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Hope yer well Christy. Sun is bating down already over here 😅. Working away at it…
your voice just gets better….sending you the good juju
Was at your show last night in the Waterfront. What an unbelievable atmosphere, thank you for putting on such a show. Sad you didn’t sing The Voyage but finishing on Beeswing was brilliant. Tribute to Lyra McKee was very moving.
I hope your next to get your MBE and catch up with aul Daniel!!
Its the papal knighthood I’m chasin…I need plenty of plenary indulgence to get me over the line…
PS for the encore I was just about to start playing Johnny Duhan’s” Voyage” when I heard a passionate plea for Richard Thompson’s “Beeswing”
My partner is a big fan of yours. He works very hard and he got the knighthood for serve the public. When he works late, he plays your songs almost every night. Now I want to give him a very special birthday surprise, but I do need your help. Can I contact you directly? Of course, I understand you are very busy. But I still want to try if I’m lucky to have your help.
Thank you for your time and do appreciate if you can reply my messages?
Hi Christy . This is Riva Lawlor . Thanks for being part of my fairytale . I’m doing great ….
Yes Christy , we’ll be attending your show next week (10th of May) in the clanree in letterkenny. Any chance you could play viva la Quinta brigada and a pair of brown eyes , for the gaoth dobhair lads.
dont get lost on the way, watch out for demon boy racers, donuts and skidmarks
First of all thanks to you, Declan, Jimmy, Cathal and Vickie for last night. You all delivered two stellar shows in a row at the Waterfront in Belfast and I feel privileged to have seen and heard them. Those who only get to see one of a pair of shows in a given venue are really missing out. The different vibe and set lists between the two shows made it so worthwhile to attend both. Amazing!
Thanks also for the shout out to Jane, for which, as a result, I am King For A Day! Earlier she had been asking what I was typing on the PC and I refused to tell her (it was my request note to you) and she was irritated. Her face when you dedicated Fairytale of New York to her was priceless. I wish you could have seen it, then she got very emotional and started crying.
Two of the best shows I’ve ever seen of yours. Here’s to many, many more down the ancient highway.
Its many years since…it was way back in the time of “petrol pump attendants”…I was getting a fill-up and got chatting with the “lad on the pumps”……he told me he had enjoyed the gig at The Point…..I asked him which night he was there…he said he’d been at all 6 nights…. I was taken aback and asked him why… he responded “because every night is so different”
I’ve never had a better review then that…..and I appreciate your remarks….not everyone approves of or bothers with this forum but I enjoy having some interaction with listeners…..
wish you and Jane a safe return to this Mainland
Thanks again for yet another wonderful gig. Amazing how each gig is different from the one before but all special. Great to see the reception for young Ronan – a night I’d say he’ll remember for a while. Great to hear Vickie tonight as well – her harmonies on Burning Times were something else. Big thanks to you, Dec, Jimmy, Cathal, Vickie and all the crew. Roll on the Clanree. Safe home.
I travelled back down to Dublin last night with you all ringing in my ears….from Black Mountain to Bog Meadow, from Beechmount to Short Strand
Christy, the best show yet tonight in the Waterfront. Thanks so much for singing Beeswing. Dermot, Cairenn and myself loved it. You’re a LEGEND x
glad that Father and Daughter enjoyed your request
Hearing Beeswing as the last song tonight, was the perfect finish to a perfect evening. Thank-you Christy.
so many great songwriters working tirelessly to create songs for us to sing and to hear
Firstly your show last night was unbelievable, saw you in Dungannon leisure centre many moons ago and in Ennis a few years back but tonight you all were on fire!
Unbelievable talent you guys have, could listen to you sing all day long!
Happy Birthday also in the next few days, hope to see you all again very very soon!! Up Tyrone!!
most nights we exit feeling good…every now and then a gig just ends up in a special place….last night in The Waterfront was one such….whatever happens is beyond analysis….its all in the air that exists between players and listeners, between composer and performer….it has happened for me across my lifetime …moments when I heard music that stopped me in my tracks…..nor need it be some world Diva….Mammy singing “Ave Maria”, Mixer singing “Gentle Swallow” Uncle Jimmy singing “Isle of Innishfree”….then came Liam Óg, Finbar Dwyer,Maggie Barry,Sean Keane, Dolores,Matt, Arty on and on the music resounds upon the air…..my favourite singer always by my side
Looking forward to the show tonight, but not as much as my 8-year-old son Ronan. Can you give him a shout out and play Lisdoonvarna for him.
