Christy Moore - Folk Tale
Record Label: Columbia Music
Release Date: October 28th 2011.
Christy Moore is an Irish institution, but consequently he also has a universal fan base in folk and country music circles. He still continues to entertain on his travels and has cemented himself as an Irish icon from anymore between County Dublin and El Salvador. Interestingly earlier this year he made his first appearance at the Irish music festival Oxegen collaborating with Coldplay on inspirational hit “Ride On” to 80,000 fans to close the weekend off. The legendary musician certainly has nothing to prove anymore, but here he returns with Folk Tale a collection of eleven up to date short folk stories and tales. This record contains the usual mixture of tragedy, poetry and humour.
Opener “Tyrone Boys” jumps straight into current cultural problems with the topic of emigration making a horrific comeback to the Irish consciousness. The people who have left “the island” are championed here and the lyrics are very touching. “My Little Honda 50” has the charm of the usual Christy Moore skit. You will laugh as much as you will sing. Christy when discussing the song commented “The arrival of the Honda 50 into the Heartland of Kildare changed our world forever. Overnight the world became our cloister.” The song is in the vein of earlier hilarious hits such as “Lisdoonvarna”. Another lark comes in “Weekend in Amsterdam” in which Christy spills about spending his redundancy on some wild things in Amsterdam, “I took one pull, and hit the ground” and even details the contents of a sex shop "big dildos, blow up dolls, strap on tools, hairy balls".
This record was again produced by Declan Sinnott and is the latest result of Christy and Declan’s unique musical alliance throughout the years. Their long collaboration has gained a loyal and ever increasing following from their early days as the founding members of the pioneering band Moving Hearts. The production here allows the instrumentation to rise to the forefront with all the guitar playing intricacies clearly distinguishable. Other notable songs delivering powerful messages are “Haiti” an ode to the environmental disaster, “On Morecambe Bay” a song about the drowning of Asian cockle pickers and “God Woman” closes the record off with another hymn to Christy's innate maternal instinct (and a few laugh out loud moments).