Hi Christy, Thank you for a lovely gig in Bundoran earlier. There was a good crowd in tonight and you would know by the vibe that they enjoyed every minute of it. Great set “They Never Came Home” still gets me after all these years, no change as far as our leaders are concerned either, they continue to shed crocodile tears (Oblivious)…Bundoran itself had its own tragic fire in The Central Hotel , I’m sure you remember. There was 10 fatalities that night back in 1980 I think it was. It was a very sad time and I was reminded tonight of those people when you sang the Stardust song. It’s amazing where the songs can take us. Some good laughs tonight as well with “Amsterdam” and “Joxer” …”Lisdoon” getting the early run out had Marty and meself reaching for our coats thinking it was home time. Good to hear “Yellow Triangle” as well. I have to confess that like John Mc I have been straying away from home as well of late (other gigs) and was feeling almost unfaithful before tonight ..LOL ! managed to catch Luka & Anne in Derry as well last weekend, excellent stuff and also got along to Ralph Mc Tell a few nights before at The Hawks Well in Sligo, first time to see him ..brilliant songster and storyteller and not a bad songwriter either. I’m sure you and he have crossed paths many’s the time over the years. Great to see Declan & Jimmy in good form as well tonight, and always nice to catch up with the rest of the gang as well. My beloved Liverpool going alright so far this season, heading over on Tuesday for the Spurs game got a ticket for the new stand so have to check it out – In Klopp We Trust. Good luck in Ballina and hope to catch up again soon…Goodnight from The Hills…. Love & Respect Martin Mac
indeed I too recalled the Central tragedy as we remembered The Stardust…the way the song was requested left little option but to sing it…every now and then a request comes on the air and I sense that I must give it a try…I struggled with the chords of Stardust last night but Declan followed me all the way….I thought of all the good people I met in Artane .. how they stood with me when Butterly sought to ban the song before Judge Murphy in the High Court of Ireland….
have a good trip to Anfield…..where another shrine exists,another tragedy remembered, another place where good people had to stand steadfast for decades to honour the memory of children dishonoured and castigated by corrupt State,Police and Media ……Artane and Anfield
That was a great “front Row” last night…young Stephen Murphy,the Leitrim Poet,was sitting amongst ye with his wife …check his videos out on YouTube….catch him if you can
An absolutely amazing show in Bundoran tonight . From The City of Chicago to No time for Love, was perfection….. two Hours just flew by. They Never Came Home…..out of the blue and perfect. Loved “Billy Grey ” too. Always a pleasure to see ye in The Hills.
I hate politicians too….
True Love Knows No Season….what a gathering in Bundoran…the songsters sure thronged The Hall last night…”in cars, buses, vans and trains.In the punishing heat,the snow and rain”….
“Politico Lingo” is a funky song to sing..from Pat Quinn of Inis Iarr ( hes on YouTube) where he also performs his lovesong to Angelina ….and another song that describes different qualities that exist in various strains of the glorious potato
I’m hoping to record “Politico Lingo” next week…..maybe Larry Gogan will give it a spin
Jesus ya played well in the first half last Sunday in St conleths ya were looking good in the first half but as the commutators say “it’s a game for two halves” and by Jayis we roasted ya in the second half!!
Some nice footballers from sarsfields coming through again, hopefully be as good as the rubber, boiler, nuxer or early and help kildare to see another lenister. Ya know we only won 3 lenisters in about 60 odd years! At least our singers aren’t under achievers….
Not long now for the home gigs and we all welcome you home again we are very privileged to have you as our biggest son of the town back once again.. fair play to you..
great night in Bundoran tonight….people in from every corner of Ulster., from The Kingdom and The Banks of The Rhine…
I had a good walk around Droichead Nua on Thursday …some talk of County Final but its not as dominant a topic as it might have been 50 years ago….I did’nt make the game…got caught up in Baile Átha Cliath and failed to make the pitch…
yes ,lets hope The Lilys bloom again…The Intermediate Womens team have set the standard with their great victory in Croke Park…its time for the Flourbags to stop hiding in the Shortgrass
I thought I was walking down the Strand til someone pointed out that I was on “The Linear”….I was passing the “deep end” when a voice came from a loudspeaker and frightened the shite out of me….and then told me to pick up me shite and bring it home with me…..bring back the Town Commissioners
Ryston looked good in the Winter Sun….the old Par 3 looked inviting..some fit lookin fellas comin out of the Gym…
Lovely to read about all of the Music in the extended family and to see that its moving down through the next generation…….On reading it, the thought has just struck me, have you considered getting all of you together on the one Stage for a show or shows ?
Enjoy Bundoran….I love that walk by the Sea around the Great Northern; good for clearing the Head.
CM ( 71 )
How are things back home there. ?
We’re out here in portugal enjoying some real sunshine. There’s jacuzzi s swimming pools, beaches ,hawkers ,turk is h baths, saunas,millions of steps,seagulls,sailboats, pirates, outhouses,poorhouse s
Cats and more cats dogs ,an irish speaking morocon ,an english speaking chilian,restaurants people trying to herd you in to eat, suncream,icecream,aloe cream, irish bars, English bars, more steps and hills and iced tea.
A great word for people trying to sell stuff.. I learnt here is “amanha”. Which Means ill be back tomorrow .but I won’t!
I enjoyed reading about all those people in your family playing music.
