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Strawberry Freckles and Peaches and Green released Friday November 22nd

Strawberry Freckles

Peaches and Green

Strawberry Freckles/Peaches and Green

David Dee Moore is celebrating 40 years of playing, writing and producing music with a new self-titled album in the Spring of 2020.

In the run up to the album release, David will be sharing a few tracks; the first of these is his brand new song Strawberry Freckles and one of his more popular tracks on the live circuit, Peaches and Green. Both are available on all platforms from November 22nd 2019.

Strawberry Freckles is a beautiful guitar and dobro driven Americana pop song held together with Irish rhythms and sweeping strings. The song is a fictional story of a young man who tries in vain to catch the attention of a beautiful woman who is already smitten with someone else. He’s prepared to wait in vain.

Peaches and Green tells the tale of a road trip taken by David from Atlanta Georgia to Asheville North Carolina and the interesting people and things he comes across along the way. The song is so infectious and dares you not to sing along with the hook line.

Musicians involved with the tracks include ‘Track Dogs’ trumpeter Howard Brown, Eamonn Mulderrig from ‘Vickers Vimy’ on brushes, celebrated fiddle players Joseph McNulty and Brian McAteer, Colin Henry on dobro, Derek McGowan on guitar and Rebecca McRedmond on backing vocals.

New Single ‘Lennon’s Island’ Available To Download December 8th 2017

David Dee Moore is releasing his first track ‘Lennon’s Island’ in nearly 3 years as a taster for his new EP ‘A Sea So Shallow’.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of John Lennon’s purchase of Dorinish Island in Clew Bay, Co.Mayo which he believe’s was one of the most significant times in the areas’ history. To commemorate this event he has written a song celebrating the island, the beauty of the area and most importantly John Lennon.

He purchased the island in 1967 for £1,700. Previously used by sailing ships for its stones as ballast in rough seas, the island became a place of peace for Lennon.

John hired a local man Paddy Quinn to ferry him across to the island. Astonishingly the man and everyone else in the community who saw John had no clue who he was. Beatlemania had not hit the west coast of Ireland! On returning from the island John drank tea at Paddy Quinn’s house. Enjoying the scenery he took many pictures and soon after was granted planning permission to build a house on the island. The island soon became a getaway for John and his family. John and his new wife Yoko Ono visited quite often. Ono has said that “We often discussed the idea of building a cottage there. It was so beautiful, so tranquil, yet so isolated; it seemed a perfect place to get away from it all”.

The island went unused until Lennon invited “King of the Hippies” Sid Rawle to establish a commune on the island in 1970. For the next two years, a group of 25 hippies called Dorinish home. In 1972 a fire burned down the island’s supply tent and the commune disbanded. After Lennon’s death, Yoko Ono sold the island for nearly £30,000 and donated the proceeds to an Irish orphanage. Dorinish is now used as a grazing site for livestock and is sometimes visited by enthusiastic Beatles fans.

The EP ‘A Sea So Shallow’ is released in January 2018 and it is described as an audio postcard of the Mayo area where David has been living for the last 20 years.

Yards apart: interview with David Dee Moore

David Dee Moore
Interview by  Ciara Moynihan of The Mayo News

25th August 2015 

David Dee Moore has been a prominent figure on the music scene in Mayo and beyond for many years. Keen to support other musicians, he set up the Acoustic Yard, a venue for singer/songwriters from Ireland and beyond, in the Yard Bar of Matt Molloy’s, Westport, back in early 2014.

The Belfast-born musician has recorded two successful CDs on the USA record label Green Linnet with Niamh Parsons and the Loose Connections, called ‘Loosely Connected’ and ‘Loosen Up’. He has also written numerous soundtracks for radio, TV and film, including the Sony award-winning radio comedy programme, ‘A Perforated Ulster’, Channel 4 educational series ‘Coolaboola’ and short films “The Visit’ and ‘The Farmer’s Wife’.

David has also had an alternate career as a bass player working with artists like Liam Clancy, Jerry Fish and Noel Redding, to name a few.
Here, he talks about his route into the music business, his new charity single highlighting the need for a pancreas transplant surgeon in Ireland, and exciting plans for a new Acoustic Yard Singer/Songwriters’ Festival.

CM: How long have you been living in Westport, and what prompted the move?
DDM: I came here 16 years ago after spending a songwriting week in Clifden with artists, including Steve Wickham of The Waterboys, Liam Reilly of Bagatelle and Thom Moore. I met a few Westport musicians who were also at the event, and they invited me to their town for the weekend to play. I’m still trying to get home.

CM: When did you first decide to pursue a career in music?
DDM: The first time I held a tiny guitar as a five year old. It was a present from my parents, bought at a seaside resort. I loved it and knew music was for me. I started playing guitar properly when I was 14 with my best friend at the time in Belfast. We spent a lot of time jamming together in our rooms, and we even attempted to write songs. In a way it kept the Troubles up north from consuming my childhood.

CM: Do you come from a musical background?
DDM: Not really, though my parents loved to sing a lot of old songs around the house. They really enjoyed the sing-songs in bars. They both had good voices.

