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I would just like to thank you for putting on a spectacular show in Lyrath on Saturday night. It’s an absolute pleasure to see you play as always. No Easter snow this year 😊. Looking forward to the next show.
Thanks again from all up the hills in Coon.
Always lovely to hear from the Vale of Coon…for two years I gazed down upon the Village from the lofty heights of Coolcullen….thinking of creamy pints and large bottles in Billy Moloneys,… had a concert in the Hall there over 40 years ago when Tom Kinsella was my road manager… gigs in The Ridge Bar, The Coalmine and Conways in Comer.. further afield to The Arkle in Gowran, The West End in Ballyraggett and Kytelers in Kilenny, from Pedigree Corner on to Carlow to play in Sean Fury’s and The El Ruedo….it was a great old time back then, great fun and neighbourliness and no harm done….no ticketmaster, apps, mobile phones, security, vat, ipads, satnavs ..its a wonder we ever found our way home
Beannachtaí na Cáisc ort is do clann.
That Easter bunny is a queer hawk.
I was in the vicinity of the yearly drop off this morning (living room)
Not one egg in sight.
Went in the kitchen to put the kettle down , heard a lot of running and rustling.
Went back to the drop of location again and sure enough there was not only chocolate but two fine goose eggs awaiting my return.She’s a queer hawk alright that Easter bunny.
There’s an awful gang coming here today , haven’t seen them since Christmas and the curtains were set on fire (but that’s a whole other story)!
Was listening to “wave up to the shore” these days it’s like a old old song.
Have a grand day CM.
In bygone days of yore the Easter Egg was an extravagant commodity….while some would get one,others might share one, there were many who never experienced the sweet pleasure….
dont know if I ever took the top off a Goose egg…certainly enjoyed a few duck eggs over the years but its hard to equal a good hen’s egg….an egg from a hen that spent its day scratchin around the haggart, enjoying an odd scatter of layers mash …hard to top a pair of them lads fried in the fat of home cured streaky rashers accompanied with coarse brown bread smothered in country butter washed down with strong sweet tea…(after which a Sweet Afton or Gold Flake was optional)
I have fond memories of recording Luka’s song “Wave to Shore”,it must be 43 years ago…”Sacco” “Musgrave” “Johnny Jump” “Limerick Rake” spring to mind…Jimmy Faulkner, Declan McNelis,Michéal Ó Domhnaill, Barney Mckenna all since departed..it was a party time recording session, a couple of weeks in a studio called Dublin Sound produced by Donal Lunny and engineered by Pat Morley….that studio long since bulldozed and turned into apartments
good to hear from you again…How you getting on with your Music ?
Here we go Christy, you might even rattle out the chorus at the Waterfront, best of ;luck…
From the tips of my toes to Napoleon’s Nose …I’m Belfast born and bred
Dublin has the Liffey, Cork it has the Lee
But the Lagan flows through my hometown,
And it means the world to me
From the tips of my toes to Napoleon’s Nose ………
I’m Belfast born and bred
I’ve known the streets of Belfast, As boy and youth and man
A lifetime’s memories in my head, I love it heart and hand
The Matinee at the Lido, The pictures at The Ritz
The magic of The Broadway, And a back-stalls teenage kiss
The Canberra gliding down the Lough, The liner’s booming blast
Titanic ships then being built, No longer now, alas
I climbed the first cave on Cave Hill, Got chased by Mickey Marley
I missed the age of Pitch and Toss, But I bet with Cheeky Charlie
From the tips of my toes to Napoleon’s Nose……… I’m Belfast born and bred
Shipyard men, the Dockers, The women in the Mills
The workers from the building game, Their stories with us still
McGlade’s, The Crown and Smithfield, The hymns of the Sally Ann
When Rinty ruled the boxing world, The Toss… Buck Alex ran
The bustle of The Markets, The brass balls of The Pawns
Paper boys shout: `Sixth Telllehhh’, The blare of factory horns
The GAA at Casement Park, And the Ulster Hall for boxing
The Blues v Celtic, Windsor Park, and the whole of Belfast rocking
The grandeur of the City Hall, Of the best Carrara marble
While the people lived two up, two down, And men took to the gargle
Tales of Belfast poverty, Of shouldering the hod
A people worked down to the bone, I’m proud they’re in my blood
It’s a town so long divided, We’ve struggled and we’ve bled
But the one thing that unites us all…. We’re Belfast… born and bred
A sombre Easter Greeting to you and anyone visiting the site.
