Irish folk legend Christy Moore spent an afternoon with us back in September 2015 where he explored his links to the city and treated staff at Museum of Free Derry to an intimate performance.
Christy Moore is no stranger to the city, having forged a strong relationship with Derry over the decades through numerous concerts and personal visits. On a cold Wednesday afternoon, he visited the Museum of Free Derry’s temporary premises on Shipquay Street while filming a new documentary on the inspiration behind his music for a new television documentary.
Education Officer and veteran campaigner John Kelly accompanied Christy on a tour of the museum’s temporary exhibition and they discussed plans for the current £2 million redevelopment of the museum’s base in the Bogside’s Glenfada Park.
A handful of staff, relatives and Bloody Sunday Trust board members hosted the visit, and they were later invited to sit and listen as Christy then took up his guitar to sing the hugely emotive ‘Minds Locked Shut’, inspired by the 1972 Derry Massacre. He also performed another song reflecting on the events of the Hillsborough disaster.
The founding member of Planxty – who was named as Ireland’s Greatest Living Musician in 2007 - has always been a strong supporter of the families and survivors during the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign, and of the work of the Bloody Sunday Trust.
Julieann Campbell, Chair of the Trust, said of the visit:
“It was a pleasure for us to welcome Christy back to the museum this week. Christy has always been a great friend to Derry’s Bloody Sunday campaigners, and a great supporter of the work of the Bloody Sunday Trust, and he told us he is very much looking forward to seeing the new Phase II of Museum of Free Derry when it opens next year.
“It was wonderful to hear Christy perform in such intimate surroundings, and he spoke at length during the performance about his affection for the city and the various concerts he enjoyed here over the years.”
Legendary Irish singer Christy Moore tunes up ahead of his impromptu gig at Museum of Free Derry as part of a new RTE documentary into the origins of his music. (Robin Percival)
Christy Moore enjoys a chat with John Kelly, Museum of Free Derry's Education Officer, whose teenage brother Michael died on Bloody Sunday. (Robin Percival)
Christy Moore pictured with John McKinney, whose brother William died on Bloody Sunday. (Robin Percival)
Veteran performer Christy Moore pictured with staff and Bloody Sunday relatives at Museum of Free Derry. Pictured, from left, John Kelly, relative and Museum Education Officer, Jean Hegarty, relative and Museum Administrator, Adrian Kerr, Museum Manager, Christy Moore, John McKinney, relative, and 2015 Bloody Sunday Trust Chair, Julieann Campbell, also a relative. (Photo: Robin Percival)