That song “where the praties grow ”
I know a funny type of it I heard from a cork man.did you ever hear it?
“Her hair was like an old matress
Her eyes were navy blue
She hadn’t had a tooth in her head
since the year of fourty two.
She also had a wooden leg,
But how was I to know?
For I met her in the garden
where the praties grow.”
CS (12) RS (16)
PS nothing beats a good feed of potatoes at home.
And ca sheen bay muscles on a big tide
CS agus RS agus an clann go léir..
you have the makings of a song there..”The Trip to Portugal”
you can take all the Cordon Beau, Haute Cuisine,Fine Dining,Fancy Restaraunts and not one of ’em could produce anything like the dinners I so loved back in the 1950s….Floury Spuds, Home churned butter, chopped cabbage and slices of home cured Bacon….sitting there in the middle of my Granny, Grand-Aunt Nan, Grand-Uncle Frank, Jimmy and Gary ( all mentioned in “Where I come from”)..they also did something Ive never witnessed anywhere else..the soup would come after the dinner…then strong tea and curny cake..after which the two women would lean into the open hearth fire and spark up their Gold Flake
Great to see that so many gigs are sold out these days – people still know good music when they hear it. Was lucky enough to hear Ralph McTell, Anne Rynne and Luka at gigs in Derry last weekend – couple of really wonderful gigs. Making the cross border trip to Bundoran tomorrow night before the Brexiteers shut the gates on us. Looking forward to a good night in the land of O’Donnell. Safe travels to you and the crew.
Anne Rynne causing nice ripples with her debut album of the same name….our second sister,Anne has been singing all her life.When we were kids in Newbridge she always had a natural aptitude for harmony…at a young age she started her family with Davoc Rynne and devoted herself to family life….at the early age of 60 plus she has thrown herself back into singing and recently released her debut album….
our Brother Luka was on Imeall ( TG4) last week and also played a stormer at Whelan’s (Dublin) the other night where he was joined by The Cahill Sisters from Newbridge.He’s off to Germany next week for a lengthy tour.His recent album “Frugalisto” has been receiving good reviews and (long overdue)airplay.
Our Brother in law Peter Byrne is about to release his debut album. He sings with Conor O’Mahoney and they make a lovely and unique sound….
Lots of music happening in the family… Our son Andy will join me in Vicar ST this Christmas when we play 4 gigs there…nephew Gavin Moore plays in Monks Lane, Timoleague, Co Cork (in the Restaraunt he runs with his new Bride Michelle)..Nephew Davóg Rynne gigs in France and plays some home gigs next month…nephew Conor Byrne plays Flute (and Uileann Pipes) and also runs Festivals and gigs at many venues…Nephews Tom Barry and Robbie Moore also play music and write songs,..Davoc Rynne plays at The Cliffs of Moher and has an album “The Humours of Ennistymon”, our sister Eilish has recently started singing again so its fair to say that music runs through the family….
the spirits of our mother, (Neans De Paor 1915-1992 …Yellow Furze Woman) and of our Father Andy Moore (1915-1956)still reverberate. Oct 8th this year marked the 60th Anniversary of Daddy’s passing….I remember it like it was yesterday…Daddy used to sing….
” Have you ever been in love me boys or have you felt the pain
I’d rather be in Jail me boys then be in love again.
The girl I loved was beautiful I’ll have you all to know,
that I met her in The Garden where The Praties grow”
Thanks for Lily Christy which I picked up at the lovely Bridgewater Hall gig the other day. Listening to the Tuam Beat made me dig out Padraiig’ CD sounds which has some great songs on it and an evocative piece on the sleeve.
“After the city we took to the roads and headed West. We passed smaller and smaller towns. There was little traffic, no pylons or poles, no white lines, and then the road just ended. We walked the land and marvelled.
We heard an unknown secret music, soft as a fragrance, like the glimpse of some fleet-footed animal, wild, pure and beautiful. We followed”. Thanks for keeping the spirits high.
“Aint that sumpin” (Zimmy)
Christy, a chara,
That other thing today arrived from you this morning. A lovely gesture. I hope you enjoyed the Portlaoise recording.
Slan go fóill, a chara, agus go raibh míle maith agat – Johnny.
sound Johnny, glad to have it
I’ve been doing some family homework lately and wondered if you remembered my Grandfather, Paddy O’Neill and Grandmother Mary O’Neill – of O’Neills at Milltown (Now the Milltown Inn)? I’ve heard many, many stories of you playing there from my mother (Majella).
When I was a small boy that pub and grocery was run by the Cribbens Family. My Father’s people,the Dowlings,dwelt about 2 miles away at the end of Barronstown lane and bought provisions from Harry and Mrs Cribbens . I remember Paddy and Mary fondly. (Would I be right in saying that your Grandmother Mary was from across The Hill of Allen and was a “Fitzgerald of The Forge”. I recall going there with “Sonny” Slattery when the workhorse was being re-shod)…I often dropped in to “O’Neills” for a bottle of stout and ,in a later life, played 2 gigs there in the 70s.One of those gigs was a fund raiser for the Irish anti-Nuclear Movement.That gig was run by the late Pa Tunney,then a resident of Mylerstown…I visit Milltown regularly…its a changed place now with that very busy road but the old graveyard still offers tranquility to those paying respect to loved ones departed.
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