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For you Christy ,and anyone else interested , i have a cd called ‘first i’m going to sing you a ditty’ which is worth tracking down, some songs are on youtube mind you.
There are some great scottish voices and wonderful old traditional songs ( some near forgotten no doubt) included ,but also a range of traditional singers from all over ireland, names like tommy mcgrath,maggy murphy, rose anne murphy, ellen o’dwyer, paddy breen, mary ann carolan, nora cleary, jim and seamus donaghue and of course john reilly. Perhaps most intriguingly of all is a singer called ‘maurice’ and all that is said to be known is…middle aged in 1965, well known in Paddy Haughton’s pub in Ross, Waterford.
Anyway, any chance of some inkling of the tunes you would put into that traditional album if it were ever to happen for you?
gonna get that album, thanks for the tip…Topic records have a long history of releasing good music and song..
I do have songs gathered for a poss ” Trad ” collection but to talk about them here might “hex” the idea…
heard some great singers in Scotland in the 60s.. Davey Stewart,Jimmy McBeath, Jeannie Robertson….down South of the Border I encountered Fred Jordan
Big fan, Heading to the gig in vicar street, (even dragging the burd along with me!)cant wait, Odd Question is there an email address you have access to l that I can send a message to that’s not as public as this forum? a business address or agents address or something,
This is as far as I go….once the work is done I run for the hills, try and keep the head down
Howdy from Texas, Christy!
It’s less than a week before your first December Vicar St. gig…and two days before I head over to Eire. I’ll be at the 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th shows…and ready to fly my freak flag. Gosh, I hope people stand up at these shows.
Checking out the Dublin music scene this month it appears that many Irish artists/bands are coming home to perform gigs before the holidays…with free days on the 18th. Hmmmm…feeling a Christy and Friends vibe coming on…
Your honest tunes have been on constant rotation in the Meehan household so much so that my Shit-Kicker and Metalhead friends have been wonderin’ what’s up. I’ve been teaching them about some real feckin’ honest music. “Rory Is Gone”… Nice fretwork on that song…always reminds me of that fateful day we lost another guitar god, the Patron Saint of Austin, Stevie Ray Vaughn. Got to see SRV at Antone’s during my university years. I was completing my last semester at University of Texas when I heard that news…Speaking of Austin, when will you perform in the Live Music Capital of the World? Seriously, Austin City Limits screams for you!
I’ve been doing my musical homework analyzing set lists and geeky statistical stuff like that. Part of the fun being a fan of a great artist/band with a massive catalog and rotating set lists is trying call the show. Just like us “Heads” do with Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, Phish, Gov’t Mule, Umphrey’s McGee, Willie Nelson, and other “Jam” Bands. That leads me to wonder what musical gifts you’ll be giving this Christmas…deep tracks, banned songs, covers…
Whatever you give, Santa Christy, I welcome every note and every chord with open ears, open heart and a Texas-sized smile!
Bobby “DeadheadBob” Meehan
Welcome to The Black Lagoon Bobby..hope you have a good visit and find what you’re lookin for….we are looking forward to our annual sojourn in Vicar St….appreciate your long haul to hear the songs…Adelante
Please, please come to Reno Nevada!!
We love you here!!
Bring that Shane Macgowan with ya. 🍻
💓💓💓 you, cheers
Thanks Thanks Jes
I shot a video in Reno once,I still wonder why
It might make more sense for you to come over here…
both Shane and myself are permanently ensconced here upon the Island..
Wild Horses would’nt get me on an aeroplane..as for that Queen Mary !
I’d rather swim the ocean,if only for nights in Ballyhack
hey Christy. Jim bob here – you played BUTTERFLY for me in Ballybunion during the year as a tribute to my late sister Ena- well my son Sean wrote and sang this for my sisters funeral in January and only got to putting it up this week- if you get a chance copy n paste it into fb and give it a listen. thanks- hopefully catch you in ’19 -JB
thats a great performance from Sean, beautiful song, great singing and playing..I hope he is keeping up the good work
Christy. i’m bringing dad up to see you next Monday 10th of Dec.a good newbridge man.Liam Casey.he can’t wait.pulled out a great photo of you and him on an under 14 school team a few years back. looking forward to gig.
good man Alan..I remember Liam very well..he was a great mid fielder…great to hear from you
Not long now ’til the run in Vicar St best of luck with the gigs to you and all on stage and the brilliant crew around you.
The Wally Page show is back in town Friday 14th Dec at The Annesley House..with Johnny Mulhearn and band…Jolly Ravers all.
