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Christy, thanks again for dedicating Ordinary Man to my Dad, Terry, last night. It was very moving and touching. A special night and we enjoyed the gig immensely. Keep her lit!
Sound Eric..Ride On
Well little did I know I’d be back again this week…thanks to Scally Wag, I now look forward to attending tonight’s gig..this time leaving the 8 comrades at home and taking another first timer! I was at a wedding over the weekend and in the middle of the sing-song at 2AM or so I was asked if I knew how to play, “So Do I” .. I was surprised because it’s one of my all time favourites & a man whom I had just met at the wedding from Wexford sang it beautifully…This is the day the fisherman likes..
that was a noble call Kev…we enjoyed rehearsin it and playing it for you….Wally writes beautiful songs
Hi Christy. Thanks a mill to you and your fellow musicians for a lovely evening’s music last night. Quiet Desperation struck home as a lovely, touching moment. I really liked the arrangement and updated lyrics on Johnny Jump Up. The high energy songs lifted the roof and the quiet moments calmed the soul. Thanks again and happy Christmas to you and your family. Ciaran.
O Never O Never O Never Again
Dear Christy I hope you are well. We went to see Song of Granite last night at the ICA in the Mall, in the shadow of Buck House where Betty swings from the chandeliers and on t’other side Horatio looks down his nose. Elegantly filmed and very quiet and powerful depiction of the wilds of Connemara. I was delighted to see Colm, and to see him sing and dance. His face is beautifully compelling. It left me asking many questions about the emotional life of Joe Heaney, but I suppose it was about the songs as opposed to the singer of songs. And also the journey of the immigrant which influences the songs. A seemingly quiet and private man. Also I was pleased to see Damo, Radie, Lisa O Neill and Cathal in the film. Reminds me of the terraces when they sing ‘he’s one of our own’. We’ve had a glorious year of music and film with your album release a special moment. So many times I’ve heard the songs but every time anew. And to see Adam’s photo was wonderful. Theres a good lad if ever… Thank you to you all. 2017 was fab and yet I sense great things in 2018 for everyone I know. So… Mind the ice and don’t fall over. Peace and joy and cake to you. Xx
Cake, cake ,puddin, stuffin, sprouts, cadburys selection box, usa assorted,truffles, magnums,brandy snaps,trifle, overhang, gout, liver salts,alka seltzer,7lb extra, diets,salads, ryvita,
and then the whole bloody business starts allover again….
a cats flux
always good to hear from you..we had a right gaggle in Vicar last night…singers,listeners, rapscallions, pups, drunks, serious types, off duty officers, on duty alkies, nurses, make u artists, piss artists,Jockeys, GAA Stars, a wicket keeper and a grim reaper, septic tanks and voss in doolins
Joe was a one off
today not “three in a row – like the Dubs” but only one. Thank you very much – see you in Dublin on January 03 next year. Have two wonderful concerts with great fans an a blessed Christmas week.
Have a good trip
Morning Christy hope all is well with you just like to wish you Val and family a very happy Christmas and to all the crew have a good one.The Massey 165 is in for a service but will be back on the road for a trip to Vicar st on Jan 10 ,the pride in the parish must be be way up after Sunday’s game that was some comeback
Anyway stay well and face the puck out
Moorefield GFC Leinster Senior Football Champions…
My mind races back to 1956, the last match I attended with my Father…we were still in the Intermediate Division in Kildare….todays achievments beyond our comrehension….I remember matches in Rathcoffey, Moone, Narraghmore, Suncroft…back then we did not even have our own Pitch and Moorefield used to train on The Irish Ropes Pitch beside The River Liffey……
“On The Road” Number 1 in the Irish Charts !
Beyond all hope and expectation but hugely enjoyable now that it has happened….all those below us in the charts have widespread global profile and shift huge numbers of albums the world over….. but this is where we live and its a HUGE buzz for all of us who have worked on this album
47 years since “Paddy On The Road” was released and instantly deleted (Thanks be!)…only when this current album was in my hand did I realise the similarity of title….I can hear it now, “He gave up the Paddy”
safe journey on Jan 19th..make sure you get the Massey in for the NCT…I hear they will be spot checking come the New Year
best Wishes to all your family Iggy
Back home from Santiago and deliverd our precious Irish treasures and made somebody very happy!
We wanted to visit the grave of Victor Jara but it is a bit out of town and it was to hot.
As I can see your gigs are all sold out for the next months. You are worse than U2 these days!
Maybe I’m to blame,my PR works too well 😀
Anyway will find a way to see you again somewhere .
Good Christmas times for everybody and see you in 2018.
Thank you for for what you have done….
