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Thanks for a great night of music and song in Kilarney last night.A great venue.See you in London in the merry month of may.
It went very well Dave….thanks for the thumbs up…..don’t forget your passport when you are heading for London…they’re getting a bit snotty again over
first heard you in Düsseldorf, I believe it was back in 1995 or so… Have been to many‘s a gig of yours since, each and every one well worth the trip. Your concerts took us to Sligo, Athlone, Bundoran, a solo performance very special in New Ross, Killarney’s INEC and Vicar St more than once. Thank you for inspiring us over all these years – your music really kept our spirits high, and we took quite a few songs back to Germany arranging them for our own band.
We’ll be on the road again to see you and the Band in Tullamore next Saturday, our own “trad outfit“ including my wife Christina and our friends Peter, Trude, and Leif (a real viking from Norway, that is). Just remembered Declan and you playing in the old Point venue in Dublin 2005/06… We were blown away by your renditions of “Reel in the Flickering Light” and “MacIlhatton” hearing them for the first time then. Great storytelling, fun & fancy! I won’t shout out at the Tullamore Court, but if it’s possible to hear one of these again that night, now by the four of you – that would be just great!
Thanks again to you all, musicians & crew! Keep the good thing going,
There will be 3 of us in Tullamore….Cathal Hayden has previous commitments to fulfil ….we will pull out all the stops to fill any gaps..
Hope you have a good trip to Tullamore and that your Band keeps up the good work
“Sail On Dietmar”
I signed in as curraghcamp. No connection to Smoke
Thought you might like the story in the song.
Patrick from Tralee
Thanks Patrick,.the song is very interesting…I grew up less then 5 miles from the Curragh internment camp….spent a lot of time in the Camp and around the plains as a young lad…its an historical ballad worthy of note
What a game Christy thought it would have been a closer encounter ,Ride on you crazy diamond.
Ye are deserving Champions….twas a sad spectacle of a game from our perspective but, as it sealed your victorious season, it will have been a cause for great celebration among our Welsh neighbours….
I remember how we felt this time last year ….
Enjoyed the gig tonight
Here’s a reworking of the Curragh of Kildare in memory of a granduncle of mine who was in Tintown
Gneeveguilla as gaeilge is gníomh go leith. A gníomh is 5 acres so gníomh go leith is 7 and a half
When they sped me from my bed
To my mother it was said
By the Branch Man, his too was unaware
Without any proven fact
Emergency Powers Act
interned, I was, for ‘Public Safety’
From November of ‘42
Until May 1945
We schooled with Ó Cadhain upon the Plain the freezing cold and damp
Within the curragh Camp
And my true love was far away from me
To attend my grandfather’s wake
If I would undertake
The Governor would grant me some parole
disassociate and keep the peace
He’d grant conditional release
But that was unacceptable to me
In De Valera’s reign
Minister Boland did me detain
And the Tintown winters they were severe
As Internees we did fare
On the curragh of Kildare
And my true love was far away from me
And straight I did repair
From the Curragh of Kildare
For its there I held the memories of my dear
And though repression dimmed the fight
The republic still shines bright
And we will all regroup and start again
Peace with justice, our desire
Let freedom stoke the embers’ fire
And my true love is waiting still for me
Is “Curragh Camp” and “Mike Smoke & Whisky” the same correspondant ?
we heard you once in Hamburg and would appreciate very much having you back for a Concert in Germany – when ever where ever. Please come back.
Steven & Tanja
S & T….lets see what way the wind blows…. I’d love to sail into Hamburg and sing once more in the Marhethalle, or Sviebel or Fasan”s Kniepe or Musikhalle or Fabrique….lots of memories from that Old City
THANK YOU for your rendition of Danny Boy. I heard it last night on the radio while driving home and was completely mesmerized. I purchased a copy as soon as I got home and listened to it over and over. It’s beautiful and haunting. Sheri
A most welcome flashback..could be 30 years since I laid down that track with Nigel Rolfe for an album he compiled called “Laments”..later I included it in “Box Set (1964-2004)”…the sleeve notes for that project are here on the site somewhere…..
To think you heard it in far off Canadayio is real nice…I’m sitting backstage here in Killarney,County Kerry betwixt sound check and gig…..I’m gonna sing some Canadian songs tonight on the back of your post….Magdalen from Joni, Motherland from Natalie and Sonny’s Dream from Ron Hines…so your post will impact upon tonight’s gig in Killarney….strange ways..
