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Good morning Christy from Wanaka….here we are listening to on the road as we prepare for my daughter Danielle’s 40th Birthday celebration and of course you are on our play list for the party…we shall have a good ceilidh with you plaiting us 🙂 X
Hi Christy, I am Harry. I was at your gig on Saturday night it was great 👍🏻🤗! I got a new hat with your name on it. Jimmy,Cothal and Declan were great🥁🎻🎸! I got your plectrum! I am already using it to practice my guitar🎸! Thanks Harry!
Good to hear from you…glad that you are practicing…those plectrums suit me…..I was playing for years before I began using a plectrum….
You are right about the 3 lads..they are great players and I feel very lucky to be in a band with them..
keep up the good work….
We have traveled to Mullingar to hear the music for the last few years now. We are lucky enough each year to meet some other fans before and after the gig and share our thoughts. The vibes from the music wonderful as always and we all left feeling regenerated. Thanks for “They Never Came Home” always remembered at this time of the year, especially by those who live close to Artane as many worked in Superquinns in Northside and Sutton. Thanks to you, Declan, Cathal and Jimmy and the crew for a great night. Already looking forward to seeing you in Limerick. Keep well. JD
Thank you for your encouragement and support…..on and on the families struggle
………..JUSTICE FOR THE 48……….let us remember
Hi Christy. Just joined your site to read the discussion of the songs n music.
It’s refreshing and I was surprised reading ‘A Pair of Brown Eyes’. I’ve only ever listened before. One of the fabulous ballads.
It was lovely to cross paths briefly and hear you and that gifted cellist. Sail on.
Morra Mary….you have reminded me of that Cellist..I had meant to find out more….that was a lovely gathering in The Project Arts Centre for Sunday Miscellany…I’m still waiting for the transmission date….
Hope everything is ok with you and the rest of the crew?
Yesterday evening we’ve had a wonderful Irish night here in our little town.
Hilary( what would we be without her) informed me about a gig of The Fiddle Case in my neighborhood.
It was in a private house on an attic and it was splendid!
Those guys really enjoyed playing and it felt a bit like in the old days when I came to Ireland and there was music everywhere.
I had a nice chat with Eoin who knows you well and he told me a few stories of your adventures together. You really are his big example!
Unfortunately it’s no longer possible to see you in a small venue.
On Wednesday Ennio Moricone was here and that was in a big big venue for thousands of people, it was impressive (he is 91) but I prefer a small attic.
So take care and we will see you in June in Sligo.
Kind regards Chris
I understand …. I too love playing some small intimate venues….thats where it all began for me…perhaps where it will end for me….
that said, I love playing with this Band, working with this crew, reaching so many listeners young and old, the excitement of hundreds, sometimes thousands of people gathering, listening,singing….
Eoin O’Neill is a wonderful musican…forever at the hub of the great West Clare Music scene… as well as being at the heart of manys the session he also accompanies and encourages many people to play….has been the guiding light for manys the young player….we dont get to meet very often but I hear many reports of Eoin’s generosity of spirit in the midst of all that West Clare Music
I would like to commend yourself, Declan, Cathal and Jim on yet another great show in Mullingar last night. Myself (age 22), brother, mam and dad attend as many gigs of yours as possible. We just love your music so much and cannot get enough of it.
I would also like to thank you so much for playing “A Pair of Brown Eyes” after I requested it. A very special song for me.
Thanks again Christy, will see you in the tullamore court next.
Such a great song from our Shane….your request on Saturday night surely was a “noble call”….always a joy to sing, so rich visually, it contains so many emotions,associations,possibiities, losses…….its never the same in performance, some nights it drives on,other times it flows gently but it always gets there….
“a rovin a rovin a rovin we’ll go, for a pair of brown eyes”
lovely to read of you being out there with your Mother,Father and Brother….all of us united in music and song
Christy, a chara,
I was looking for a postal address to send you a letter I had written but I came to this and thought it might suit you better on the road.
I hope all is well and that you’re enjoying the tour. I got to see twice last year in Gorey with my girlfriend Áine and in Portlaoise with my brother Eoghan and my two good friends Owen and Henry. Great night each night and I was like a child at Christmas for weeks before each concert. Great to hear you live after all the years of records, tapes, cds, radio, tv and all forms of the internet these days.
I am writing to you say thanks for all the company your music brings and for transporting me to a different place and time. The Curragh Of Kildare makes me homesick for a county that we love to beat in football. Dunnes Stores paints the brave the struggle of Mary Manning against Apartheid and black suits. Valentine’s Day and Stardust always keeps a terrible tragedy close to mind. While your version of every song is always sublime. So many more I could mention that I listen to daily.
All yours songs and singing has inspired me to try my hand at my own song writing and guitar playing. Can’t bate the four or five chords and a good story.
The next time I get to hear you will be in Portlaoise in April with my brother, girlfriend and two friends again and we can’t wait. It will be a Great Friday.
