Neil and Callum McColl did Tunnel Tigers, ….and provided strong musical backing to the proceedings throughout in guise of a house band with Liam Bradley on drums and Roger Eno on piano, among others, so it was quite the ensemble …. Kevin Rowland came over all Brian Ferry on Curragh of Kildare which I found a bit weird to be fair -but I didn’t realise how good a voice he has and he showed it off to great effect with a version of Carrickfergus that was really good.
Just packed my bag for Dublin to see your gig on Saturday. Always the highlight on my Ireland trips! Hope you include Well below the valley and Biko Drum
Greetings from the Netherlands,
Great stuff on Friday night Christy, thanks for the request from the table of lads front row centre………..finally found the plec after the house lights came on. :):)
that was a great night in Vicar….great audience singing..good vibrations…lots of good requests…this is year 50 of the tour…on nights like this I realize how fortunate I am that the tour still rolls on, that I have such a great team around me both on and off stage….glad you found your plec !
We’re going to see you in the Shearwater in Ballinasloe on 8th July. Any chance of the Dalesmans Litany.
First Up-Best Dressed
Delighted to hear that Lily is now available and look forward to hearing it. I have a birthday forthcoming so that’s an easy decision for someone! I have heard some of them live already but looking forward to having the new collection of songs in their entirety. Many congratulations and every success with it.
I found myself at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday night and it was great to see Andy Irvine doing a rendition of James Connolly. -Your’s is the definitive version I think, though haven’t heard you do it live for a long time (fair enough -there are so many other songs to sing). Paul Brady got the pulse beating with Nothing but the same old Story -(great song..esp. when sung in London). And Ewan McColl’s sons Neil and Callum were also brilliant. Cait O’Riordan got things rockin and blasted some of the enamel off my teeth -But the revelation of the evening for me was the playing of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill.. spellbinding, electric and magical…brought the house down, (that feeling of pent up energy, building in the room and just erupting after the last note was played.. The silence -then the roar…a special moment) and the President would have been in the moshpit himself if he hadn’t been stuck up on the balcony!
All the best for Lily’s debut and the forthcoming gigs and thanks for adding another album to a mighty collection.
Martin and Dennis weave a magic spell….we get to hear then every year and they never fail to enthrall..good feedback on the RFH gig..great line-up in a favourite venue..what did Neil and Calum play ?
Super gig last Thursday night- incredible to hear so many different songs from different eras coming through and I love your rendition of Lightning Bird Wind River Man. Have long been a fan of Declan- Looking forward to seeing you again on Friday followed by Declan in Vicar Street on Saturday!
“Round and around the tune would ring, the melody reverberating,
Mesmerising and absurd, more like an angel then a bird ”
and him with a grand head of curls on him…..
glad the new songs are settling in…
hope all is well with the briefs at the bar
Hello dear Christy,
Hope you’re enjoying Bealtaine!
It took a while until I’ve got the possibility to thank you for the two great gigs we enjoyed so much a week ago when the moon was full. We liked your mix of new and old songs and Seamie’s and Jimmy’s accompaniment, the’ve got the rhythm! And to see Mick Blake on stage was a lovely surprise.
A very special GO RAIBH MAITH AGAT for “The Gardener” – the long wait for this expressive song was well worth – you sang it so beautifully by the banks of the river Shannon and it was a pleasure to hear it for a second time the following night. It’s such a wonderful song … I love it!
On the Beara Peninsula we’re blessed with glorious weather this springtime, ideal for walking, no blooming fuchsias yet but primroses, violets, first bluebells and other wildflowers in abundance … and the beams of Ardnakinna and Sheep’s Head lighthouses make us feel welcome.
Looking forward to seeing you again next Saturday in Dublin!
Best wishes, Traudel
so far May has been bountiful..heard 40 great songs at a singing session last night…singers from Ireland,England, Scotland, Spain and America…
The Gardener is a lovely song to sing….I think I am going to change the Key..hope all is blooming on Beara….
