We keep hearing ‘It’s an Irish summer’ with the weather we’ve been having; ’tis June 13th, but it still gets cold in the evenings. It is still technically spring, late spring, but it is still nice to have a hot soup. With all this in mind and with hoodies donned against the chill, The Public Records happily brings you the album of the week for June 10th, 2018: ‘Christy Moore’ by Christy Moor (Atlantic, 1988) from our Celtic Collection.

Christopher Andrew Moore aka Christy is a bit of a living legend. In fact, in 2007 he was awarded the title of Ireland’s greatest living musician by RTE or Raidió Teilifís Éireann (Ireland’s public broadcaster). Besides having a massive catalog of a solo career, he was also a founding member of Planxty and Moving Hearts.

While always having an interest in music, Moore began his career working in a bank. However, a long lasting bank strike in 1966 allowed him to travel to England with the other strikers, where he got the chance to explore his musical side with other traditional musicians. Needless to say, when the strike ended, Christy stayed in London and continued working on what he wanted. He supported himself by doing manual labor.

By 1972 he had a major release ‘Prosperous’ and he and the other musicians who worked with him for the album decided to form a group; Planxty was born. After a few years with them, he struck out on his own again and continues to do so. Often political with his music, he has touched on everything from The Stardust fire and anti-nuclear power to Irish republicanism. However, in the wake of the Enniskillen bombing of 1987, he withdrew his support of the military activities of the IRA.

Always his own man, Moore is also vocal about his troubles with alcohol and how it has affected his health, which has suffered from hard living and gigging on the road. The B side track ‘Delirium Tremens’ is a great example of one on these songs. Funny, light-hearted, and upbeat; it deals with an unpleasant and often debilitating issue in an introspective and lyrically realistic manner. As Bono says, “What Woody Gutherie was to America, Christy Moore is to Ireland.”

So while it is still cold and dreary, pop on downstairs for a pint and a glass. We’re thinking a Guinness and a Powers is the best way to go with Mr. Moore and the rest of the Celtic Collection.