Belfast Telegraph

Review: Christy Moore in mighty form with a new crew

By Andrew Johnston

For his latest sold-out, two-night stand at the Waterfront, Christy Moore rewarded those who come along year after year to listen to him strum and sing.

The veteran Kildare crooner brought along acclaimed accordion player Mairtin O’Connor and his backing band, and the expanded format sat well with him.

“It’s great to be back under the Black Mountain,” the 70-year-old beamed near the start of the show.

Moore gigs aren’t so much concerts as sermons, with the black-clad main man holding court from centre stage.

But the backing of O’Connor, Tyrone-born fiddler Cathal Hayden, guitarist Seamie O’Dowd and percussionist Jim Higgins made for a much more dynamic experience than usual.

Moore clearly relished the dexterous musical accompaniment provided by O’Connor’s crew, and he himself was an imposing presence both physically and vocally.

Four stars

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