I can’t cook a spud funny enough…an occasional treat though…lovely as described..butter and salt n pepper…I’ll try again..L x
whats so funny about not being able to cook a spud….its the same as boiling an egg…agh jasus come on Lar you’re having us on…
O he can ate them all right but cant boil them
Nice funny chat here about spuds … I must admit we too like the mealy Queens very much and we’re always bringing a bag with us from the Island!
Glad to read you’re preparing some new songs for an EP release next spring!!!
Recently I came across one of your very old songs. Hil had pointed a recording of Cambridge Folk Festival (on YouTube) out to me. I was totally enthralled listening to “The Sun is Burning”!!! It’s such a powerful song and I was wondering if you ever considered to sing it again?
Winter greetings and Best of Luck for Vicar Street!
Played it here in the workroom after reading your post…32 years later and I have to do it in a different key..dropped from G down to D…have not gigged it for 25 years..maybe we’ll get it out next time you visit Ireland…( or the next time we visit Germany !!)
Pat Quinn has a great song about different types of potato..you can catch him on Youtube after Lingo politico and his love song to Angelina Joly..better still you can hear him sing out upon Innis Mór where he is the resident bard
‘Foot turf till teatime’, a poetic sound about it C.
I was sorta thinkin that myself Ed but a fellow has to be careful not to be runnin away with himself..or herself for that matter….we have to chose our words carefully…they’d be down on you like a ton of pricks
I see an awful lot of “sold out” signs on those Vicar Street (great venue) gigs, mind you that in the past hasn’t prevented me turning up & getting in. If I get a ticket I will give you ‘the request’ for that night.
Thanks for reply.
(I’m with Matt & the boiled spuds!)
awfully nice class of a potato…would it be a Kerr’s Pink you’d be havin, I like an Aran banner myself but me Granny always swore on her Roosters, being from Meath my Mother would always opt for her Queens while the auld fella had a soft spot for a feed of Golden Wonders..a heaped plate of them beauties with a good dollop of fresh butter, salt and pepper ( with a chopped scallion across the appropriate months) and you’d foot turf til teatime..
How do you fancy playing in Rye at our Arts Festival. It runs for the last two weeks of September each year and we’d be delighted to see you play,
Best wishes – Geoff B.
Thank You Geoff…I appreciate the invite but it will not be possible..I do very few gigs outside Ireland now…maybe 7 0r 8 a year…the next few years are pencilled in..best wishes
I find myself in a wonderful musical groove these recent weeks, with songs and tunes from pecker dunne, john reilly, joe heaney , maggie barry and the clancys rattling around the turntable and my head.
I just wondered if there may be an album of real old and traditional songs from these great teachers in you yet ?
Of course all the recent albums have been fantastic, each different, each a new journey, each a discovery, but it was just a thought whether the fancy would ever take you again right back to the very start of your 50+ years touring and collecting songs ,songs from the very heartland of the soul?
Anyway , enjoy the wee rest before vicar street, we are already looking forward to tullamore and londinium.
It is something I often consider but, so far, I have not been able to achieve…I do have a list of such songs….
this past while I have been fully occupied with new songs from other writers.,,dont seem able to write anything these times but ,Thankfully, other writers are sharing their work with me and also giving me the go ahead to record…
preparing 5 or 6 songs for an EP release next Spring
Somebody sent me in the last day or so, a pic of a poster, Planxty, a 1980 concert, the 1979/80 European tour, the quartet + one other wound up playing in the National Stadium early that summer, it was the ‘After the Break’ tour. The poster is up on the wall of Matt Molloys, Westport, Matt was the ‘one other’ back then. It took me off here to find some great live Planxty clips and on to that great Barrowlands video of ‘No Time for Love’.
Have a look on Real Player and look for last night’s (Thurs 28 Nov) Prime Time, RTE One TV. Watch the two sections of the programme; it’s all still going ON, ‘North and South of the Border.’ Corruption; cover up, deceit, lies; you-name-it. Give the Warsaw tune a blast at Vicar St for me. I even went on to find ‘the brother’ singing a powerful version of ‘Perfect Groove’ in Whelans – which put me into a good groove.
I recall that gig in the The National Stadium in 1980 (but for reasons I’d prefer to forget)…that Planxty line up with Matt Molloy was particularily good..himself and Liam really bounced off each other when we were flaking out the sets of Reels…..there were legendary football matches on that tour, Fumes and Half-Shaft knockin spots off each other…we played 49 gigs in 8 countries…the first night was the Hammersmith Odeon and the last night The Stadium in Dublin… when the books were finally balanced we learned that the band would have earned more had we just played the first and last gig ….but feck it, we had mighty crack…Matt learned how to order “boiled spuds” in 7 different languages…
which night are you going to Vicar St and we’ll give Jack Warshaw’s song an outing….