CM: What musicians influence or inspire you?
DDM: Coming from Belfast I was surrounded by great music, including of course Van Morrison. He systematically influenced the sound in Belfast and in Ireland I suppose. I also enjoy listening to Tom Waits, David Bowie and an American singer called Dan Hicks. I think a lot of the Irish songwriters like Glen Hansard and Declan O’Rourke are great and help keep songwriting in this country popular. Basically I enjoy a good melody whatever the genre.
CM: When did you first discover your talent for songwriting?
DDM: I didn’t start off as a singer/songwriter but I would write songs as part of a band. My first band was a punk band called The Ex-Producers, and we would play for 20 minutes in the break of the local pop bands. We played in the infamous Harp Bar that recently featured in the movie Good Vibrations. It was the only real punk venue in Belfast, and both religions would hang out there. We were filmed there also for a BBC programme called ‘Something Else’.
Even when I worked with Niamh Parsons I still kept in the background, writing and producing. It was only when I moved to Westport did I become a solo singer/songwriter.

CM: What prompted you to start the Acoustic Yard sessions?
DDM: I had just released my CD ‘The Sun, The Moon, The Stars … and Other Moving Objects’ in 2013 and realised there were very few venues that put on live original music in Ireland. So instead of complaining about it I created my own gig.

CM: What’s been your favourite Acoustic Yard memory?
DDM: Discovering the amount of talented songwriters on this island. Every day I am inundated with music from songwriters wanting to play at one of my events. I wish I could put them all on. I am hoping the festival can help. One particular fond recent memory was when songstress Kathleen Turner, a northern singer based in Limerick, sang a beautiful song called Kenmare Bay at the sessions. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up and I remember looking over towards Matt Molloy and the look on his face when she sang. It was priceless.

CM: What can we can expect from the inaugural Acoustic Yard Singer/Songwriters’ Festival?
DDM: The festival will extend over three days, from Friday, May 6, to Sunday, May 8, 2016, primarily in the new Westport Town Hall Theatre. We will have a main concert on both the Friday and Saturday nights with two or three celebrated artists performing on each night.
The theatre will be the hub of the festival, offering a constant string of performers, workshops and sessions for all ages throughout the day. We will particularly give new upcoming songwriters a platform, which is important to me. During the year, we will be going around local schools putting on workshops with a song competition. The winning song will be performed at the festival and recorded as well.

CM: The Acoustic Yard lunchtime sessions are running all this week at Westport Town Hall Theatre. Can you tell us a little about the artists involved?
DDM: Each of the artists are Mayo-based, including myself, and all have released CDs over the last year. Most self-made CDs go unnoticed, as the music isn’t attached to a mainstream record label, so this is a chance to hear some fabulous new original songs. The artists performing are Graham Sweeney, Dennis McCalmont, Derek McGowan, Elaine Griffin and myself. The event is free, so everyone is welcome to pop in and spend some time listening to the songs.

CM: What other projects are you working on at the moment?
DDM: I am in the middle of recording a charity single I wrote called ‘Give Me Your Hands’ here in Clew Bay Studios to bring awareness to the fact that we don’t have a pancreas transplant surgeon here in Ireland. There are over over 20 people waiting to be operated on. One such person badly in need of a transplant is Rachel O’Hora from Bohola, whose plight was made known to me by local businessman Leon Tunney-Ware who helped to start the campaign. He asked me to write a song, which was a challenge I gladly accepted. The recording will have a host of top Irish artists singing and playing on it, whom I won’t mention as yet. We also hope those artists who couldn’t make the recording will sing their own version of it on YouTube.

CM: With all of these projects going on, are you finding time to work on your own music?
DDM: I am always writing and recording at home. In March of this year, I released a downloadable EP called ‘Burst’ on iTunes and so on, so I’m still promoting that. I’m not planning anything new ’til the new year. Though I’ve decided to remix and re-release a CD I made in 2010 called ‘The Almighty Warrior’, which was never finished to my satisfaction.

CM: Are you planning any tours this year?
DDM: Touring is put on hold while I work on the festival, but I may do some work with my good friend Derek McGowan, who hopes to tour his new CD, ‘Rainlight’. I worked on that as his bass player, which is a change of scenery for me from being the solo singer.

CM: What has been the highlight of your musical career so far?
DDM: Having our very own TV special for the BBC with Niamh Parsons called ‘In Performance’. My mother went to the recording to see me play for the first time. She never said it, but I know she was very proud.
I also remember strumming the opening chords of one of my songs on stage at the Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada just as the sun was going down. At that moment, 30,000 people lit up their candles one by one in front of me. I thought at the time, “It could never get much better than this.”

CM: What advice would you have for up-and-coming singer/songwriters trying to break into the music industry in Ireland?
DDM: Always write from the heart and write for yourself. Discover your own style. Influence is good, but don’t copy. I find a lot of young singers nowadays all have that same Ed Sheeran sound. It’s good, but it isn’t unique anymore and doesn’t stand out in the crowd.
The music industry has changed so much now through social media and TV talent programmes, but I always believe in good songwriting. Add this with a good live performance and you will get noticed.

