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Moving Hearts is an Irish folk-rock band formed in 1981. They followed in the footsteps of Horslips in combining Irish traditional music with rock and roll, and also added elements of jazz to their sound.

The group was formed in 1981 when Dónal Lunny (bouzouki) and Christy Moore (vocals and bodhrán), of Planxty, wanted to explore the possibilities of linking contemporary music to Irish traditional music. They initially intended to form a trio with guitarist Declan Sinnott [1], but then expanded the group to include established Irish musicians Keith Donald (alto sax), Eoghan O’Neill (bass), and Brian Calnan (drums), and prodigious newcomer Davy Spillane (uilleann pipes).

This laid the basis for a powerful and unique Irish sound, which was coupled on the band’s first two albums, “Moving Hearts” and “The Dark End Of The Street”, with songs with explicit political engagement, especially concerned with the situation in Northern Ireland. The band was organized as a cooperative effort, with all profits and costs borne by the seven band members and three members of the road crew.

Calnan was replaced for the group’s second album by Matt Kelleghan, and, in 1982, Christy Moore left to pursue his solo career and was replaced by Mick Hanly.

Moving Hearts played many prestigious gigs including the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Bottom Line in New York and the Lorient Festival in Brittany, and the line-up with Hanly was recorded on the 1983 album “Live Hearts”. They also played on two tracks on Van Morrison’s 1983 album “A Sense of Wonder”.


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  • jonnyb25

    are you looking for expressive irish music---here you are. Great

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
  • jonnyb25

    are you looking for expressive irish music---here you are. Great

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
  • SmokinWickerman

    Just got my first CD Dark Of End Street of them, ive heard just Hiroshima, can't wait to listen and see what they've done with music, hope theirs nice Irish-Jazz Fusion :)

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • upim

    category is their best imho!

    2 May 2010 Reply

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