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Súil agam go raibh Nollag deas agat agus do Clann..agus bliain nua faoi mhaise freisin ..
Happy christmas and greetings to ye all who come through here .Did you know the farm animals speak like humans on Christmas eve?You must never ever listen to them though.Its not good to listen in ..
Bláthín and Noinín are snug as a bug on a fine bed of straw in the shed .Dadó Bearna was here for christmas dinner.He took one look at Bláthín and reckons shes in the family way! I guess only time will tell !
The Dreolín is in full swing with a blast of flashing lights from china on the house to welcome the wren boys.The lights are so bright I reckon if the fog lifts they could be seen from Aran .Or maybe even as far as Sceirde rock.!
if Dadó has Blaithín leis an leanbh ceapim go mbeidh sé ceart
a Belfast Dadó visited us 36 years ago and gave us similar news before we even knew ourselves
of course, now that I’m a dadó myself I realise that not all dadós are so blessed
I did not have one winner in Leopardstown yesterday
Hello Christy I hope you and I have not contracted gestational Christmas diabetes. Anyhoo I know Christmas is about giving and sharing and not being excessively consumerist…..in fact I told the girls it was Noam Chomsky day and they got some sprouts in the stocking. I however am beside myself because Santy brought me 3 tickets for Barrowlands, Glasgow Concert Hall and Edinburgh. Can you imagine such a gift!!!!? I was just busting to tell you. I couldn’t be happier. Keep warm, buzzing and keep on keepin on. Xx
I’m happy that its over,
enjoying a few quiet days
discovered a new dessert today,
take 1 slice of Christmas Cake ( preferably baked in Lisdoonvarna)
remove all icing
Fry in butter until both sides are crisp
Smother in cold custard ( a dollop of whipped cream could be additional or optional depending on availability or need to regain fridge`)
wash down with strong coffee ( preferably grown organically by Women)
getting ready for a return to stage next Tuesday commencing year 52 of world tour
considering some wardrobe adjustments
same songs but different lights
hi im dead nervous about doing this , can you give me some advice about how to get someoene like yourself to record and play one of my tunes , i have a couple that i really think would suit you…..one is called my eyes , a song about accepting the end of a relationship and recalling the beauty of that relationship…………..and the other is a tune called nazi boys , which talks about the stupidity of racism and the joy of loving all cultures ….its quite an angry tune ……….in my little town im quite well known as a songwriter………..im knocking on now…..and due to muscular dystrophy cant play live my fingers are fucked ,,,,i hope you dont think im too cheeky , but you get nowt if you ask for nowt…..i have digital copes i could send you….any advice you could send would be great and if you could give my tunes a listen , if only briefly id be so grteful , take care man love your stuff
Hi Christy, how are you doing?
I’m a young lad who is starting at guitar and have recently taken an interest in your music after my dad handed me down one of your old songbooks. I was wondering if you would have any advice for someone who wants to start playing songs like Lisdoonvarna or any advice on guitar playing in general.
Thank you very much and have a Merry Christmas!
I got my first guitar when I was 16…bought it from Ned Bulfin at a Fleadh Ceoil in Portarlington… I played every day until I had 2 chords C and G7…..then I learned F and G….when I learned A minor I started playing all the more….my only advice is to play play play, get some help if poss but best from someone who knows the kind of songs you want to play……
its hard at first but gets a bit easier as time goes on….hope it all works out
Another magical moment when I put on the On The Road tee-shirt 2 days ago…yes, 11000 km away. Here’s how it was possible. I asked Hilary Scanlan. She got in touch with Paddy Carroll. He got the shirt neatly packaged, sealed and delivered to my friend in London who came back to Malaysia last week.
Really appreciate what Hilary and Paddy did to make me happy. It was Arklow July 21 all over again!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Good to hear from far distant listeners, to know that the songs are travelling far and wide….I’ve just seen a photo of you wearing your shirt !!!
Happy Christmas from all in the Hills. See you along the way in 2018 …roll on year 52.
As Colm Gallagher might sing
“I’m so happy now that Christmas Day is over”
the eastern sky was full of stars
and one shone brighter than the rest
the wise men came so stern and strict
and brought the orders to evict.
love to ALL this christmas, no matter where or how they were born.
