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Well, less income unless, and or, until I can find another job. But at least I’m free.
I might take me longer now to get back to Ireland. But you’ll maybe like that inorder for me to to do so, I will have to drink less. ha,ha!
Watching your latest youtube I was reminded….
years ago it was suggested to me that I put down the microscope and pick up a mirror, I was falling asunder with anger and resentments…….
I wish you well and I hope you find peace of mind…..
It may be a few days late but I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to say thank you for a fantastic night in the Riverside Park Hotel last Friday – after each gig we think it can’t get much better and then we are treated to yet another powerful and magical performance, leaving us buzzing for more! If I never saw anyone else live in concert it wouldn’t upset me but if Christy, Declan & Co. are in town, we will be among the first lining up for tickets! Safe travels and keep on sharing your amazing talent.
its never too late to recieve such a good review of our work…that Riverside room always has a great atmosphere …Thank You Marie
Any chance of an Australian tour anytime soon? My family would love to see you as you were my late Dad’s favourite (and I’m named in part because of you!)..
Keep on keeping on,
afraid not Christie…
no more long haul tours for me..
best wishes… Christy
Heading over to Carrick on Shannon for the gig on 12th April. Bringing my somewhat “mature” parents along for the craic. Can you put an eldery ladies mind at ease and let us know if Landmark Hotel show will be all seating? At early 70’s I don’t think they could handle a couple of hours standing.
Also, it’ll bring back fine memories of 2018 show in Glasgow where you sang The Voyage for them on the occasion of their 47th wedding anniversary.
All the best for the up coming shows.
yes, its a seated gig…the only stand-up gig I do is Barrowland
Hi Christy, went to see you on The Court hotel Tullamore on Saturday enjoyed the show very much, I don’t know how you kept singing non stop for the whole show. I am a niece.of the late Fr. Mc.Nally you. mentioned I still live where he was born. My Mam & Dad knew your Mam well through politics. I worked in Newbridge for 5 years. Hope you continue to keep well Christy, & I hope to get to see you in concert.soon again. Anne
Thank you Anne..
I remember Fr McNally very clearly.. I served his mass frequently as a young altar boy….what I remember most is Oct 8th 1956..it was Fr McNally who came into our school to tell me that my father had died…
I also served some weddings he officiated and some funerals he blest..it was a large part of my life way back then…Fr Miller, Fr McNally and Fr Gorman were very high profile men in the Town,
Singing for two hours is a great pleasure for me…beside me I have great musicians, in front of me I have a room full of listeners who know and want to hear the songs, behind me I have a dedicated road crew who do all in their power to prepare every aspect of the concert….tis a pleasure and a priviledge…the two hours zip along for me…
By jasus Christy al not be running about full flight on the Arthur j!! A few pints of the finest stuff after the gig will do no harm, plus that’s all I will be aloud, the mrs is 6 months pregnant, so anymore than a couple and it’ll be a clip round the ear for me. Plus, il be up early to drive back home for 10 o clock mass Sunday morning.. only joking, celtic rangers kick off at 12 next day 🍀 can’t wait for the gig.
My Dad is Alan, you used to stay with him many years back. He lived in Bearwood at the time and ran the folk club at the Royal Oak in Halesowen. I’d love to get you both back in touch, he often talks about you!
My email is louise@ledsam. Co.uk. I hope to hear from you. Louise
I remember that Club from 52 years ago..I played there a few times and also visited the club to hear Alex Cambell….so many years and thousands of gigs later I still have great memories from those early years..best wishes to your Father
A wonderful high energy Gig in Tullamore last night, in a very warm room. Your dead right, there’s no beating a Saturday night; and a rousing bit of “fairytale” is good all the year round. Thanks, a Mill for mentioning Sophie & Heather; its much appreciated. They have been waiting with great excitement since “Santa” brought them the Tickets at Christmas, and enjoyed the night immensely.
Hey Patsy, glad to hear that the two young girls were there…hope all is well on the Wide Street..if you see Ray L. give him my regards
Hi Christy I’m the son of an Irish born mother 1924 Tipp Town to be exact. She was a Dowling and I think my grandad was from the Naas area C1900. What is the chance we are from the same clan?
Coming to see you twice this year London in May and Liverpool October.
Thanks for the songs. Ian
Distant cousins perhaps…my Dowling kin were in Barronstown going way back, its quite a common name around Miltown but go back far enough and you’ll find the man and woman who got our ball rolling….Barronstown would be about 8 miles (across the bogs and fields) from Naas…
Catch you later Ian…keep coming back
Never ever a problem Christy, the music was mighty as were the choice of tunes.
Songs are a queer fish, they need the right tide to swim away, each gig is a gem whatever you and the lads sing, we had a ball.
Cammy meanwhile pulled up his tights and is looking out jump leads for the van so we can travel back to see wee Joxer.
