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Hope your keeping well. Many many moons ago you called to my house as there was petrol pumps outside it at the time to fill up your car. You were playing a gig in the Glen Bay Hotel in Malinmore Glencolmcille.
I grew up listening to all your songs on the record player. Now 31 still love all your songs.
Wondering are you playing your Christmas gigs this year in vicar st this past few years we’ve always went.
Vicar St is on the cards for Dec-Jan and will be announced in the coming weeks….keep an eye on the gig page or sign up for the newsletter…
I remember the filling station well..I got 8 gallons of premium, quadruple Green Shield stamps, 2 bags of Tayto,a bottle of club orange and got change out of a five pond note
Thanks Christy. If yon banjo player ever emerges from his yurt experience I’d love to hear his opinion on the reel.
I am very sorry for krumlin. We have a lot of weather in Yorkshire.
We walked back from your Galway gig on the Friday to the hotel next door. We looked like we’d been swimming.
Hello Agnes. Thank you for having a look at the reel for me. I listened to the wise maid and it’s not the same one.
Krumlin was incredible…Barkisland was like a wasteland after the hurricane past…but I got to play on the same bill as Fairport Convention, Elton John, Pentangle, Fotheringay, Hamish Imlach and Jo Anne kelly ……my flat mate Derek was the “brain” child behind that festival aided and abetted by a Brighouse impresario who went on to achieve great fame in another field….
no word yet from Outer Mongolia but I have my fingers crossed that thon Banjo man will be back in time for our next soiree below in the County Carlow
Bernard and Sylvia here! Just hanging out on a lazy, cloudy, Sunday morning in Vancouver. Hope you’re well! Just wanted to say hello. 😊
Shine On Sylvie
reel = The wise maid. Sometimes referred to the jolly beggar
Dont Think So CS….I’m gonna check it out
Good morning Christy,
I howked out again the fascinating cd of Gerry Divers ‘speech project’ today, what a treat.
Putting spoken words to music strikes me as being so hard yet this little known project has such gems within it, fabulously melded together.
Some of the spoken pieces on your Box Set are also rare treats ,and then to learn of the Lost Tribe coming to the stage recently was great.
Yet i went to a gig of Natalie Merchant a few years ago where she put music to her poems and felt it didn’t always work, such a difficult art.
Anyway, Maragret Barry telling of her mother, to Gerry Diver’s lilting tune was just a wonder to behold.
Trust you are well.
Music behind poetry seldom works…betimes it can grieve a listening heart full sore…
Last night ,Gerry Divers “Speech Project” was mentioned by Martin Hayes at “The Masters Of Tradition”Festival in Bantry ,County Cork…..we have just enjoyed 5 days of Music….heard a number of Musicians for the first time….what a buzz to hear new exponents explore old music and create new settings….Liam O’Connor, Pádraic Keane, Yvonne Casey, Lise O’Neill to mention 5 who shone brightly…as always Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill were lynchpins…..Steve Cooney and Dermot Byrne also shone brightly as did Cormac Begley and Síle Denver..
Saw your show in Bray the weekend before last and it was even better than I expected. Great performer. I was wondering if you have a song on Brexit in the pipeline. I’ve drafted up one to the air of I wish I was back home in Derry and if you give me an e mail address I’ll send it on for you to consider. I really think Brexit needs the Christy treatment at this stage !
Hey AC1000….. I need to keep my gig a Bxxxxx free zone…..but thanks for your offer
Hey Christy ! You know those Honda 50 guys call us the HARDLY Davidson’s ! Oh well, that been said, I’m sure you never saw anyone with a Honda Tattoo. If the stars align, I’m hoping to make it to a UK gig before this Brexit thing hits the fan. Maybe the Philharmonic in Liverpool where this leg of my journey began about 15 years ago, lovely room…anyway see you soon. Brian.
Brian, I too love “The Phil” in Liverpool..I plan to have my Honda 50 tattoo inked in by then…..currently in Bantry,County Cork at “The Masters of The Tradition Festival”. We have heard some stunning music this year, some great singing too..my head is full of Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Marches, songs from Cavan and Connemara,.. we have traversed The Sheeps Head and travailed The Mizen…one more day to go….greetings form Éire
What’s the name of the reel that’s done at the end of McIllhatton? I’m learning the song and I’d like to play the reel at the end. I can learn it by ear but it would be good to know the name too. I can’t find it anywhere, Shazam thinks it’s Japanese so I’m guessing that’s wrong! 🙂
Cathal played the reel in Galway and it’s the same one on the On the Road album.