First of all your a legend
Secondly any chance of two tickets on the house for your Bridgewater show in Manchester
God Bless U2
hi christy, i bet you are on cloud nine after the start of your vicar street shows, it sounds such a magical place.
the second box set idea would be fantastic, as there are just so many gems that can be reawakened from their slumber in corners of the recording machines of your travels (though ON THE ROAD is a wonderful collection ,there are so many more we would love to hear ).
the colour coding of the box set cds was a really good idea indeed ,and means i can select a cd for the hour’s particular mood.
i really feel the true meaning of songs and their resonance on the cds even more so when i hear either an explanation, a tale or a spoken intro, so hopefully you will get round to that second box set sometime ,though with all these sell out gigs to play over the year ,i am not sure where you will find the time!
i bought a friend the box set last week, because as we travelled to parkhead to watch the celtic play last week i put on the cd player ‘on the road’ ,and he became a new and instant fan as soon as Joxer joined us on the journey,and i reckon that the box set is such a gem that it became his early christmas present…..he was delighted.
some of the recordings on the box set may not be perfect but to be frank it lends to the character and feeling of the song. who was to know when you recorded,for example, Bridget’s pill, just where the road would take you…..and us listening and enjoying along the trail with you.
all the best
Went to see “Song of Granite” today….
I’d recommend it to anyone interested in Sean-Nós Singing,
in the depth of emotion that exists in some singers,
in the lonliness of prolonged exile,
the beauty of Connemara,
how traditional music and song impacts upon exiles living far from their native roots
The film is based on the life of Joe Heaney ( Seosamh Ó hÉanaigh )…he was widely regarded as the leading Singer in the Sean-Nós style……I met him a few times in the late 60s early 70s..
Vicar St becomes a magical place when listeners gather, create lively atmosphere and exude that uplifting enthusiasm….
the venue itself also has many qualities,a great crew who care about their work, our team are always welcomed by the House Crew….
I’ve played there maybe 150 times but also attended many memorable gigs there….Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Roseanne Cash, Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran, Jackie Mason,Sugarman,Jackson Browne,Janis Ian,The Henry McCulloch Tribute gig, Fund raisers for Med Aid to Gaza, Pakistan Earthquake appeal, Peter McVerry Trust,a gig for Dublin Rape Crisis Centre….all these are but some of the memorable nights at Vicar Street…….
the next box set…thats an entirely different matter…lets come back to that at another time
Congratulations on the No.1…..it just shows that real songs in the right hands will always win through, and stand the test of time.
Loving all the good vibrations from HQ; one and all seem to be having a Ball…. For me, I have to wait for January Man to arrive, but better late than never.
Enjoy the 2 next week, and I wish you and Family a wonderful Christmas.
Best wishes to all Songsters, Gagglers,4711ers,Poets, Painters, Princes Princesses Baristas Petrol Pump Attendants, Dental Assistants, Sextons & Sextants,Ornithologists, Birds Eye Fish Finger batterers, Consultants, Misters,Witchdoctors, A1 bucket carriers, Vatman, Batman,Vatican Whitewashers,
and to you Patsy, thanks for all your feedback across 2017….
and Mullingar fast approaching yet again….
Fairytale of New York what can I say ! Brilliant rendition !
Great tribute to Shane on Sean O Rourke’s show !
From strength to strength the Journey man goes ! Well done Christy.
I enjoyed that chat with Sean O’Rourke…..twas like sitting in a warm snug with an old friend
Just sitting here watching the Late Late Show on RTE Player, as I listen to your words about The Time Has Come and loneliness of the families left behind, it struck me that it is still the same for families today. Irrespective of the political views of those going out to do whatever, there are mothers, fathers, children left behind with broken hearts. I often wonder if they stopped and listened to your song, would they look for another less destructive way to make their voices hearing.
“O my lovely Young One,
O my lovely Young One,
Gone from Tír na nÓg to Tír na nOíche”
Congrats on reaching no 1 in the album charts, jez uve cost bono a few quid knocking him off his perch…..well done buck.😁
The old songs keep calling me,
calling through the night.
Lovely to re-watch the RTE Facebook live this morning from The Bay. This 1972 interview could have been just yesterday, some beliefs never change.
4711ers Flemish travelers brought a Kerry-made-copy of the new album yesterday and we shared dinner and pisco over your good health… See, you never far from the heart.
The heat is unbearable here but the books are flying, all is good.
I wish you, family and listeners a very happy Christmas time, oh I wish I was in Dublin…
“The Nighthawk flies, the Owl cries as we’re driving down the road.
Listenin to the music on the all-night Radio show
the announcer comes on ,says if you’ve got ideas I’ll file the patent for you.
Whats an idea thats not in the store,makin a buck or two”
“Its a long way from The Heartland to Santiago Bay
Where the Good Doctor lies with coins in his eyes
and the bullets read U.S. of A.”
