The Concert hall gig was mighty ….. but the barrowlands Christy , the barrowlands…. there’s hardly any words to fully do it justice…..awesome , amazing, absorbing, addictive, acoustic….. and that’s only the words starting with A !!
Ger was in the seats at the back of the hall ( in good company) and she was amazed at the quality of the sound during the show……. talk about filling a room. We are so glad to have been there to experience it all. Thanks to every one that makes it possible.
Thanks Christy and your band of jolly minstrels for a cracking night oop North. We took the overnight bus from Victoria Coach station on Friday night and then we took the plane back this morning for midday kickoff. Have to say we gave it our best but Oldham knew how to hold em. Anyways, 8 hours on a bus is surprisingly conducive to the pilgrimage. And what a glorious performance. Some fine additions in band members and fine additions in the set list. So I’ll leave you with the sound of ‘Oh it’s crying time again you’re gonna leave me….’ 🙂 xx from us.
Hi Christy, sitting outside the cottage in Emlagharan (the edge of Aran), Ballyconneely (townland of Conneeleys:
Hear the Atlantic seethe and swell
And hear the lonely chapel bell
God save their souls and mind them well
Tomas and Sean Conneely.
A beautiful and poignant song. The twelve bens are magestic…Belfast is a world away!
Christy great gig in the barras, that crowd would probably have any other musician running for cover. that’s the first time I’ve seen you in a long time. The last time was the Glasgow pavilion I think it was the pavilion and hamish imlach was supporting you. That too was a great night. Good to see Cathal Hayden playing with you. What a musician. Thanks
Thanks for “giving it the lash” at the Barras last night Christy, it was an amazing experience that me and my husband will remember forever. You are a legend!
To Jod81’s earlier comment, I’m a great, great neice of Mickey, he was my maternal grandmother’s uncle. I was shaking and my heart was thumping when you played the song, a great tribute. Thanks again for that.
Happy for you to pass on my email to Jod81’s or vice versa. I may be able to help.
Just back in the old Sod”I’m a Bog Man it’s where I come from “.
Words cannot describe how good the last two nights have been in Glasgow;;;;; from the grandeur of the Concert Hall to the wonderful,wonderful madness of the Barras. Two magnificent sets received with gusto by the adoring listeners. Thanks to you, the “Orchestra ” and all the crew who made it all happen, we are indeed privileged to share in the experience.
hi, i’m looking for any info you may have on Mickey McIlhatton ? i think he may have been a relation but can’t find very much info – can you help ? please ?
there are relatives of Mickey still kickin about but I have neither names nor contacts…anyone out there got any leads ?
I’ll make some enquiries, if anything comes up Ill let you know..
What a day what a night, it doesn’t get any better loved every minute, best gig yet at Mags Mcgivers, the band rocked and the crowd was brilliant.
Haste Ye Back
Gerry,Thats the job done…heading out the door now for Cairnryan, on to the Ferry, over to Belfast and down the road to Home Sweet Home. 4 great nights on our mini-tour of Scotland.You listeners topped it off last night in Mags Maguire’s.In 52 years on the road I’ve never heard such audience singing….I’ll carry that memory with me for manys the day…..from your full-throated singing ye then listened so intently to “Broomielaw” “Time has Come” “Spancilhill” and”Blantyre”…we exited the stage after 2 hours fully spent and utterly content…..sitting in the dressing room we listened as ye sang your way down the stairs, heading off out into the night , leaving the Old Ballroom to echo the spirit of all you dreamers…
many listeners travelled from Ireland, and further afield, to sample the Barrowland Experience…. I hope the venue survives the grasp of those hungry developers who wish to knock it to the ground…long may the rafters roar there..
thats it Lads and Lassies…Thank you all for the welcome and the memory…x
Christy- the cambuslang lads are missing one this evening. A friend of ours Jim Kerr passed away just before Christmas to rj bastard that is cancer and he religiously was at your barras shows. In light of today’s hammering, Could you dedicate joxer to his memory, it would be much appreciated. Hail hail.
Sorry to hear about your pal Jimmy
Well Christy, I hope you’ve enjoyed the Scottish tour as much as I have, lots of special moments and you’re in for a treat tonight to finish it off!
Hope the team have packed the shin guards, I think it could be even livelier than usual as spirits are high in the green half of the city. You had a couple of gobshites in the concert hall, but the non-gobshites might end up outnumbered tonight! I kid, the worst that will happen is that you’ll be invited to join a few choruses of The Lonesome Boatman, Here I Am Lord/Inspiral Carpets (depending on which version of the Brendan Rodgers anthem is on the go) or a nice rendition of Grace that has been taken to the hearts of the faithful of late.
In seriousness I’d like to say that it’s been a privilege to witness the level of musicianship on display this tour. I’ve seen you many times and always think the last can’t be topped but the new line up really has taken some of the songs to a new level. Big credit to the new boys, they’re a joy to watch. Then Declan, sublime as always, I thought he was going to take off during “No Time” the other night. And the lynchpin of it all, bringing everything and everyone in the room together, yourself – a mesmerising command of the songs, the voice and the listeners. Enjoy every moment of tonight, they’re always over before you know it and the next ones never soon enough (or maybe that’s just me!).
backstage now as the Listeners gather..always come here with an open mind..no other gig in my world challenges like Barrowland….have not played any stand-up gigs since the last visit here…..but despite everything that happens here there is always a generosity of communal spirit…no matter how loud and rauceous it becomes the crowd will respond to quiet moments…will get involved with the spirit of the song…there are a moments in the Barrowland Film “Come all you Dreamers” that always catch me, certain audience shots … some of my Barrowland memories are among the most precious….things have happened here that went on to become part of certain songs….at no other venue in the world has there been applause during songs at the end of particular verses…also beautiful spontaneous response to instrumental breaks that carry the night…all of this with respect to the players and the songs
of course there have been exceptions…on a few occasions drunkness has almost prevailed but, so far, has never taken over the night…dont know how many Barrowlands I got left in me
Lest it be the last one I’m gonna give it the lash tonight….
Heading over for the dreamers, what about singing Barrowlands for Tommy Gemmell, a Lisbon lion who would have frequented the ballroom in its hay day. Tommy Gemmell. RIP
Have a great gig Christy.
what a mighty man was Tommy..saw him play 3 times in Parkhead when I first came here 50 years ago..can still see him moving up the field with great control always fully aware of what lay ahead
Hey christy, what can I say, in Glasgow to see ye perform a storm once again. Myself and my good wife booked our honeymoon around your barrowlands concert in Oct 15, what a show. Here we go again, can’t wait 🙂 ps enjoyed your duet and show in Tullamore a few weeks ago:) #legend❤️Galteemountainboy 🙂
whatever you say say nothin
when you talk about you know what
…….we got our Dew in Tullamore…
Back again, so soon.I married my husband Ruairidh 20 years ago this year (the horse had bolted and we closed the stable door). Our wedding song was the voyage. In that time a lot of water has passed , we’ve battering a few storms, motored some calm shores and generally had the wind in our sails – what an amazing voyage
we just gotta keep truckin Finola…..one day at a time
Ah Christy, how awesome was that last night? Lucky enough to be in the front row , probably my 40 th or so time seeing you guys , absolutely loved it . I must be maturing , at the early age of 58, I got through a whole Christy gig without crying! Can’t wait til Barras tonight , tanx again .
lets hope the 41st does the trick Joe….getting into the zone here …
Come all your dreamers
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