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Remembering today through the power of music.
Yellow Triangle ( after Pastor Niemoller)
When first they came for the criminals
I did not speak
Then they began to take the Jews
When they fetched the people who were members of trade unions
I did not speak
They took away the Bible students,
rounded up the homosexuals
Then they gathered up the immigrants and the gypsies
I did not speak, I did not speak
Eventually they came for me….
there was no one left to speak
Hello again Christy, from a very blustery Cornwall we have some venues here for you to sing to the people of Cornwall I will contact Paul Charles and see if you can come in the summer of 2020 That would make a lot of people happy X
Thank You….lets see what way the wind is gonna blow
Any chance you’ll be coming back to the sun burnt country down under in the future. My daughters have grown up to your music and would love to one day hear you live.
Hey Mark, I regret to say that there will be no further trips up to OZ or NZ….time has flown, these days I must limit my work to Ireland and neighbouring territories…my wings have been clipped !
Morning Christy, I just want to say how much I love your music it has always been special to me and so thank you for being in our beautiful world X
I’ve never made it to Cornwall yet Keri….but I hope to play there some day..thanks for listening and sharing
Christy you’re playing Limerick on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th April -we’ll be celebrating the Centenary of the Limerick Soviet that weekend and wondered if you’d do us the honour of visiting the Mechanics Institute where we’re having an exhibition to celebrate this important event. Ger McCloskey Limerick Council of Trade Unions
I’ll have to check schedule and get back to you…I can not visit on a gig day….dont know if I’ll still be in Limerick on Sunday morning
Hi Christy. Looking forward to your visit to Waterford in early June. I have been listening to you since the early days in “The Stadium”, the Meeting Place to name but a few. Great to see you are in good health and your voice has lasted through the years. Take care. Liam O’N
Morra Liam, Always love coming across the Bridge and down The Quay,from the start Waterford has always been a welcoming City…I recall Planxty and Moving Hearts gigs there in earlier times…my earliest solo gigs were out in Kate Reillys in early 80s and since then I have always felt at home there….part of the reason being my connection with Tramore…thats where my parents met in 1943, where they honeymooned a year later….our mother,Nancy Power,worked in The Majestic Hotel there. Our Father was in The Third Battalion of the Irish Army during the War Years. They marched from The Curragh to Tramore as part of their training “manouvres” and thats how my parents met in County Waterford.
Hello Christy, deeply impressed by your last gig on the 15 in Vicar Street. We had to wait a couple of years before we had a chance to see a concert of you, (you do not do many gigs on the continent) but it was worth waiting for!!! Enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. So good to see, with how much fun you make music.
. Thanks, and i hope to see you some time here in Holland. By the way, how is your guitar tuned??
Thanks Vince..I miss my trips to mainland Europe…cavorting around Holland Germany Belgium France Norway Italy Austria Lichtenstein…some happy days and long nights between 1972 and 2011..(H)….
these times I have many concerts to fulfill here in Ireland..
do NOT consider my tuning..it has made my life very difficult
I am self taught on guitar…from the start (1961) I mistakenly tuned the 6th string up to F and I have never managed to correct the mistake… it means that my chords are limited
If I got the chance to live this life again I would only make ONE change..my guitar tuning
Oh, maybe you have heard of the Gillette commercial event in the States. Oh man, steam is a happening between the sexes.
My response here with this knock out – she sort of has that Black Irish look which is my type – but also – that she is so very smart and is so fast thinking, well, quite the turn on for me. Too much information perhaps I’m sure. aha.
Hope the feeling is mutual
Please Christy, can you send your best wishes to my dear uncle Kieran Burke in Limavady? He is currently very unwell. He is a huge fan of yours and I have just got back from seeing him this weekend, where we watched some of your great performances on YouTube. Our family is originally from Lettershandoney, Co. Derry and you and your music means so much to me, my family and my uncle Kieran. Thanks for your time, I know you are a busy man. Slainte, James Moore ☘️
of course I can…
Remembering today the sad death of innocent victim Giuseppe Conlon, i wonder if there is any possibility that ‘giuseppe’ followed by ‘away ye broken heart’ might be returned to the set list?
Anytime is good but Tullamore in March would be fab.
“they fouled the ball Daddy”
Your recorded version has four verses. The third verse (on your recorded version) opens with “The promised land came into sight…..”
Then the fourth verse has them dancing in Acquaba gulf.
Apologies Ed..I’ll give it a listen and do a bit of catch up….it appeared out of the blue at a sound check in Vicar St..had not sung it for an age and it just leapt into my head and away we went..now thinking of re-introducing it..maybe have a look at Foxy too
ps just got the old album out and there it was…. the lost verse….fair play to you Ed, I’d not have sussed it without your post and that line quoted
“At the railway station/called Gard de Nord/missed my train through gargling hard.”
Joe waxed lyrically. That group must have engendered more stories and yarns.
Good to see a post here, your enduring performances at Vicar Street of ‘Ride On’ has found yet another appreciative fan.
The version I heard 45 years ago had that line in verse 2 but I’ve never heard….“The promised land came into sight/the customs man gave me a fright…..”
how many verses has your version got ?…mine has 3
if there is another verse I’d love to see it…
I never heard a recording of Joe singing it altho we sang it together once around the fire (in the arms of The Foxy devil!)
