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The Kildare Boy; The Christy Moore Story
Selected as the Best Irish Male singer at the Meteor Awards 2010, CHRISTY MOORE first emerged as a performer towards the end of the 1960s. Since then, he has become one of the most distinctive and influential voices in Irish music. A magnetic performer, his work variously with Planxty, Moving Hearts and as a solo artist, has been widely acclaimed and he is regarded among his international peers as one of the pre-eminent folk singers.
Niall Stokes, 10 Mar 2010
5. (A young girl of five or six): Hi, my name is Caitlin Gainey. I was wondering – can I have a hug?
6. My name’s Neil George, I’m a songwriter. Is there something happening that the rest of us don’t know about? Are there really protest songs out there?
Of course there are, but you have to go out and look for them. Even our progressive jocks won’t play them for you. I think most people are too lazy and just rely on the national media or national airwaves. You have to scratch under the surface. Yeah, its happening alright Neil, we but we have to get off our arses and go out looking for the good stuff.
7. (A man in his teens): I’ve played your music for my friends, and they say it’s brilliant and love it, but they’ve never heard it before. Have you considered putting it more to the younger generation, so your music doesn’t die out?
I have to say, I’m constantly amazed by the number of younger people coming to hear me play. People of your own age are coming in large numbers to the gigs, so I’ll consider what you’re saying, but as far as I’m concerned, my music is as available to young people as it’s going to be. And lots of them seem to be accessing it. So don’t worry about it.
8. How would you like people to remember you?
By singing the songs. The greatest accolade must be when the songs are still being sung when the writer is long forgotten. It’s a vague concept but one that appeals to me. People singing ‘Viva La Quinte Brigada’ who have never heard of Christy Moore.
9. What are your favourite songs that you’ve written, the ones that have meant the most to you?
At this moment probably ‘Yellow Furze Woman’ – that’s a song I like to sing. There’s a song called ‘Pink Triangle’. ‘Strange Ways’. And there is a song I do occasionally called ‘The Other Side’ (aka Tyrone Boys). There’s four that I can think of.
10. What’s your view on the radio stations where so many Irish folk artists struggle to get airplay?
I think they are pathetic. They’ve no minds of their own. They just mindlessly follow global patterns and all play the same old fuckin’ shite, they have no sense of adventure. When did we last hear of mainstream radio or TV discovering quality? Other Voices is the exception but I gather they are struggling to survive in the face of apathy from the National Networks, who seem to have endless enthusiasm for so-called reality TV...