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Saturday 19 April 2014

Christy set to land in Knock

July dates for singer

n Knocknagoshel bound: Christy Moore pictured on the cover of his 1975 released 'What Ever Tickles Your Fancy' LP. Photo by Tom Collins.

He has written songs about many aspects of Irish life and history. He wrote one about an airport up in Knock.

Christy Moore will arrive in Knock in July in a bus - in all probability. 'Knock', you understand, is Knocknagoshelese for, well, Knocknagoshel.

The great man himself has been lured to the high and lovely village by a friend who has roots there.

Mairead Brosnan sent a note at the weekend to let us all know that tickets will go on sale at the community centre in the village on Monday evening, May 20 from 7pm to 9pm. They will also be on sale at the River Island Hotel in Castleisland at around the same time.

"It will be Christy Moore's third time in less than twelve months to perform in Kerry. In August 2012 he played a sell-out gig in The Hillgrove Hotel in Dingle, on Good Friday night he sold out the INEC and on the 12th & 13th July he will finish the first part of his 2013 season with two gigs in the Community Centre in Knocknagoshel," said Mairead.

It seems his promoter called to the community centre in Knocknagoshel at Easter time and was pleased with the facilities there. Then, Christy's manager called there in April and just last week the two gigs have been confirmed and tickets and posters are currently being printed.

Christy Moore has been associated with folk music in Ireland since the 1960s. He was 'instrumental' in the formation of the band Planxty in the early 1970s and who can forget hearing the ground-breaking 'Cliffs of Dooneen' for the first time.

He worked solo and with Moving Hearts throughout the 80s and 90s. He has being performing with Declan Sinnott since 2001.

He has produced over 40 albums and received many awards. His repertoire has songs of fun and michief making as well as more serious songs involving social commentary ranging from the Hunger Strikes to the shooting of Veronica Guerin and the effect of unemployment and drugs on communities.

Kerry has always been a favourite destination for Christy and for many years he had a summer residency in the Gleneagle in Killarney and he recorded one of his most popular songs and albums 'Ride On' in Muckross in 1984.

Many songs reflect this fondness for the county and its people. He recorded 'Don't Forget Your Shovel' by the late Tralee native Christie Hennessy. He penned the unforgettable tribute to our great navigator with St. Brendan's Voyage. It'll make a hell of a couple of nights in Knock. There'll be a right scramble to land a ticket there.

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