Since Friday morning thoughts keep returning to Lyra McKee
Most Irish people had never heard Lyra’s name before,
Now, sadly, Lyra’s name is on all our lips,
Her smiling image imbued upon our imagination
Whatever outcome might ensue
Nothing will quell the heartbreak of Lyra’s loved ones
But if we could all embrace the light that Lyra generated
in her bright life so cruelly ended
We might find a way to walk up this road together
Singing Her Name
Lyra McKee Lyra McKee Lyra McKee
Let Us Remember
Thanks for sharing your Ballad …..I like it…..I could hear the late Davy Hammond singing your song..do you have a tune in mind ?
I dont think I could do it justce with my Kildare brogue…..but who knows…it could be spoke or sung
Hi Christy, looking forward to seeing you back in Belfast next month.
I’ve written a new Belfast ballad, which I think could go down really well with your fans on the night.
In addition, I’ve written another ballad which, given the very recent tragedy in Derry, might be appropriate.
If you could drop me a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org I will forward them on for you to have a look at.
All the best for Belfast and beyond.
these days it can take me a year to prepare a song for performance….sometimes even longer then that…if you wish, you could put your ballad up here and we’ll all be able to see it..
getting ready now for the Bog Meadow and the Black Mountain
Christy, a chara,
Great night last night. Yourself and the boys put on a mighty show. Plenty of chorus singing as you said and a lovely tribute to Lyra McKee from Derry. Hope ye enjoy the weather today and hopefully you’ll come back to Laois for a ramble soon. Myself, bother Eoghan, girlfriend Áine and friends Henry and Owen had a great night. We thought we were young in our 20s to be loving folk and all things Christy Moore but great to see even more younger folk lovers coming along. Hopefully the young chaps will bate out a few chords with them picks.
Le gach dea-ghuí, go raibh maith agat.
O to walk Bondara Bog this glorious Spring day…had I known there were Bog People in last night I’d have sung Luka’s great song
“I’m a Bogman, deep down ,its where I come from ”
really good singing on The Heath last night…..afterwards passed through Abbeleix on our trip to Durrow and onwards towards Lyrath….miss passing thru Abbeleix, always was a good pit stop on the way to Cork….
Christy, ya legend. The Yellow Furze Crew will be attending on May 25 in London, appreciate a shout out on the night.
Spoke to you over breakfast many moons ago in Belfast, a moment we treasure to this day. Sweet Thames Flow Softly would be an apt addition to the playlist on May 25 but you’re the boss.
Keep her lit Christy
between the Thames, Liffey, Boyne, Lee, Shannon, Nore, Barrow,Suir,Foyle,Clyde,Tyne,Dodder,Poddle,Bann,Lagan,Corrib, not to mention the Banks of The Royal Canal, the Suck the Inny, the Deal, the Feale and .to be sure, The Seven Springs
I realise the vital importance and inspirational streams of creativity that flow from our great Rivers….if only we could respect them
of course I’ll shout ye out on the night…from the rooftops, the very rafters, I will shout Yellow Furze Senchelstown Beauparc Hayestown Cotton Mills and,of course,I must not forget Stackallen
catch you in The Big Smoke Erin…back where my apprenticeship began…
we’ll be at it here in Kilkenny tonight….back with The Cats in The Marble City
Michael D has just opened the James Connolly centre, on the Falls Road. There was a minute silence for Lyra McKee (an inspiring voice) the young NUJ journalist murdered in Derry, on the anniversary of the Good Friday agreement. Plus cą change, plus c’est la même chose.
On the way home Planxty and Liam Óg were playing on Raidió Fáilte… the chattering Magpie. Before I finish chattering, you may know Peggy Seeger and her son Calum MacColl are playing in the Heaney centre in July.
‘Re-tuning time-turned words,
Fitting each weathered song
To a new-grooved harmony,
They pluck slick strings and swing
A sad heart’s equilibrium’
The Folk Singers, Seamus Heaney.