Somebody has posted on you tube a vidéo of you singing ” ride on ” at Vicar Street on December 10th 2018 and it is very exciting to think that Cathy and I were at V.S. the same day . Thank you for this marvelous night . If you shall come in V.S. every years in December we shall come from France and shall be there ( si Dieu nous prête vie comme disait ma mère )
Daniel & Cathy…Thank You
I got a rendition here online of the ‘Trip’, great music by Noel Hill and the band, I think that tune that comes in after is ‘The Mullingar Races’, I oft recognise it if I hear it in a session. I have the original cassette complete with sleeve notes, Athlone’s Paul Brock is mentioned, I met Paul and some of his family occasionally. I’ve a Planxty track on now and I can only think of the fact that the great LIam Og is gone and left us (but all the great music stands as his legacy). I was at the reunion gig, hard to believe that’s 2003, that long ago, an early video shot of the ‘Starting Gate’ has me clearly visible in the audience in front of Donal and Andy.
I heard Paul Brock’s quartet a few years back at Bantry Masters..for me they were the highlight of that years festival…great playing, exciting and soulful..would love to hear them again…Maybe Martin Hayes will read this and consider them!
I heard both of Joe’s songs from the great Galway singer Gerry Joyce…twas a Sunday morning in 1972…Planxty played the previous night in Teac Furbo and I was still flying …there was soothing music, song and porter in Spiddal and we made a day of it
Great chat here, from false teeth(!) and old and past tours, I only quoted those lines from the great Joe Dolan to someone a few day ago (‘who’s that Joe Dolan?’ I got asked):-
“The promised land came into sight/the customs man gave me a fright…..”
Was it said Joe arrived to that promised land on the ‘seventh day’ of the Six Day War?
I’ve a certain Dublin quartet on my headfones playing loud, their 1989 Point concert on good quality audio recording but will switch soon to your version of the ‘Trip..’ as I love it.
as I heard it…Joe arrived 6 months after the 6 day war ended….but both versions may be auld yarns that grew wings…
he was a wild one was Joe…betimes the very best of company..and he could surely turn up the volume
No I didn’t write the Robin. My dado bearna sometimes spits things like that out.Apparently it’s a poem from the 1500’s.It could make a good song about global warming with different verses.
Another one that makes an odd appearance is a bit like flicker and opposite to the Robin
“Grasshopper green is a quaint little chap out in the sun so gay.Grandmother spider as still as a mouse ,watches him over the way.Hoppity Hipity hi di ho summers the time for fun.”
Ever hear that a mhac bán?
P.S .at home bit of a bang playing basket ball .bloody nose and black eye.I think I’ll survive though.
it would make a lovely song alright..get working on it..
hope you are recovering from your Basket Ball timpist..did you get a H.I.A ?
níor chual me an amhrán sin in aon cor
Brilliant, big Celtic fan myself so brilliant to think of you and billy there. I see he’s not in great health anymore which is sad, although I watched his latest stand up gig on the firestick and I thought it was as funny as ever.! Even making fun of his own Parkinson’s showing what kind of man he is. Class act.
Listening to live in Dublin 2006 last nite in work on Spotify, musta listened to “sonny’s dream” about 10 times, beautiful song!
I dont play it that often , only when the time is right, I always enjoy the 4 minutes it takes
I just wanted to say that my wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary with a vacation in Ireland, and we planned our trip around your July 19th concert at the Dreamland Ballroom in Athy! We were lucky enough to be seated in the 2nd row. It was a magical night for the two of us (and for all the others in the hall). Thanks for the wonderful evening that we’ll always remember. We shall make it back soon, and will see you again! All the best from Canada!
And greetings to you both in Canada-yi-o (Nic Jones)
That old Ballroom in Athy lies 14 miles from my boyhood home place….many of us would cycle there of a Summers evening to dance and to hear top Bands of the day….it was a special night for me last July to play upon that stage of boyhood dreams…then to read this morning that your memory of Dreamland still lingers in that distant land…Thank You
Haha damn that dr wernet! Bit of an awkward moment retrieving the teeth I would say! Would have been hilarious to see. Id say you could sell shows just telling stories of days gone by. I seen a clip on YouTube of billy Connolly talking to you and gay Byrne and when he was talking about yous going walks or meeting up I was thinking, holy jaysus, the craic must have mighty, one of them ones you’d love to be a fly on the wall. Two legends.
Had some memorable times with Billy 50 years ago when we were all starting out on our journies….we went to Old Trafford once and Georgie scored a hat trick..we went to Parkhead too along with Gerry Rafferty when they were together in The Humblebums with Tam Harvey…different times in a different nicotine stained world
Just watched St Enda’s, Belfast win the intermediate football semi-final at Pairc Tailteann. Fabulous result for this club…formed in 1970’s players and opponents, trainers and supporters walked the pitch before playing matches to clear shards of glass across the pitch. Afterwards leaving the ground questioned about where you’d been and where you were going.
History in the making. Go well Christy
another year of hope begins for long suffering followers of the games, the Clash of the Ash, the high fielding, close marking, ground hurling, the square ball, the puck out, the sideline puck,
anyone for the last few choc ices
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