The Olympia Theatre
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
Friday 29th January 2016
**Tickets on sale NOW**
Moving Hearts have confirmed a one-off show at The Olympia Theatre on Friday 29th January. This is the iconic Irish band’s only Irish live date.
Tickets costing from €45.50 including booking fee & €1 restoration levy on sale NOW via Ticketmaster.ie, usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide (list here) including The Olympia Theatre Box Office, and by calling Ticketmaster at The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330. Please note, there is a very small number of Upper Circle unreserved seats left right now, after which this show will be completely sold out.
The fees for this event include a €1.00 restoration levy. The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers.
Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult, Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served.
Approximate stage times as follows: doors open 7pm, support from Lisa McLaughlin around 8pm, with Moving Hearts due on stage around 9pm. Please note, times subject to change as always and should be used as a guideline only.
Moving Hearts performed live on The Late Late Show on Friday 15th January.
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 are now delighted to return to Dublin's Olympia Theatre on Friday 29 January.
The bands line-up for this special appearance 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, Jimmy Smith guitars, Liam Bradley drums, Graham Henderson keyboards and special guests Mairtin O’Connor accordion and Mick Hanly vocals.