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Hi Christy, tonight my eldest took me to see Paul Weller on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. Twas a good gig but an even better back drop, not as fab as the Gallowgate Ballroom mind you.
You must have played some fabulous places, from the spectacular to the cosy , any real favourites ( apart from the Barras of course) ?
Elbow Room Kircaldy
Mucky Byre St Andrews
Nuclear Power Station Folk Club Caithness
The Coupen Inn Blythe
High Level Newcastle
Marsden Inn S.Shields
Forum East Kilbride
Glasgow Folk Centre Montrose St
Police Club Edinburgh ( Good Hash Guaranteed)
……all these great clubs back in the 60s where I served my time working towards a 1986 debut in Mags MacIvors
Hi Christy, I’ve had the joy of seeing you twice so far in my lifetime, in Vicar street and my local theatre Glor in Ennis. Both were spectacular nights, Yourself and Declan on the guitar make a night become special and I hope to see ye many more times.. “Motherland cradle me, close my eyes lullaby me to sleep, Keep me safe, lie with me stay beside me don’t go.” is a lyric that hits home whenever I’ve been away from Ireland for a time.. You must come back to Clare soon where you’re loved dearly, whether that be to Lisdoon or to Ennis, we’d love to have you back. Keep doing what you’re doing Christy and hope the family are keeping well
Hoping to return to Glor but its very hard to get dates there….
Hi Christy, thanks for the reply. How about a submarine? My friend knows a guy. I’m sure we could get The Donald to accompany you. I’ll book him a nice Suite with a balcony . Take care
Hi Christy. You were going to try to look up for me, where the folk club in Chatham was that you got Don’t Forget Your Shovel from in 1969.
Not a problem if you couldn’t, you’re a very busy man!
All the best. Dermot
No joy yet Dermot..its proving elusive
Hi Christy, my Azerbaijanian friend loves the sound of that one line “ I am young and beautiful “ as I always have. He picked it out though without my influence: ). I’ll see if I can get him to love a few more of your lines. Would help a lot if you came here though. God bless x
I’d love to go back there myself…The Donald was on to me again last week goin mad to get me out there again,
I stopped plane travel 20 years ago…The Don said he’d sail me out on The Queen…I looked up that ship but thought I’d rather be on The maidstone for 6 days then stuck in that fuckin pub-shoppin mall-jacuzzi
any way…hope you are well….
“just tell them that I am young and beautiful”….( Paula Meehan)
Thanks for your reply, my youngest memory listing to you I would of been about 5/6, I’m now 31 and it has genuinely made me smile from ear to ear the fact you wrote back to me, you honestly have no idea how much it means to me, it’s very interesting and humble of yourself to think about all the work David and the lads do behind the scene, I’m sure it’s something alot of us take for granted until we auctlly think about it. I’m a chef by trade and it reminds me of the kitchen porter, not on the pass plating up a steak, but he’s behind the scenes somewhere and without him nothing is possible,
Thanks again and I’m looking forward to your gig in clonmel in September.😀
See you in The Vale of Honey..a favourite old haunt of mine…I lived there 1964/5 and a bit of me still dwells there….
The Bridge, Hillview, Annis Kehoe’s, Commercials, The Boc, Mick Egan, Alvernia, The National Bank, Powers Bookmakers, Sheila’s Fashion Emporium, Dan Moriarity,McCarty’s Hotel, Martin Harney, Timmy(Delilah)Dwyer, George Collins,Dennis O D, Cashel Rugby, Michael Murray (my first roadie) Me and Conor O’D getting barred from the Army barracks after a skirmish in the Officer’s Mess, The Collins Hall, The Minella, The Ormond,Frank Patterson, Powerstown Park, The Coursing, Jack Killilea, ( a dacent man despite some of his offspring)..Niall O’Donnell, Frank Lafford, Patsy Halloran, The Doc O’Callaghan and The Gus Slattery…hard to believe I was only there for 18 months !!!
anyway Jayjay, I hope your kitchen is running smoothly, I’ll have all my marinades and sauces ready for Sept….ps no spittin in the custard
I had the joy of attending the gig in the National Concert Hall on Wed 19th June. I got a ticket for my dad and we both sat in the front row, beside who we later found out was Pete St. John. I have to tell you what a special night that was for us.
For different reasons, we haven’t spent that much time together over the years. So it was really something for the two of us, singing and laughing and sometimes just listening, truly in awe of your talent.
We both shook the hand of the man who wrote The Fields of Athenry on our way out too! Dad told him what a fan he was and I smiled I can tell you!
