LISTEN: Christy Moore opens up about the loss of his dad, hate mail and his sobriety

LISTEN: Christy Moore opens up about the loss of his dad, hate mail and his sobriety

Christy Moore has opened up about the loss of his father at a young age, hate mail, his sobriety and why he’s determined to do more for the planet.

Speaking with Ruairí McKiernan on his Love and Courage podcast, Christy, as he is affectionately known, says the death of his father had a profound impact on him that he still feels today.

It was a shocking experience and it affected us all in different ways and I believe all six of us are still affected by it, you know, by the impact that had on our lives

He recalls how it wasn't until he became a parent himself that it really struck him.

“I looked in the mirror and I saw him [his son] and suddenly it dawned on me the effect it would have on him now at this moment.

If he was told what I was told when I was eleven. And it really hit home

He went on to say the awareness of his mother’s struggle as a lone parent with six children helped him realise the need for greater understanding and support for people in need.

“You know, I was blessed to grow up in a strong family environment and even though we lost our daddy when I was eleven and the eldest of six and the family was shattered by that, we still grew up in a loving, caring environment, you know. And unfortunately, not everybody has that privilege.”

On the subject of sobriety, his time as a drinker as part of the 70s folk scene is well known and he says his current life of sobriety as a “wonderful thing”.

“I know it took me a few years to come into the light.

I can still remember the first time I ever walked out on stage without alcohol or any other substance and it was, for me in my life, it was quite an amazing moment

“cos for many years I thought I couldn't do anything without those crutches.”

When it comes to speaking out, the singer has never shied away from the issues of the day, standing behind the Birmingham 6, the Stardust fire families, and campaigns against fracking, racism, and other causes.

LISTEN: Christy Moore opens up about the loss of his dad, hate mail and his sobriety

He describes how he has received hate mail in the past but that he embraces criticism as part of the work of being an artist.

“Ann Lovett caused a lot of hate mail, you know. Not a deluge but it certainly did rattle, you know”

There was a time it used to scare me a bit but now it means it's working, you know

"The songs are working if people love them and hate them. They're living. They're alive. They're not just meaningless.”

Growing up near the Curragh in Kildare and spending time with family and neighbours on farms and bogs gave a young Christy a love for nature, something that shines through in many of his songs.

He says he increasingly concerned about the state of the planet and is determined to do more to act.

“The way the weather is changing, you know. There are voices out there and we listen and then we go out and buy a new flat-screen television and a new car and everything has to be quadruply wrapped in plastic and on we go.

I'm not a very good warrior in the ecological movement. I sing about it and I talk about it but I hope I can do better. I hope I can do more

“On the back of this, I'm going to do better. On the back of this conversation on this day, I'm going to do better. I'm going to do less plastic”

Listen to the full podcast here:

Catch the Love and Courage podcast on Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud or via www.loveandcourage.org

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