Hi Christy. Thanks for the pick. I really enjoyed your show. My favourite was The Voyage and City of Chicago, North and South of the River and A Stitch in Time was cool too. You can really feel the music. In books and most songs you can imagine it but in your songs I could feel it. I wrote a song called Life. You can listen to it if you want. Katie:)
41 years ago today… Victor Jara. Let us remember. Love to all from the Bay.
Hi Christy, any word on a Dublin gig in between Christmas & New Year yet as looking to book up for a few days.
Hi All,,,Steve Biko died on 12 Sept 1977 , after being arrested on 18th Aug in Port Elisabeth and tortured during his interrogation, on 11 Sept he was driven in a prison van over 1,100 Kilometres to Pretoria where he died the following day… Let us remember,,, http://youtu.be/XI0c3c_epCU…. Beir bua. H
grey skies, might break.
just like to say a big thanks for making records and music that continue to inspire and move me. Some difficult times at the moment. Not major just house moves and life in general. So when I need to, I put on ‘Live at the Point’, have a smile to myself and think will ya ever get over yourself.
Matty Groves says you keep hanging up on him.
Some great posts on here this week.
have a good weekend.
Just wanted to commend both yourself and Declan on your up & coming concert for the children of Gaza. Tis a wonderful thing you are doing.
I wrote & recorded a song recently that is in keeping with the theme & I kinda hoped you might get a chance to have a listen. If not, no worries. But i wanted to send it to you given the night that was in it. I hope you don’t mind.Kind Regards, Tom
Hi. The solo gig in Carlow last night was a great treat, especially for young Katie in the front row,,, she is a big fan and went home very, very happy,,,, as it seems lots of people did,,, as I eavesdropped on conversations on the way out, !! it was such a warm evening people lingered around in the foyer and car park chatting, the buzz from the gig carried over,,,,, and more to come,,,, mile buiochas agus beir bua.. H
the first solo gig since Knocknagoshel in Summer 2013….betimes I felt very exposed with the sound being so stripped back….I’ve grown accustomed to the songs being wrapped in a cocoon of music be it with Declan Sinnott and Jimmy Higgins or with The Mairtín O’Connor Band ( Mairtín,Seamie,Cathal,Jimmy)..It took me an hour last night to find my solo groove..finishing off the gig I was despondent feeling I had not done a good gig. This was soon dispelled by the reaction of the audience and the crew who all seemed to feel otherwise. You mentioned young Katie in the front row…she was a guiding light last night, to have one so young listening intently to the songs was quite an inspiration…… when I asked her to pick a song she requested “North and South of The River” which reminded me of working with Bono and The Edge on the very day they launched their latest magnum opus…fair play to them they are still to the good, forging onwards bucking all the fegrudgers….
After the departure to bigger and better things the best radio broadcaster in Ireland left behind a legacy of humour and off the wallness the likes of which we’ll never see again. When the lights when out for him I though holy frig what’s St Peter gonna say when Gerry lands?
So here goes…
When he walked up to the Pearly Gates St Peter said hello
i’ve missed the craic with you and Sean, on my wind up radio
They won’t allow us batteries It drives me half demented
Cos most of those who live here died before they were invented
We’ve got cavemen here and pharaohs and Moslems and some Jews
Gandhi’s into footwear now he’s selling hand made shoes
We’ve got a Dali Lama proud as punch of his position
And a protest group outside they call the Spanish Inquistion
There’s lawyers bangin on the gates tryin’ to get in.
Politicians saying sorry they’ll never lie again
Maggie Thatcher’s waitin’ to be asked, she wants in without a fight
Cos even when she knows she’s wrong she thinks she’s feckin right
But Gerard Michael Anderson lets go for a dander son
And tell me ’bout the places I heard of on your show
Talk to me of dances and Ballrooms and romances
As a Chessman and presenter you were the king you know
Tell me more of big John Wayne and Pecker Dunne and Coyle
Spinnin’ songs by Captain Kirk on the boat goin’ down the Foyle
Playing Daniel and the rooster’s crow and talk along to Phil
Or maybe Mrs Miller singin’ Spancil Hill.
Your visit to Dodge City and other cowboy places
And bus rides round Rodeo Drive spottin’ famous faces
Bumpin into Jimmy Stewart and playin with the Hawk
Gandhi says he’ll mind the gate while we go for a walk.
Oh and dont forget oul Geordie Tuft with yarns of ducks and sheep
Thirty years of memories you’ve given folks to keep
So though your up here in the clouds with Elvis and Les Paul
Your spirits very much at home in the hills of Donegal.
This was an idea for a song. God knows there’s no shortage of humourous material about Gerry God rest him,
I’ve no melody worked out yet.
thanks for posting…Gerry Anderson was lovely man…I met him maybe half a dozen times, it was always about the music…I recall two particular occasions,both live interviews for BBC Radio Northern Ireland…one in HIS studio in Derry Stroke Derry, another when he came to RTE and we did a “live” one hour phone-in programme ….what I remember best was the fun we had…he had great empathy with people who phoned in their requests, he would coax them along as they regaled their stories, nothing flapped him nor did he leave any stone unturned …he knew his stuff when it came to songs and music….. he honoured me when he sent me a copy of his book, I read it very quickly, could not leave it down for he too was a player who travelled the roads when roads were roads…another night he came to my concert in Vicar Street with his Wife and Family….travelled all the way down and sought no special tratment…afterwards we sat and drank tea and ,as always, Gerry was the finest of Company…I thought we had lost him to BBC London once but back he came to Derry Stroke Derry and took up where he had left off…I loved his quirky TV specials too…..thanks again for posting, it allowed me to pay small tribute to my late Friend…Gerry Anderson
Tá tú ceart seachtú bliain a mhac,Bhí deich caoire istigh aréir agus gabhar amháin beag bídeach isitgh ina lár.Like an avalanche of sheep!( instead of suits)
CS 9 ( 10 i ceathar lá eile )
P.S. Mo Giant Marrow won at festival
I am flabbergasted to see the strength it took to hold up that gigantic marrow,..
I knew that you could dance and I knew that you could sing,
play the banjo and guitar and make the rafters ring…..but, in anam Dé, I did not realise that you had the strength to lift such fierce weight….I wish you a great year at school and a very happy birthday…..10 years old and the world at your feet….Round you go heel to the toe
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