We loved every minute from the first note to the last. It will stay with me for a long time.
Thank you Christy! Grá
Your post reminds me of how much I would love to have attended a gig with my own Father….I wonder was he himself ever at a gig….he died in 1956 when I was eleven..
The National Concert Hall gigs went very well this year. Having Pete St John there made that night special. He has written some beautiful songs. I loved it when the audience rose to greet him and acknowledge his presence….
Thanks for sharing
Hi Christy, I saw you a few years ago in the marquee and I swore it was the best I’ve ever seen you, yourself and Declan and the rest of the gang absolutely blew it out of the water on Saturday(my girlfriends first time Seeing you) we were sat at the very back and we might as well been up the front , goose bumps from start to finish, was lovely doing the fairytale for the gang from NYPD, anyway thanks for all the memories so far, we will be making more in a few weeks up in clonmel, booked and ready to go 😀see you at the park hotel
Hey Jayjay,Thank you for your review.The fact that you were at the”very back” makes it all the more welcome.The Band and Crew work long and heard to get things right. Our Sound Engineer is David Meade.We have been working together for 17 years now. He plays the Sound Desk like an instrument and is effectively a member of the band.For me , as a singer, its important to know that whatever way I sing, be it roaring loud or crooning soft, David will amplify the work into the every corner of the Marquee, Concert Hall or Club. Last Saturday night, some songs were whispered, some were blasted out…occasionally gremlins will arise during a performance…then David will have Dickon,John,Mick,Paddy and Geoff at hand to get everything back on track….they do all they can to support Declan, Jimmy ,Cathal and I in our endeavours
“its always Christmas Eve in the Drunk-Tank”
Hello Christy.Thanks for a superb concert at The Tent on saturday night.It was to me your greatest night at the tent .The place was buzzing from the city of chicago to the very end.Friends of mine who were there were blown away by YOU.Thanks again for a memorable night.Let the music keep our spirits high.
Morra Daithí mo shean cara,
twas like a Munster Final boy
De Rebel was on Fire
We coulda walked home on the water
we were high as kites like
with all the goodness that poured out of the blood and bandage
they were all there boy
Wolf and Johnny Spillane and Patrick Murphy’s Grandsons
they came up the River like
and the dinner was on the table for us backstage
and I hear we gotta mighty write up in De Paper
I hope ye are all well out there in Timoleague
we’re flyin it up here in the real kapital
Keep the flag flyin Dave and tell ’em all I was askin after them
If I don’t get put into exile that is moderation this link will lead you to “Sail on Jimmy ” Chords
Saw” Ye Vagabonds” last week.Nice version of the low lands of Holland.
CM Did you see “The lonely battle of Thomas Reid” ?
Sure did CS…What a great film about a very special man…they tried everything to evict him..thankfully the Judge saw thru their scheming, lying and foul play….but the hoors arent finished yet…watch out for whats coming down the line…Fine Gael are sniffing around now…let us all keep an eye out for Thomas Read
we love “Ye Vagabonds” here…yes, their version of Lowlands is beautiful…
No shout outs, just a heart felt thank you for your moving song and verse that accompanied me through good time and bad. Simply inspirational, you’ll never buy a beer in my home town.
Sounds Good Andy….always a favourite stomping ground in my early days….spent happy times in the Clubs of Tyneside and Teeside…The Ranters,The Rattlers,The Fettlers, The Doonans and all who sailed with them
Any chance of lyrics and chords for Sail on Jimmy?
Great session last night in Cork Christy. Its our annual pilgrimage to the Marquee and it restores our faith in humanity. Good people having the craic with great music.
And just to top it all off, a fellow Cobhite on stage, good girl Vickie.
What a night, thanks.
face the puck out
Amazing show in the marquee last night, sounded like I wasnt the only one who wanted to celebrate the “Brigada”. Thanks for a great evening.
The audience singing last Sat was so uplifting…I’ve always reckoned that The Barrowland Choir in the East End of Glasgow was beyond compare….but Saturday night in The Marquee,Cork was the equal of anything I’ve experienced..Ye really excelled yourselves this year….Myself, Declan, Jimmy,Cathal and Vickie were raised up by the great welcome we got in “The Blood & Bandage”
Great too that The Marquee gigs continues to resound to such a variety of sounds. . Amazing to look back over the roster of performers who have played the venue over 14 years (despite all the efforts of one greedy Corkonian who seems hell bent on closing it down….I’m advised that I should not name him but I’m sure ye know him well )
just listened to a recording of “Brigada” from Saturday night…sounds like we were accompanying the audience…
Heres hoping we get to gather again next year
Well Christy back to see yous again in the carrickdale hotel on Friday night. I’m going with a bunch off good friends from our local GAA club in kilkeel called An RIOCHT we are all proud members and volenters off An RIOCHT. I got the chance to meat declan in castlebar a few years ago after one off your gigs. Christy could you please give us all at An RIOCHT a very big shout out and play one off your top songs please. There is a man called Barney mc cartan it’s his first time seeing you he’s a great friend and like ourselves a true volenteer will you give him a shout please take care and keep up the great music. Toots An RIOCHT.