Mate, any chance you going to come and say goodbye to your loyal Aussie fans? there are many of us who would love to see you, cheers mate
wont make it back up to Oz…me and planes just dont agree…sorry about that…I really enjoyed my visits there in 80’s & 90s…then I got grounded…Woolamaloo, Woolongong and Warnambool were my favourite gigs
It has been a while since we last were in Ireland for a gig but we are very happy being in Killarney for your concert in INEC. The first time we saw you was 25 years ago in Dranouter, but the second time was, 10 years later, also in INEC, since then, we returned so many times. You introduced us not only to your beautiful music but also to cosy Irish places like Trim, Pettigo, Buncrana, not to forget that stormy night in Bundoran or that fantastic warm summer evening in Knocknagoshel. Many thanks and we are looking forward to tomorrow night. Piet & Els
Thank you for your ongoing support…its truly humbling when good listeners travel so far to hear the music….welcome to County Kerry, I hope the wind dies down or my hair will be very untidy tomorrow night..
Killarney has always been a great gig town…I think I have played here every year since 1978…
Torc, mangerton,The Lakes,The National Park, Healy pass, Ladys view, just a few of the beauty spots
I recorded the “Ride On ” album here in Muckross back in 1985..a turning point in my singing life
Hi Christy, I’m really looking forward to tomorrow night. I missed you the last time you and Declan were in the inec. I’m sure it will be a great night. Would there be any chance you would sing Smoke and Strong Whiskey for me and my wife Kathleen. I love that song. I know it’s late notice but if you could manage it that would be great. Best of luck tomorrow night. Hope to see you then please God. Mike Kelly.
we’ll do our best Mike but no guarantees..the half of Kerry lookin for callouts tonight….what a buzz to have so many listeners gathering for the songs,
Hi, my dad and I are going to see you on 16th March in Killarney. We have been trying to go see you for a couple of years but we could never make it. Ideally though we are now getting to see you 2 weeks before dad’s 60th birthday. His name is Jimmy Murphy from Tralee and it would be brilliant if you could give him a shoutout for his birthday! 🙂 Looking forward to next Saturday! Deirdre
fair play to you Deirdre
Looking forward to seeing the BBC4 programme Come All You Dreamers this evening. I hope you are in good fettle meanwhile. I’m still singing your songs, especially Viva La Quinte Brigada, Ordinary Man and Nancy Spain.
I’ve asked you this before. Would you please visit The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington. A great performing space which is loved by all the performers who have played there including Andy Fairweather-Low, Ruby Turner, Cara Dillon and Albert Lee, who are all serial returners. Andy Irvine came last year.
What a joy it would be for me, and many others I’d wager. if you could play here. The next season is from this September to March 2020.
Thanks for the invite Dave…I will pass it on to the back room boys and girls who work out when and where I get to play…if it works out we’ll try and rock the joint..Andy Fairweather-Low and Albert Lee !!! and me with my 9 chords
Christy just wondering if it would be possible to source 2 tickets, have tried everywhere for tickets to clanree on the saturday… Heartbroken.
Just hoping i can get something sorted.
I have directed your query towards the relevent authorities…I’m only the song and dance man in this operation….if there is any news you will hear
Hi, just wondering does anyone have 2x tickets for sale for clanree on saturday the 10th??
The nameless stateless one is Phillipa Pordes she is from Crewe, Cheshire.
Thank you .
Her sister .
Well here it is, what a day, Bbc4 at 10pm after watching the gold cup floating across the sea to Ireland, does it get much better, ( well yes i could be at a gig tonight too,but that can wait 8 days)?
Yesterday was a strange day, one out of 17 ? Really? It had been a perfect day for walking over here at least, but the minds remain locked shut, perhaps a rendition at Tullamore could be considered?
Have a good day in front of the gogglebox Christy. Come on presenting Percy.
Good man Rory..a few more requests and you’ll have picked the set…a good start too..Giuseppe, Away you broken heart, Minds Locked shut….sound like a promising treble from the Hawick Correspondant.. a windy night here Kerry in advance of INEC gig…decided to come early so as to catch our game in Cardiff tomorrow ( on the box)….if we take Wales and you take the Charioteers I’ll say mass myself on Sunday morning..Ite missa est, gloria tibi domine
I get ya busy man. No, I really do. So from a way less busy man or successful man than you have been, God bless ya. When you have the time – and I am not being stupid here nor to mean with that – very good Man – sure, I know nothing about whether you’ve been a good man or not. Can you tell I’ve been drinking? Alright I have been blathering. I will share this for my shared genes friends.
