Thursday, May 19, 2011
Christy Moore: "the Atlantic's seethe and swell" and the death of the Two Conneelys
So Irish balladeer Christy Moore's song Two Conneeleys, which is a haunting elegy to 2 brothers lost in the Atlantic Sea near the island of Inis Maan off the Irish coast, has a particular poignancy. Innis Maan is one of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland. It has an estimated population of 160 people and is a stronghold of traditional Irish culture.
The Two Conneelys is one of my favourite Christy Moore songs as it brings together so much of Moore's unique style. His remarkable phrasing and tone of singing, the uniqueness of his guitar picking and his haunting lyrics are all present in the song which pays tribute to the lives of two Irish brothers who drowned at sea off the coast of Inis Maan.
Christy Moore is arguably Irelands greatest contemporary singer in the Irish folk tradition. As a founder of Plantxy and Moving Hearts he revolutionized traditional Irish music by merging traditional and contemporary instrumentation. Moore continues to deliver CD's and live performances of remarkable power and beauty.
The Two Conneelys (and his tribute to Guisepe Conlon) can be found on Moore's 1994 CD King Puck.
Moore's songs have featured on the blog before (here), namely his remarkable tribute to Irishman Guiseppe Conlon, which featured in this blog piece about the death of British actor Pete Posthelwaite (who played Conlon in the Jim Sheridan film In the Name of the Father).