See you again, and again.
Round we go, heel to the toe….
Hey, what a night – you were brillant, Christy, Declan & Jimmy!! We were all diving into the music and sailing away with you for more than two hours… “North and South…”, “Beeswing”, “Fairy Tale of New York”, and the encore version of “The Weekend that we spent in Amsterdam” (fair play to Declan 😉 were highlights in a wonderful concert. Special thanks for playing “Reel in the Flickering Light”. That was indeed like meeting an old friend, as you said…
Thanks to Hillary, Paddy Carroll and the whole crew as well, they all contributed to make this night a magic one.
Go raibh maith agat – herzlichen Dank
from Dietmar (and the Band)
Maith an Fear a Dietmar….and fair play to you for flying the German Flag upon the green fields of Uí Fáile ….last nights affair in Tulach Mór was indeed a pleasure….I love our Saturday Night Gigs in the Ballrooms of Romance….the waft of Perfume and After-Shave as we take the stage….the expectancy, the curiosity, the opening verses as we accustom ourselves…players and singers and listeners…newcomers trying to figure out what its all about… early furtive chorus soon turning to full throated participation as caution is thrown to the wind…such was the enthusiasm of one woman last night that I had to pull up mid verse..she was moving so far ahead of the lyric that I thought I was at her gig ( maybe I was !)
Your “Flickering” call out was totally appropriate…..see you in that authentic Irisch pub down Gooter Strasse
Every night you take us to our dreamland, yet again tonight in Tullamore, from the Hawick lads and Joxer we send thanks.
Regards to you and the lads Christy
I had it written clearly on my prompt sheet Rory…. “Minds Locked Shut”….time and time again I broached it…but could never find the gap…its one of those songs that needs the right moment….same with “Giuseppe” and “Away you Broken Heart”….with regret I failed to render your noble calls…but life goes on and my regret was allayed by this mornings post….
and if that was’nt bad enough,a reliable source informed me that I appeared confused as to the gender of your sidekick..
Seems like I was momentarily in the drunk tank
Christy, thank you so much for the fantastic show last Saturday night and for the special birthday shout out for my dad! I can’t wait to make a show again soon! Deirdre
Glad to hear it all worked out…we had a good night at the butt of Mangerton Mountain
Great gig last night Christy I really enjoyed it loved the new version of welcome to the cabaret.Great to hear songs i didnt hear for a while like on Morcame bay and a stich in time Declan was brilliant on no time for love it was fantastic. Great to hear Mcilhatton which one of my favourite songs and its always a pleasure to hear you sing They never came home. So thanks to yourself, Declan and Jimmy for a great night and I hope to see you back in Wexford again soon.
Its a magic old town this….always a pleasure to play in ‘Scorthy….have the bit of Wexford in my veins as my great Grandfather John Power left Oylgate in the mid to late 19th century and went on to settle in Hayestown near Yellow Furze in the County Meath…(coincidentally his Son Jack gets a mention in the previous post here)…
last night cammy, el gran senor and i crowded round the old kildare kitchen table to watch cctv footage from the scottish borders as our fabulous mare xpectations foaled her mahler foal ,half brother to jezza, several cork dry gins and guinness later (washed down with the barry’s tea for good measure) , we have decided that there really is only one stable name for this handsome fella with the big ears and the long legs who will be roared home at Punchestown in 5 years . welcome to the world ‘Joxer’ , a fine looking handsome colt, now we will be looking for a racecourse in stuttgart first.
All the best Christy
We’ll all go to Punchestown when Joxer comes under starters orders….I still follow the “jumps” from a safe distance..not been racing for manys the year…still have a soft spot for ( nearly) all to do with that great sporting world…
My first awakening was a photo of Workman taken in Ardmulchan, Yellow Furze,County Meath where my Grandfather Jack Power worked in the 30’s and 40’s.Thats where my Mother grew up.Jack worked for Sir Alexander Maguire who owned Workman.The trainer was Jack Ruttle and the Jockey was Timmy Hide. AS a child I remember pictures of the great Horse. In particular one photo of our Mother Nancy astride Wrkman in the yard at Ardmulchan…..I also recall two Horses, Gentle Moya and Carantrilla from boyhood days…
back then we went to Punchestown every year, we’d cycle from Newbridge across past Baroda stud and Two-Mile-House with neither a care in the world nor a bob in the pocket….
just about to depart Enniscorthy now and make our way over to Tullamore where yet another gig will come under starters orders in 9 hours time….we have strings to change, stage to set, lights to focus, sounds to tweak, silks to unruffle, girth belts to tighten….come 8 bells we’ll line up and make our way furtively, excitedly towards the start, when the white flag is raised we’ll dig our heels in and “They’re Off” will resound to roars from the gathered throng…..have a good day
Every Friday night, Andy Donnelly hosts his Celtic Show on CKUA out of Edmonton, Alberta. Tonight, you were a topic of conversation! Sheri wrote you a week ago, after hearing your rendition of Danny Boy on the 15th, the show closest to St. Patrick’s Day. She shared your delightful response with all the listeners. I was intrigued to learn you were writing from Killarney – one stop on our choir’s Tour of Ireland in May! Is there any chance you’ll be singing somewhere around the Republic then? It would be such a treat to hear you live! All best wishes.
