Brian Mooney

Brian Mooney is an Irish traditional musician and singer from Belfast in the north of Ireland. He is a multi-instrumentalist playing mostly guitar and mandolin, with a repertoire of over 2000 Irish songs, many of which are not widely known or recorded. Brian was a member of a number of influential traditional music ensembles in the 1980’s and toured extensively in Europe and North America, before arriving in Australia in 1986. Brian represented Ireland with the band Tus a Phota at the International Interceltique Festival in Lorient, Brittany, as well as joint-headlining (with Inti Illimani) the Erlangen Folk Festival in Germany. While studying for his PhD in Melbourne Brian played with many different Celtic musicians and has toured widely in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Brian has a long-standing duo act with Frank Murphy from Dublin, having recorded a CD with him at Hugh McDonald (Redgum) Studios. Brian and Frank have played at many of the major Australian festivals including three times at Port Fairy and twice at the Australian National Festival. Brian has recently returned to Perth, after retiring as Professor of Philosophy. In Perth he was dubbed the ‘singing philosopher’ by Peter Holland, on whose ABC radio show he appeared every Thursday for three years discussing issues of the day backed with songs. Expect many humorous songs and ballads to bring a tear to the eye. Two Gigs only please if accepted. Would love to play as I did last year at the Limeburners on Sunday.