Beannachtaí na Cásca agus go well Christy!
Finding the right words is very difficult…I did not hear of Lyra McKee until yesterday…..such a brutal senseless murder….all I’ve heard since are tributes to her young life, her focus and determination in seeking human rights, I’ve spoken to some of her colleagues all of whom are in shock from the loss of such promising young journalist…..
May her passing not be in vain
I went to see you recently in Slieve Donard in Newcastle and luckily managed to get tickets for 2nd of May in the Waterfront as a surprise for my partner. I was wondering could you dedicate Viva La Quinta Brigada to Damien Sullivan on the night? he is currently training for his first professional boxing fight on the 17th of May so he will be buzzing to see you beforehand!!!
will do my best…always loads of requests for call outs these days,
must be an exciting time for Damien…just read Andy Lee’s book “Fighter” which gives great insights into the Boxing world..the sacrifices, the discipline, the pitfalls…
Hi Christy, I often listen to you here in the Basque Country – poetry and music. This year I´ll have my firstborn and be sure he will sing your songs one day standing by the ocean. Thanks for leaving the bank job ; ) The very best wishes to you and yours, Annie
Thank You Annie,
I wish you and your newborn happiness and long healthy lives together
I’m asking a favour of you, I hope you don’t mind!! My friends are getting married this July and they are both HUGE fans of yours. I know a message from yourself would just blow them away on their wedding day…. even just Congratulations! or some marriage pearls of wisdom you could offer the newlyweds? Anything. They will love it.
Hope don’t mind a notification of a gig coming up…next Thursday, the 25th April we welcome Eleanor Shanley and John Feeley, classical guitarist, to The Seaview Sessions in The Old Punchbowl, Rock Rd in Booterstown..looking forward to another lovely night.
Thanks a mill..L
Thats a lovely line-up Lar…hope you Eleanor and John have a great gathering in Booterstown….
“… and it’s straight I will repair to the colour of Kildare.” At least that what I thought the Johnstons sang when it used to be on Radio Éireann back in the day. Y’see I was only three or four and at that age I suppose I never really worried too much about what the songs on the radio actually said. Whether it was “Lily The Pink” or “Goodbye Mursheen Durkin”, I hadn’t a clue what the most of them were on about. Loved the songs though. The sound. My mammy said I used to run into the room where the radio was on if “The House With The Whitewashed Gable” came on. No idea what it was about. Not a clue. Sure to a three or four-year-old like meself, there were lots of indecipherable lyrics in songs back in those days. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. So I never really stopped to wonder what the colour of Kildare might be. The colour of Sligo was overcast with occasional patches of blue, but Kildare? No idea. Then there was the word ‘repair’ in there. “It’s straight I will repair.” What was that doing in a song? Repair. We had a bicycle repair kit at home with a few patches in it for fixing a puncture. Maybe they were singing about bicycles. Ah yes, I used to love listening to Radio Éireann as a wee lad. That’s where I first heard Christy Moore. It was either “Three Drunken Maidens” or “The Cliffs Of Dooneen”. Don’t remember which one now. With me too rye ah, fol de diddle dah, too rye, oo rye, oo rye ah! Do you still sing the “Curragh” Christy?
Hey Joe !
The Curragh still creeps into the set..always at Kildare gigs but sometimes further afield…
Three Drunken was first Planxty single and Cliffs came next…back in 1972..heady times for us…criss crossing the nation in a ford transit…Merrily kissing Quakers, sleeping with alligators as we sailed upon the Lakes of Pontchartrain..
your post reminds me of my own early listening…”Kevin Barry”, “Meeting of The waters”, “Dún na Rí”, “Down by The Glenside”..then early R&R rocked the cabin for a while, “Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock”, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Fats, Ella, came my way all soon to be silenced by The Clancys & Tommy Makem
hi Christy myself and my son Michael will be attending your fri night gig at the limerick concert hall we are really looking forward too it and would like to ask if it is possible for you to include pripchat or Hiroshima Nagasaki in the set list if not we totally understand
thats a good call John, been trying to get a “live” recording of Hiro of late but I keep forgetting to include it in the set..your request is a timely reminder….recently met up with Jim Page who wrote this song…he is still in fine fettle, writing and singing
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