“The Moorings” are an Irish Traditional Music collective, consisting of the top traditional, world music and jazz players in Ireland. Our goal is to use the resources of the contemporary Irish Musical landscape to reimagine, and reinterpret our rich musical heritage. Traditional Irish arrangements are interspersed with World, and Jazz, influences, reflecting a modern musically multicultural Ireland.
The musicians, consist of high Calibre Irish Traditional players, including Martin Tourish (Altan), Cormac De Barra (Moya Brennan band), and Karl Nesbitt; world music stars Drazen Derek (Ravi Shankar, Café Orchestra), Oleg Pomonorev (Loyko, Yurodny), and Jazz Players Myles Drennan (Scott Hamilton, Herb Geller, Hugh Buckley) , Dave Redmond (Bill Carrothers ,Larry Coryell, Ian Shaw) and multi disciplinary vocalist Simon Morgan (Opera Ireland, Anuna, Druid, RTÉ Concert Orchestra).
No eye to watch, and no tongue to wound us
All earth forgot, and all heaven around us --
Formed in 2018, The Moorings have already performed sell out concerts on both the main stage of the National Concert Hall and the main stage of our National Theatre, The Abbey Theatre. They have travelled Europe wide, performing in venues as diverse as The White Horse Inn Ballincollig, to the Palau Marciel, in Sitges Spain (as part of the Creative Connections festival). They have featured and perform live on a variety of radio stations including on RTÉ’s Arena programme, and RTÉ’s The History Show.
Their debut album, Thomas Moore Reimagined, peaked at number 1 in the itunes charts, and was made an album of the week on RTÉ’s Lyric FM. To enrich the fabric of their music, The Moorings have worked with international artists including Eddie Reader, Lisa Lambe, Jack O Rourke, and Eleanor Mc Evoy among many other top Irish musicians. They look forward to continuing their exploration at the the creative edge of Ireland's music making, with further concerts scheduled for 2019 around Ireland, Spain and Norway.
The Moorings Musical Collective perform a celebration of our National bard Thomas Moore, on the stage of our National Theatre, The Abbey Theatre, on February 1st 2019