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Wasn’t that some weekend of Rugby! Scotland are on some “Voyage” Rory! Your lads pretty much own the Calcutta Cup at this stage! That kick from Finn to Van Der Merwe for that try was a thing of beauty! However isn’t it a bit disappointing that Van Der Merwe is distancing himself from the fact that his parents were folk and jazz fans! Love the start of this interview! Well worth a peek! I think its true!
a bit of an oval hang over
Italy on the verge
Twickenham in our sights
back on the District Line
Good evening Christy,
Getting my play list mentally sorted for the journey to Aberdream tomorrow, wish i still had a car cd player mind you, a lot easier to stick on the old disc than fiddle about woth a phone.
A glug of Matt, Slice of Joshua, a chunk of an old sweaty bloke from near the Hill of Allen, possibly with a dash of Lyle Lovatt finished off with a touch of Manic Street Preachers just to wake me up before a day at the old coal face.
The Manics feature in Arthur’s Day, a salutory tale that features twice on Where i Come From . A decent wee set of lyrics , plenty lessons learned by letting it slip into the bloodstream via the lugs. Mr Diageo certainly knows the tricks of the trade.
I might just reach for the house cd player and stick it on now in fact.
Ps Finn sent them homeward, 4th time in a row.
a fair old spin from Hawick to Aberdeen…hope you get thru your set list
Calm Sunday down below here, hope it’s as peaceful whereabouts you are.
I’ve decided to add North And South to the songbook, beautiful song that I personally found a meaning to but I’m also interested in the original meaning. I enjoy a song that i can relate to, a good lyric that can be heard from multiple perspectives.
I’ll talk soon again, thank you – Matty
its 35 years since I started writing that song…the original version veered off in a different direction when a young Bono took up the baton…then The Edge wrote the riff that carried it away to where it still reverberates today….
I’m sorry I killed the conversation with my tales of funerals.
Here’s something I like
Great rugby yesterday
Ireland keep getting better and better.
England, not so much…
Anybody else end yesterday with a good curry?
Saag paneer. It’s spinach and cheese. Sounds awful, tastes brilliant to me.
I was a rogan josh fan before the vegetarianism struck.
we’ve no problem with Funeral reflections here…not big fans of wedding stories…we find funerals more interesting …
we like a bit of saag, bindi, dhal, roti but the Rogan Josh still lingers among the favourites….”Chapatis Over” sang Hamish and him still steaming after a Vindaloo…. ( he’d always put the bog roll in the fridge overnight)
The add comment button is back. The bafflement is passed…
I’m glad that recording gavecyou so many feelings and memories. Youre right, it ise weird listening to ourselves. Takes a bit of courage, we don’t have other people’s filters do we.
Thank you for the good wishes from you and Ed. Wednesday was strangely a good day. My relationship with my father was very straightforward. We liked and loved each other. I feel very lucky to have this. The funeral was as toned down religiously as I could make it, with 3 priests filling up the place… I brought myself and my Dad into it with a wicker coffin, woodland flowers and Liam O’Flynn playing Easter Snow.
We repaired to the Golcar Lily for the funeral tea. I made everyone welcome with lots,of food, old photos, and the first drink on the house. We had a good time talking and reminiscing. Lots of memories, funny and sad. I felt very supported. The priest didn’t try to convert anyone and my brother (also a priest, I’m surrounded by the buggers) almost behaved himself.
My Dad would have been very happy with it, and so was I.
Here’s something. I dontcknow what you’ll think about it. It’s something very unusual, I think.
I think it is amazing..thank you for posting this gem….John Jacko Reillys distant companero
Hello Christy, I’m happy to hear that you are working on a new cd and I hope it’s coming soon. Kind regards..
Its all go here
every day brings fresh perspective
it might never happen
last night I thought it was almost done
this morning there is still work to do
but there is Rugby today
and potato beds to prepare
And to conclude Christy: your eclectic next album, featuring throat singers, some Swiss yodellers, aboriginal didgeredoo, Rick Wakeman & Acker Bilk
Title to be decided…working title “ Moore Sounds”?
Back to work, now…!!!
Hello Rebecca, I hope the funeral tea went well and ye met up and revived old cherished memories of your da.
Ed, allow me to join you and express the same good wishes to Rebecca
Dave and Heather Brady got me wandering along and I ended up here.
It’s probably been posted before but it’s such a treasure that it deserves a regular run out. It’s long though, so your album work will probably stop you listening. The rest of us may have more time, I hope.
The Mucky Byre Folk Club,
I remember that gig….Sunday night…great resident singers…pints of heavy, wee drams…two 20 minute sets….£8 plus petrol….I listen to myself 56 years ago…weird…a bit pissed….nylon strings…no plectrum….two songs in the set that I dont remember ever singing…stayed with Jim in Newport, across The Tay from Dundee…..then drove onto Kircaldy to play The Elbow Room on Monday Night..
Thanks for uncovering and sharing…
in conclusion- …… sobriety is a great gift
Yes Graham Nash IS a rare old folkiie…a bit like that time Pete Seeger filled in for Jimmy Page in the Yardbirds, & Mrs. Miller elbowed Jerry Lee Lewis off the ivories…
Well, if Beyoncé can “go Country” who bows…Taylor Swift warbling “The Foggy Dew”…?
