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Hi Christy. Further to my query re a decent guitar recommendation…you were wondering what I play now. I have an old Karina on which I learned Back Home as my first choon in early 80’s. I’ve a cheap Yamaha now. It’s okay but I’d like a better sound. I’m on the lookout for a nice electro acoustic with a good folky sound! I’ll have a google of that shop in Dublin and see what they have. Second hand is good @400 notes. Of course I’d be telling the missus €200! Take care Christy.
good luck with the hunt Clem
but be warned
no matter what you buy,
only you can give it a “a good folky sound”
Following up on your Laytown thoughts, i hope we will see you there next year , bucket list and spade in hand.
Anyway i suspect there is a song just waiting to be written about the great strand racemeeting, just picture the marvel of true ‘turf’ racing on the ‘true’ sand.
Hotdogs instead of tempura battered prawns.
Picnic benches instead of leather seats.
4 rows of concrete steps instead of glass fronted multi-storey stands.
Bairns with balls and ice-cream instead of Reece-Moglets with blazers and brilcream.
Two locals giving it to old hits instead of Take That after racing.
Pony tails on heads instead of fascinators on hair extensions.
Moderate horses trying hard instead of blueblooded trying for a breeding career.
The lads and lassies from everywhere instead of ladies and gentlemen of breeding.
The ladies with the lucky pen sales on entry ,and the toblerone sales with bags of fruit from the prams after, are our constant queens however.
come to think of it there must be a whole album in there…..see you September the 1st 2020, don’t forget your wellies.
All the best
all you need now is a melody….
Hi C. It was great to hear your support for the farming commmunity and the meat factory workers at the Tullow gig, as you re-introduced Boning Halls ,, I hope you will excuse my impertinence,,, I captured most of it on video,,,not the introduction,,, you were too fast for me,here she is, https://youtu.be/zW2DJAggtTU pity Adam was n’t there to capture it properly,, Beir bua agus beannacht. H
How are you since? I think its pretty class how a a song you write comes back into the setlist like that .You may have wrote “Boning Hall” before some of todays younger farmers were born.But it fits perfectly a pair of new socks.!
But its also a shame that such causes are still there down through the years.
You asked about what I’m playing these days,I started lessons on the bouzouki a few weeks back.I found a lad from monaghan.He lives in Galway with a fleet of flat mates and he doesn’t want to disturb them. so its hard to get a lesson in.But I like it that way because its not every week .I am spending a lot of time learning how to play it properly.
I am on the guitar and banjo also these days.
PS I’m as blind as a bat without my glasses,If you don’t mind what type of guitar was that you had the last day?
Larry is a Butcher Boy
in the Boning Hall
he weighs up every chop
that comes across his trimming board
King of the Cattle Mart
he ‘s smooth and razor sharp
his scrawny auld scrag end
gets tenderised by stamping
in the Boning Hall
In The Boning Hall
where the carcass gets stripped down to the bone
and all the flesh gets ripped off a country
The Guitar is an Atkin J43 made by Pete Atkin in Canterbury England..see his web site for more info…very interesting guy…
I play this guitar at home all the time where it works perfectly for me …last Wed was the only time I ever used it at a gig…
You seem to be spreading your wings a bit with Guitar, Banjo and Bouzouki…in 1960 ( when I was 15) all my attention was on Rock and Roll and piano…I was trying to bang out Gerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Fats Domino…
then The Clancy Brothers echoed from America and our world changed for the (much) better…”Brennan on The Moor” “Whiskey your the Devil” “Leaving of Liverpool” began to resound, the Ballad Lounges were built, Luke and Ronnie began to reverberate..
then we got to hear Joe Heaney, John Reilly, Bess Cronin, Maggie Barry…from there we met Ewan MacColl, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan…. we began to assemble our own ingredients, to cook our own stew…
Planxty emerged with Liam’s chanter to the fore..Andy and Donal’s flowing arpeggios,I provided the glue…
and on it goes CS…I loved that sharing last Wed in UCG….I’d gladly have gone on for hours….something very uplifting for me to witness such interest from a new generation of listeners…
I hope you and RS keep up the good work….