(A song inspired by your singing and song writing about my local GAA club. Colt GAA. To the tune of The Craic Was 90 On The Isle of Mann)
Colt Men Love to Feckin Hurl
There are some men in Raheen
The likes of which have never been seen
Puck a ball 90 yards
Over the bar and back again.
They’re training now, won’t give up the beer
Colt will be senior next year.
Billy Donavan and John Grace
Can’t believe they have such pace.
Their heads are in a swirl.
Oh Colt men they love to feckin’ hurl.
On come the summer days,
And Colt men emerge from caves.
Dreaming of champo wins
And the taste of victory cider.
Turf is being turned and spread about,
Colin Ryan has the boys flat out.
All they can think of now
Is green fields and sliotars.
Oh backs begin to curl.
Oh Colt men they love to feckin’ hurl.
Game after the game the boys do play,
Hurlers on the ditch have their say.
Colt men stick together
No matter the score or the weather.
Padraig Dunne he’s back again,
Trying to get us a senior win.
Ger Doolin god bless him
A hurler from Roscommon
Oh let us now be heard
Oh Colt men love to feckin hurl
The county final has come on quick
Ned Delaney has lost his stick
Chris Murray he’s pulling hard,
While the Keyes’ keep an eye.
Tony Dunne the bogman
A full back like a black and tan,
Stepho’s sharp as a knife,
He’s in the form now of his life
Oh let the flags unfurl
Oh Colt men they love to feckin’ hurl.
Now whether it’s win or whether its lose,
These colt men love the booze
Willy Stackpool is proud as punch
Bosco and the Grants a lively bunch.
Eamon’s trying to shut the door
While Anne is trying to let in more
The craic is flowing and so is drink
And to the future we start to think.
Oh such a wind of whirl
Oh colt men they love to feckin hurl.
Thanks a million Christy
I’ll bet your ballad goes down a treat with The Colts. Your song will live with all those mentioned (and their families) for many years to come…
its a gift in life to appreciate the beauty of home .. sometimes we need to experience lonely exile to gain that appreciation…
here in Mullingar now…. pulling on the jersey, getting ready to go into action one more time
see you in Maryboro
Thanks so much for singing “They Never Came Home” in Mullingar last night, 15th Feb for my wife Alison’s Godmother, Carol Bissett. It meant so much to her. If there was any recordings let me know how we could find them.
Was a brilliant gig. Thoroughly enjoyed it. You’re like a fine wine!
Until the next time
Biff & Alison
Sound Biff…..gonna check it out
Dear Christy, was just browsing through your guestbook and came across The Streets of Lahore, what a beautiful song. Makes me feel like sharing The Ballad of Peter Mulryan, hope thats ok.
The Ballad of Peter Mulryan
The priest came a knocking
And said this is shocking
She’ll have to be leaving
Take her to Loughrea
On the bar of the bike
Under cover of night
She was taken away
On the road to Loughrea
She must have been lonely
Beneath a pale moon
After 6 days in Galway
They sent us to Tuam
A year later sent her
To work and repent for
Her sins and to pay
For my keep in The Home
At four and a half
I was sentenced to pain
On a small farm in Galway
In the wind and the rain
Was raised by the charm
Of the fist on the farm
And the back of the hand
To make me understand
God knows what she went through
When Marian was born
Not far from her family
A second time sent her
To work and repent for
Her sins and to pray
She find peace in the storm
Where is my dear sister?
Is she there and bound?
If I could but find her
Lay in holy ground
My heart would stop bleeding
My sorrow recede
An end to that grieving
And peace would be found
I Peter Mulryan
Will never stop trying
To find my dear sister
My mother I found her
I cherish the time
When she held her little grandchild
Was the first time that I saw her smile
Thank you for sharing “The Ballad of Peter Mulryan” and for all the songs you have written and shared across so many years….
it seems a lifetime since you sang your song “Irish Ways, Irish Laws” to me….. late night in the old Baggott Inn after a Moving Hearts gig….the bar was leppin, smoky and very noisy….yet your beautiful song rang thru and true…the following day we started learning and rehearsing it, a night later we gigged it, a month later we recorded it….
“Cromwell and his soldiers came
started centuries of shame
still they could not make us turn,
we are are a river flowing…
again again the soldiers came
burnt our houses stole our grain
shot the farmers in their fields
working for a living”…………………
(2 verses of Irish Ways,Irish Laws by John Gibbs)
How is it going Christy? Don’t frequent these parts as much any more, but still keep up with the songs and the music. Heading back to the bog tomorrow for a week, always great to bring the kids back to where I ran as a kid. Anyway, the da surprised me last night with 2 tickets for Mullingar on Saturday, so the 2 of us will be heading out from Coill Dubh through Johnstownbridge and out the Kinnegad road but thankfully we won’t be doing it on Tuohys Honda 50, not the weather for it. Always great to go home but even better to fit in a gig when I can. Anyway, see you togged out and facing the puck out Saturday evening, take care
PS that was me and family who nabbed you outside Barrowland before the gig in November for the picture, many thanks for that!
