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Dia dhuit a Christy,
I’m sure you don’t remember me, although I met you once as a kid when you did a concert for my da and two other men who were in a tight spot, far away from home.
Anyway, I’ve always been a huge fan of your music since those days – often playing songs from your songbooks.
Because of that I really wanted to show you a project I’ve been working on, which I believe gives a way for people to enjoy music in a new way and for musicians to have a livelihood (which is difficult these days of course).
The tech was accepted into the ‘new frontiers’ programme this year for new technologies, and so if you have a minute to take a look at the video, any feedback from a musician like yourself would be hugely encouraging for me, and I’d greatly appreciate it. If you don’t have time, don’t worry – I understand!
Go raibh míle maith agat,
Happy Burns day, have a pound o haggis and a big cup of tea.
This is by my son in law, i hope you don’t mind, a plumber during daylight, a wordsmith by night. He sent me it today, you may like the references to the Barras etc
The Bard, Burns or Big Rab as he’s affectionately known roond here
Oor Sure the Ploughman Poet would have liked the modern Glesgae
Especially the gear
A charmful place indeed, he’d toast a dram raised in both hands
Before popping aff to dae a gig doon at the Barrowlands
Upon the stage he’d wander, a protégé called Snoop Dug in tow
The Bard would spit some bars, rapping wae pure flow
The crowd would hand him bucky and Burns he’d swallow doon the lot
Mad wae it on caffeine and stoned on Snoop Dugs pot
35 million albums sold, Snoop couldn’t get the fans tae react
Then Rabbie dropped the entire Killie volumes and the Barras almost cracked
Tae a sample of Massive Attacks Teardrops, the poet spilled his epic sonnet
The Dug screamed ‘Tam o Shanter y’ all’
MC Rab was on it
‘Is there a whim inspired fool’ rang out as his epitaph began
The fans started chanting ‘fuck Wordsworth , Rabbie is the man’
Finally the show ended with the lyric ‘ Let us do or die’
And the crowd spilled out on tae the Gallowgate with their Saltires in the sky
The Bard would return happy to the romance of his past
Knowing that his Scotland will soon be free at last
A strange future he would encounter
Much changed from the one that he called hame
Alas The Bard would still find wonder and that Haggis tastes the same
Hello dear Christy,
Hope you and yours had a good start into the new year. We are wishing you, your Band and Crew all the very Best for 2020.
Colm’s post caused me to have a rummage through our bookshelves and I rediscovered John Seymor’s book about old craftsmenship “The Forgotten Arts”, in one chapter he explains shipbuilding including the Galway Hooker – very interesting reading!
And the one you mentioned, I think it’s the “The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency” (Btw: the German title is “Leben auf dem Lande” ~ “Living in the Countryside”), was very popular in the seventies. It was that time when certain people got aware there’s only ONE planet earth! Decades later and the troubles are still the same …
Enjoy your winter break!
With a couples of dear Friends we booked a holiday to Ireland coming April. We hope to see you in Westport on the 9th of April. Just a question: Can you bring your friend Declan to join you for the concert?
I hope too
Back up the road and a conversation reminded me that on Monday it will be the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Unimaginable horror.
We must never lose sight of these terrors ,of what man can do to his or her fellow man.
In that vein i have some indelible lines etched ,where song can give us the reminder to never give up remembering, striving, acting and caring.
My immediate lyrics are from your ‘yellow triangle’ …eventually they came for me ,and there was no-one left to speak.
from justin currie’s ‘ a man with nothing to do’….when good men do nothing it’s true what they say, the devil is rolling up his sleeve.
Manic Street Preachers’ spanish civil war mantra song ‘if you tolerate this’….if you tolerate this your children will be next.
With xenophobia rife right across the atlantic, let your song ring out next week, and those songs with similar, vital messages .
Keep on keeping on Christy.
Let Us Remember
The oul songs and strings have opened many’s a door for you Christy. The best/and worst I can recall is starting off in the wrong key and forgetting the words at the Scór a good few years ago!! I see the Handsome Family got a mention somewhere in there too! Hard to bate a bit of alternative Americano when you’re in the mood for it!
Tóg go bog é Christy.
ar agaidh linn Joe
Hows things for you,
Just dropping by , awful fog here this morning and the school bus missed me and kept going !!!
I think the donkeys have super powers to see through fog they still shouted at me this morning .I was saying to myself where the heck are ye!
So I wanted to share with you about this house I live in. There does be a lot of people coming and going as a lot of locals dont have any English.People outside connemara dont believe that but it’s true.And they are not long in the tooth people .
Anyhow they cant read or write either. So my mother is the one that explains and signs letters ,fills millions of forms, mass cards,summons’s ,Bill’s,councilhouse querys, bank letters ect.They usually bring the ones with a harp on the envelope .I heard one lad describe a Credit Union letter the “ready reunion paper”!
