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Hi Christy , hope all is well. great to see you are doing the gig in Bray at the mermaid centre, lovely venue saw Declan and Vickie there a few years ago was a great gig, Liam clancy played a gig there i think in 2008 did not get to it..
been listing to the burning times album this evening , love listing to it.
any chance hearing motherland or mercy at Athy on Thursday
its a great song
See you in Dreamland
“Motherland” got a run out in Ballabunnon…..”Mercy” is a song I obsessed upon when learning, arranging and recording….yet it never transferred to the live set..I may have gigged it once or twice but it died on me in the live setting. I might get it out again..
That said,there is a lot going on here in the workroom at the moment..
I’m looking forward to “Dreamland”…it was the “Barrowland ” of my youth..there I heard Brendan Bowyer, Dominic Behan, Prince Vince, The Dixies, The Freshmen, Paragon 7,
we used to cycle from Newbridge to Athy, we’d dance, fantasise, fall in love, get stood up,..I recall riding home across the Curragh on my old Rudge (with 3 speed and dynamo) as the Sun rose from The East….more then once with a passenger on the bar of my bike..
see you in Athy Adam….
A yarn from Rory Makem…..
When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I started to dig into my fathers records. I very quickly devoured the Kingston Trio, the Tarriers, the Dubliners, Archie Fisher, the Corries, Ryan’s Fancy, the Bothy Band, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee. Two acts that always stood out were the Weavers, and Woody Guthrie. I kept going back to the Weavers and Woody.
The summer before I left for college, I went with my parents to see Pete Seeger at the Lowell Folk Festival. I was in awe. One man with a banjo, in front of 2,000 raptured people. After the show I was with my parents behind the stage. Toshi saw my mother and ran over to give her a hug, followed by my hero, Pete. That night I got to carry Pete’s 12-string to his Subaru.
Years later, I was on a tour of Ireland with my father. I asked him about his time in New York. One story had me in tears. In or about 1966, CBTM were at the height of their popularity. Woody Guthrie was dying of Huntington’s Chorea in a hospital in New Jersey. He had heard about the boys but had never met them. Pete was visiting Woody, and he asked about CBTM. A few days later, Pete asked my father if they would come out to the hospital to see Woody.
The next day, Tom, Paddy, Liam, and my father, all piled into Pete’s car and drove out to the hospital in New Jersey. They spent hours singing songs for Woody.
In a hospital room in New Jersey in 1966. It was just Pete Seeger, Tom Clancy, Paddy Clancy, Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem, singing songs for Woody Guthrie.
Thanks for posting this lovely reflection from Rory Makem….it stirs some personal memories of my own with CBTM,also of a comm I once recieved from Pete Seeger
Many thanks for the link to what Scotland thinks of the eejit wall builder, who thinks he is ‘scotch’.
Charlie was on the protest in Glasgow against his visit, proud of my lad.
America you gave us the hamburger president, america you know where you can shove your hamburger president.
Ah the protest song, such a fine medium.
All the best from scotchland
Now the Lunatics ARE in charge of the Asylum
I always figured you were playing some drop down tuning..now it all makes sense.. a friend of mine plays with her hand on the top of the neck and the guitar backwards..blew my nogging first time I saw it…it works for her…for me I regret I never learned lead guitar, .. like you, too late to change niw.
Richie Havens favoured the thumb too…of course, young Jimi bate all….
playing bodhrán can influence rhythm guitar playing..
Hi christy…just wondering out loud..if you were to start it all over in the music business would you still have done it the same way.. .and keeping in mind not too many artists will record unsolicited material…where does a songwriter go with his material….I’m not looking for contacts just some good old christy moore advise…murt
I really dont know..
I’ve never considered myself as a “songwriter”…more as a singer who wrote a few songs…in 50 years I have written maybe as many songs….far as I know, there have been a few covers but I never sought them…
If I was to start all over again I would change but one thing…I’d learn to tune my guitar properly from the outset..tuning the 6th to F (accidentally) set me off on a false tack that I have never managed to correct
i hope the lilywhites do the job for you today.
my pal cammy sent me the link to spancil hill on youtube, you and shane, special stuff ,and even though i had viewed it several times before, magical moments like that still send a tingle up the spine, let us hope for some on the park today.
Monaghan beat us in a slippery tussle
Limerick beat Kilkenny in a classic game of hurling
Kerry and Galway are at it now
as are Croatia and France
I’m exhausted trying to keep up with it all
Over that last few days on Facebook I had to pick one album and one artist that changed my life….. I could of pick 10 Christy moore albums that would of done that!!!!!!!!
. So tonight I’m listening to smoke and strong whiskey..
I remember this album being released as a 11 year old and my uncle Kevin playing in it in his mini as we Spun around the town…
This album is heading towards 30 years old and still sounds fresh and a lot of these songs still make the set list!!! I don’t have a favourite album But this is one of the special ones!!!!
The production on this album was second to none…
the process of making that album proved difficult,there were hard decisions along the way but,as you rightly say, many of the songs have stood the test of time…must give it a listen sometime…..I’ve always liked the sleeve….
May our Lily bloom this afternoon in Croke Park
“NEWBRIDGE OR NOWHERE”
Hey Christy. Thanks for the shout out tonight in BallyB. Really special. Fantastic night. Loved uncle Jimmys song- Sail on Christy and thanks again.
Fair play JimBob….Butterfly nearly got away on me
Never played the j 43, …kinda rare guitars…if you ever get to play a 1968 Alvarez yairi it’s a great sounding guitar.all handmade natural real wood no laminent…but your right ,can’t beat the takamine as a workhorse…
I think I’ve given up the search..when a man has more guitars then chords its time to re-access…I bought an ocarina at Dublin Zoo last year
Then we shall come to you…boo hoo! My 3 babies are 13, 15, 27 now…time to show them their roots…take them back to the Cathedral in Galway where we were married maybe catch a Christy Concert..I’ll plan it around your schedule!! It’s time! I write music as well maybe I’ll post you sometime…lol..we are listening to you now dancing in the kitchen! Viva LA Quinta!!! Cheers!
round the floor and mind the dresser
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