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Hi there, I’m the proud owner of Christy’s second album Whatever Tickles Tour Fancy. But there’s one problem: the album is not available on streaming media. Up till now I managed to obtain most tracks via other albums. Now three are still lacking: Bunch of Thyme (A4), The Ballad of Timothy Evans (B1), and my favourite, Van Diemens Land (B5).
Can anyone provide me with these tracks in mp3 format?
Thanks a lot!
Greetings from The Netherlands.
#OTD in 1597 – Death of Fiach MacHugh O’Byrne (Fiach Mac Aodh Ó Broin), Lord of Glenmalure. https://stairnaheireann.net/2021/05/08/otd-in-1597-death-of-fiach-machugh-obyrne-fiach-mac-aodh-o-broin-lord-of-glenmalure-4/?fbclid=IwAR0z2–W5Y-ZLfP6XJYACa37edC3FrCW19OK04cQvJfL3YE0-0IWSXUmH68
#OTD in 1945 – Birth of folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Christy Moore in Newbridge, Co Kildare.
by Stair na hÉireann
Christy Moore is one of the founding members of Planxty and Moving Hearts. In 2007, he was named as Ireland’s greatest living musician in RTÉ’s People of the Year Awards. The former lead-vocalist and chief songwriter of Planxty and Moving Hearts, Moore helped to bring the musical traditions of Ireland up to modern standards and he has been a major inspiration to many modern Irish artists.
Traditional Irish music had little influence on Moore’s early music, trained in old-time pop tunes and religious music, Moore was inspired as a teenager by American Rock and Roll. Moore moved to Britain in the 1960s and began busking in the streets, whilst seamlessly extending his repertoire of traditional and folk songs. After returning to Ireland later in the decade, Moore released his debut album recorded with Dominic Behan in 1969, “Paddy On The Road”.
Whilst recording his album “Prosperous”, Moore assembled a band that evolved into Planxty. The group’s fusion of Celtic music and high-energy rock made Planxty one of Ireland’s most influential bands, and brought Moore together with fellow diverse and skilled musicians Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn and Andy Irvine. Although he left Planxty in 1974, Moore returned when the band’s original line-up reunited in 1979. He remained with Planxty until 1983, when it evolved into a new band, Moving Hearts; Moore served as front-man there until leaving to resume his solo career in 1985.
Prominent albums from Moore’s solo career for the following 20 years include “Ride On”, “Voyage”, “Smoke and Strong Whiskey”, “King Puck”, “Graffiti Tongue” and “Burning Times”. The excitement of Moore’s concerts have been documented on five live albums, “Live in Dublin”, and two “Live at the Point” concerts, as well as “Live at Vicar Street” and “Planxty Live”. His solo recordings between 1981 and 1991 were anthologised on the “Christy Moore Collection”, and “The Collection Part 2” followed in 1997. “They Never Came Home” is a song about the Stardust fire of 1981 where 48 people died. The song was recorded on the “Ordinary Man” album and was released as a single in 1985. The song achieved notoriety when Moore was hauled before the courts because the original song suggested that the fire exits being chained was the only reason for the disaster. Judge Barry Murphy ordered the “Ordinary Man” album to be withdrawn from the shops and costs were awarded against him.
Moore is best known for his political and social commentary which reflects a left-wing, Irish republican perspective, despite the fact that his mother was a Fine Gael county councillor and parliamentary candidate in Kildare. He supported the republican H-Block protesters with the albums “H-Block” in 1978, the launch of which was raided by the police, and “The Spirit of Freedom”. He has also recorded songs by the hunger striker Bobby Sands, including “Back Home in Derry” which is based on Gordon Lightfoot’s song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”. He ceased supporting the military activities of the IRA in 1987 as a result of the Enniskillen bombing.
Hello Christy and All,
Good morning to all, Reading this guestbook is becoming a long job. Messages from everywhere. What a great place.
The astra zeneca jab hit me really hard. Woke up feeling better this morning.
Lots of songs to sing and two beautiful harp pieces. They’re both very old. If I can get my fingers round the last corners I might post them here. I love the really old music.
Belated birthday greetings Chrisy. Falls Road chowder on me…woo hoo!
How was the birthday? I was amused at somebody telling you how welcome you’d be in Allenwood. What did you do to them? There used to burn turf in a power station there, I can recall from my school geography. Tell them you’ll nip over to Allenwood on the Honda 50. And in the man in New York in his own dark shut down bar watching the NCH show. Poignant. I can feel a story coming on. They must still be in lockdown. Someone sent me a John Cheever short story and I’d just read it. ‘Bear bua’ as someone on Radio Eireann would say some years ago.
Good morning auld yin,
Listening to the Green disc a few times this week, and i think The Grey Lake of Loughrea must have hit the bar for inclusion into the Early years album.
Such a beautiful song, and perhaps unusually with piano backing.
I learned a bit of piano as a nipper but it never really stuck…too much need to get out and kick a rugby ball. Have you tickled the ivories?
Have a good weekend
Happy Birthday Christy. Another year wiser. Looking forward to having the music back live. Always remembering your interest and kindness. Beir bua. Doherty family.
Happy birthday Christy. Hope all is well in these crazy times. Great to catch the NCH gig last week – almost as good as being there in person (without the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd as a wise man once said). Hopefully theatres and halls will get to open the doors again soon and we will get released. Thinking of all the crew who work so hard behind the scenes to make the gigs happen. Sta safe and we will hopefully meet again along the road.
Happy Birthday, Christy. I hope the year ahead is a good one for you. A couple of days ago, I was driving in an unfamiliar area and my phone maps “voice” kept disconnecting. I had to wave down a truck and lo and behold, the fella was from Athy. He was extremely helpful as he led and I followed and eventually got to my destination. You can’t bate the Kildare boys. And his truck was lilywhite!
Happy birthday young buck, I hope you have a great time blowing out the candles and enjoying the company of family and friends
Hi Christy, Happy Birthday and all the best to you! I hope you can enjoy the day with your loved ones.
Thank you very much for your brilliant NCH gig. I really enjoyed it! For sure it was a completely different atmosphere, but having you here “at home” was special. Great choice of songs, even with difficult topics like the holocaust. Frightening that the number of those “demons and devils” is rising again here in Germany while fewer and fewer witnesses are there to talk about our horrible past.
Good idea to have Andy on stage as in the lockdown videos, your voices fit perfectly.
Stay safe and let’s hope for further gigs rather soon!
Happy birthday Christy… we really enjoyed the livestream last Saturday… hopefully won’t be long before we will see you and the band live sometime soon …Tony .. Fiona
Happy Birthday from us all
Another birthday Christy…. enjoy the time with Family. Health and Happiness.
Happy Birthday Compañero ! Thank you for amazing gig, you rock as always ! Hugs from the Bay !
Happy Birthday. Great memories from the Briery Gap and Kilkenny concerts.
All the best to you and the family.
Lucy & Owen Kelly – 2 Kilkenny Cats in Exile
Luke Kelly – a proud young Corkman!
ps many moons ago, when I first heard ‘ Live in Dublin, there was no way to check out the Koppel brothers who wrote the powerful/mysterious ‘Little Mother’…now, I have easy access to web pages about them, ‘Savage Rose’ etc – still one of the saddest songs ever. How on earth did you find it? (Great to read the recent post/reply about collecting songs, by the way,) D
Happy Birthday Christy🥳your welcome in Allenwood anytime
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