Just a little thanks for the fantastic gig in Lough Rynn on 19th July- to echo what the lads said a few weeks again on here. Between yourself, Declan & Jimmy we had a ball & we didn’t want it to end. I love how you had no set and just went with what you thought on the night, as well as the few requests. I would have loved to hear you sing one of your newer songs live, Listen, but I’ll have to wait for another time for that I guess … Thanks also for accepting the yellow package at the end of the show (it was actually for friends of mine about Anti-fracking), a cd which they’ve written.
Poetry through song- you’re a legend!
Any chance of any North American shows?
Greetings from the north eastern countryside of Bulgaria in the tiny little village of Mirovets.
Was rambling round the internet and checked in on your website to see what’s going on. Great to see all the gigs lined up, read the stories, watch the videoclips. Hope all is well with you, Declan and the whole crew.
Last week my wife and I joined in for a folkseminar in the city of Plovdiv. A week of trying to learn bits and pieces playing on a tambura (wee bit similar to a bouzouki)
People from all over the world were there and you could feel the power and essence of music. Connecting people! There was a small intimate concert of woman called Kalinka Velchukova. I never heard of her before but she’s famous around here. She sang in a language I couldn’t understand but I could feel the power of the emotions in the songs. Inspiring. Next season will see the first leg of a theatretour around the lowlands which Ed, new member Danny Guinan (originally from Ferban) and myself will undertake under the name “O’DREAMS”
“Irish ways & Irish laws” in which we try to give our interpretation & images of Ireland in sings (old & new)
Just recorded one of them written by Albert Niland: “kings of kilburn high road”
With the new approach, the recordings, the visit to Bulgaria, the efforts of trying to get a hold of the tambura it gives a lot of energy to make music and try to improve myself.
When you sing “When I first heard Tommy Makem and The Clancy’s my future it was sealed” I can tell you that my musical adventures started when I heard you sing back in the 1980′s in the IJsselhal in Zwolle on the folkfestival with a.o. Stocktons Wing.
Christy, thank you for that moment! Without it I may never have written this comment on a balcony in the little village of Mirovets, North East Bulgaria. Enjoy the Summer and good luck with the gigs next season. Hope to be there at one of them.
“Home comes the rover………”
Hi Christy! When I came to Ireland for the first time in 1985 I bought by chance one of your tapes, your songs accompanied me throughout my stay.
I also met an Irishman that same great summer – we are married for 26 years now! Because we live in Switzerland we never got round to seeing you live – until two weeks ago in Westport! Great gig and very special to us!
Back in Switzerland again… back to listening to tapes and CDs
Take care and keep up the good work!
I have a feeling, you maybe can do something with a song I have going in my head, since I am not a songwriter. Its about changing your life totally and follow your dreams and heart. Moving to a new place/country there you really feel you are home and have friends and your heart. Its not the place there you are born or have roots in, just your heart and some friends. I call the song “coming home”, but I cant do anything more than that. But I think you can if you will
For me its about Ireland and of course Doolin, but that can gp for every place there people feeling they have theirs heart. Your home os not were you are born or there you live.Its there your heart is. Let me know if you can do something. The song will of course be totally yours, but I hope to hear then on a gig or a CD, sometime
Thanks Christy for doing the gig for locked out Greyhound workers.
Liberty Hall, Sat. August16th. Plus Don Baker
Christy, for the honorable gentleman that you are, I thank you. This is the last post for a long while. Until that is, I have something musical really good to share.
Really, I have appreciated how you have put up with me when I have pushed things a little too far sometimes.
So, last post, sorry that it is one of the only traditional Irish songs that I know. I know, I know, educate yourself. I agree.
Anyway, here it is the Christy kind man.
Oh, and by the way “Ride On” was inspired by Luke moving to America wasn’t it?
“Ride On” was written by Jimmy MacCarthy who shared it with me in 1984.I have a vague idea of what inspired it..nothing to do with Luka going Stateside….”Raglan Road” was written by Patrick Kavanagh and Luke Kelly was the first to sing it…they say that a song becomes Traditional after 50 years so it would qualify using that methodology…personally, I feel a song to becomes Traditional when the song outlives the memory of who wrote it….your recent post recorded two ends of what appeared to be a long day….towards the end I got many flashbacks to earlier years…. (smoking the shirt)….. hope you are having a good day
Hi All…. Fair play for doing the gig for the Locked Out workers,,,,, it would be good to hear more details ? le do thoil…..Summer sunshine has finally arrived san Riocht,,,after lots of cloudy days… H
aug 16th Liberty Hall..details asap…..
Fair Play to You Christy! A major boost for the Locked Out Greyhound workers.
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