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Hi Christy hope all is well,Getting ready for my big day tomorrow getting wed in the morning,just listening to a few off the Lily cd before heading out,hope the dj has a few of you’re songs on his list or he won’t get paid,see you along the way Christy.
Have a great day Geraint..I wish you both the very best
Great reference to the Scorsese/netflix ‘Rolling Thunder’fest…
when Bob and Joan exchanged smiles during the Hattie Carroll chat,there was so much unsaid…but,fascinating to then hear Dylan tell her that he married the woman he loved,countered by Joan saying she married the man she thought she loved…
and another level altogether to write songs about such powerful emotions.
the film reveals a few passing glimpses of Bob….at the end of the day he really is just a song and dance man who has penned a few good toons,
ok he has changed the way many of us see the world along the way..
he has turned Folk upside down
he has put a new twist into Rock & Roll
accepted a Nobel (but on his own terms)
Patti Smith…perfect woman for the task
paddling his own canoe for over 60 years
and hes playing here again next month
at a Hurling Staduim
Neil Young providing support
in The Marble City
Bob will don the Black & Amber as once again,
and face the puck-out
The longest day again…although there have been several that seem like it, as our ‘leaders’ continue to show the worst aspects of human nature…
Great to read about your focus on ‘Fields of Athenry’ and the words of Pete St John.
As so often,a lyric/tune opens a door/a memory…looking online,I’m attracted by the history of the town and varied cultural events on offer…looking back,I remember a great gig in Slane Castle c late 80s/early 90s when Paddy Reilly fronted a charity night for MENCAP…as the sun went down, the castle ballroom was full of song as the audience harmonised on the ‘low lie…’ chorus…
As ever,fair play to you for recognising the work of others-and adding numerous wonderful ballads to listeners’ lists of favourites…
Enjoy the day
Always liked the sound of Paddy Reilly’s voice….
Many many years ago Paddy and I played a gig together
afterwards we were enjoying a few basins of the black stuff
the police raided the joint (it was long after closing time)
Charlie McGettigan hooshed me and Paddy down into the cellar
and then forgot all about us
……I’ll tell you the rest of the story when I write me book
Good morning Christy,
I return to the old chestnut, and you are right we are all to blame for where we get to, and for allowing in the drivers of the horses who get us there.
Your ‘taking tea with pinochet’ holds some lines to learn from ( more,more,more for me, and f’ the sick and needy), tis a strong tale ,well told.
Perhaps today , exactly 5 years on from the passing of Gerry Conlon, we can all sing to ourselves ‘away ye broken heart’ and reflect on our own horse riders.
I adore the protest song, hattie carrol, ronnie reagan, come in the morning, wicklow boy , scapegoats etc, etc ,etc keep up the good work Christy ,we need the hope that some are listening and can get the horse to change course, and for me the music keeps the spirits high.
In last weeks Netflix Rolling Thunder release Joan Baez and Bob are chatting….she says to him
” I think Hattie Carroll is the best song you have written”
so many classics from Bob to chose from….
You are the only listener ever to have referenced “Taking Tea with Pinochet”
We are heading back again for a visit and hopeful to catch a show. Carlow was the last time we saw you 4 years ago. Been from Tipp we were hoping to catch you in Athlone but it’s sold out. I remember on here a good number of years ago you said if it happened again just let you know and you might be able to squeeze us in. Do you think that would be possible? It’s for the 5th of July just for the 2 of us. Thanks in advance and hopefully see you there!
Cheers, Donnacha Russell (from Templemore originally)
Leave it with me…I’ll direct your query to appropriate quarters…should there be any cancellations you’ll be on the standby list
Just before I’m leavin’ on a jet plane and don’t know when I’ll be back again 🙂 i want to say thank you for the night in nch.
It was again a brilliant night and we where happy to see and hear the magic Generator three times in one week.
Great that Pete St. John joined the night and I had the chance to get a photo with him.
Thanks a lot Christy for my request and hopefully we met in Oktober in Buncrana.
Chilling here this morning after two memorable nights in our National Concert Hall….its always special to play in the “People’s Auditorium”…thank you
Apologies, got me names and writers mixed up…there was lots to take in last night..the night was full of new and old songs and stories..the solo gigs are very special……Inchicore Wake by Pete was a beautiful piece…loved it
Ah Lar….absolutely no apology required..I do get confused myself some nights as to who wrote what,when,where and why….I received a very appropriate correction recently when I attributed “Lingo Politico” to Mick Blake rather then Pat Quinn…then there was the night I said that Jimmy MacCarhy was from Mallow….I appreciate any help that comes my way…..
