Please note online booking for this event is now closed. Tickets can be purchased at glór box office or by calling 065 6843103 up to 3pm on Friday 8 Nov. After that tickets can be purchased at the door in The Queens Hotel on Saturday night 9 Nov.
Moving Hearts play The Queens Hotel in what will surely be one of the trad gigs of the year! They exploded on to the scene in the politically charged 1980s. Now the 1980s young ones can join the next generation as they discover the myth and magic of this band.
‘Being in Moving Hearts, certainly in the first two years of its existence, was like being dragged along the street by a speeding bus,’ says Donal Lunny. Moving Hearts started playing together in Dublin’s Baggot Inn, in February 1981. That first line-up comprised Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Declan Sinnott, Eoghan O’Neill, Brian Calnan, Keith Donald and Davy Spillane. The band attracted huge attention for its blending of varied musical influences as well as its political and human rights commentary in the songs sung by Christy Moore.
The Hearts ceased touring in the spring of 1984. When Moving Hearts reformed in 2007 after an absence of over 20 years, their series of sold out concerts in Dublin’s Vicar Street were described as ‘breathtaking’ and ‘powerful’. When asked why the ‘Hearts’ had reformed in 2007 band member Noel Eccles described it as ‘unfinished business’. Many offers were made to them to appear in concert over the years but it never worked out due to band members’ conflicting commitments. In the summer of 2015 the Hearts finally played the inaugural Killarney Folk Festival. Again in 2016 they appeared at sold-out shows in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. The summer of 2019 saw a run of sold out shows in Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Cork Opera House and a performance to a capacity audience at the Court Yard at the Seamus Ennis Centre in The Naul. This will be their first appearance in Clare – with, of course, adopted Clareman and iconic piper Davy Spillane at the helm.
The band’s line-up for the special appearance at the Ennis Trad Fest will include some of Ireland’s finest musicians: Donal Lunny, Davy Spillane, Keith Donald, Eoghan O’Neill, Noel Eccles, Anthony Drennan, Liam Bradley and Graham Henderson, with special guests Michel Bonamy and Mick Hanly.