Reply………..That’s great if it works out, looking forward to it already, maybe get to see you in your place if not……..the saga goes on and on…….. Thank you x
we can work it out
The music is always the 1st wonder of the world but
I thought i would share with you the 7th wonder of the Teri world ( a Teri is a person born in Hawick) which was witnessed on Wednesday.
I have been to the Laytown races manys a year but this was the 150th anniversary meeting. In the lucky last a Teri jockey boy raced on the well backed outsider and Young Tom Hamilton from Hawick scooped the pot with a masterful ride on the beautiful strand for trainer Ado McGuinness…Comer International and Goffs ( now run by another Teri) adorning his breeches.
I led the lads on to Howth to toast him in various local delicacies both solid and liquid. Next day i toured these virgin Laytown travellers around two of my favourite spots in Dublin at Kilmainham Gaol and Croke Park museum.
What a trip, plenty music in the tent above the strand, and in the night time hostelries,the strains of Colm mac con Iomaire as a wake up call to my fellow slumbering Scots and a promise they would return with me next September to the most amazing racecourse in the known world.
I was moved to write a ditty for the bhoys ( not up to scratch to share any more than one line) to the tune of Weekend In Amsterdam and Craic was 90 in the Isle of Man….
Oh the racing on the gorgeous Laytown Strand.
Roll on next year , saving up already.
For 50 years Laytown Races been on my bucket list…now that Galway Races have been usurped by ridiculous hats and blown up lips I’m at the end of my tether…I want to know all about the horses, the jockeys,the stable hands,the breeders, the yards, the trainers,the stewards,those who work the course,build the fences,paint the rails,drive the horse-boxes….. NOT where the feckin Rose of Ballymageebag purchased her ridiculous titfor….I want to hear the stories of all those real people who’s lives are dedicated to that Sport of Paupers & Kings….not where Christian & Bedelia hired their woeful clobber….
“Thursday is Ladies Day the women are lookin smashin
Lashin on the lipstick, Philip Tracy’s all the fashion
you can see the lipo-suction the botox and augmentation
Brazilian haircuts and colonic irrigation”
(“The Ballad Of Ruby Walsh”..a parody plagiarised from “The Galway Races” as sung by our inspired Balladeer, the late Luke Kelly)
Hi Christy. Greetings from Fermoy. I’ve been a long time fan since I was a teen in the 80s. Seen you playing all over. I play a good few of your tunes at the odd house party. I’ve a couple of machines. Neither great. I want to upgrade to something half decent. My head is melted from google. Any advice please? Let the music keep yer spirts high. Thanks. Clem.
need more info…what you got now…to what might you aspire….budget…have a look at website Some Neck Guitars in Dublin….very good shop….only good instruments stocked..no rubbish…. I’m always inclined towards older used reconditioned instruments but its a very personal thing….
Hello, Can you tell me if you will be back in London next year please. Would be great to see you.
There are some dates pencilled in for London Autumn 2020…nothing confirmed yet….final decisions pending…a certain amount depending upon the status of Rees-Mogg,Johnson,Farage, puppet master Cummings und Jeremy….I sincerely hope to return Thames side…it has been a welcoming City since my first visit in the Summer of 1962…filling Walls Meat Pies in Hayes, dossing in Southall,having the Life-of-Reilly…
walking Riverside from Richmond to Hammersmith, echoing in St Paul’s, cheering Johnny Haines and Jimmy Conway in Craven Cottage,hearing The Grateful Dead (later), visiting Wimbledon,singing with Margaret Barry, Planxty @ Albert Hall, Moving Hearts in Kilburn, nights in Dominion,Hammersmith Odeon, Troubadour, Singer’s Club with MacColl & Seeger,Gaumont State with Doc Watson,Palladium, Royal Drury Lane, Hackney Empire,White Hart Fulham Broadway, Quex Rd, Forum Kentish Town, on and on it went…gotta get back there to Home Counties….
