Moving Hearts

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Moving Hearts
Moving Hearts (1983)
Moving Hearts (1983)
General information
Genre (s) Folk rock , Irish folk
founding 1981, 2007
resolution 1985, 2009
Founding members
Dónal Lunny
Vocals , guitar , bodhrán
Christy Moore
Declan Sinnott
Keith Donald
Eoghan O'Neill
Brian Calnan
Davy Spillane
former members
Uillean pipes
Davy Spillane
Electric bass
Eoghan O'Neill
Matt Kelleghan
Noel Eccles
Anto Drennan
Kevin Glackin
Graham Henderson
Mick Hanly
Uillean pipes
Declan Masterson
Electric guitar
Greg Bolan

Moving Hearts was an Irish folk rock band formed in 1981. She combined traditional Irish folk music with elements of rock music and jazz .

Band history

The Moving Hearts were founded in 1981 by Dónal Lunny ( bouzouki , synthesizer and bodhrán ) and Christy Moore ( vocals , guitar and bodhrán). Both had previously played with the band Planxty . Other members were Declan Sinnott ( electric guitar ), Keith Donald ( saxophone ), Eoghan O'Neill ( bass guitar ), Brian Calnan ( drums , percussion ) and Davy Spillane ( uillean pipes ).

On their first two albums Moving Hearts and The Dark End of the Street, the Moving Hearts combined rock-oriented music with politically oriented lyrics, for example on the situation in Northern Ireland . The band members saw themselves as a cooperative . So all income was divided evenly, also among the helpers of the band. For the second album, Calnan was replaced by Matt Kelleghan. In 1982 Christy Moore left Moving Hearts to continue his solo career. He was replaced by singer Mick Hanly.

In addition to their studio work, the Moving Hearts played at numerous concerts and festivals, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Lorient Festival in Brittany .

The album Live Hearts was released in 1983 . They also accompanied Van Morrison on two tracks from his album A Sense of Wonder . After Mick Hanly left the group, the Moving Hearts continued their career as an instrumental band. There were also changes in other positions. In 1984 the line-up was as follows:

  • Davy Spillane (Uillean Pipes)
  • Declan Masterson (Uillean Pipes)
  • Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, synthesizer, bodhrán)
  • Keith Donald (alto saxophone)
  • Noel Eccles (percussion)
  • Matt Kelleghan (drums)
  • Eoghan O'Neill (bass guitar)
  • Greg Bolan (guitar)

In 1984 the band's last tour for the time being took place in this line-up. In 1985 the instrumental album The Storm was created . Then the Moving Hearts broke up, but gave concerts again in 1986 and 1990. In 1990 Flo McSweeney took part as a singer.

The Moving Hearts got back together in 2007 and have since played in the line-up of Dónal Lunny, Davy Spillane, Eoghan O'Neill, Keith Donald, Matt Kelleghan, Noel Eccles, Anto Drennan, Kevin Glackin ( Fiddle ) and Graham Henderson. The last concerts took place in 2016.


The Moving Hearts were the second Irish band after the Horslips to mix folk and rock music. Especially through Keith Donald's saxophone playing, the music also contained elements of jazz. Above all, the album The Storm shows a turn towards cross-genre, sprawling and powerfully presented pieces.



  • Moving Hearts (1981)
  • The Dark Side of the Street (1982)
  • Live Hearts (1983)
  • The Storm (1985)
  • The Platinum Collection ( compilation , 2007)
  • Live in Dublin (2008)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d portrait at (English), accessed on August 10, 2015
  2. a b c portrait at (English), accessed on August 10, 2015
  3. Description of the album at (English), accessed on August 10, 2015
  4. Reunion at (English), accessed on August 10, 2015