For more information on the Acoustic Yard and the singer/songwriter festival, visit or email david@theacousticyard; and for more on the charity single, check the Keep Lives Facebook page, and sign the petition on



Burst – new EP released today

Burst EP cover 1600x1600

Irish singer/songwriter David Dee Moore has just released his latest EP ‘Burst’ on his own Carrabawn Music label. All 5 songs were written, engineered and produced by David who is comfortable in Americana, Irish ballad, bluegrass, country, rock and even punk music.

David is joined by the renowned tenor banjo player Brian Scahill, guitarist Derek McGowan and long time collaborator Brian McAteer on fiddle and keyboards.

Mostly known for his contemporary traditional music work with Niamh Parsons and the Loose Connections David now has created his fun rootsy sound on the live circuit.

‘Burst’ is a follow up to his new acclaimed 2013 CD ‘The sun, the moon, the stars…and other moving objects’ which was recently named “The best folk album on Aii Radio for 2014. It featured an eclectic mix of some of Ireland’s top players like Peter McKinney (drums) and John McCullough (keyboards) who both played with ‘The Waterboys’, Nicky Scott who has played bass with Van Morrison, Bob Dylan John Prine and much more. Even ‘The Voice UK’ winner Andrea Begley added some backing vocals to the CD.

“Burst’ is available on iTunes/Amazon and most digital download outlets from March 2nd 2015. A physical copy can also be purchased on Amazon On Demand.


David back on the road in 2015

David Dee Moore playing

David will be going back on the road in the summer of 2015 with his band. He is in discussion to play some major festivals in Denmark and Germany as well as a few venues in the Netherlands.
He also plans to play in the United States and Canada next August if time permits. If you are in Ireland you can hear him in a informal setting most Fridays in Matt Molloy’s Westport.
David’s new EP will be finished over the Autumn and will have a more Celtic feel, reminiscent of his work with The Loose Connections.

Folkworld review

A new Folkworld review

A native of Belfast, singer / songwriter David Dee Moore (vocals, acoustic guitar), together with the multi-instrumentalist Donal O’Connor (violin, viola, piano, mandola, Clavinet) have produced a new album with twelve original songs. Among the recordings in Belfast he has invited a number of top musicians.
Moore sets the tone with a brisk country song, “Cooltown train”, rhythmically supported by drums and bass, he sings to the sound of slide guitar, Weissenborn, harmonica, dobro and Hammond organ. There follows a series of hidden ballads with piano, Hammond organ and strings dominated “Love will not be there” or “Where the buffalo roams,” a melancholic Americana. “Sunshine Saturday” is a slow blues, beautiful voices accompany Moore’s soulful singing and the musicians inspire you with virtuoso performance. My favorite song is “If I took a tumble”, rhythmic guitars, piano, strings and backing vocals accompany Moore’s impassioned vocals, and “Every moving object”, the album ends with a contemplative piano / strings ballad.
The new album by David Dee Moore has beautiful songs, great arrangements and the excellent musicians guarantee perfect shots and a lot of listening pleasure.
© Adolf “gorhand” Goriup

The Acoustic Yard

David Dee Moore plays at ‘The Acoustic Yard’ on Tuesday 29th of April in Matt Molloy’s. Sharing the evening with former Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan and US indie songstress Kelley McRae. The event will be filmed by Irishtv and shown on their ‘Out and about in Ireland’ programme.

Beautifully sung, played and produced – FATEA magazine review


David Dee Moore
Album: The Sun, The Moon, The Stars and Other Moving Objects
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 12
David Dee Moore has played bass with Van Morrison and other luminaries too numerous to mention, and has always been considered as one of our finest musicians. Now, after several years honing his craft as a songwriter in the West of Ireland, comes his debut CD. Twelve tracks in all, each different from the other, each also demanding engagement from the listener.

This, folks is an album that like good food, demands slow cooking, and lots of attention. It has been my travelling companion for several weeks now, both at home and abroad, and I can truthfully say that each listen brings with it a newly discovered turn of phrase, a little flick on slide guitar, previously unnoticed, a fiddle line now more accented. The common thread, though, is the quality of the writing, for these are fine songs, well sung, with gorgeous, understated arrangements.

Cooltown Train, the opening track , is ushered in by slide guitar, and takes the tempo by the scruff of the neck . A damn fine road song, it brings back memories of nights under canvas -and less, when youth and drink-and the odd regret -got the better of me. !Though the supporting architecture for the album is acoustic in nature, it is not particularly Irish in feel, a good thing, in my view, because it suggests that more potential in terms of sales might be found outside these shores. The one obvious exception is I’ll Be Home Again, My Love which has a lovely, trad-like lilt to the melody, with fiddle reinforcing the feel.

With this album, David Dee Moore has delivered a very strong statement of intent, one which marks him out as a strong contender in the new wave of Irish writers. He has interesting things to say, and more than a hint of even better things to come. Beautifully sung, played and produced, it’s a gift which will go on giving for some considerable time.

Oliver P. Sweeney