I saw Cian Healey’s instagram post showing you singing Hurt for the Rugby Team.
Anger and pain. Thank-you, there’s a lot of it around.
I’ve found that one of the songs I want to sing is one that that I don’t think you’ve sung, or at least recorded.
This is the first time this has happened. When I find a new song I usually find several versions by you. 🙂
So the third song of my list of 10 to learn is Thank-you for the days.
I’m listening to Luke Kelly and Kirsty MacColl.
Luke & Kirsty
two stars lighting the firmament..
their voices still resound..
Luke influenced and encouraged by Kirsty’s Dad,
( as were many, myself included)
RS here just heading in for another day inside the walls of NUIG.
I have to say I was dead proud yesterday.I was lucky enough to get a seat in the front row and just thought you did a great job.It was a time to talk about important songs and you did well picking out subjects that would make an impact on the people around me.
Purple suits you well.!
Today we are doing some study about Spancil Hill and I was wondering did you have any idea what happened to Michael Considine.Do you know how he died so young?
RS ,(20) (soon 4 days)
I dont have anything based on fact but once heard that he died down the mines
I loved that gig yearterday
I’m a huge fan and I’m sure you get millions of requests but my girlfriend flies in on the 16th October from New York and I am taking her to see you at the Philharmonic hall in Liverpool..🎶🇮🇪
Our story is that I fell in love with her 26 years ago whilst visiting my cousins(they were best friends and lived opposite) but Tara wasn’t aware of my feelings as she was already in a relationship and it wasn’t ever going to happen at the time..
Fast forward 26 years and we met up in New York after my cousin put us back in touch and it’s been a whirlwind since then❤️
I would be eternally grateful if you could dedicate or mention her name at your gig in Liverpool..Tara Malone(father originally from Monaghan) and sing Back home to Derry (but anything will do) as I have a house in Moville Co Donegal..
Hope you get this message and look forward to seeing you ..
I’ll do the best I can…hope ye have a good time together on The Mersey
I hope you are well. I note a response of yours about stopping at Glencolmcille petrol station and getting taytos and club orange. I read recently Burns’ poem Sweet Afton which was chosen as the name for cigarettes by the manufacturers Carrolls. They chose the name because Burns’ sister was from Dundalk and so were the fag makers. Sweet Afton then became Afton Majors and then just Majors. To cut a long story short did you ever stop to buy a packet of Majors? Or like in the song Ghosts of Saturday Night by Tom Waits ‘a package of Kents’?. My Dad smoked Kents.
Anyhoo, looking forward to the album. xx
the waft of a Major
the morning cough
the brown fingers
a hard pull on the fag before lowering the first draught of Arthur J
smacking the lips with smoke exhaling from every orifice
an old band mate
could I borrow a cigarette sez he
he’s smoke ’em alright
but never had the will to buy them
My Granny and Grand Aunt Dowling smoked a 100 Golf Flake every week between them
MY GrandFather Jack Power was Gold Flake man too….he lit his last one at 67, took the morning fit of coughing and succumbed
The Fucking Carrolls of Dundalk killed him and hundreds of thousands along with him
“Flow Gently Sweet Afton” ….me bollicks
We arrived safely from Australia and look forward to seeing/hearing you in concert tomorrow in Tullow. Should you say hello to my wife Liz, please do not mention her age!! You know how sensitive our ladies can be ab out their age !!
Our small world got smaller yesterday when my sister here informed that she had been a neighbour of your brother Andy in Goats Path Gearhies !
Looking forward very much to tomorrow evening
we’ll be learning to dance at Lanigan’s Ball…
Me and my brother are travelling to Ireland to see you in mount wolsely hotel in Carlow on Thursday 12th, we are really looking forward to the gig as it will be our first time seeing you live!
