Monday, August 18, 2008

now playing: Moving Hearts: Live in Dublin

Moving Hearts
Live in Dublin

Moving Hearts was a band way ahead if its time when seven musicians first got together in Dublin in 1981. Guitar, bouzouki, synthesizer, bodhran, uilleann pipes, , whistle, fiddles, saxophones, a few more instruments, a lot of outspoken social conscience in Christy Moore’s vocals and interests in music that melded jazz, funk, folk, pop, and rock. As musicians came and went they eventually evolved into an all instrumental group, and then disbanded.

You wouldn’t think so, though, to hear this recording, made during a show at Vicar Street in Dublin last winter. They got together, because, as percussionist Noel Eccles says, they felt there was more to explore and some unfinished business in searching out their instrumental sound. Donal Lunny on bouzouki and synth, Eoghan O’Neill on bass, Eccles himself on percussion, Davey Spillane on pipes and low whistle, and Keith Donald on saxophones were part of the group twenty years ago, along with Brian Calnan on percusion and drums and Declan Sinnot on guitar. For this recording, they’ve added Kevin Glackin on fiddle, Anto Drennan on electric guitar, Graham Henderson on keyboards, and Matt Kelleghan on drums to create what turns out to be a mostly blistering, high energy set with a breath or two of reflection now and again. Standout cuts include The Lark Set, Downtown, Lake of Shadows, and May Morning Dew.

Many of these men, before and after their time with Moving Hearts, have been major creative actors in the world of not just Irish music, but music of the world. If you like a little jazz, a lot of energy, and some amazing musicianship with your Irish music, try this out. There’s a direct line of that energy and creativity to present day groups such as Salsa Celtica, Celtic Cross, Session A9, and Fiddler’s Bid.

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