Hi Christy, I am not sure if you remember Terry Scanlon from Auto Audio and Alarms who would have helped you with your cars and mobile phones over the years. He was orginally from Dublin but lived in Trim, Co. Meath. He is my father and introduced me to your music as a child, and I’ve been a fan ever since. We used to go to your concerts together. Saldy he died by suicide in 2009. I will be at the gig in Vicar Street on 19 December and would really appreciate if you could play Ordinary Man or The Voyage for him.
Thanks for sharing Eric…indeed and I do rem your late Dad, sorry to read of his passing
hi christy! so sad to see that the gig on 11th januari were sold out, was going to come over this time again and take my dad with me to be a part of the magic that i witnessed last time. dont know if you remembered me but you gave me a song on stage and signed my Picture i brought. best reguards jonas from sweden.
greetings to you and to all Swedish Songsters and Dancing Queens
hello christy….thanks a million for those first two vicar streets gigs you were riding high from the get go and you had us audience in the palm of your hand from start to finish…a man of top of his game for sure …was lovely to hear butterfly again live and nice to see john o dreams slip quietly back into the set lists…..
and i would like to thank you for giving a shout out and dedicating the voyage to my good friends paula and don on monday night….canadian don has been a great fan of yours for many years and during his trips over while conducting his long distance courtship of paula this was the first time he has been able to catch a concert…and boy was he over the moon when he heard you mention his and paula’s recent marriage…paula also a big fan has seen you many times before and as they both held hands during the voyage i could see tears rolling down her face while don just sat there open mouthed….thanks again..looking forward to traveling over for two more gigs next week…and even more thank yous to declan jimmy cathal and all the other singers and musicians who have joined you on stage this year to entertain us and of course another big thank you to your magnificent crew who all do an outstanding job with the sound lights etc.. …all the very best and good health for the coming year to you and your family…..the back pocket is already stuffed with tickets for next year’s continuation of the never-ending-our….
The Vicar St Venue has (sort Of) become our home venue…. I’ve prob played there more often then anywhere else as its been a regular halting site for 20 years now….caught some great gigs there too
thanks for your ongoing support and feedback…..always good to see the crew getting a shout out….they play a big part in what is heard and seen, they are very committed to their trades and supportive of the band..
this current band is a safe house for me…. all working towards the same end, all supportive, caring and sensitive
yes its lovely to have “John O’ Dreams” back in the set..it has emerged in a different Key and Cathal carries it home across the line….Jimmy is totally pugged in and alert to every nuance of the gig as it rolls out …. Declan always looking for new notes and riffs, to my right forever cooking up fresh sounds in which to wrap the songs
Keep Comng Back
Hi Christy, what a fantastic gig on Monday. Thank you for your lovely words about our dad and we cannot thank you enough for your hospitality and I’ll send a couple of photos. Mega love from Vhari, Fiona and Mairead xxx
Love to all the Muirhouse Road crew…always great to see ye…ye bring light and laughter with ye wherever ye go ..just like Dear Hamish did all those years ago…hope Jim is feeling better and that Wilma is in good form…part of me still sleeps out on that Motherwell balcony !!!
What a blinder of a gig you played Monday night in vicar street, back home in Derry made the night, you’re attempt at spancil was mind blowing and when you had the whole crowd singing along and you messed up everyone stopped with and you and started again and no one could care less, you should really think about recording a live version of spancil Hill for you’re next album but it’s a Truely amazing song, ceann de na amhráin is fearr a cheolan tú, An bhfuil iomra ar bith Thart aníos anseo go Ghaoth Dobhair go dtí an Amharclann úr, Tá mé ar an Choiste, Bhí mé ag tríal fáil I dteagmhail ach ní bhfuair mé rud ar bith ar ais
ná bach cara
what will be will be
I’m only the singer in this outfit
the backroom team make the gigs happen
they load up my sat nav
I never know where Im going til I get there
even then I dont be too sure !!
I was playing in Toureen one night and I thought I was in Toronto
(until I met The Devil)
Good luck and best of health for your Vicar Street marathon, dear Christy! We won‘t be there, only in spirit – but we convinced our good friend Carol to go to her first ever concert of yours! She comes all the way from New England to see you in Dublin on the 19th, just because we told her how much we love your gigs, this made her curious … Be nice to her, will you?
By the way: Exactly the same happened to us almost 10 years ago, when our good friend John in New York City continued to rave about your concerts, so we finally capitulated and booked a flight to Dublin …
Uwe and I will have to be patient until we see you in April – then we can celebrate our 50th concert with you … All the best and take care!
I just love this
a message from Hamburg
requesting a song in Dublin
for a woman coming from America
The Internet at its very best !!!
“you may travel far far from your own native home,
far away o’er the Mountains, far away ‘cross the foam”
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