Good man Rory……
I’m sure this is a busy yet somewhat conflicted time of year for you christy as you juggle personal life and commitments with the likes of folk like myself. That being said its a special and something of an embarrassing Christmas for me because, to my eternal shame I have just been for the first time introduced to the genius of Christie Hennessey. Understanding now how important he is to the music I have come to love and also to yourself I felt compelled to express my belated appreciation of him, to you. I hope now also to extend unending gratitude to you for the warmth and guidance you have given me and countless others through your work. Your an inspiration and a national hero, like Christie through your work you will live forever. Nollaig shona!
put away all that auld embarrassment and eternal shame….dont forget your shoes and socks and shirt and tie and all….tell Percy we were asking for him….
have a happy time Tommy
Hi Christy ,
Would like to wish you and all the family a very happy Christmas and New year , not been to a gig in a bit but lovin the new album and so look forward to see you again in 2018.
Jimi & Svetlana
O the towns of Kilrush and Kilkee can be seen”
I just wanted to wish you a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2018. The last time I wrote to you to tell you how much I loved your new album, you sent me a rather delightful little weather report, which coincidentally was also very helpful as my husband Eamonn was heading to Ireland later that day for a pre-Christmas break with his family, so he knew what to pack! Well, it’s mild but misty here in Shanklin. I hope it’s better where you are.
All good wishes, and have a lovely day tomorrow.
so far its all going well..
I think I’ll get up and face the sprouts
I have followed you since I was very young! I’m now in my middle age(GAWD help me!!) & I am blessed with a teenage son of 17, Daniel!! He has listened to your songs for years but only started to take real notice of them over the last cúpla years! I now get to hear a live version of your songs being sung whilst he’s in the shower, which is most nights! I brought him & a cúpla of his friends to your concert in UL last year…I booked & paid for Glór in February BUT mixed up the dates & missed you!! We are finally going to see you again in Vicar St. Dublin, on the 2nd January, 2018…we are incredibly excited, we can’t wait!We’ll be at the Tables….I promise not to stand on them & sing with ya!! You have been such an intricate part of my life, from Planxty, Moving Hearts, to date! Míle, míle buíochas for getting me through such sad times but also through FANTABULOUS times! This will be my first time in Vicar St…although I saw you during the early years of Baggot St Inn, Mother Redcaps & other such haunts in Dublin. May you have many more years of health & happiness in enjoying what you do. Nollaig Shona Dhuit agus athbhliain faoi mhaise duit!! Tina & Daniel(the 17 year old!!) Walsh.
Hey Tina, Thanks for sticking with the songs thru thick and thin….not many have been around since Planxty and Baggot Inn eras…Mother Redcaps now sadly standing with weeds coming thru the windows as Nama try and place it favourably..the Baggot has been turned into some sort of pub/betting shop/crematorium/lighting emporium…..seems a long time since Moving Hearts downstairs / Mr Pussy upstairs and Charlie McGettigan trying to clear the shop if only to impress the Sergeant drinking balls o malt in the back snug….tell Daniel to cut back on the showers or he’ll be bald before hes 20….see you at the first gig of 2018 when I’ll commence year 52 of this old tour…hope Santa comes to Mullagh
Christy, I was lucky enough to get to one of your gigs in carrick on shannon in April a few months ago! My dad brought me up listening to your music and I absolutely can’t put it into words what your music means to me!
your gig next April in carrick on shannon is sold out and I was hoping to get my dad tickets for Xmas to bring him as he has never been and he has heard so much about me on about your last gig!
I’m so disappointed I didn’t grab the tickets sooner for Christmas for him!
If you have another date closer to carrick on shannon would you let me know please & thanks I appreciate it a lot!
I’ve been on this road since 1966. Never before have I experienced such interest in these songs. Christmas ’66 I was scraping out an existence in London. A few bob here and there knockin around taking anything that came my way…Willesden, Harlesden, Fulham, Quex Rd, Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Chiswick were on my beat….Guitar,sleeping bag, Donkey jacket and early repertoire were the sum all my belongings
Jan ’67 I took the road to the United City of Manchester and my luck began to change…
51 years later it may be time to reflect on how the journey has unfolded…
I hope you get to a gig with your Dad…..its an experience many of us have dreamt about, that misfortune sadly denied….
Merry Christmas,Nadolig llawen Christy and the family Have a good one see you along the way.
Nollaig sona duit mo cara
Greetings to all comrades across the water in Holyhead and beyond
Christy, and all the crew and band..another fantastic night in Vicar Street..thank you very much for another great year of gigs…highlights include the run in The Pavilion,and New Ross gigs. The solo gigs were perfect..hope to get to see more in 2018.
Time goes so fast at the gigs…only on and seems you’re out the door like a shot..
