Irish music legend Christy Moore will be kicking off 2015 with a very special and rare performance at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Friday, January 2.
Christy will be joined onstage by four top class musicians Máirtín O’Connor (accordion ), Cathal Hayden (fiddle/banjo ), Seamie O’Dowd (guitar ), and Jimi Higgins (percussion ).
Anyone who has caught the band performing with Christy at select shows over the last year, including Live at the Marquee, and The Iveagh Gardens, will testify what a special performance this is.
From Glór Theatre in Ennis, journalist Gerry Quinn wrote a rave review in the Irish Examiner, emphasising both the subtlety and the dynamism of Christy’s onstage companions.
“Christy opened the show on his own with a trio of songs… then allowed the ensemble to flex their muscles behind the Kildare man’s heartfelt vocals and perform a memorable evening of song that utilised an extensive back catalogue,” said Quinn.
“Firm favourites like Jimmy McCarthy’s ‘Ride On’, Moore’s own ‘Delirium Tremens’ and ‘Lisdoonvarna’ were speckled among an engaging and eclectic set. ‘The Ballad of the Faithful Departed’ was performed in tribute to its writer, Philip Chevron, of The Pogues, who died recently, and the segueing of the song ‘McElhatton’ into the jig ‘Larry the Beer Drinker’ evoked memories of early Planxty in their hey-day.”
Tickets for the show, priced from €39.50 to €44.50 (may be a perfect Christmas present ) are available now from the Royal Theatre at the box office on the Westport Road; by phone on (094 ) 902311 or 0818 300 000; and from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.