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4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
Folk Tale
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on 1 January 2012
You can always rest assured that Christy Moore will not fail to deliver on his usual high standards both in his song choice and delivery and Folk Tale is no exception. The opening song, Tyrone Boys, whilst I did not recognise it by its title, turns out to be a great reworking both in lyrics and tempo of the song entitled The Other Side which initially was released on the Unfinished Revolution album of 1987. (The political references have been altered slightly). The only verse which remains virtually untouched is the final one which deals with emigration from Ireland, a topic as relevant in today's economic climate as it was in the mid 1980s. Other songs that I would be familiar with are the closing numbers God Woman, Tiles and Slabs and the title track Folk Tale which were initially released on his 1996 album Grafitti Tongue. Farmer Michael Hayes is from the Planxty back catalogue although it is new to me. Easter Snow has previously appeared on his 1991 Collection 81 to 91. The remaining 5 tracks appear to be new. Of these the one which affects the most is On Morecambe Bay, the story of the awful fate of the Chinese cockle pickers who perished in the advancing tides at Morecambe Bay a few years ago. There are two 'novelty songs' included which are My Little Honda 50 & Weekend In Amsterdam. Whilst these grab the attention much more immediately, they are also the two that will wane quicker. This is not to diminish their worth or appeal, it is simply that after the first few listening, the jokes become a little tired. In true folk tradition, the latter (Weekend in Amsterdam) is to the tune of another folk standard. (The Craic Was 90 in The Isle of Man), but what does it matter. (Bob Dylan, whom I would regard as possibly the finest song writer of our times, had in the early 1960s particularly, used traditional and Irish folk airs for many of his songs, for example With God On Our Side which was a reworking of The Patriot Game / Ramblin Gamblin Willie to the tune of Brennan on The Moor etc etc).
If you enjoy good music, superbly delivered and with something relevant to say both socially and politically, you can always rely on Christy Moore to deliver the goods. This new release is no let down and can mix it with the best of his past releases. Yes there are a few reworked songs from past albums, (Tyrone Boys is such an extensive re-working and re writing that it could almost be regarded as a new song) but as with his last recording 'Listen' these are very much worthwhile.
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on 2 September 2012
I discovered Christy Moore totally by accident whilst playing around on you tube. I am so glad I did.
This album is a delight to listen to and a word to the wise, if you are a Hi-Fi fan this will really excite you as the production is as good as anything I have ever heard and Mr Moore appears to strum away on his guitar right in front of you whilst you rest your head in smug realisation that this is one of "those" albums, the ones you bought the equipment for.
To the music itself. The disc is an entertaining folky mix of very deep and emotive ballads like "Tyrone boys" which is a beautiful song to quite amusing and upbeat head nodders like "My little Honda 50" and is in my opinion crowned and polished by the very sad ballad and true story about the terrible incident that happened on "Morecambe bay".
I am an old punk and two tone fan, my musical loves are Ska and Reggae yet this album is constantly on in my house. I love Christie Moore's voice and I love the simplicity of the music that lets you listen in to every heart beat. Last of all I love the passion and the humour he portrays in the songs.
A masterpice and one of my top twenty albums of all time.
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on 3 November 2011
A new CD from Christy MOore is always eagerly awaited. He does not disappoint as the variety of songs is a typical Christy Moore encounter, live or on CD. Humour, anger, gentle, thought provoking. It is all here with usual superb production from Declan Sinnott who makes the voice the main event, and it really is the man at his best. If a few tunes may have been used before, who cares.
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on 16 November 2011
Time has only improved this man's voice. It is truly the sound of a country he has in his vocal chords and I'm glad to say he never disappoints. This new CD is no exception, pure Christy with nearly a dozen fine songs.

Always a man with his finger on the pulse, he continues to write and record songs about topical subjects. His big heart is always close by.
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on 27 December 2011
Another cracker from Christy, as we have come to expect over the past forty years - all hit and very little miss. The production is incredibly good, only magnifying Christy's talent - his voice has improved and matured with age.

Just to review a few of the highlights, 'Tyrone Boys' is a wonderful reflection upon the present state of the Irish nation, including references to the return of the spectre of emigration, while harking back to the Papal Visit of 1979, the death of Anne Lovett, and the murder of Aiden MacAnespie, among others. 'Folk Tale', adapted from a poem by Paula Meehan, has a beauty of its own - Christy's voice at point is enough to bring a shiver down your spine. 'My Little Honda 50' is a pleasant wee ditty, which you'll no doubt be singing away to yourself for weeks. A long awaited revisit to the old Planxty number 'Farmer Michael Hayes' is another highlight, Gerry O'Connor's banjo playing adding a lovely touch to it. My undoubted overall favourite track on the album is the final one, 'God Woman' - Christy begins his note flysheet by saying simply, 'This is how it all happened' - hopefully you'll soon see for yourself.
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on 1 July 2012
I'd probably buy anything by this man, though when it disappointed, maybe give him one more chance. Pleased to say, no sign here...as ever, a great folk record. I love this artist.
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on 10 February 2014
Great variety of music from the thought provoking emotional On Morecambe Bay to the fun My Little Honda and the witty and naughty Weekend In Amsterdam. a musical feast by Christy.
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on 5 February 2014
Another fabulous offering from Christy Moore, an extremely talented singer/song writer with stirring songs and lyrics. Never ever disappoints, and Folk Tale is another great CD
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on 24 January 2013
This cd is great. Comical, funny , unique story telling lyrics. I would recommend this cd to any one. Little Honda 50 a night in Amsterdam great songs .
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on 4 July 2013
Many thanks for the speedy delivery of the cd,well worth waiting for every song is beautiful cant wait to see him in Liverpool in october
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