I wish you, and all around you, a great Christmas & New Year and continued health and success on the road…hup the number 1 slot. Lar x
Good man Lar…The Vicar was fairly hoppin the last few nights…great to see your smiling dial last night…fit and well you’re lookin….see you along the way auld stock
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing Quiet Desperation on Tuesday night. It was a brilliant rendition and the song means more to me now than ever. My dad was utterly incredulous when you called out my name and welcomed me home. The tears were streaming down my face throughout but that moment really made our night.
Hilary was in touch and sent on the audio, what a keepsake to have!
I’ll be back off Down Under on the 2nd, but even on the shores of Botany Bay I will always remember, my soul is in the Mountains, my heart is in the land…
Until next year, me aoul pal, good health, luck and laughter to yourself, Dec and the rest of the gang (who were brilliant as always!)
Happy Christmas and belated Happy 44th Anniversary, you must be doing something right!
All the best
I still remember hearing Floyd Westerman sing his song 35 years ago…he took Irish Ways and Irish Ways back home to his Tribe and left Quiet Desperation here with us in Ireland….hope your visit home brings all you wish
Just got the new album ive listened to first CD of it so far and its brill. Ur voice puts me in a good mood. When r u playing in limerick again because uch is booked out for next year.
nothin more planned at the minute
thanks for your thumbs up
Shine On Siobhán
(in the name of The Fada)
Fantastic gig in Vicar street last night ..Great music,craic and banter ,we had a lovely lovely time. A big thank you to all four of you and your back ground crew and we wish you all a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you once again in the new year .
Still buzzin here after those 2 Christmas Week Gigs
Some singin in that room last night…twas like a mad Festival gig
but they came right down with us for the quiet songs
Jim said twas like as if Barrowlands came to Thomas Street
we’re all ready for a bit of chill time now
and its straight I will repair
Just sitting on the Luas on the way to see you – beyond excited! I’ve had a rough few weeks and as cheesy as it sounds your voice calms me and your music makes me know I can keep going. I love so many of your songs but The Voyage means so much to me, I’ve listened to it thinking I can’t wait to have that and now I have my first mate and my 9 month old very first crew member. We played The Voyage as our first dance wedding song and playing it in my head now I still get emotional. Thank you for letting me experience your endless wiseness, talent and good homour. Show starts at 8, don’t be late – i’ll be impatiently waiting!! Nikita xxx
its the morning after
hope it all went well for you
we enjoyed it
last gig of the year
then we all went our own ways
Declan to West Cork
Cathal to Pomeroy,Co Tyrone
JIm to Galway
Paddy to Lisdoonvarna
Michael to Palmerstown
David to Derry
John to Rossknowlagh
Dickon to Mullaghmore
Geoff to Sandymount Green………………..all of us well pleased after a year’s work
No that dont sound cheesy to me at all….
it might have done when I was a younger know-it-all rapscallion…
but I grew out of all that..I got over myself !
Hope You and your Mate and Crew have a good time together
Hi C,,, some mighty gigs as usual in the run up to Christmas,,, Vicar St is special,,, its great to hear you continue to sing the songs of Christie Hennessy who passed ten years ago this month,,, he too was born in 1945… this is a great one by him,,,, https://youtu.be/KvG6VhGG-ko ,, there are n’t any messenger boys on bikes now delivering parcels,,,, but the songs live on to tell their stories,,, beir bua agus beannacht,,,, Beannachtai na Nollag. H
I went down to The Hazelwood
Hope you are keeping well! I know you probably get hundreds of these messages but I have a favour to ask. My family and I are heading to Vicar Street to see you on Wednesday 10 January 2018. Couldn’t believe my luck when I managed to get the same 2 tables as the last time we saw you there in March – right in the second row (Table 18 and Table 19!). There’s 8 of us going to the gig again! My Dad (Ed FitzGerald) is from Brandon Co. Kerry and is always telling us of the excitement of the day St.Brendan’s Voyage was written in Murphy’s Pub on the pier. I was wondering if by any chance you could add it to the playlist for the gig on the 10 January.
We have been crossing everything that we would hear it live at the last few gigs we were at in Vicar Street (8 September 2017, 12 Jan 2017, 7 March 2017.) It would absolutely make Ed’s day to hear it live. It holds a special place in all of our hearts.
When I emigrated to Australia for 6 years the first voicemail I got from Dad was “Did you know that Honolulu was found by a Kerry man.. who went on to find Australia, China & Japan!”.
Would really appreciate if you could add it to the playlist for the 10th Jan. Delighted to see it featured on “On The Road” too! I can tell you there’s been many a rendition down in West Kerry throughout the years!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas – and best of luck with all the shows in Vicar Street – you’re absolutely amazing and we can’t wait to see you again.
now theres a noble call !
Hope ye all have a good night
I’ll be looking out for ye!
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