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Sunday 20 April 2014

Christy Moore joins Coldplay for Oxegen finale

Christy Moore with Coldplay's Chris Martin on stage at Oxegen

The music festival came to a rousing end when local man Christy Moore came on stage with headliners Coldplay.

Coldplay surprised the Punchestown crowd at the end of their set at Oxegen last night when they invited folk legend Christy Moore on stage to perform with them.

The band played Moore's evocative 1984 Jimmy McCarthy penned Ride On with him, to the enthralled 60,000 crowd. Singer Chris Martin described Moore as a hero of the band when he brought him on stage.

Moore had posted on his website earlier in the day: "Coldplay have invited me to sing a song with them in my native place. These are the fields I roamed as a boy. Just had a rehearsal with Will, Chris, Jonny and Guy. We had such a nice time that we rehearsed the song twice! I welcome Coldplay to the Short Grass County. May their spirit and generosity stay with us as they continue on their way."

Moore who has never performed at Oxygen had played to 500 people in Lisdoonvanra the previous night.

This morning he posted:” that was a grand outing".

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