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Paul Brady performs in Tokyo in 2006.
Paul Brady performs in Tokyo in 2006. Courtesy of the Artist
- "Ride On"
- "The Well Below the Valley"
This set of Mountain Stage features four Irish singer-songwriters with different styles.
Paul Brady was a successful songwriter for Bonnie Raitt, who recorded several of his songs. Brady was once a member of Planxty, an influential Irish folk band formed in the 1970s that also included Christy Moore. This performance of "I Want You to Want Me" was recorded in August 1995.
The charming Tommy Sands, from Northern Ireland, performs "You Know What" following his humorous comparison between his homeland and New York City. In the '60s and '70s, Tommy was the main songwriter for The Sands Family, and he later became known for the song "There Were Roses."
Christy Moore of Planxty and Moving Hearts released his first solo album in 1969. He left Planxty in 1975 and continued his solo career. This performance from 1990 features his original song "Ride On," before he is joined by Mountain Stage house drummer Ammed Solomon for the traditional tune "The Well Below the Valley."
Kevin Barry Moore, who performs as Luka Bloom, is Christy Moore's younger brother. The siblings first performed together in 1969 and came to the United States in 1987. Bloom's song "Irishman in Chinatown" refers to "great pain, great suffering and great failure," while employing his distinctive acoustic guitar style.