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Moore than just a love song

PUBLISHED: 18:36 08 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 24:  Irish Trad Singer Christy Moore performs at the Gay Byrne & Friends Fundraiser at Vicar Street March 24, 2003 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 24: Irish Trad Singer Christy Moore performs at the Gay Byrne & Friends Fundraiser at Vicar Street March 24, 2003 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Getty Images)

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by Roxanne Blakelock He walked on, sat down, picked up his guitar and started playing One Last Cold Kiss, a beautiful song about lost love. Just like every other song he sang, the Irish folk legend, Christy Moore, put his whole being int

by Roxanne Blakelock

He walked on, sat down, picked up his guitar and started playing One Last Cold Kiss, a beautiful song about lost love.

Just like every other song he sang, the Irish folk legend, Christy Moore, put his whole being into every syllable.

The Kilburn High Road and the Gaumont State (cinema) were given a mention, among many other Irish references.

Moore is a force of nature. He oozes with passion and musicality when he sings and his rapport with the audience is filled with natural humour, charm and charisma.

He was a joy to watch at the Royal Festival Hall and hurled the audience through a journey of emotions, with heartbreaking songs like The Magdalene Laundries by Joni Mitchell, about the female prisons for 'fallen' women in Ireland, to an hilarious version of the upbeat song Don't forget Your Shovel.

Declan Sinnott, Moore's quiet, modest co-musician compliments him brilliantly on stage.

They played songs from their new album, Listen, including a gorgeous version of the Pink Floyd track Shine On You Crazy Diamond, which Moore dedicated to his son, in the encore.

I wasn't sure if he would come back for an encore but after a standing ovation and rapturous applause he wondered back on and wryly stated 'Me and Declan, we feckin' love an encore!'

Moore is also an awesome Bodhran player and has a very distinctive voice as well as the ability to bring any story alive through song.

Some very dedicated fans had travelled from Pennsylvania for this concert and Moore sang a song just for them.

Another fan kept wolf whistling and Moore replied with: "I didn't know you cared. If it's fat, bald and Irish you want, I'm your man."

Moore and Sinnott are continuing with their tour around Britain and Ireland until late October this year.

roxanne.blakelock@archant.co.uk


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