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Moving Hearts Live Reviews

GLÓR, ENNIS - Wednesday, January 30.
Gerry Quinn – The Irish Examiner

“The re-assembled ’80’s group, reconvened as an all instrumental tour-de-force with four superb shows at Vicar Street last February and a subsequent live CD and DVD was released just before Christmas...
As the rhythm section of drummer Liam Bradley, Eoghan O’Neill on chunky electric bass and percussionist extraordinaire Noel Eccles laid down a groove of ‘Funkadelic’ proportions, the crowd howled when Spillane’s pipes and Keith Donald’s dazzling sax entered the fray…….. a definitive moment of both tradition and innovation, while the seven-tune epic ‘The Lark’, encapsulated the group’s sheer power.

Moving Hearts
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow - Miles Johnson, Monday January 28, 2008
The Guardian

“Many bands reform to chase past glories, or out of boredom, or to pay the mortgage - but few do so out of a sense of responsibility for their music. ….
.....the stunning level of musical virtuosity remains.
..and as an exhibition of technical prowess, Moving Hearts still have much to offer.”

John O’Regan
Caught in the Act Online Magazine
Dolan’s Warehouse Limerick, August 5th 2008

“..The epic ‘Tribute to Peadar o Donnel’ tripped through the complex rock/jazz terrain mixed with traditional interludes… ‘Ballinspittle Boogie’ and ‘The woman in the Big House’ two unreleased epics from The Storm sessions saw them cruising with a musical altitude of concord proportions. Then the epic 15 minute ‘The Lark’ saw them hitting higher spades – with high energy traditional music and melodic jazz laced improvisations taking the drivers seat.
From this showing Moving Hearts are alive well and beating the music is cooking and they are riding the enjoyment train aswell as rekindling the fire of their magnanimous reputation.”

Moving Hearts CD and DVD Reviews

Moving Hearts
Live in Dublin (Rubyworks RWXCD60 [68m] + DVD RWXDVD60)
Neil Pedder, Taplas
Moving Hearts are back! ..(They) were originally only together for five years, but pretty much wrote the book on combining rock, jazz and traditional folk with unmistakably Irish origins. Their influence across genres has been massive. Watching the DVD, it was great to see some of the finest musicians close up, playing live and enjoying themselves immensely. Best album of 2008 perhaps!

Cardiovascular Music Therapy
****
Moving Hearts - Live in Dublin
Geoff Wallis, Songlines  Magazine ( May 2008)
Simultaneously issued with the live album, this DVD not only provides a memorable record of the band’s Dublin reunion gigs, but a detailed interview-filled account of its history…..this really does offer footage that captures numerous spine-tingling musical moments not least the awesome interplay between Davy Spillane’s pipes and Keith Donald’s sax on ‘McBrides’ and a thunderous rendition of ‘The Storm’.
Well-directed throughout, this is a must-have release for anyone interested in seeing just how far Irish traditional musicians, rockers and jazzers can co-ordinate in pushing the envelope and still come up smiling.

Barns Stormed and Gobs Smacked
****
Moving Hearts - Live in Dublin
….The Storm, (is) one of the most remarkable albums in Ireland’s musical history and a thorough vindication of the band’s fusionist approach…..All six tracks from that momentous album are revisited on Live in Dublin including an astonishing opening rendition of ‘The Lark’, gobsmacking interplay between Spillane and Donald on ‘The Storm’ as well as version of ‘Downtown’ ……… with more fire in its belly than a dragon with gastroenteritis. And everything is driven to the sensitive side of distraction by the most powerful rhythm section that Ireland has ever produced……and if Spillane’s low- whistle on ‘The May Morning Dew’ doesn’t draw a tear to your eye, then nothing ever will.

MOVING ON UP
GERRY QUINN , The Clare People, Jan 15th 08
…the film (DVD) is a reaffirmation that the Hearts’ music is timeless, ageless and ever evolving……what shines through is that their creative juices have begun to flow once again with a renewed vigour that was only hinted at, at the time of their much lamented demise over two decades ago. The group’s percussionist Noel Eccles looked back on the year gone by with a perceptible air of contentment and fulfillment, when I spoke to him recently.
“I think we approached the Vicar Street gigs last February with a certain amount of caution and we discovered that we had a really good time…. in some way the proof of the pudding is in the DVD and live CD. It turned out as something we’re all very proud of.”

MOVING HEARTS Live In Dublin Rubyworks ****
SIOBHÁN LONG, The Ticket, The Irish Times, 30th November 2007
For those who missed Moving Hearts’ reunion last February (or those who simply can’t get enough of them), this live CD and accompanying DVD colours in the gaps gleefully. The Hearts’ intense live performance is captured with unexpected intimacy, highlighting the sheer scale of piper Davy Spillane’s influence on the band’s original sound. Keith Donald’s soprano sax still manages to sound scintillating, and Eoghan O’Neill’s bass-lines are a reminder of just how left-field this conglomeration was in its heyday. Donal Lunny lets the percussive force of the bouzouki propel this welcome reunion into the stratosphere.

A MATTER OF THE HEARTS
Amazon.co.uk Review, Tudur Morgan, Musician, Wales
”Moving Hearts Live in Dublin” is an absolutely stunning testament to the phenomenal Irish group…..They were a band before their time in 1981…are still the leaders with their unique fusion of rock, jazz and trad…. and their sound is unmistakably Irish…An explosive and vibrant visit to Ireland’s glorious recent past when the Hearts were the kings of their country-and there is still no threat to their collective thrones. Long may their musical hearts beat.

DVD/CD review
David Kidman January 2008 Netrhythms
“…..the playing is top-flight!”

Moving Hearts Live in Dublin - DVD review
Gavin Davenport, Folk on Screen

…this is everything a good music DVD should be – artifact, souvenir, and reminder of a great live act doing what they do brilliantly.

Moving Hearts - Live in Dublin (Rubyworks)
***
SIMON BROUGHTON, London Evening Standard (Jan 08)