National Concert Hall, Dublin: 9th & 10th July, 2019.
Tickets from €41.50 / €44.50 inclusive of booking fee.
Doors 7pm | Over 16’s


Moving Hearts have announced details of two performances at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on July 9th and 10th 2019.

Tickets are on sale now via the National Concert Hall box office on 01 417 0000 or online at

When Moving Hearts reformed in 2007 after an absence of 20 years their series of sold out concerts in Dublin’s’ Vicar Street were described as “Breathtaking and Powerful” One reviewer of the subsequent Rubyworks DVD said “This is one of the most spirited and mind blowing performances ever captured on film.”

When asked why the ‘Hearts’ had reformed in 2007 band member Noel Eccles described it as “Unfinished Business”, “when we last played it was as an instrumental band and we always felt we hadn’t finished exploring the possibilities of our unique line-up.” The following two years saw acclaimed concerts around the world from Celtic Connections, the Festival Hall London,  Royce Hall in UCLA and the major Festivals and Concert Halls of Europe.

“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 the varied musical influences of its members; as well as its commentary in the songs sung by Christy Moore on issues of concern in the areas of human rights and political skullduggery.

The next three years saw various personnel changes and tours around the globe, a second album Dark End of The Street and a live album recorded in London’s Dominion Theatre.

The Hearts ceased touring in the spring of 1984. “It was not the music that failed them but the difficulty of maintaining a band of that size in the rough and tumble of the (1980’s) music industry.” They regrouped in December 1984 to record ‘The Storm’; an album of new instrumental music, which for the first time blended Irish trad – folk influences with an ‘ethereal Celtic mysticism’; while simultaneously embracing world music and rock ‘n’ roll sensibilities. This proved to be a highly acclaimed genre defining album.

Moving Hearts however did not perform or record for most of two decades and watched as the world caught up with their music.

“Over the last number of years there have been many offers made to Moving Hearts to appear in concert but due to all of us having major commitments to other projects it wasn’t possible.”

In the summer of 2015 the Hearts played the inaugural Killarney Folk Festival and again in 2016 appeared at sold-out shows in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and Glasgows Celtic Connections.

The bands line-up for these special appearance at the National Concert Hall will include a stellar roster of many of Ireland’s finest musicians: Donal Lunny bouzouki , Davy Spillane uilleann pipes and low whistles, , Keith Donald sax and bass clarinet, Eoghan O’Neill bass, Noel Eccles percussion,  Anthony Drennan guitars, Liam Bradley drums, Graham Henderson keyboards and special guest Mick Hanly vocals.

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