Dylan (& others) have shown “an artist never arrives…they’re always on the way …”
Regards to all
you hit the nail on the head there Danny
Pete Seeger in The Yardbirds…theres a gig to ponder
Jimmy Page in Nana Mouskouri
Charlie Pride in Steely Dan
Frank Zappa in Foster & Allen
I once stood in for Johnny McEvoy
Bob arrives every night…and always moves on
word on the street here …Bono to remain in Vegas
Shania Twain repares to The Curragh of Kildare
Good afternoon Christy,
Thousands of Starlings are now roosting in central Hawick, meeting up at dusk and flying over the town in their thousands, coming together like a great song.
I thought last night that they whirled, swooped, split up, came back together, ducked, dived and made glorious shapes just like the musical tune named ‘king puck’ from the album of the same name…..beauty, speed, grace, entertainment and joy.
those Starlings are all you describe.. as long as they keep their distance…in close they can be nasty, aggressive and accurate shite bombers…. I wonder what they make of us ?
There used to be a thing to click at the top to take you to the comment box. Now you need to scroll down to the comment box once you’ve signed in. It’s not really more complicated. I think I’m just easily flummoxed these days…
I’m on an android phone, I don’t know what it looks like on other devices.
I’m on to Cape Canaveral constantly…I’ve instructed them that old ways are best
Fantastic return to the midlands last night.
You mentioned your first night in Mullingar was 1972 , County Hall.
It was my first time hearing you all …. As a young teenager I got hooked and thankfully it has continued right through to this day. It’s been a wonderful journey, and made so many new and fantastic friends along the way, the connections you have created across the continents is truly remarkable. I just cannot imagine any other artist that has woven such a like minded community together.
I’m eternally grateful for the privilege….. long may it continue.
52 years on and I well remember that gig…very early Planxty days…we were still a four piece with no crew…Liam Óg and I shared the driving, Donal set up the 4 mikes, Marshall Amp, 2 speakers ( Crazy Boxes from Joe O’Neill in Glenamaddy) and a Binson Echo… our first single “3 Drunken Maidens / The Dublin Reel” was no 3 in the charts…Donal and Andy were familiar with the joys and pitfalles of chart success having been in Emmet Spiceland and Sweeney’s Men…Liam and I were Hit Parade Virgins, wages were on the up. porter was plentiful and the Transit had aeroplane seats..sheer luxury
Well Mullingar never lost it, this gig used to be the first gig back after Vicar St and was always highly anticipated , well last night was mighty, great buzz, big happy crowd, some real gems , Rocky Road to Dublin was such a surprise !! There were no messers for such a huge room, well if you exclude the guy looking for Mary from Dungloe who must have a great memory !!! https://youtu.be/445nk4U8kp8?si=1JN_1BRkjo22RWS_ It’s great to be back on the road anticipating many more gigs, le cunamh De. Thanks C. Beir bua agus beannacht,. H
“Mary From Dungloe” was one of the first songs in my earliest repertoire..I found it in Colm O’Lochlainn’s book Irish Street Ballads circa 1964….I used to sing it out Clancy Brothers style as an up tempo rouser..loved singing it…Emmet Spiceland later had an arranged harmonised version that was a number one hit back circa 1968…its a great song…I was tempted last night but good sense prevailed…
sorry to hear that entrance to the guest page has been altered and become more complicated …no on told me that this was the case…I’ll talk to the back room and see whats the story
Oh dear, I’ve been totally foxed by the slightly different layout of the guestbook. It’s taken me over a day to work out how to post a comment. It must be age!
It was the Topic Folk club Zoom night on Monday. I zoomed along and sang Spancil Hill and Caledonia. We had singers and poets and Joy playing the fiddle. They asked me to finish the session with another song so I gave them the Curragh of Kildare.
I hope your album is swimming along nicely.
The Topic Folk Club…theres a blast from the past….Fri nights with a Curry afterwards in Bradford’s Lumb Lane with Dave and Heather Brady…I heard Cyril Tawney there once….great songs from a fine singer
Hi CM & team:
Port Fairy Folk Festival coming up here …Luka Bloom, Judy Collins, Graham Nash & scores more..
Can’t get there but ace lineup
Saw Finbar Furey & Arlo Guthrie there years back…
41 degrees today expected here @ ‘Dura
Loving your set lists CM – long, strong shows
Graham Nash..a rare old Folkie
How’s it going Christy,
I’m looking to tip away on a bodhran and I was wondering if you had much advice about it. Gave me chills hearing the well below the valley in Lyrath, knew I had to give it a go one day. I haven’t bought one yet so I want to make sure I’m buying a quality piece. I gave the guitar I long game over the break as I just finished the mocks, going well it is, if only I could say the same for the fingers which are on bits. I hope to see you again if I can get a few tickets.
All the best, Matty-
maybe borrow one for while and see how you get on before committing to purchase…re advice….its a hard one that….I play with the hand…nearly everyone plays with the stick or beater…I started off with the beater in early Planxty days but latterly I prefer playing with the hand ( ie middle finger) I prefer the tone from skin on skin….re sore fingers on guitar..you gotta stick with the pain of sore finger tips….the pain will soon abate and then you’ll have joyful years ahead strumming,plucking, plecking,
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