Playing the much hyped,recently released, acoustic Sandy Denny compilation,’I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn’….I have almost everything Sandy recorded…and have loved her music for decades.
‘Unicorn’ is a thing of rare and mysterious beauty.
heard a great accapella version of Matty Groves last night at a singing circle…..a stoater…
Happy May Day.Christy
Associations and memories generated by music have to be a large part of the mojo,I’m sure…
Your mention of ‘The Yellow Bittern’a few days ago,took me to Liam Clancy,the voice ,brilliant RTE film and a subsequent e mail exchange I had with the much missed Suze Rotolo.And ,not least,the role the Clancys played in opening so many ears to the power of the traditional…
Last night I went to a concert based on music played by the orchestra of women prisoners in Auschwitz.As poignant as you’d expect.The song that encapsulated the melancholy was ‘Autumn Leaves’…I had the pleasure of hearing Dylan’s version at Manchester Apollo a few months back and that was also magical – in a very different way.
Awhile back ,I mentioned the possibility of a gig to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Judas'(allegedly)aka Bob Dylan playing The Free Trade Hall.’Electric 50′ is being held at Academy 3 (Manchester Uni-from where tickets are available)on Tuesday 17/5/16 (50 years to the day….)a mixed cast ,recreating Bob’s ’66 set list.Andy Kershaw is the MC (worth going for that!)
Today,at The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa,there’s a celebration concert.The Center is also playing ‘The Live Wire -1949′,the only known recording of a Woody gig.In New Jersey to a small audience..Hopefully,this will be more widely available somehow….it might be like trying to find ‘Journey’ for those of us outside RTEland.!
Good to read that Lily is soon to leave the nest.I’m sure she’ll flourish.
Have a good day,
Whallup there Dagrab
After 5 gigs and a documentary I just now feel able to speak. I’m ready Christy for Lily of the West. I’m changed irrevocably and all for the good. Thanks to decky and jimmy, and to the wonderful conduit Mr Devine, to Paddy, dickon, Davey and Johnny. We went to the Folk Awards the other night and Rhiannon Giddens won Best Folk Singer. She took to the stage with her daughter and said she was passing the songs on to the next generation. Norma Waterson said the same.I took the daughters of the Cake to see Lynched last night in Hackney, who were fab, but going home we sang johnny Connors. They compared the Struggle of Johnny connors to the plight of women in the world.I’m trying to pass it on because like you said the babes will be gone in the blink of an eye. Thanks Christy for your journey and for always coming back. xx
Hey there Anuk…always good to see your name come up…I glimpsed you a few times on the last tour..its lovely to read that your Young Women are getting into the songs….Lynched are a joy to behold…a lovely band of rapscallions
Yeah, the cost of the old porter muse in Ireland is outrageous! You can thank Goldman Sachs and the City of London.
The Ospreys are back!
God Bless, Good Luck!
My 3rd time seein you do your thing on Thursday night christy was my favourite as yet bees wing had a tear or two falling in memory of my mammy who fell victim to the bottle 13 years ago , I was the fela that pointed out that eejit from Tyrone who was sat beside me and the wife. Think your playing the slieve donard later in the year I’ll be there. Thanks again keep er lit!
sound Tommy…it was a good night…the lad from Tyrone did not detract from the fun..in fact he sort of added to it….see you in Newcastle
Wally will be in The Annsley House on Friday 13th May, along with Johnny Mulhearn…lashin out the hits.
Great night with John Spillane, they fell under his spell, and he’s itchin to get back…hope to line up a few more artists soon.
Primula last spotted humming along in the Barras….
Ye’d think the Duke of Spring would send a bit of sunshine…
Lets make it a tart..
Saint Teresa of The Roses
The Black Crow
The Green Bangle
Babies in Blue
Smoke and Whiskey
………………..there wont be a dry leg in the house…..whallup to Waldo and Johnny Gretsch
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