Seems we’re still getting used to our PO Box here. Many thanks. Cheered me up this morning, Dylan
Give it time Dylan…its worth the effort….
“Way up on the Wicklow Mountains,
its easier hide then you think,
back in behind them waterfalls,
in Rhodedendromed foliage
on slopes of flutterin shadow and scree”…….(Dave Lordan)
How y’ Christy!
Before anything – THANKS for the music and all you bring to it! Now I hope I’m not too out of place here but I’m gee’ed on by a strange connection – Rob Corcoran is a friend of mine and I’m blown away by your version of his great song! – so – it’s making me overfamiliar and cheeky and i have a favour to ask you – one of my very best friends mr John Marron turns 40 today – he’s a massive fan of yours and we grew together singing your songs around the pubs and social clubs of Tyneside. I May be biased but his singing of those songs is second only to yourself! Of course he’d never think that but he’s always obliging to sing, infact it’s as if he’s just been asked to pass the salt across the table – easy as that, yet so powerful like he doesn’t know! He works and has a lovely family and he only sings when he’s asked! Today he turns 40 and I’m 300 miles away thinking ‘what could I do that would mean a lot to him?’ – I just wondered if you could drop him a line on here or something and wish him many happy returns or such. It’s just a thought and nee sweat if you can’t! All the best anyway man! Keep on bringing the house down! Xx
The Pubs and Social Clubs around Tyneside sez Lizzy O…..from Prudhoe to Jarrow I followed the Blue Star line…Washington To Blythe crooning old Ballads, From The High Level Ranters and The Marsden Rattlers heard the sweetest tunes,Hedgehog Pie with The Mighty Doonans, Birtley with The Elliots, all the Jims- Irwin,Sharp and Bainbridge, The Gilfellons,Rosses, Handles, Andersons,
Happy Birthday John Marron upon The Mighty Tyne..8 minutes late for your 40th but who cares…9 points from the last 3 games and Sunderland loitering down below…I’m a Blythe Spartan myself……the first 40 are the hardest…
Spent a few extra days in Cork after your gig in Charleville last Saturday night. The music was pure magic, as always. Great to be there to enjoy every moment. JeanD
after a few days on the Drisheens its always nice to get back to a bit of Coddle
Hope the album made it to you well Christy. Apologies on the mix up with the previous sending, Dylan
am’nt I here listening to the album and wearing the T Shirt……fair play to you and thanks for sharing
I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing you live in Charleville last Friday. My wife and I had the time of our life. For the last few years I’ve been visiting this website to see if there was a gig planned in Holland or Belgium, so we could see you perform. But no visits over the pond over the years. This year, after visiting the Dranouter folkfestival where we did see you perform 2 times, we decided that it would be great to see you live in Ireland. We planned the trip! BEST thing we did over the years. We had a GREAT time. I think we will do this again in the future. Sitting in with the Irish sing-along audience was a fantastic experience. Your roadmanager overheard us talking at the hotel lobby, that we had quite some trouble getting to Charleville. He decided to give us reserved seats in the middle of the second row.
Met a lot of very nice Irish people and are still telling our fellow Dutchies that if they ever have the chance: “Go see Christy in Ireland”.
Thank you very much for the wonderful experience.
I bought the vinyl and will surely enjoy that for a very long time.
Enjoyed the stories
Enjoyed the audience
Thank you for the music
Thank you for playing my favourite Thompson song “Beeswing”, and we loved the story and the company of the “once-empty-seat”, now attending the show.
Frank and Hermien from Holland.
Frank and Hermien,
happy to read about your trip to Cork….getting post from Holland reminds me of many happy times travailing The Lowlands Low..must try and get back there while I still got some juice in the tank
Christy, thank you for a very special evening on Friday in Charleville. We all really enjoyed it especially Beeswing which was a standout moment for us. Thank you for your kind words and concern. Great show.
Meeting Cian and seeing you all together again was a lovely experience…..
Christy Thanks for a magic night on Saturday night in Charleville and for singing The Voyage. My 96 year old mother, Nora, who shares your birthday was there and it is the first time she has seen you live and she said you were fantastic. A fantastic rendition of John O Dreams and a Stitch in Time. My brother and two sisters were there with their spouses and all really enjoyed it, see you again in 2019. Mind yourself
Greetings and very best wishes to Nora Holland….we also had an 8 year old girl in the audience that night….the songs and tunes bringing us all together in those magic moments…its truly wonderful to be part of it all… its time for me to get up and do a bit of practice
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