Irish folk legend Christy Moore spent an afternoon in Derry this week where he explored his links to the city and treated staff at Museum of Free Derry to an intimate performance.

Christy Moore is no stranger to the city, having forged a strong relationship with Derry over the decades through numerous concerts and personal visits. On Wednesday afternoon, he visited the Museum of Free Derry’s temporary premises on Shipquay Street while filming a new documentary on the inspiration behind his music for a new television documentary. 

Education Officer and veteran campaigner John Kelly accompanied Christy on a tour of the museum’s temporary exhibition and they discussed plans for the current £2 million redevelopment of the museum’s base in the Bogside’s Glenfada Park.

A handful of staff, relatives and Bloody Sunday Trust board members hosted the visit, and  they were later invited to sit and listen as Christy then took up his guitar to sing the hugely emotive ‘Minds Locked Shut’, inspired by the 1972 Derry Massacre. He also performed another song reflecting on the events of the Hillsborough disaster.

The founding member of Planxty – who was named as Ireland’s Greatest Living Musician in 2007 - has always been a strong supporter of the families and survivors during the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign, and of the work of the Bloody Sunday Trust. 

Julieann Campbell, Chair of the Trust, said yesterday:

“It was a pleasure for us to welcome Christy back to the museum this week. Christy has always been a great friend to Derry’s Bloody Sunday campaigners, and a great supporter of the work of the Bloody Sunday Trust, and he told us he is very much looking forward to seeing the new Phase II of Museum of Free Derry when it opens next year.

“It was wonderful to hear Christy perform in such intimate surroundings, and he spoke at length during the short performance about his affection for the city and the various concerts he enjoyed here over the years.”