Celtic music as we know and love it today -- popularized by Riverdance, The Chieftans, Altan -- originates in Ireland, and with Moving Cloud, Ireland delivers again -- like no other country can. Moving Cloud represents the living tradition in its truest form, performing high-powered dance ...more
Brilliantly conceived, refreshingly diverse, faultlessly produced, and expertly played, Moving Cloud will first get you up on your feet, and then sweep you off them. Based mainly in Ennis, Co. Clare, this quintet is a stellar concert band as well.
Moving Cloud featured five highly accomplished Irish musicians: Paul Brock (button accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle and viola), Manus McGuire (fiddles) Kevin Crawford (flute and percussion), and Carl Hanson (piano). Moving Cloud’s standard of music was extraordinary, its variety surpassed only by its virtuosity.
Moving Cloud released two albums on Green Linnet; its self-titled 1994 debut earned “Album of the Year” from the Irish Echo, and was deemed "Brilliant from first to last track," by Earle Hitchner. Bill Whelan, composer of Riverdance, heralded Moving Cloud as “a traditional album of rare grace, subtlety and integrity that also makes a connection with other traditions in a surprising way.” Their sophomore release, Foxglove, earned praise as a “worthy sequel,” featuring guests Trevor Hutchinson on double bass, Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh on the bones, guitarist Garry O’Briain, and banjo player Gerry O’Connor to create a tight, precise sound perfectly suited for set dancers and audiences alike.