Hey Ronan….you raised us up last night…thanks for coming along
Thanks for your reply Christy. Just to clarify Jane is from Belfast and I am moving here from Connecticut. So Belfast IS the homelands from here on out! The ability to see great live music is a major attraction to coming over here. I’ve seen you in Westport, co Mayo a number of years ago on a two night stand where i met my now good friend Hillary Scanlon (Christy fan extraordinaire) and have seen you in Dublin, Glengarrif, Tralee, and at Feis’s and Fesh’s in London and New York ever since and on and on down the road. You always deliver! Thanks for the shout out tonight if you can manage it but i know how these things can get away from you.
between the jigs and the reels we got there in the end….its such a strange feeling leaving a venue….the audience dispersed, the gear stripped out and loaded in…instruments packed as we all go our separate ways…..did it all really happen
Hey Christy, sorry it’s been a long time since I was here! Lost my password and not possible to reset here so finally re-registered. Thank you and the team for an amazing gig in Portlaoise Good Friday. It is better you are getting! Thanks so much for the shout out to Doc, the brother, now back in Chicago. Cliffs of Dooneen was perfect and thanks to your now outed secret recorder, we got to enjoy it all over again. All the best Christy, John B
always good to hear from Spink
Christy, fantastic gig last night in Belfast. Myself and a group of friends 5th time seeing yourself in various locations. Great to see the tyrone man along side you on stage, the whole group fits together perfectly. Wondering if there could be a set list posted at some stage. There was a number of songs I hadnt heard before but really enjoyed them. Also thought it would be a great week to play the Ballad of Ruby Walsh given the great man’s retirement this week.
All the best. Hope to see you in the carrickdale during the summer
Go Move Shift
Away You Broken Heart
Ringing The bell
Bright Blue Rose
Tabhair dom do lamh
Only Our Rivers
North & South of The River
On The mainland
Back in Derry
Time has come
Fairytale New York
Rosalita & jJack Cambell
27 songs 2 hours and 2 minutes
Dia duit Christy,
Was up in Belfast last night. What an absolutely fantastic gig. I have seen you well over 20 times at this stage. Loved hearing Cathal going into Tabhair dom do lamh after Raggle Taggle, brought me back to memories of the first time hearing in on the Black album that transition would send shivers down any ones spine!
Any way. I am back up again for tonight’s show and I was wondering if it was possible could you sing Motherland? I heard you sing it once in Derry in 2010 and would absolutely love to hear it again. I have shouted for it once or twice but have always been drowned out by some one else a bit louder 🙁
I understand if it has gone from the repertoire after such a long time but it is a song which has really stuck with me since the first time I heard it and really pulls at me!
Hearing that would really make my night!!
Wishing you all the best.
we’ll give it a birl at today’s sound check…..our set unfolds each night as the gig progresses…
We sat in the Gods last night and savoured every word, note and sound. A big thank you to you, Cathal, Declan and Jim and those behind the scenes. A finely tuned outfit. Rosita and Jack is a powerful song and Burning Times was a fitting tribute to Lyra. You’re right there are a lot who could learn from her. Thanks Christy for a great show. Ride on . Mary Shannon
I’m pondering upon a fitting spot prize, if only to acknowledge your speed from the traps ….Usain Bolt of the Bog Meadows
Indeed Christy, our politicians would do well to start doing what they are paid for. The death of Lyra cast a dark shadow over our town at Easter – we sort of felt that we’d all let her down and she deserved better. But, trying to take the positives, she shone a light that might just get things moving again. We need proper mental health care and employment – not guns and bullets. Burning times was a great choice to honour Lyra’s memory. Keep the songs coming christy – we’d be lost without them.
I think that sums it up John,
we have indeed….and we are letting future generations down too…all of us to varying degrees
Dear Christy: First of all forgive the long rambling missal, but I wanted to share this story with you and ask a favor. I attended the show at The Waterfront last night and it was spectacular. Hauntingly beautiful with the addition of the gorgeous violin of Cathal Hayden (more about him later). And before I forget, special thanks for the touching and well deserved dedication of Burning Times to Lyra McKee, The Jack Campbell song and Musgrave
I first came across you in Planxty,- and thanks for the two Planxty songs last night – in the early 70’s at NUU (now UU) in Coleraine. Similarly, I saw Declan at the same venue in Horslips. You both performed in Phase 1 (now sadly demolished). Between you, and unbeknownst to me at the time, you kick-started my lifelong love of Irish music despite my being a Londoner with no ethnic or familial connection to Ireland.
After my last exam at NUU and without attending the actual graduation ceremony I emigrated to the United States, 41 years ago. I currently live in Connecticut. I’ve mostly loved my time there and the USA has been very good to me, but for the past three years I have become totally disillusioned with Trumpistan.
