The Early Years
Christy, a native of Co. Kildare, started in the music
business in the mid-sixties, when his life as a bank clerk was interrupted
by a bank strike, and he moved to England. There he became involved
in the folk music scene at the time, and spent a few years playing
pubs and clubs around the country.
His return to Ireland was marked by the album Prosperous,
which proved to be a milestone in the rapprochement of Irish music
to the popular mainstream. This album benefited from a collaboration
of the leading talents of contemporary folk music, musicians such
as Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and Liam O'Flynn, and this one-off was
to lead to the formation of Planxty, a band who were at the leading
edge of the revival of Irish traditional music.
Over the following years the musical status of Planxty
became legendary both in Ireland, Britain and throughout Europe.
However in 1974 the band split up to pursue solo projects. It was
during this period that Christy continued to explore new ground
as a solo artist recording a number of solo albums including 'The
Iron Behind the Velvet' (TARACD2002) which featured Andy Irvine
and 'Live in Dublin' (TARACD2005) with Donal Lunny
The original Planxty lineup of Christy, Andy, Liam
and Donal then reformed in 1979. They recorded two further albums
with Tara Records 'After the Break' (TARACD3001) and 'The Woman
I Loved So Well' (TARACD3005). There were several additions and
changes to their lineup most notably the addition of Matt Molloy,
flautist from the Bothy Band, who later joined The Chieftains and
Bill Whelan. In 1981 Planxty performed a Bill Whelan arrangement
called 'Timedance' as the intermission piece for the Eurovision
song contest, held that year in Ireland. Later it was released as
a single and is now included on Bill's CD of 'The Seville Suite'
(TARACD3030) released by Tara in 1992.
In the eighties Christy again teamed up with Donal
Lunny to form Moving Hearts, another ambitious and innovative Irish
band which sought to mix jazz into the folk-rock fusion. Ever the
wanderer, Christy was soon breaking out on his own again, and it
was in the eighties that he began to establish himself as one of
Ireland's leading solo artists with a string of acclaimed albums
and high profile tours. In the mid-ninties Christy decided to take
a break from the music for a few years. In the year 2000 Christy
return to live performances with a series of Dublin concerts. Over
the last few years he has released a number of solo projects including
a television series, a live album and a 6 CD boxset.
In 2004 Christy once again teamed up with Planxty
for a series of Irish concerts and a new live CD and DVD, while
at the same time performing regularly in his own right with in Ireland
and the UK, with Declan Sinnott.