North & South
North & South bring together Pat Shortall and myself to share our love of Irish music and more. With over 30 years of combined playing between us we have a unique insight in to the music of the working men and women of ireland as Pat calls it "Black pudding music, a mix of everything". We love to sing and play the music we grew up with and most importantly have "a bit of craic". Irish music is not about being on a stage and playing a few tunes for an audience, it's collective and collaborative, the performer and audience are one, sharing the music with each other. So we hope to see you out soon and having you join in, singing, clapping and maybe even a step or two wouldn't go amiss.
Christy Moore Tribute:
Having always loved Christy's music and enjoyed performing many of his songs I have, after much cajoling from my friends, put together a Christy Moore tribute show called "Moore Christy! Based loosely on his highly acclaimed and much loved 1994 album "Live at the point" I try to capture the energy, emotion, and power of Christy live.
"In the fall of 1994 Christy announced a 2 night gig at the Point Depot in the heart of Dublin's dockland. The shows sold out so quickly that more were soon added and eventually 12 nights were booked and over 50,000 people got to participate in one of Ireland's great live performances. And so came one of Ireland's best selling folk CDs, this album remains as a testament to his extraordinary gift for entertaining audiences.
Christy has always been the sort of artist who records albums in support of his live act, not the other way around. A lot of his songs are written with an audience in mind, as was the opening "Welcome to the Cabaret," heard here in a smoldering rendition that makes the 1990 studio recording seem tepid in contrast all the way through to the final song "Nancy Spain" Christy holds his audience in the palm of his hand.There is an energy, a joie de vivre to this recording that is sometimes missing from Christy's studio albums. It captures one of the greatest talents in Irish folk at peak form - enjoy." (Evan Cater, All Music Guide)
So keep your eyes open for details and gigs dates for the new show.