Christy, that was a humdinger of a show last night in the NCH, such a lovely venue too. It was a show that had everything..and such a lovely tribute and reaction to Pete St Johns ‘Fields Of Athenry’…so geat to hear you sing this…another first was Frank Hartes ‘Inchicore Wake’..a great Dublin story. A classic CM show, loved all the new additions to Encore and DT’s etc…meself and Kieran Kelly have sat together at gigs of yours on occasion over the past 30 years and last night we loved every second…Thank you for a wonderful night…Sail On, Ride On, Shine On..L x
good to hear from you
just to clarify…
Pete St. John wrote “The Inchicore Wake”
I wanted to debut it last night in his presence
Yourself and Kieran are right up there with the “long-haul” listeners
still have a few correspondants from the Folk Clubs across the water in the mid 60s….but survivors are getting thin on the ground from those formative years..
long haul listeners from St Clare’s in Manchester, The Rugby and Bluebell pubs in Hull, the Muirhouse Rd crew in Motherwell,
As a young foreigner who moved to Ireland a couple of years ago, I want to thank you for showing me the beauty of Ireland and its people through your art! You are so talented, intelligent, compassionate, down to earth and put your soul into your performances, that it is a true feast for all senses! Ireland and the world need more Christy Moores 🙂 I’ve already booked my next ticket for about a month from now and I am looking forward to experience again that pure pleasure! Greetings!
My missus and I had a ball at the gig last night Christy. The Rob corcoran track, Ringing that Bell really stuck with me. I have it on repeat all morning. A pity we didn’t get a belt of the aul Bodhrán but maybe next time my friend. Thanks for the wonderful music. Keep truckin’
Rob Corcoran has written a great song….I love those 3 verses…he encapsulates so much into those 24 lines …..(plus the chorus)
“Through the blacked out windows of my bedsit hell
Still they keep on ringin the bell”
I came close to pickin up the drum last night but ,each time, the urge was superseded by some auld ballad
Great gig at the NCH, nice tribute to Pete St. John, loved the encore, bonus to hear you on way home Sunshine 106.8 Ride On Christy.
I got a great buzz outa havin Pete St.John there in the front row…what a great Troubadour …..I loved the way the audience rose up to greet him…we had a grand chat after…a reminisce about the old music scene…there were many venues back in the 60s-70s….Embankment, Shieling, Chariot, O’Mara’s, Slattery’s,Hitchin Post,Coffee Kitchen,Auld Triangle, Clery’s Ballroom,
every night a great slew of Ballad Lounges, Folk and Ballad Groups criss-crossing the Capitol in search of bits of gigs, everyone drinkin and smokin their feckin heads off…….Luke,Barney, Ronnie, Ciaran, John, Paddy Reilly, Sharon Colleen, Al O’Donnell, Parnell Folk,Ludlows, Anne Byrne,Paddy Roche, Jim McCann,
Now its a different world, not better,not worse, just very different….Pete remembers all that… and we both cherish the memories
Thanks for feedback
Someone said once “”its like spuds falling out of a bag…””
On the other hand ,a friend told me that when he played in bars across Europe he could always tell when an Irish person came in because they would start to tap along to the music.
such a distinctive sound that..spuds falling out of a sack ..I can hear it this very minute..
Tappin and Clappin Marty…very different approaches to rhythm ..except of course for our Spainish Companeors..try clappin or tappin like them lads and lassies when the flamenco kicks off
I’d just like to say about contential ceile and clappers.It would be haRd to fix clapping.such a great great song.may I suggest super glueing clappers hands together?
I like the lowering voice technique you have to perfection it’s worked a couple of times for me as well.
When did clapping start in this country anyhow CM? did you ever notice a time when the crowd didn’t do it?Do they do it when you go abroad?
You see people think they are being friendly and then feel rejected when asked nicely to desist.I understand that they are trying to be nice .
But it’s like when you have dirt on your face and the mother licks her finger to wipe it off.She’s being kind but you say to yourself “please stop!”
For me clapping as a dancer is a night mare and it’s like a run away train you can’t stop. Clapping drowns out lyrics and notes that you come to hear .Personaly tá an dearg ghráin agamsa ar.
Things have improved in recent years….
once upon a time certain Ballad bands almost bullied their audience into clapping… ” clap yizzer hands for jasus sake whats wrong with ye”
every shaggin thing had to be clapped, even slow airs on the bodhrán,
Lowering the voice and slightly varying the tempo helps betimes..
of course there are songs where clapping does not interfere with the flow..
but listen here …if there was no one at the gig, there would be no clapping..then we’d have a real problem….ar aghaidh linn..cá bhfhuil mo séimhithe
‘as we criss-crossed the Nation from Kildimo we drove to Kilcrohane.’
