Personnel: Christy Moore (vocals, guitar); Jimmy Faulkner (guitar & slide guitar); Donal Lunny (guitar, bouzouki, background vocals).
Irish singer/songwriter Christy Moore achieved a good deal of popularity in the UK, both as a solo artist and as a leader of the bands Planxty and Moving Hearts. This live date finds Moore playing with a trio that includes bouzouki and guitar player Donal Lunny (also of Planxty and Moving Hearts), as well as Jimmy Faulkner on lead and slide guitars. Though well-known for his fusion of traditional Irish music and more contemporary rock and pop sounds, Moore works firmly in the Celtic folk idiom on LIVE IN DUBLIN, singing narrative songs of struggle to music that recalls his native land's ballads and reels.
"The Boys of Barr Na Sraide," for example, tells of historical battles with the Saxons, while the melancholic "Clyde's Bonnie Banks" is the tragic story of a mine explosion as told by "a fair maiden." The Woody Guthrie tune "Pretty Boy Floyd" (some listeners might know the Byrds' version on SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO) is an interesting exception in the otherwise Irish-oriented program. Moore's accent is a fine vocal asset, allowing him to chew and clip phrases to excellent effect, and Lunny and Faulkner's lush string accompaniment is a perfect backdrop for Moore's plaintive melodies.