Trump has permitted the worst elements of society to flourish and gain a much louder voice in the US. He is soulless, valueless, narcissistic, dishonest in the extreme (10,000+ provable lies and misstatements in under 3 years) and fundamentally reprehensible. I have always been apolitical and in the preceding 38 years I never once woke up thinking there’s a possibility that a war could start (although they have) or that there was a risk of an aggressive nuclear action.
Every day for the past three years I have had an unease that more bad news is coming at the hands of this scoundrel. As a result, I am shortly to be emigrating back to Béal Feirste which has undergone an amazing and stunning transformation in the intervening 40 years. No kookie politics here of course??? Naturally, there is a beautiful woman involved (isn’t there always) and after 45+ years of being just friends and housemates Jane (a Belfast native) and I have decided to be together for life.
So here is the ask. I know you played it last night, but can you please play Fairytale Of New York again tonight. Jane wasn’t there last night. It went down a storm and I’m sure it would again and if you wouldn’t mind please dedicate it to the lovely Jane. My life story is potentially destined to be covered in my biography titled “Whatever Happened To The Gold Paved Streets?” So you can see the connection. If not, can I plead for Arthur McBride dedicated to Jane, it was a song we both heard back in Phase 1 when you played there.
Ok, finally back to my Cathal Hayden story. Three years ago I attended a Mairtin O’Connor concert in a church in Newtown CT at the invitation of a friend of Cathal’s named Christine McGillan from Strabane. She introduced me to him briefly and I am sure I gushed about the show because it was stunning. You may have heard of Newtown CT because 20 6-year olds and 6 teachers were murdered in their classrooms in Sandy Hook (part of Newtown) at the hands of a teenager using automatic rifles (guns and gun control is another reason I am leaving the USA).
Anyway, fast forward to this February when I attended the 21st birthday of a friend’s son in Newcastle Co Down with Jane. We sat with some strangers and in the process of chatting mentioned that we were going to a concert of the Martin O’Connor band in Dungannon the next night. “Did you say the Mairtin O’Connor band?” the man said. Yes I replied. He said my brother plays in that band. His name is Cathal Hayden. I introduced myself to Cathal and his other brother Stephen the next night. It’s a small world!!!
Enough from me, can’t wait for the show tonight. All the best,
Thanks Brian, always good to hear from a long time listener…I wish you and Jane a safe return to your Homelands…
I remember that gig in Coleraine with Planxty… we were doing a short tour with the late John Martyn…
I’ve noted your request and will try and stitch it into tonights tapestry…you’ll have to seek Arthur McBride elsewhere…thats an Andy Irvine song from the Planxty repertoire…(Paul Brady does a different version)
Like you I was enchanted by the music of the Martin O’Connor Band…WE hooked up a few years back and played together for a spell….
Cathal has and album with his Brother called “Bow Brothers”, its a beauty
Thank you for a wonderful gig tonight. Great sounds and nothing like the music to keep the spirits up. Good to hear Jack Campbell again tonight – a song with real character. Little Musgrave was a highlight too – a real “noble call”. Looking forward to the second half tomorrow night. Thank you Christy for the joy you bring.
There you are John…I’m still buzzin from last night’s reception…such a great gathering of listeners in that fine auditorium….the sheer architecture of it so stunning…8 hours later its still ringing in my ears….some nights I find it hard to come down from the height of it all… after 53 years and 5,000 gigs there is no let up in the excitement and adrenalin generated by the the singing, the playing, listening,clapping,harmonising,riffing,laughing,crying,……the aftershave, the perfume, Knobfler before, Liam Óg after….the sea of faces old and new…
coming here last night was daunting in my imagination…crossing that invisible line in the midst of more elections, more shite and brouhaha as the yelping barking lying bores on….the face of Lyra smiles thru as we try to hold on to the beauty endowed after her short life…if only Arlene,Michelle,MaryLou and Naomi could wrap themelves up in the warm glow of Lyra’s life and get on with what they are paid to do….occasionally we glimpse progress but old narrative soon sneaks back in and old resentments are rekindled….its just as bad down below…..different,better,worse,similar, accents and narrative vary but story just the same, London Brussels Creggan Clondalkin Dublin Belfast
but here we are John, we’re still listening, we’re still hoping and wanting, laughing and loving….Thanks for your feedback
Ah! The poor auld lousy auld earth
Shite said The Queen, and a thousand arseholes strained
Hi Christy sorry about the length of that story I sent you yesterday I was just thinking if anyone could make a song out of it , it would be yourself 😀
You’re grand Paul,
I’ll have a good gander at it when I get back home,
I’m out on the road at the moment..
slaving over a hot guitar
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