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Thankyou so much for listening to my recording of Musgrave. I am overwhelmed by your comments on it. You give me hope.
I have a similar problem to you with Before the Deluge. I feel as if they evolve too. I’m thinking that maybe it has chosen its own name and it’s Before and After the Deluge. It’s a strange relationship with songs we sing, isn’t it. I feel as if it’s important that I give them space and don’t get in their way too much. I’ve no idea how that works with songs you’ve written yourself. What does that feel like? Do you find they wander off and do their own thing? I know that as I sing other people’s songs they keep growing and deepening. Singing is the best thing I’ve ever done.
Do you mind me asking what songs, or types of sings, are you favourites, to sing or listen to? I have a big place in my heart for songs with a strong narrative. There are others that sit quietly like jewels and others that bite.
What a thing this is.
Please can I say thankyou to everyone that sent birthday wishes, and happy birthday to Bryan (I hope that is spelt right). Pam, is tha sayin am nowt but a stripplin? Thank god for cake, indeed. Christy, have you ever been to Betty’s tearoom?
Thanks to Hilary for the ITMA Liam O’Flynn feature… I really enjoyed the Leo Rowsome memorial piece too.
Strange lockdown times that seem to be the norm for awhile,sadly.All the best,Christy and belated Happy Birthday to Rebecca.I’m sure she’ll enjoy the harps on http://www.itma.ie.
Belated happy birthday wishes to Rebeccah, 50! By gum that’s nowt. Hope you managed a socially distanced ‘do’, and thank god there’s always cake. Pam
Turned 45 on the 16th… How have I got this far??? I’m on the back nine of life.
Two down with six to play. To think I was three up after five… Bloody Convid !!!
Cry like a man, probably.
Happy birthday rebeccah, here’s to the next 50…
The woman of new october takes the rain ,and early frost is on her shoulder.
Greetings Rory…..sometimes it can be hard to keep the best side out …its great to have such a bunch of on-line companeros to brighten up the days….
“Come gather round good people and a story I will tell”
Sorry, I meant to say
Ive completely redone the accompaniment for Yellow Furze Woman. Working really hard. It’s such a beautiful song.
your Grove-Leeds-version of Musgrave rings out sweet and true..hope you get to play it “in situ” before too long…thanks for your comments on Yellow Furze Woman…. at the outset I called it “Wise & Holy Woman”..sometimes I forget the original titles to songs.. a few have gained second, even third titles as time evolves…..
“The Ostrich” became “Everybody Knew, Nobody Said” and then “Anne Lovett”…
“Finglas Boys” renamed”All for The Roses”
I can never remember whether Jackson’s classic is “Before”or “After” The Deluge
“The Other Side” morphed into “Tyrone Boys”
It’s my birthday today. I’m 50, which sounds very grown up and mature. I can’t see that happening anytime soon.
On Thursday I bought tickets for your Cork gig next June. They’re not great seats but they are on the way here. I live in hope. I looked in my purse and the tickets for Ennis are still there. Front row both nights. I hope we get to hear you sing and play very soon.
I sent my video of Musgrave into the folk club at the grove. They’re running online on Friday nights on facebook at the moment. They posted it on the page during the session and said it had a floor spot. I’m so pleased.
Welcome to the 3rd quarter Rebecca…..
See the slave ships sailing into port , the blood of Africa’s on every wharf.
Today is Anti Slavery Day, and so Listen has to be the album of the day Christy.
Such a lovely, gentle album but with some beautiful messages and gifts secreted amongst the tunes.
Have a good day Christy
“Listen to the snow fall gently on a mining town”
from that beautiful song by Hank Wedell
A gorgeous rendition of Mickey Finn’s Air (Eamon Flynn on piano):
“Sez Mickey Finn to Galligan, Hey Peter,what ye takin”
Hi All. The Irish Traditional Music Archive is a treasure trove in Merrion Square in Dublin, they have produced an online series of programmes ” Drawing from the Well” .The first programme is on the legacy of Liam Og O Flynn. It is presented by Louise Mulcahy, a very talented piper, who is practically a Kerrywoman ! she shares some of the gems from this massively important archive generously donated to the ITMA and offers an amazing insight into the genius and personality that was Liam Og. There is the link https://youtu.be/-_SNC6zSVDc beir bua and beannacht go deo. H
its a beautiful insight into the Music of Liam Óg,
thanks for the link Hilary (practically a Limerick woman!)
The ITMA continues its vital work
In the spirit of you sharing music and encouraging players, there might be some interest from some readers about the lessons and info on offer via http://www.pegheadnation.com .
There looks to be a good mix and,if nothing else, it’s an interesting site to have a wander/listen to whatever’s on offer…
All the best
Dave…Thanks…just had a wander round the world there….from C.F. Martin’s workshop I strolled aimlessly ’til I ended with with Gary Moore playing George Harrison”My Guitar Gently Weeps” with George himself….time to draw the curtains,put on the porridge,start the day…..
Well done Brendipoo and Bryan, fair play to both of you for your contributions to Dundalk’s homeless, and keep up the good work Brendipoo! Most of all thanks Christy firstly for bringing us all together, and for your generosity of spirit allowing us to ‘share’ your music.
Tomorrow is WEARITRED day. The charity Show Racism the Red Card are wonderful but underfunded, stretched and struggling for the oxygen of publicity.
On Friday 16th October can i encourage folk to wear something, anything, red. This can be a shirt, a shawl, hairband, t shirt etc.
Red will show support for SRtRC, tackling racism, sectarianism and discrimination, a cause close to my heart.
I invited them into Scottish rugby last year,after a bad experience at our club, and the cause is growing as the word spreads.
Time for the Yellow disc i think, to send me towards sleep, Yellow Triangle etc.
Tomorrow the red disc, the red t shirt, the red badge and the red shirt.
WEARITRED folks, cheers
Christy, we are missing you.
If I was a bolt of lightening
My worst gig experience was playing tubular bells in a piece when the composer was there.
They collapsed in a huge clanging heap.
Hey Christy.. hope you and yours are all doing well.. got listening to Live at the Point 2006 today.. some great recordings captured that never get old..
Had an unfortunate mishap last week and wondered if similar ever happened to you; I was due to play/sing at a funeral and between one thing & another ended up in the wrong church, gear set up, sound check done and missed the funeral as a result…mortified don’t even cover it!
I remember a gig from the Sligo Park circa 2011/12 when you mentioned that you just had a tooth removed the day previous and any, “F” words would just sound like a load of air..
“But today I don’t want to be anything else; but myself” – what a great line (tis’ on here)
Apologies for the quick extra blurt, but my son in law sent me this wee piece he wrote, and i thought that it may tickle the fancy.
Envy Of Dog
To live obliviously
Autonomous from human conception
Without relying on religous console
Or awaiting the conclusion of secular reason
While a more afflicted species
Picks up your shit
What’s not to envy.
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