Rusted Rail presents An Evening With Jonny Moynihan, with special guests The Driftwood Manor.
Moynihan first made his impact felt as a member of Sweeney’s Men. Formed in 1966 with Andy Irvine and Joe Dolan, Sweeney’s Men was one of Ireland’s modern folk-traditional groups. The band was a sensation from the onset, with their debut single, “Old Maid in the Garret,” reaching number two on the Irish music charts. Sweeney’s Men broke the mould of Irish music and are credited with starting the folk revival there in the late 1960s. The group made two albums, “Sweeney’s Men” and “The Tracks of Sweeney”.
In the 1970’s Moynihan was famously associated with the folk singer Anne Briggs and both of them traded off their mutual inclination for wild behaviour. He plays backing guitar on several Anne Briggs songs. Replacing Donal Lunny in Planxty in July 1973 for their album “Cold Blow and the Rainy Night”, Moynihan helped to usher in a new era of modern Celtic music. He returned to more traditional sounds as a member of De Danann, and can be heard on their second album, “Selected Jigs, Reels & Songs”. Moynihan went his own way and for a period of time fronted the Fleadh Cowboys, a popular band in 1980s Dublin.
In 2006, Moynihan could often be seen playing live in an east-Clare based trio called Moonshine, performing old-time Appalachian music. Don’t miss this chance to spend an evening in the company of Johnny Moynihan: singer, songster, instrumental innovator, itinerant minstrel, legend.
Rusted Rail Presents: “A Night With Johnny Moynihan” Johnny Moynihan, Mark Gregory The Driftwood Manor 9pm, Tuesday April 24th Roisin Dubh (Upstairs), Dominick Street, Galway. Admission is €8