For a more universal – pun intended – view outside of Hollywood’s, Pentagon’s, Wall Street’s and Washington, DC’s group think points, watch this! And get to a more wholistic, Spiritually positive message, listen to Bob’s whole presentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ergzkwCA1cQ
Good man Carob,
of course I know when you’ve been drinking,
I’ve been watching you for years,
I love the way you relish your ale and whisky,
but it makes me sad when you look that way
but you come across as a peaceful contented man when you are a bit pissed
you have posted hours to camera here and I have watched most of it
betimes I’ve wondered how that ale of yours might taste
but thats as far as it goes for me
safety measures kick in, euphoric recall gets cancelled by a strong reality check
I rem that, for me, one drink will be too many while a 100 wont be enough
all this and I dont even know your name…you are a secretive drinker !!!!
enjoy drowning the Shamrock
Have you ever heard “St Patrick’s Arrival”? a song from my 1976 album “The Iron Behind The Velvet” it maintains that the Holy man was an auld alkie
You’ve heard of St. Denis of France.
He never had much for to brag on.
You’ve heard of St. George and his lance
Who killed d’old heathenish dragon.
The Saints of the Welshmen and Scot
Are a couple of pitiful pipers
And might just as well go to pot
When compared to the patron of vipers:
St. Patrick of Ireland, my dear.
He sailed to the Emerald Isle
On a lump of pavin’ stone mounted.
He beat the steamboat by a mile
Which mighty good sailing was counted.
Says he, “The salt water, I think,
Has made me unmerciful thirsty;
So bring me a flagon to drink
To wash down the mullygrups, burst ye,
Of drink that is fit for a Saint.”
He preached then with wonderful force
The ignorant natives a teaching,
With wine washed down each discourse,
For, says he, “I detest your dry preaching.”
The people in wonderment struck
At a pastor so pious and civil,
Exclaimed, “We’re for you, my old buck,
And we’ll heave our blind Gods to the divil,
Who dwells in hot water below.”
This finished, our worshipful man
Went to visit an elegant fellow
Whose practise each cool afternoon
Was to get most delightful mellow.
That day with a barrel of beer,
He was drinking away with abandon.
Say’s Patrick, “It’s grand to be here.
I drank nothing to speak of since landing,
So give me a pull from your pot.”
He lifted the pewter in sport.
Believe me, I tell you, it’s no fable.
A gallon he drank from the quart
And left it back full on the table.
“A miracle!” everyone cried
And all took a pull on the Stingo.
They were mighty good hands at that trade
And they drank ’til they fell yet, by Jingo.
The pot it still frothed o’er the brim.
Next day said the host, “It’s a fast,
And I’ve nothing to eat but cold mutton.
On Fridays who’d make such repast
Except an unmerciful glutton?”
Said Pat, “Stop this nonsense, I beg.
What you tell me is nothing but gammon.”
When the host brought down the lamb’s leg,
Pat ordered to turn it to salmon,
And the leg most politely complied.
You’ve heard, I suppose, long ago,
How the snakes, in a manner most antic,
He marched to the county Mayo
And ordered them all into the Atlantic.
Hence never use water to drink
The people of Ireland determine
With mighty good reason, I think,
For Patrick has filled it with vermin,
And snakes and such other things.
He was a fine man as you’d meet
From Fairhead to Kilcrumper,
Though under the sod he is laid,
Let’s all drink his health in a bumper.
I wish he was here that my glass
He might by art magic replenish,
But since he is not, why alas!
My old song must come to a finish
Because all the drink is gone.
on the he road next few days and I’ll have time to watch your recommendations
Wasn’t that long ago I was saying I wanted time to go by quickly to the 30th of March til we go to Monaghan to see you, now the time is nearly upon us! Absolutely can’t wait. Ended up booking in at the hotel now afterall, so a pint of Guinness or 6 shall be consumed. As previously discussed can’t wait for fairytale of New York Christy bhoy.
Dont be expectin me and the Band to be playin requests for you if you’re sittin there with a Gallon of Arthur J slurpin around…I was that Cowboy Liam, …its always a good night in The Nuremore… always a great audience in a lovely room….
I remember 33years ago I was in Australia with The Dubliners. We arrived in our Hotel at 11 am and there in the Lobby was this lovely Dublin lad who had travelled across Oz to come the Concert later that night….he was so thrilled to be meeting Ronnie & Barney on the other side of the world……when I went on stage ( I was playing support) there was the lad fast asleep in the front row…he drank all day and slept thru the gig
But listen Liam, dont mind me, I’m only rabbitin on here…I hope you have a great night, we’ll be doing our best
“twas Chrismas Eve Babe, in the Drunk Tank”
HCKelly- would you mind posting the link here please? Goosebumps kinda stuff! I’d love to see the video. Go raibh míle maith agat!
Brilliant gig last night at Vicar Street Christy! Your performance of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” for Tim was magical! I took a video and will post on your Facebook page.
bang it up here if you can, give us all a gike…
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