Moving Hearts - Live in Dublin (4 stars)

Moving Hearts - Live in Dublin



Reunions can often be disappointing affairs, but the occasional return to action of this mighty Irish band have been notable exceptions. This album was recorded on home ground last year, and if their pioneering fusion of folk with jazz and rock influences is now a given, their compelling music has lost none of its majestic energy, as their gigs in Glasgow and Inverness in January confirmed.

Live in Dublin captures them in glorious flow in the instrumental-only mode of their final classic recording, The Storm, which was actually recorded after they disbanded in 1984. All of that seminal album is featured here, including the tune sets ‘The Lark’, ‘The Titanic’ and ‘The Storm’, and Donal Lunny’s hauntingly beautiful slow air ‘Tribute to Peardar O’Donnell’.

The line-up is a strong one, and includes key personnel like Lunny on bouzouki, Uillean piper Davy Spillane and saxophonist Keith Donald.

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