so far, 37 requests for call-outs in Carrickdale…I wont have time to sing ere an auld song,
I’m considering playing every song for every member of the audience on both nights..every one who comes thru the door as entitled to a call out as the everyone else..
I’m looking forward to the annual Carrickdale gigs..they are always lepping nights, hot,steamy, exciting with great energy from the listeners…
Come on ye Kilkeel Cats and sing yer feckin heads off..
I have 4 coming up from my own GAA Club, Moorefield in County Kildare, they have heard about Carrickdale on the GAA grapevine and are coming up to sample the buzz
Brilliant to read of superb weekend gigs.You and companeros are showing Bob a trick or two…
In case any readers are within distance of striking an anvil in Manchester today…there’s a series of free city centre events to mark Peterloo ,200 years on from the tragic gathering/reference to modern day issues,…part of the Manchester International Festival (great MIF website) and featuring Irish artistes from Dublin based,Anu…
http://www.anuproductions.ie Worth reading the info,even if not poss to attend…
the city is more glitzy these days,but old hearts beat strong…Dave
re “more glitzy”
Recently I revisited a doc about the Manchester Music revival of the 80s with Morrissey,Johnny Marr,Happy Mondays, Stone Roses,Charlatans,Oasis, Buzzcocks et al..great creative energy in the City with the hacienda being the focus point..
in my minds eye I compared it to the energy I found there in the 60s, all the different elements that came together as the Folk-revival genre was assimilating, much of it centred around the MSG Jenks at the helm…Bob and Pete on the door
there were other hotspots around the City too, PJ Proby,Karl Denver, the Showband scene around The Carousel
I also met up with Dessie Donnelly in Midleton, Felix Doran in Salford, The Grehan Sisters in Hyde, Packie Manus Byrne in Ardwick Green…some of those who were keeping Irish Traditional Music alive in The United City, my home away from home for good years
I also remember Dylan’s “traitor” moment in the old Free Trade Hall ( surely a mis-nomer if ever there was one)
Hi Christy, my dad is one of your biggest fans. He has your tape in his car on permanent rotation and always talks about the time he travelled to Ireland, to attend one of your concerts, many years ago. He is a New Zealander, and soon turning 80 years old. It would mean the absolute world if you were able to send a happy birthday video message. His name is Mike O’Malley. Thanks for providing dad with so much happiness over the years listening to your music – especially Lisdoonvarna, his favourite. My email is email@example.com
Your request is beyond my technical ability….I dont possess a smart phone…however I’ll do my best to send something for Mike O’Malley..
I used to love playing in that beautiful country…before my wings were clipped
Thank you, thank you, thank you. What an amazing gig. I’m smiling since you said her name and created a beautiful memory for us to treasure. Go raibh mile agat Christy…. you are a legend. With love from Ruth, Daragh & Chloë May Xx
I had hoped to sing “Warrior Woman” (aka Veronica Guerin) for your Chloé but the night took on its own set list……I wish the three of you well upon your journey
Hi Christy .. myself and emma just in from the marquee.. that was some show ye put on tonight .. really high energy stuff… can’t wait for the next gig so take care and hopefully see you very soon .. all the best to you and the band and crew .. tony Murphy …
What a gathering of listeners and singers….a truly inspiring audience…..there were moments when it felt as if I was the audience listening to ye sing….
just arrived back in Baile Atha Cliath…..tired,sated and very satisfied
Another great night by the river Shannon last night. With your starting with “City of Chicago” the Radisson choir straight away got into full flow, it must have felt like a goal start for yourself and the band. Interestingly with controversy going on in Spain as they want to exhume Franco and rebury him in a different location, “La Quinta Brigada” got a rendition. “Blazing Times”, “Sail On” and that new song “Ringing the Bells”, all great.
So onto Leeside tonight.
There is no doubt…I have often likened a good start to a gig to getting a goal in the first minute……
If they do exhume Franco I hope they rebury him good and deep….
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