I’m a singer and I play the harp, I sing songs and accompany myself. So far I’ve learn’t 6 songs, I’ve been going seriously for about 6 months. I played my first solo gig in Halifax a couple of weeks ago. McIlhatton will be my 7th song.
Thanks and I loved your gigs in Galway 🙂
Rebecca…I’ll have to check in with the Reel department to answer your query…I’ll get back to you..they are currently performing in Outer Mongolia on a cultural exchange buzz…my fear is that they might not return..anything can happen when a Tyrone Banjo player goes to sleep in a Yurt…over the years we have lost some of our greatest players on these cultural exchanges…one Bodhrán player was lost on the Himalayas and a famous piper never returned from The Paps…
I lived in Halifax 50 years ago… The Upper George was a favourite watering…also frequented The Causeway Foot, Mixenden and The Anchor in Brighouse..left there after the infamous Krumlin Festival..apart from that schimozzel,great memories
Great island recall,Christy-thanks
I well remember the Polydor records (still have them…),the Transit van and the exceptional sound engineer plus PA…superb,layered sound.A real ‘live’ treat.
Great memories of Cuba,a few years back.Music paradise.I might be making it up (very likely,these days!)but,do I recall a fine anecdote of yours involving long haul (poss no duty free)Cubana/military flights to Cuba? What gigs were there?Hopefully,Andy Irvine’s also been busy visiting the Cuban highways and byways,in pursuit of an old song…
Enjoy the day
Indeed and there was such a flight…from Shannon to Havana on an aged Ilyushin jet…like nothing ever experienced..back then all Russia/Cuba flights used to refuel in Shannon.an enterprising Kerry Tour Operator saw the potential for Irish tours to Cuba and we took the opportunity..twas about 30 years ago that we set off for Cuba with our buckets and spades… a truly memorable visit to that beautiful Island….I was not gigging, just ligging….altho I did get to sing “The Good Ship Granma” for a band of Russian Soldiers who were liberating large bottles of Russian Vodka..sang “Morrissey and The Russian Sailor” too but one of them took exception when Morrissey floored the Russian in the 82nd round
“when Morrissey with a dreadful blow struck the Russian on the heart”
Just spent a fun few minutes on a website for the ‘Million Dollar Bash’ festival,,,on the Isle of Wight…31/8/19…as well as being a famous place for drunken maidens (trad arr hen do’s)…the isle is marking 50 years since Dylan headlined the 1969 festival… http://www.allwightnow.com (no kidding!) has info about the 2019 lineup,inc Richard Thompson .
Curated by Ashley Hutchings,there are several Fairport links,as well as some artists/spin offs ,there in 1969…all together,an interesting mix…I won’t be there,but the website is a good read…loads of geeky Dylan/Thompson stuff-always welcome…sadly,no mention of ‘bouncing Sally’,but she might turn up at a pub session…
Ever gigged there ? Dave
No Dave,never made it out to the Isle of Wight….played Jersey, Guernsey, Sherkin Island,Cape Clear, Inis Oírr,Inis Maan, Inis Mór, Cuba, Jamaica,Randall’s Island and Tasmania…as far as I can recall thats about the extent of my Island chanting….pulled into Honolulu once for petrol (on a flight from Sydney to Los Angeles ) but we were in and out in no time…..
“They had woodcock and pheasant,they had partridge and hare
And every kind of dainty, no scarcity was there
They had 10 pints apiece my lads but still they could’nt get out
These three drunken maidens, they pushed the jug about”
(Andy Irvine collected this version from a Romanian Gypsy Fortune Teller who’s first Cousin learnt it from a Travelling Tin Smith whose Mother was married to a Farrier who’s Maiden Aunt heard it at Puck Fair in Killorglin County Kerry the year of the Big Snow )
it featured on Planxty’s first single in 1972….On the Ruby Label it shot us up to Number 5 in the Irish Charts.At the end we segued into “The Dublin Reel” ( or maybe twas “The Foxhunter’s)….soon we were snapped up by Polydor Records, we had a new Transit Van (with Aeroplane Seats), our own PA and an exceptional Sound Engineer….we were away on a hack, we never looked back
We have just returned to Bristol from having seen you at Leisureland. Thank you so much for the enthusiasm, the passion, the poignancy and the joy!
