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Hi Christy, I am heading to see you live tonight in Vicar Street for the first time, really looking forward to it, Would love if you could play “Motherland”, Thanks, Jim.
Hi Christy, i’ve been listening to a podcast lately which interviews musicians of a rebel nature once a month.
This month Derry’s own Declan Mc Laughlin was interviewed.I really enjoy his music. Anyhow, he shares a few funny stories and preforms two excellent songs at a the end of the podcast.
It’s worth a listen and hopefully something you and the other 4711ers might enjoy.
Dear Christy I hope you and yours are well. It’s blowing a gale . We were very fortunate to get tickets via Michael’s West Ham mate to attend a Q and A with Eliza Carthy interviewing Peggy Seeger at Wanstead library. A great woman full of tales. And so funny as well. Irreverent at times. She spoke of the performers’ need to be authentic. Walking a thin line between performance and the true self. Though I myself wonder what that means? Her book is called First Time Ever. Eliza Carthy spoke also about her mother and father and their trad journey of trying to keep songs alive. It was a fine night. Anyhoo the dinner menu needs deciding. Keep warm. Xx
I’m a solo performer, of a similar style to yourself. Heavily influenced by Luke Kelly, The Dubliners, The tones, yourself etc.
I write some of my own songs, & try hard to make them blend in with the old ballads.
There’s one in particular, its a bit of fun, & people keep telling me I should try get you to sing it.
How can I get you to hear it?
Thanks for the many, many happy moments you have given me through your music over the years.
Myself and the father are looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow night in Vicar Street. We’ve followed you around the country but there’s always something special about the gigs leading up to Christmas.
I’m a huge fan of some of your more recent works detailing the chronicles of Kildare, the famous names, places and faces of our county outlined in your songs. However one stands out from the rest, and that’s ‘1945’, which strikes a personal chord with me everytime I hear it. The soldiers and jockeys of the plains, the Dominican brothers of Newbridge College, and of course the great Con Collins a good friend of my grandfather who also visited Frank Kelly’s for a pint or two and a game of cards.
Up the Lillys !
Fair play to to you, thanks for the thumbs up on 1945…I’ve never gigged it…maybe I should get it out and have another look at it…I only sang it once or twice but never in public..
Kelly’s “of the lock” was a great watering hole back in the early 60s..great times..I was just learning the songs and guitar and Kellys war where I made my first Balladeer outings…. “Phelim Brady” Jug of punch” “Brennan on The Moor” …Austin O’Donnell from the Curragh and Kevin Prendergast from Miltown were two other apprentice balladeers, both good men gone…
the card school on Tuesday Nights was legendary…..Dick and Con Collins,Owen McGinn, Red Prendergast, “Long” Paddy Prendergast some of the card sharks I can recall..there would be stacks of notes on the table and we’d be in the back lounge trying to get the price of a pint together
CM(73)such Windy rainy night here .How is the house building near you these days?.Thon windmill has been installed with two big lights on top ,looks like two eyes of a monster watching every move.Now digging up the road to bring a cable to Boss Windmill.They cut out the internet one day ..another day all the electric was gone then the water cut out aswell ..what a mickey mouse carry on!
I had a chance to read some of the 1,000 (not all) page 25 year study of the different dialects of spoken Irish on the Aran islands. You’d be surprised how different dialects can be from one village or island very close to another (I notice it now in secondary school) . It seems the people on Inish Oirr (where Pat Quinn lives) adopted a more Munster form of Irish.
Aparently Dún aengus was connected to the cliffs of Moher one time..sure did travel a mighty distance. Another Dadó story is that Galway bay was a tiny lake called “loch lurgan” before the ice or something.
Anyways I was thinking lately that there is hardly that many places on Ireland that you haven’t played or even gone through. Did you ever venture to the islands (some connected by roads) west of spiddal? Lettermore ,Lettermullán,Garmuna,Cean Golam,Inish Bearachain ,Inse Gaineamh , Inish Oirk,?
PS:Thinking of putting christmas lights on Bláthín and Noinín the evenings get dark so quick cant see them half the day.Did you ever get to see Harriet? She certainly has a different dialect to my donkeys .
Many years ago myself and my brother in law went for a game of pool in a local pub…we came home with a beautiful donkey who graced the back field for many years
the building site next door is almost finished….with awful consequences for the immediate environment, 4 beautiful old trees downed by the last wind…all because their root systems were compromised by the works…trees that exuded peace and beauty all the year round…. an acre where bushes, foliage, orchard and fruit trees once flourished is now covered in concrete and tarmac…habitation of many species of birds and insects, of squirrels, of hedgehogs….no more apples pears nor goosegogs…
But thats the way of the world a Mhacín….thats the way she’s going..God Love Her…
“Agh! the poor auld lousy auld earth” sez Beckett
Many thanks for your lovely reply. Very good that you took “The Sun is Burning” out of mothballs! (Wish I could have eavesdropped on you in your workroom) So there’s hope I’ll get to hear this great song some day … There’s a strong probability that we are visiting Ireland first, though the prospect of your coming back to Germany is thrilling!
I like Pat Quinn’s song “The Great Potato Feud” – thanks for the hint too!
All the best,
The song was written by Ian Cambell who fronted his own Band in Birmingham in the 60s…I played at his club where I heard him sing the song…I remember playing it in Buncrana in 1978, the week after the Le Mons Restaraunt Bomb ….the last verse was imbued with different images as the song unfolded….Ian subsequently moved to Ireland where he spent the remainder of his life…. his two Sons were part of the Band UB40 for many years
Luke Kelly did a fine version, he lived with the Cambells for a while in Birmingham….I recorded it on the album “The Iron behind The Velvet” in the 70s. There is another of Ian’s songs on “The Box Set”… “The Old Man’s Song”..its on the Green Disc
really looking forward to seeing you on Monday at Vicar Street. I have seen you last year in Belfast and really enjoyed it!!!
Would be great if you come again to Germany in the not too distant future (Bochum for example is so long ago…).
I have a question (I hope it’s not a stupid one): Is there a chance to get an autograph of you (or better even: two – one for me as a souvenir, one for my guitar teacher who tries to teach me some of your songs and suffers from my poor performances 🙂 ). With an autograph I can try to make up for it as he is a big fan of you as well.
Thank you in advance.
Maybe some day I will get back to sing in Germany..who knows what way the wind will blow
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