Greetings from Enniscorthy, from the butt of Vinegar Hill on Banks of the River Slaney….there are 6 gigs in May,all details on the gig section of this site….geographically/politically 2 of them are in Limbo, 2 are in Mayhem City and two are in The “Republic”..
I hope your trip goes well…why not tell us where you will be performing…..
“we’ll look for you if you ever come this way”
Just since maybe you asked my actual name. It is Charles Andrew Robinson. My grandfather was Andrew Robinson from Lisnaksea. On my mothers side it’s Carroll of William Carroll 1851 to July 1933 from county Tyrone. Ok, that aside this sharing again, maybe only to bore your audience, maybe due to my sorry ass ego. But my good, my very good man and truly not to bore you nor your audience.
“they just spin it to support their masters”
never a truer word Charles….
a Carrol from Lisnaskea no less….an old friend once hailed from that very place…he always attached great import upon the pronunciation of last four letters of Lisnaskea….whether sounded “Ski” or “Ska” or “Skay”
We share a middle name Charles… I’m a CA myself…. I’ve been blessed with Andrews in my life…my Father,my Brother and my Eldest Son..( his name spelled Aindriú)
Your posts are never boring Charles….over the years they have been sometimes gripping, off the wall, rambling, funny, joyful, drunk,sad but never boring ( maybe slightly, once or twice,when fully juiced)
Keep coming back
Hi Christy… It was my fiancé that you signed the Ordinary Man record for in the Riverside tonight. Words can’t describe how much it ment to the both of us for what you wrote and when you sang They Never Came Home it brought a tear to her eye. Thank you so so much Christy. Eddie.
I wish you both the very best in the years ahead…
I value greatly the connection I have with the Famiies of those lost in that terrible tragedy..
still seeking justice
My name is Edel Hand, I am 12 years old from Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan. I’m going to your concert in the Nuremore Hotel on Sat 30th March with my mam and dad. I recorded a song of yours recently ”Black is the colour” I’ve attached the link if you would like to take a look at it. I would also like to meet you if that was possible. Thank you
Edel and Philomena Hand
Thank you for sharing Edel….keep up the good work….Its unlikely that we’ll meet in Nuremore… I’m 74 now, when the two hour gig ends I’m usually fully spent, drenched with sweat and in need of strong tea and a quiet place where the band can reflect upon the performance…
I hope you have a great night with your Mam & Dad
Dont forget to wear the cap ! it really suits you !
Well Christy thought you might like this:
Come Back to Sailortown
Looking in from Belfast Lough
Street lights glowed like stars
Music drifted on the swell
From waterfronted bars
A light from every window
Cast its winter glow
Like moths around an amber flame
We stopped to watch the show
Steady rhythm from guitar
A chiming mandolin
A bodhran edgin’ from its hide
Ceilidh time again
The Mason’s Apron’s shredded
Drowsy Maggie wide awake
Bottles glasses bouncin’
As chairs and tables shake
Thon Galway Girl went crazy
Knockin pictures off the wall
The tilley lamps are bouncing’
The ceilings gonna fall
The craic was way past ninety
The temperature the same
From Boston through to Belarus
Punters glad they came
Then two hours after lockdown
A loud knock on the door
Alright lads you know the drill
We’ve all been here before
If its Mary Kate from two doors down
We’re ok all is sweet
If a blue light flashes through the glass
I’ll meet yez down the street.
The door was opened just a crack
Daylight filtered in
And the milkman handed two full cream
And a pint of semi skimmed.
It’s alright folks a false alarm
The last round its on me
Shouts a teetotaller from Craigavad
I’ll have a cup of Earl Grey tea.
Everyone went skippin’ home
For an hour or two in bed
With a rhythm in their feet
From a tune still in their head
And the urban planners got it wrong
When they pulled the shutters down
At Pats Bar and the Rotterdam
In the heart of Sailortown
Where lamplight shines on cobbles
A banshee earns her stripes
A crowd she tries to summon
Softly playin uilleann pipes
From the docks to Corporation Street
Her echoes can be heard
Even though the lights went out
There’s music to be shared.
Across the River Lagan
Below a cloudless starlit dome
They beckon to The Sunflower
Are you never comin’ home?
An American’s in residence
The music’s comin’ back
We could really use the company
Come roun’ and join the craic.
” Come Back to Sailortown”
I love it !
Have you got a melody ?
Can we hear it ?
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