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Thanks for responding to Chris’s post yesterday. I was interested to hear how you remember your father singing ‘Eileen og’ to you. I have a similar memory – of my father singing ‘Eileen Alanna’ to me. I grew up in Glasgow and my family heritage in Irish.
Very excited to be coming over to Galway on the 16th to see you for the first time.
Christy, really enjoyed Dreamland last night, Cliffs of Dooneen in memory of Liam was emotional, how did you remember the words of Amsterdam? even Paul Mc forgets them ……. A nice handy job going in Kildare, an Bainisteoir, would you give it a shot.
Paul’s song flows like Virgil’s Aeneid…we got the redundancy, we met in Coffey’s,the plan was hatched.then up to Joe Dunne’s travel agency (beside McCabe’s Petrol Pumps)…off to Collinstown,Ryanair to Schipol, ( 5 euro for a piss), over to Mulligans and then the Leinster Final in The Blarney Stone, after dark around the Back-of-The-Barracks …it just flows John…imagine a similar song about the Willie Week….( blow-up whistles instead of blow-up dolls)
Thanks for your reply and I am sure Br Kevin will make good use of the few quid I know them for some time. My words were expressed for your sake and thanks for your kind wish for my peace of mind which I have by forgiving those who cause me grief as Christ forgives me my failings.
I taught you used sing in Tullys bar in Dublin street in Carlow on Thursday night.
I was away in England from 1966 -1972 but I heard about Tully’s…also heard about gigs in Carpenter’s…Sweeney’s Men used to play there as did Luke Kelly and many of the early balladeers…I lived above on the Comer plateau for a few years in the 70s…. used to play in El Ruedo, Fury’s,and Pedigree Corner…good times knockin about Coon,The Ridge,KanesBridge,Mhuine Bheag,Leighlin Bridge,Ballylinan,Mooneenroe….
Was wondering if you have any plans to play in London soon.
I played London last Month Seán, two good nights in The Festival Hall….if all goes well I’ll be back there next year..nothing firmed up yet….here’s hoping that freedom of travel will prevail….
“Flow Sweet River Flow”
Myself and my wife are coming over from Bristol to see you in Galway on the 16th. I last saw you 30 years ago in Hammersmith (sorry about the gap!) with my then partner. We had a row on the way home and split up. I loved the show. She didn’t quite get it. Shortly after I met the love of my life, with whom I shall be coming to see you next month.
So, thank you Christy for your accidental input into our lives
Chris and Eileen
Never mind the gap Chris…hope you both have a good trip over….Bristol to Galway, two of my favourite cities…
My Father used to sing….
“Eileen Óg,my heart is growing grey
ever since the day you wandered far away
Eileen Óg, theres good fish in the say (sea)
but there’s none of them like The Pride of Petravore”
What a great talent and passion you have Christy I remember it from hearing you in Carlow in the late1960s. The love songs were wonderful BUT I was disappointed by so many ballads against the Catholic Church and the mockery of Christ on the cross who hung there for you and me. I really wanted to walk out in disgust but stayed in hope of hearing some balance but all I heard was your praise of PAGANISM AND WITCHCRAFT. God gave you the gift of free will which gives you the opportunity to re-examine what seems to be your faith as portrayed in songs. What is more serious for you is that you preach and teach it to your vast audience, and you will have to answer for that in your judgment. I will pray for your conversion, but you must choose CHRIST after whom your mother called you or satan the devil.
Thanks for sharing Jimmy, I appreciate all who take the time to offer feedback….
in lieu of your apparent disgust, I will forward your ticket money to Brother Kevin at The Capuchin Centre …..
May the light shine upon Jimmy, I wish you Peace of Mind
(PS. my first gig in Carlow was in 1973 with Planxty)
Christy. Im sitting her reflecting (with you on the stereo of course) one week on from your concert. We could have sat there and listened to you all night long. Thank you so much for the shout out and lovely rendition of The Voyage. Hero’s or idol’s shouldn’t be thrown around lightly and you are both to many. You are a national treasure. If we sold you the IMF would owe us!!
Greetings to all Canadian Songsters….
to the sounds of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Hines and all who sing and play across those rolling plains of Canadayio
Just back from the gig in Dreamland
Wonderful stuff as usual congrads to you and Deck , Jimmy and Cathal.
Great atmosphere in that old Gaelic hall in Athy.
Boundless energy, powerful numbers
Particularly liked the Irish Pagan ritual and Hurt, the Johnny Cash song
But for me the song of the night was Spancil hill . It took me back to Christmas 40 years ago, you see it was my late fathers party piece . He’d sing it at all occasions and as he was from Milltown Malbay in Clare the song meant everything to him.
Thanks for that Christy.
Its a great auld song Barney…
Certainly in my top ten….
its 8am next morning..
I’m still buzzing after last nights fun in Dreamland…
( I did not open your package yet !)
Christy writing this just after the Dreamland gig.
What a performance
That was one of the best experiences I’ve had watching you live.
I’ve had the darkness in on top of my all year and for a few hours tonight it lifted as I got to enjoy the gig with my dad. Beautiful.
In the car on the way home and we’ve discovered Rob Corcoran and his powerful song after you singing it tonight.
Thanks for everything.
it surely brings relief ..
when rays of light reach into those dark corners..
may you keep that old black dog at bay..
I wish you peace of mind..
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