Decades without compromise

Pure gold: Irish folk legend Christy Moore
Pure gold: Irish folk legend Christy Moore

In 2007, Christy Moore was named as Ireland’s greatest living musician by RTE, the country’s national TV and radio broadcaster.

And his reputation has risen only further since then. The singer, musician and songwriter – as well as an immaculate interpreter of other people’s work – can now look back on a distinguished 50-year career.

His latest UK tour brings him to Sheffield City Hall on Sunday, October 9, when he will be joined by Declan Sinnott on guitar and Jim Higgins on percussion.

It’s a return to the venue where he played a memorable concert nine years ago, and a return to the city he remembers well from when he was learning his trade on the folk club circuit in the Sixties.

First there was the Barley Mow above the Three Cranes in Queen Street.

And at his last City Hall appearance, he recalled playing The Highcliffe Folk and Blues Club (now The Greystones), including a namecheck for the late Tony Capstick.

Arriving in London from Dublin in 1967 and moving to Manchester, Christy Moore crafted the platform for celebrated spells as frontman of the bands Planxty and Moving Hearts and then a long solo career.

At the age of 71, he has lost none of his ability to hold an audience’s attention, whether it be through traditional or contemporary material.

He is especially renowned for his powerful songs of social and political commentary.

Typically, his latest album, Lily, ranges from a title track looking back on his formative years in Kildare to a reworking of Peter Gabriel’s Wallflower, about the treatment of political prisoners in Britain in the 1980s.

Over 50 years, uncompromising and totally convincing.

n Doors 7.30pm, show starts 8pm. Tickets £29.50, visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk, call 0114 2789 789 or visit the venue box office to book.