Looking forward to solo gig in NC hall 19th. Hope Lillies- you & Johnny Doyle- keep entertaining us for at least another decade!
I’ll keep sending in the high balls and leave Johnny to do the rest
My 10 year old daughter Moy has been a fan of yours since she was six. That was when her Dublin-born teacher Miss Katherine taught her First Class to sing “Reel in the Flickering Light” at her school over in Hong Kong in 2015. When we attended your show in Ennis a couple years ago, I noticed you played some requests sent in previously by audience members.
We will be driving up from Kinvara for your Dublin 20 June concert this Thursday. Moy and her dad Seamus McHugh would be thrilled to hear her current favourite tune of yours, “Delirium Tremens,” or equally thrilled to hear “Reel in the Flickering Light,” or perhaps failing that, “Finnegan’s Wake!” If these are not on your list for the evening, any shout out to her would be a big, and very welcome, surprise.
Thank you so much for your music,
Sound Tara..I’ll do the best I can
Hi Christy hope all is well Love when the Continental Céilidh gets into the set. Their was a gig I think 4+5 years ago were their was a request from a small child In the room . You and Dec hadn’t done it for a while but I remember it ended up been a great version I think it was Carrick- macross
its a great bit of writing, a good song to sing…..unfortunately its also one that gets “the clappers” going……it then becomes impossible to sing….its variant time signatures cant compete with the “toners”….I’m seeking ways around this dilemna ..
saw “Wild Rose” yesterday…highly recommended ( plus the star,Jessie Buckley, is a Kerry Woman)
Hi All.. yes a great run of solo gigs, each different, with great setlist, interesting to see how far people continue to travel, to plan their holidays around the gigs ,,in Sligo there were people from Belgium, Germany, England, Wales ,USA, and a guy from New Zealand…. best of luck for the NCH gigs,, Hey Marty Mc C you could have looked at the Lyrics page and increased the font !! Beir bua agus beannacht,, H
“When I hit the road with Planxty
days and nights in that Transit Van.
as we criss-crossed the Nation
from Kildimo we drove to Kilcrohane.
Merrily we kissed the Quakers,lay down with Alligators
as we sailed upon The Lakes of Pontchartrain
O the music and the banter,the sound of Liam Óg’s Chanter
we’ll never hear the likes of him again “…
Just got out the One Voice bible…. to read through the lyrics of Continental Ceili. …… jesus the print must’ve shrank terribly since the last time I checked the book…. I used to be able to read it no problem ,now I can barely see it even with the reading glasses !! Time to go to specsavers AGAIN . The song itself is as fantastic as ever ….. it was great to hear you nail it on Saturday. … out of the blue like that.
Some Solo Run.
Yes Marty, it is indeed a great Song…one of Johnny Mulhearn’s finest compositions….I have fond memories of recording it with Donal Lunny and Arty McGlynn way back in the 1980s. Nicky Ryan was at the desk and Noel Bridgeman played piano accordeon.That particular album evokes great memories and it bore many fine songs that have stood the test of time…..Liam O’Flynn, Enya,Tony Molloy and Anto Drennan also played on some of its tracks
As Dubliners well into our 80s, I (Tony) have arranged to fly over arriving in Dublin on 7 September 2019 specifically to attend your concert on 12 Sept in Tullow as a surprise 86th birthday present for my wife, Liz. We shall be staying at the Mount Wolseley Hotel for that night but based in Naas /Dublin 7-13 Sept. I would very much appreciate an opportunity to meet briefly to shake her hand and sign an album which no doubt will be available on the night. Again many, many thanks for your music and lyrics – all so memorable from the homeland we miss so much.
With best regards,
See you in County Carlow come September.Safe journey back to you and Liz. Tullow is lovely spot, Mount Wolseley a good venue with excellent accomodation….as the old Ballad goes
“Follow me up to Carlow”
See you in County Carlow come September.Safe journey back to you and Liz. Tullow is lovely spot, Mount Wolseley a good venue with fine accomodation….
as P.J.McColl’s fiery old Ballad goes…..”Follow me up to Carlow”
Hi Christy, thank you for a magical Saturday evening in Sligo. We head home to Wales tomorrow with many more fond memories of your beautiful country and people and looking forward to returning. Hope to see you in Wales down the line.
Thanks for the mention and request which meant so much to us, David & Sally Anne.
Morra David &Sally Anne,
I hear whispers of a pending trip to Cymru…nothing definite yet but I have the fingers crossed….its been a while now…maybe 7 years since the last gig there in Aberystwyth…
“Seven years they being past and over
seven more they were rolling on..
she has bundled up all her gold and clothing
and swore strange countries that she would go find”…. ( from “Lord Baker”)
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