Ride On (Christy Moore album)

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Ride On
Studio album by Christy Moore
Released 1984
Recorded March 1984
Genre Folk
Length 40:49
Producer Dónal Lunny
Christy Moore chronology
The Time Has Come
(1983)The Time Has Come1983
Ride On
Ordinary Man
(1985)Ordinary Man1985

Ride On is an album by Irish folk singer Christy Moore, released in 1984. Its title track remains one of his most popular songs. A number of songs relate the actions of those involved in political struggles, or those affected by those struggles; such as "Vive la Quinte Brigada" which is concerned with the Irish contingent amongst the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War; or "El Salvador" dealing with the civil war in that country in the 1980s. Other songs deal with Irish history – "The City of Chicago", about emigration to America during the Irish famines of the late 1840s; "Back Home in Derry" written by Bobby Sands about the transportation to Australia of convicts; and "Lisdoonvarna" celebrating a music festival that took place annually in that town until the early 1980s.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Since Ride On is a widely accepted as a landmark Moore album, it has been available ever since its original release and is regarded as one of the best possible introductions to the artist. The title track was written by one of Ireland's most famous songwriters, Jimmy MacCarthy, and many other artists have interpreted the song.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The City of Chicago" (Barry Moore)
  2. "Ride On" (Jimmy MacCarthy)
  3. "Viva la Quinta Brigada" (Christy Moore)
  4. "The Song of Wandering Aengus" (William Butler Yeats)
  5. "McIlhatton" (Bobby Sands)
  6. "Lisdoonvarna" (Christy Moore)
  7. "Among The Wicklow Hills" (Pierce Turner)
  8. "Sonny's Dream" (Ron Hynes)
  9. "The Dying Soldier" (Ger Costelloe)
  10. "El Salvador" (Johnny Duhan)
  11. "Back Home In Derry" (Bobby Sands, Gordon Lightfoot)
  12. "The Least We Can Do" (Gerry Murray)


  • Christy Moore – guitar, bodhran, vocals
  • Declan Sinnott – acoustic & Spanish guitar, violin, vocals
  • Dónal Lunny – bouzouki, bodhran, vocals

Cover versions[edit]

Due to the success of the version, Moore recorded on this album "Ride On" has been covered by many other artists in subsequent years.

  • This song was a hit for Irish jazz singer Mary Coughlan in 1987 on her album Under the Influence.[3]
  • In 1991 "Ride On" was released by its writer Jimmy MacCarthy on his debut solo album The Song of the Singing Horseman.[4]
  • More recently newer Irish band Celtic Thunder have recorded "Ride On". [5]
  • Australian band Molly Rusher has also covered this song.
  • Cleatormoor Band The Black Guards (formerly D'Bleedin Blaggards) from West Cumbria UK have also paid homage to Christy with their soulful & lilting rendition of "Ride On" featuring Owen Evans on accordion from Iron Sea Wolf.
  • Canadian/Taiwanese recording artist Kandy Chen also covered this song in 1992.[6]
  • Irish Celtic Metal band Cruachan released their version as a single in 2001 and on their 2002 album Folk-Lore.
  • British anarcho-punk/hardcore band Sedition made their own version of the song, too.
  • Dutch folk band Rapalje has covered the song in their Rakish Paddies (2000) album, while also executing a live version of the song.[7]
  • British band Coldplay joined Christy Moore for a rendition of "Ride On" to close the 2011 Oxegen Festival in Ireland on Sunday, 10 July 2011
  • Russian dark-folk band Neutral covered the song on their live album Luisenkirche, Königsberg in 2006.
  • English band Crustation has covered the song in their album Bloom in 1997
  • Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield performed "Ride On" with NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman accompanying him on flute at the United Space School's traditional Mexican Night in 2012. They dedicated the song to the late space pioneer Sally Ride.[8]
  • Americana singer-songwriter Dave Hawkins also performs this song. He also included it in his 2015 release, Stripped Down.


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Ride On Review". Rambles. Nicky Rossiter. 5 June 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Mary Coughlan – Under The Influence". 
  4. ^ "Jimmy MacCarthy's History". Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "Celtic Thunder". Archived from the original on 5 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Kandy Chen's Ride On". 
  7. ^ "Rapalje's discography". 
  8. ^ "Chris Hadfield and Catherine Coleman - Ride On".