At this point in time do you have any thoughts or plans for 2020?
The prospect of the combination of another Galway visit and a show from yourself is a mouthwatering one!
Chris and Eileen
plenty in the pipeline but not confirmed…we will be announcing 2020 shows in a few months time…you might consider signing up for our newsletter..
Thanks for feed back…I miss playing The Colston Hall…
We had the best night ever in Cork a few weeks ago .Thanks for that.slept at the airport then left for John Lennon early am.Great weekend My sons are coming to see you at the phil in lpool in the autumn.
by the way, I dropped you a CD of SHROPSHIRE FRED ,an old aquantance of mine , Did you have a listen?? What a voice.
Good luck ,DAVE
Thank You Dave…Sure did, played Fred on the way home from The Marquee that same night..it was lovely to hear him sing again…I met him briefly a couple of times..once at Keele Folk Festival in ’66 or ’67….The McPeake Family from Belfast played too…thank you for the CD
Thanks for 2 mighty nights in the Hanger.
It was a very welcome weekend break . Great to hear Jack Campbell and Rosalita again ….. a beautiful and sad song…. hope to hear it more often too. Heading back to the Hills. …. might make it in time for the Cats and the Premier.
I was determined to sing John O Dreams last night Marty..dont know what happened !
Sean Mone’s “Rosalita”is a great ballad …..a heart breaker, yet a beauty to sing..the last verse speaks volumes
Way out beyond The Black Mountain
Rosalita & Jack Cambell dance.
Where troubles and old songs are forgotten and gone
and dreamers still hold on to Love and Romance..
Great show last night christy .some songs are new to me.pa sounded great.the lads were on form.is jimmy any relation to paddy higgjns ?? I played with him in ny years ago… Ive two more weeks of roaming left then on to the next venture somewhere in boston..until next time.slan
Up Sligo….we enjoyed our Salthill stint…its a great room for sound and vibrations…Galway never fails to inspire….hope your music is going well
I keep checking back on the gigs page here, and doing the Google searching and even the Ticketmaster tango but all to no avail so far. Any news on Glasgow gigs when you’re on this side of the puddle Christy? I missed out on tickets for the last time (those Celtic fans are fast and well organised for ticket buying!!!) and I’m damn sure I’m not going to miss out again! Fingers crossed.
We’re pencilled in next April for Scotia, soon as its firmed up it will be announced…sign up for newsletter and you’ll get the nod
Well Christy..it was a joy (and a real blast from the past) to be in Dreamland last month. No matter what changes in life you are ‘the constant’. To hear a mention of the late great J. C was extra special. Looking forward to the Lyrath. Continued good health to you my friend..all good wishes. ..xxx
Still Rockin around The Clogh Ann….Keep coming back Raggedy
What a fantastic show last night in leisureland and anybody lucky enough to have tkts for tonights show are in for a treat.
I took the boat out to Inis Oirr this morning and looking over at Co.Clare I have to say two things, thanks for the mention of ‘this is for Dan from Milwaukee’ and number two, paid tribute to Michael Considine in such a legendary way before you sang his Spancil Hill and then into Lisdoon.
The tribute also to Lyra was extra special.
You nearly covered the whole of the county Galway with songs taking in Ballybrit to Mountbellew and who can forget the requested Beeswing and the Voyage.
I’ll pass on your nod to the rest of the Mikwaukee5😉 when I catch up with them.
Brett, Nick, Dan & Jim.
Best regards, Dan Ryan
Sounds like you’re having a good trip out west Dan….go neirí an mBótar leat
My dad and I went to your show in Leisure Land. You are a great performer and made me feel very connected to the Irish side of my family. Thank you for a great show!!
Happy Travels Faye
Follow me Up to Carlow
Will you be going “Ploughing” next month
I’ll be Harrowing
The Rose of Tralee
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