Christy Moore @ the RFH

Christy Moore played the Royal Festival Hall last night. He launched straight into a series of songs without a break before finally pausing to say hello. A request came out of the darkness and Christy initially ignored it, before stopping and telling the audience member that he played for nine years before anyone ever requested a song so he always appreciates *every* request.

He also reminded the audience that his gigs in London back in the day were not in such auspicious surroundings, it would be a bunch of musicians in a pub in Kilburn playing all night just for the beer they could drink…

Christy did all the hits and some of his more recent stuff. When he finished he announced an extra song, ‘Victor Jara’, because he had just read something in the newspaper about Thatcher and Pinochet. Christy was always political, but when he did ‘Ordinary Man’ this evening, the theatre felt charged with electricity. It could have been written about the recent financial collapse, though Christy released the song 25-years ago.

This was a great gig, but it was all over so early. A 7.30pm start with no support act meant that we were all cast off into the night before 9.30pm…

Christy Moore @ RFH

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