David Dee Moore

Originally from Belfast, Dee Moore as he was known grew up playing music with singer/songwriter Bap Kennedy, teaching him his first guitar. He played bass guitar in punk band The Ex-Producers appearancing on such programmes like the BBC series ‘Something Else’ which featured bands like the Clash, Ian Dury and the Undertones and also winning a BBC songwriting contest which set David up for a career in music.

Completely against the grain David then turned his hand to traditional folk music joining ‘A Handful of Earth’ where he met up with fiddle player Brian McAteer who became his long time musical accomplice.

David and Brian joined the touring folk rock band Clíbin with Uileann piper and cellist Neil Martin, another musician who features regularly on his albums.

This experience in traditional music and folk rock culminated in the creation of ‘The Loose Connections’ with Niamh Parsons and one of the worlds finest Uileann pipers John McSherry.

The band released the Album ‘Loosely Connected’ in 1993 on the Scottish Greentrax label. It featured a few songs from David like ‘Little big time’, ‘Don’t give your heart away’ and ‘Play a merry jig’ and it immediately became one of the top folk recordings in the UK and Ireland that year. The album is considered a classic and catapulted the band to major popularity around the world with the Green Linnet label in the USA signing up the band and rereleasing it to critical acclaim. A second album followed, ‘Loosen up’ which was produced by David with most of the tracks including traditonal sounding tunes all written by him. The Album brought to the fore musicians like Mick McAuley (Solas), Alan Kelly, Jimmy Higgins (Sawdoctors) and Gerry O’Connor (The Dubliners/Joe Bonamassa) who now all regularly grace the international stage.

David and Niamh split in 1998 with their last gigs together at the Dublin Ohio Irish music festival in the USA and the Tönder Festival in Denmark. He continued writing songs and playing session bass, collaborating with artists like Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), the legendary Liam Clancy, Juliet Turner and Jerry Fish. His talent was still sought after writing music for films and documentaries for RTE, BBC and Channel 4 (UK).

In 2010 David began work on a demo CD for a brief tour of the USA which featured a collection of new and old songs under the title ‘The Almighty Warrior’. This whetted the appetite for David to begin work on his latest CD ‘The sun, the moon, the stars…and other moving objects’. A collection of Irish, Americana and contemporary songs that features ex members of Van Morrison, Waterboys and Irish traditonal players. Produced with rising star Donal O’Connor the CD has brought David to the attention of the music public again and a 2015 tour beckons.

David Dee Moore is now recording a new batch of songs with a real Irish flavour which he will release shortly to coincide with his 2015 tour.