When christmas comes they want to keep her on board for new letters. They bring salted rockfish, carrigeen,dilisk,wool,sweets,
Scallops,milk, eggs, a drop of the hard stuff.They may not be able to say a word of bèarla or read or write but they really know a lot about self suffincey!
Speaking of self sufficiency I recently read about by a man called John Seymour an interesting man who build a Galway hooker in
Wexford one time.. ever hear of him?
I wanted to ask if there is a recording of Jim page singing “Clock winds down” did he ever release that song?
One lad who has no English is particularly clever He goes to mass and confession just IN CASE there is a God even though he dont believe there is!!He says better to go to God on the other side than the bloke down below..
Thanks for sharing CS….your Mother is a might scrivener…wonderful to read how she helps so many of your neighbours…
your day off school in the fog reminds me of the “mitching`” Garda we had in Newbridge over 60 years ago…he was always on the prowl looking for any one mitching from School….Garda Enright was a fine big athletic man…I think he was a native of Kerry…he rode around on a big black bike with a double crossbar…anytime he caught miscreants his response was very convincing…most of us who he apprehended never mitched again…I remember him fondly..
Back in the 70s we took a stab at self suffiency…we left Dublin for a house and acre on the Castlecomer Plateau…..we had a book by John Seymour as our guide……the only thing I managed to grow successfully was onions….we lasted 2 years before returning The Black Lagoon where we’ve been ever since…
You might have been looking for sleep when reminiscing about venues and vibes…but ‘Marinated in Time’ isn’t a bad title for an LP,with an alt cook book if you go for ‘thyme’ in the title…
Free Trade Hall high on my list along with many folk clubs…also,as a side project-ace acoustics in some toilets,whilst tuning up away from a noisy room!
Enjoy listening time…I rediscovered ‘First Light’ yesterday…Richard and Linda at peak duo power…’Pavanne’ is such a well told story,with mystery…
Have a good day
winter greetings Dave
That’s the place alright Christy. It wouldn’t be renowned for its promotion of live music. Hard to bate Dungannon Leisure Centre for that! I’m enjoying Magic Nights on the Road, Spancil Hill is my pick of them!
Beir Bua a chara.
certain music rooms remain seared upon my memory…like sacred shrines to the performance music and song….some where I sat and listened, others where I got to play….Pat Dowling’s in Prosperous,Co Kildare where seeds were sown, The Old House in Blakeley,Manchester, The Forum in East Kilbride, De Barras in Clonakilty, Rakish Paddy’s in Lanesboro, Kennedy’s of Puckane,The Merriman Scariff, The Meeting Place Dublin, Sviebel in Hamburg,Flann O’Brien’s in Paris,Jasper Farrell’s in Sausalito,The Mercantile in Sydney,Slattery’s in Capel Street Dublin, rooms soaked in music,marinated in time, the joys of youth, the magic of collaboration, where porter sank with gusto, where connections were made, where tunes were turned,where love lingered, The Union Tavern in Congleton, The Cellar in Galway, The White Hart Fulham Broadway, rooms where dusk turned to dawn, rooms raided by rozzers, nicotine walls, “come on Lads, the sergeants outside”,
memories come tumbling back this winters morning, Seamus Ennis at The Grove in Leeds, Ramblin Jack Elliot in Thomas St Dublin, Tommy Potts in Friels MIltown_Malbay, Maggie Barry in The College,Harlesden, Handsome Family in Connolly’s of Leap, The Bothy Band squeezed onto a tiny stage in Scariff, The Great American in San Francisco,
dont know where I’m going with this Joe, its sleep I’m after, the head is fantisising,immortalising,I’m gonna try again, click the off
Well Christy, I hope you’re well. I was trawling through the archives of the Democrat newspaper here in Tyrone and came across an advertisement for “Christie” Moore playing his only northern gig at Clubland in Cookstown on Friday 4th April 1986. I wish I was of an age to have attended that one! Ádh mór ort a chara.
I think I remember the room…a zany nightclub style decor…a cage hanging from the ceiling….nevertheless we had a good night….
I’ll look forward to that, then
We have just booked our annual holiday to Cork around your gig date for the Marquee, really looking forward to again after seeing you in Belfast in 2019
we’ll give it De Banks
It’s a cold, damp and rainy Sunday in New Westminster BC but we just took the Q to Q ferry from our home in Queensborough to the New West Quay to have breakfast. The Skipper (a wonderful friendly girl) was playing Irish music for the ferry customers to listen to during the short boat ride. We suggested that she google you for some wonderful tunes and fabulous music!
This all made me think it’s been awhile since we attended the concert at Carrickdale last July and we sent you a note.
Hope all is well … you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you all the best in 2020!!
Sylvia and Bernard
I wish I wish that time would simply slow down….Carrickdale seems like twas weeks ago…Thank you for sharing….now 2020 zips along….taking the Q to Q for breakfast suggests a leisurely approach …..I’m gonna try to grasp and retain that concept
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