerts at Vicar St. on  3rd & 9th January.

Doors will now be open at 5pm, with show time at 6pm sharp.

 

Announcement regarding the 11th and 17th of January shows.

In line with the most recent Government guidelines re Covid-19 measures, Aiken Promotions announce  the sold out shows at Vicar St. on  the 11th & 17th January are cancelled with all tickets refunded.

A new  limited capacity show will go on sale this morning at 10am, Dec 22nd.  Show time 6pm sharp, doors at 5pm.

Please note original tickets will not be valid at the rescheduled shows.

Upcoming Vicar Street Shows

Christy Moore

Vicar Street  

Following the announcement of the new Government guidelines re Covid-19 measures, Aiken Promotions today announced that Christy Moore‚Äôs upcoming concerts at Vicar Street on 8th, 14th, 16th December and 3rd & 9th January will be cancelled, all customers will be refunded for their tickets for these shows.

Tonight‚Äôs show (6th December) will go ahead as planned.

Reduced capacity (50%) shows for the dates listed below will go on sale Tuesday 7th December at 9am. Please note original tickets will NOT be valid for these new shows

Monday December 6th ‚Äď will go ahead as planned 

December 8th ‚Äď cancelled ‚Äď No show on this date

December 14th ‚Äď cancelled                      reduced capacity show goes on sale Tuesday 7th December at 9am

December 16th ‚Äď cancelled                     reduced capacity show goes on sale Tuesday 7th December at 9am

January 3rd ‚Äď cancelled                            reduced capacity show goes on sale Tuesday 7th December at 9am

January 9th ‚Äď cancelled                            reduced capacity show goes on sale Tuesday 7th December at 9am

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday 7th December  at 9am from ticketmaster.ie.

https://christymoore.com

 For more concert information see www.aikenpromotions.com

2021 Hotpress Review

Christy Moore
Flying Into Mystery

Christy Moore once described himself as “a bringer of news” – and he’s never shirked from reminding us where we’re really at.¬† Sadly, the news hasn’t got much better recently.

As a result, there’s a generally wistful, sometimes downbeat feel, to much of Flying into Mystery¬†the cumulative effect of which is to confront us with the increasingly fraught issues of the day.

Name-checking Greta Thunberg, ‘Clock Winds Down’, written by Jim Page – who wrote the Moving Hearts classic ‘Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Russian Roulette’ – is a powerful, apocalyptic summary of the global mess we’ve made with our unremitting greed and indifference.

With climate change constantly in the air, several other songs come with the smell of the countryside off them.¬† There is a reverence for the wonders of nature too, not least on a fine rendition of Gary Moore’s ‘Johnny Boy’.¬† In the same vein, the title-track (written by Tony Boylan and Wally Page), the Tuohy-Connaughton song ‘Gasun’ and Christy’s own take on ‘Myra’s Caboose’ all hit the mark.

Ricky Lynch’s ‘December 1942’ is a chilling tale of the Holocaust, and Christy’s cover of Dylan’s ‘I Pity the Poor Immigrant’ could hardly be more relevant, with its forlorn, trademark Moore vocal.¬† The Bard of Hibbing crops up again in ‘Zozimus and Zimmerman’, which applies a ‘Lisdoonvarna’-style to a vivid portrait of a Dylan gig in Dublin that makes you wish you were there.

Christy’s voice is sturdily expressive throughout.¬† And he still has that unerring instinct for a telling song.¬† A Christy Moore album is never less than provocative.¬† But this one is more than that.¬† We want this album.¬† But we surely need it even more.¬† Flying Into Mystery is a great record – and a genuine contender for Album of the Year.

Jackie Hayden

 

Further Shows Cancelled

Dear Listeners,

Sadly, we have had to cancel all of our shows through July 2020.

The only show rescheduled at this time is Live at the Marquee in Cork, for Saturday June 26, 2021.

Hopefully we will see you all again when things get back to normal.  Stay safe everyone.  Let the music keep your spirits high.

Christy

 

 

Christy expands list of cancelled shows to include Kilkenny, Killarney, Portlaoise, Leitrim, Letterkenny and Westport.

Dear Listeners,

We are expanding our list of cancelled shows to include Kilkenny‚ÄďLyrath Estate Hotel; ¬†Killarney‚ÄďINEC;¬† Portlaoise‚ÄďMidlands Park Hotel;¬† Leitrim-Lough Rynn Castle Hotel;¬† Letterkenny-Clanree Hotel;¬† Westport‚ÄďCastlecourt Hotel.

At this stage, we are unprepared to reschedule the shows and suggest our Guests seek refunds from point of purchase.

I wish everyone a safe passage through this difficult time.

Christy