We were brought up listening to your music as my mam and dad were avid fans and had been to see you many times over the years. Sadly they both have now passed on and so we have decided to bring their ashes across the water back to Wicklow mountains where they belong and celebrate their life while seeing their favourite musician – that’s you by the way! So If you could give my mum and dad (Joan and John) one final request before we say a final goodbye it would be amazing Have a great gig – I can’t wait to see you xxx Maria and Leon xxx
Welcome to County Carlow…
just arrived into Mount Wolsley…its been 6 years since I last played here…good gig room and always an enthusiastic audience
Hello again Christy. Here is a short version of the song. One verse about Brexit
Colm Lynch. http://www.colmlynch.com.
Hello Christy. I’m sending a song. Hope that is ok and hope you will give it a listen. It would be really Nice if you will let me know what you think. Yours sincerly. Colm Lynch. http://www.colmlynch.com👍
My father, Kent, is taking me and my husband to Ireland and we are leaving this week. Kent lives in California and my husband and I in Vancouver, WA. . Kent is a HUGE fan of yours and was pretty emotional to learn that you would be playing on the 20th in DROGHEDA at BARBICAN THEATRE (Luck of the Irish!) so of course we will be there! This happens to be the eve of my father’s birthday. Suffice it to say that he was born the same year as you! I don’t even know how to begin to thank him for this amazing gift, but then a thought occurred to me that it would be very meaningful and a huge surprise if you could somehow during your concert give a “shout out” birthday wish to him from you and tell him for me how much I love him and how much this trip means to me. I have been listening to your music in preparation for the trip and it didn’t take long for me and my husband to fall in love with your music! My mom and Kent were divorced when I was about 4 and he took me to Europe when I was 7, but we never went to Ireland. I never saw him after I was 10, but then felt a strong urge to reunite again so my children could also know their grandfather. So this is the first trip together since I was 7. He is very different than me, but the one thing he instilled in me was a love for people, cultures, and languages. He is a man with a heart similar to yours that fights for peace and humanity. He has travelled all over the world and if you ask him Ireland is his favorite place to visit. It is also the Homeland of our forefathers. I don’t know all of your songs yet, but I was thinking that “The City of Chicago” would be a great song to dedicate to him as our forefathers were immigrants and much of our family went to Chicago before eventually ending up in California. His name is Kent Vallette if you are able help me give this special gift to him for his birthday. He warned me that we will be camping out because he said he isn’t going to travel across the continent and the ocean to not see you up close! So hopefully we will be on the front row! Thank you so much! Beverly
Safe journey to Drogheda….on the Banks of the River Boyne,it has always been a welcoming town for singers and weary travellers..Hope you and your two men have a good trip
Christy, when are you scheduled to be back gigging in Glasgow?
April 15th and 18th 2020 pencilled in…no further info at this time
The box set was a nice set and looked well must pull it out again, My fav cover and album has to be burning times, i Like the 81-91 collection cover and the Graffiti tongue as well,im a little biased when it comes to the last album, 🙂 with album covers its still great to walk into a record shop and pick up a cd and look at the cover etc lot harder to do these days … was a great gig last night , do not think i have ever heard Irish ways and Irish laws before , Lovely version, looking forward to night two ,,, any chance of hearing Spanish lady if it suited,
there is an interesting back story to the 81-91 collection…the first thing I knew about that album was when it was released….
the last time I sang Spainish Lady was in The Button Club maybe 10 years ago…I think it was requested by a Wicklow Listener !!!!….I wont sing it tonight but maybe in the future…
really enjoyed “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” but its not everyone’s cup of tea…over 50s have a better chance having lived through the period in which it is set…
just getting ready for tonights gig…I like the venue and it seems to attract good listening audiences
Once upon a time there was……
Would’ve loved to hear that.
The Rose might be ready for Bundoran.
Oh Rose, Oh Daniel. … Ah here…..
“I suppose a rasher sandwich is out of the question”
She pulled the cork out of the Blue Nun
and I got sick allover the Rottweiler
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