I could’nt linger outside Barrowland that night last November….there was a cold wind blowing up Gallowgate and I had “a bit of a throat” on me…
Anyway Shane….welcome home from Latvia..hope ye have a dinger tonight…we’ll try and cover the Coill Dubh ballad
Hi Christy, If I ever need to start a revolution I will ask you to sing at my first
public meeting in order to sing “Viva la Quinta Brigada” or alternatively play
your recording at Barrowland . All the best , Hack
Morra Hack…the Revolution has begun…..
Hi Christy, Spring has arrived in all its glory…. The Flowers have a pep in their step; the Birds are singing a beautiful tune in the early morning. It can only mean that your good self and crew are heading to the middle of the Island on the annual pilgrimage; where the usual welcome awaits. It’s a long time now since my first gig………..early 70’s I think in Mullingar. How time flies when you are having fun.
I recall a great gig in Mullingar back circa 1972….early Planxty days we did a Concert one Sunday night in the Town Hall…..Liam Óg brought the house down with a stellar “Bucks of Oranmore”….later we drank Gin & Tonic in The Greville Arms with Joe Dolan….
Last night, the Woman of The House ( here in Mullingar Park Hotel) told us that this our 12th consecutive year to play here in Febuary….always a great room of listeners….how time doth fly
and Moate only a stones throw don the road !!
I heard this very touching song today for the first time and immediately thought of you for some reason.
It has that way of highlighting an injustice so that others can learn, that you do so well in your music.
Anyway the song is called “The Streets of Lahore” and is by The Young Un’s.
You might enjoy a listen to if if you find the time.
I’ll be coming to see you in Limerick in April and bringing the kids so looking forward to that.
All the best,
Been listening to the Young ‘Uns for awhile….they have a great sound and truly original material….just missed them recently when they played in Dun Laoire….this is a fine song…its impossible to comprehend such hatred in a family towards a beautiful child…..
thank you for sharing
Just wishing you all the best for the year ahead. Actually getting married shortly to a girl named Joanne who will no doubt be singing “Ride On” at some stage of the day. We got to see you most recent at Charleville, what a gig the craic was mighty, an inspiration and watched on as she fell more in love with your music ( music only I hope!). You are fantastic and looking forward to seeing you in 2019 as a married couple.
Wishing you the very best.
best wishes to you, Ross & Joanne…..go n’eirí an mBótair Libh
In 2012 in Mullingar, you sang 2 Island Swans in memory of my sister Pauline, we sang it at her funeral. If the spirit moves you and it suits the set, I would love it if you could sing it again.
Looking forward to Friday nigh!
always a beautiful song to sing…I’ll see if we can have it ready..its been a while since
I first heard it in 1972…at an early Planxty rehearsal our Sound Engineer Nicky Ryan played an album by the American band Mountain and thats when I first heard it…straightaway I wanted to sing it and it was on the first album I recorded after leaving Planxty in 1974…and I think I have recorded it a few times since
My wife and I are coming to see you this Friday 15th in Mullingar. Alison, my wife, lost her godmother and cousin, Carol Bissett in the Stardust tragedy. It would be amazing if you could sing “They Never Came Home” at this gig. Thanks a million!.
Sound Brendan…hope we can oblige
Great to be on home turf last night Christy.
Loving the adjustments to the Cabaret.
Sail on Jimmy!
Thanks Aisling…..Kilashee was wonderful for all our team, Band and Crew..
it has a very special significance for me going way back to when it was a Convent… glad you like the new turn in “Cabaret”
Hi Christy, my name is Harry. I was at my first Christy concert last August in leisure land. I loved it so much that I asked Santa for tickets to another concert. He brought me some for your show in mulingar next Saturday night. Thank you for inspiring me to love music. I can’t wait for the show. When I grow up I want to be like you. I hope you sing if I get an encore, I love that song. Back home in Derry and ordinary man are my favourites too. I play the guitar too and my hobby is singing. I’ve been counting the sleeps to the concert and there are only 7 more to go! I can’t wait! See you Saturday, love Harry 🎤🎸😊
Sound Man Harry…..Wish you a long life playing and singing….when I was a lad I was inspired by Liam Clancy ….I watched him sing and play with his Brothers and Tommy Makem back around 1962….
” Its of a brave young highwayman a story now I’ll tell
his name was Willie Brennan, near Galway he did dwell”
I got my first guitar, learned 3 chords and I was away on a hack
Thanks for a great gig last night in Killashee.
You are a legend and what a performance.
I have seen you in a few places around Ireland, and I have to say the home gigs are the best.
Would have loved to be at the gig on Saturday as well.
Thanks for signing Bright Blue Rose.
Take Care Christy.
Round Towers,Baby Powers and happy nights in Rowanville
Myself and my boyfriend are coming to see you Friday night in Mullingar. Really looking forward to it. I saw you in Athlone during the summer and was blown away. I was wondering if I could request Beeswing for Alan. It was one of my favourites from that night.
lets see what happens..so many requests for that night…heres to a good night in the Town of Mullingar
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