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Sorry for the wrong spelling Christy!
Please tell me you’re coming to London in the Spring. It’s the highlight of the year and we definitely need a highlight in these Mad Hatter times!
Hope you are well. Anna
sorry to report, nothing planned at this time….
“Flow Sweet River, Flow”
I represent a small poetry press. An author would like to use the following from your song “In the City of Chicago” as an epigraph right after the title page in her poetry book. Do you give permission for us to use this?
“In the city of Chicago
when the evening shadows fall
there are people dreamng
of the hills of Donegal”
Her book, to be called Lucky Enough: A Journey, uses poetry to trace her experiences, beginning in Chicago and including influences of her Irish-American family.
“City of Chicago” was written by my Brother Barry Moore ( aka Luka Bloom) so permission is not mine to give…. I’ll check it out
My Brother, Barry Moore, (aka Luka Bloom) wrote “City of Chicago”
Looking at the usual great outcome of referendums round here, it might be better to kidnap him. Just an observation, no suggestion implied. I blame it on the wine.
there’s only so much wine
you can drink
in one life
but it will never be enough
to save you from
the bottom of your glass……… ( Handsome Family)
Dagrab, The old man’s tale was also written by Ian Campbell after visiting a working men’s club in Birmingham one evening. As is old men’s wont he told Ian the story of his life and it occurred to Ian that the old man’s life had been one long struggle and the song soon followed.
We probably attended the same gigs at the Golden Lion folk club, the Cavalcade pub in Didsbury, MSG etc.
We should have a referendum about Christy Brexiting the U.K.
Harris & Appleton …..Jenks……
Hi there Christy a belated thank you for the wonderful gig in Liverpool Philharmonic. I was with my life long friend Dawn celebrating her 60th year on this planet. She had a ball. Look forward to the next encounter. Ian yer Dowling man.
whallup there Dowler….a Dawn ball ! an all-night Dance ?
Insomnia must be a Manc thing…awake at 4 am an mulling over your gigs,over the years.Had a few ideas for a post and John C ,has said much the same…from my era too!
From your v early solo sets,seems like Spancilhill might be the oldest from your repertoire,to still make the cut.I also recall Cliffs of Dooneen,Song for Woody,The Old Man’s Song (author unknown)and Ian Campbell’s haunting The Sun is Burning…as well as Dalesman’s Litany,which I’ve heard you play in recent years.
Enjoy the rugby and the day…a touch of early frost on the shoulder…
The song for Greta is striking…ace imagery.
feeling sore after that NZ pummeling
I’ll get uncut tomorrow
Great show as ever Christy, I first saw you back at the Skerries festival over 20 years ago, we both had more hair then!… Your songs have taken on more significance as time has passed.. that they are still both inspiring and relevant is amazing and testament to your songwriting and to your humour and wit, Thankyou for that! I especially liked the new song for Greta, and the politicians, amongst the old favourites. Are they going to be on your new CD? Please come back, you will be sorely missed. Slainte Mark
Greta ( Clock Winds Down to Zero) arrived too late for the upcoming album…Lingo Politico (I hate Politicians) was on the last album
Thanks for listening and for feedback
Christy, how do you come down after the high of a concert. I couldn’t sleep for hours after the buzz of the concert at the Bridge on Tuesday and I was only in the audience .
I got to thinking of your many gigs in Manchester – Bridgewater, Free Trade Hall, Apollo, Royal Exchange, International, Platt Fields (with Ralph), Carousel, MSG, Middleton, Blackley, Withington and that was just the undercoat.
I wonder what song you have sung most often since getting the start. My guess would be one of Dooneen, Viva, Raggle or maybe Ride on. Any idea?
The Cliffs is the only song that survives from my early 1966 repertoire….I think the most performed songs,in no particular order, would be Ride On, Lisdoonvarna, Joxer, Viva,Nancy, Voyage, Chicago…..in recent years Beeswing and North & South have become frequent…of late Lingo Politico, Ringing The Bell and Pagan Ritual have become regulars in the set ….
These times I come down with a mug of Tea and a chat with the Band….on the drive home with Michael Devine we listen to a wide variety of Music….very loud Music
Thanks for your reply to my request I would be happy with any song you play and leave it in your fine hands. Regards Rosie Campbell.
you could’nt be fairer then that Rosie
If you bring the Barry’s black label tea (no milk or sugar), I will be delighted to bring the Selkirk Bannock, what a date !
All booked up for Trim, Letterkenny, Glasgow, Edinburgh and then the Barras in this Unfinished Revolution of music. So many gigs are enticing, but that’s the nap hand so far. I can’t wait for the shows to begin, each different ,each a magic night.
Talking of the Unfinished Revolution, I had it spinning yesterday on the old cd player ,and just wish that the politicians would take time to listen to the song ‘Natives’ , and to ponder it’s meaning for as long as their attention spans can cope. Such a beautiful, humble and meaningful song for all our times.
With your last reference to a certain group’s lyric ‘when will…’ i wonder if you and the lads were thinking of changing your name to ‘The Four Degrees’.
All the best on the road, until the kettle whistles.
No Milk in Tea Rory …This is taking Dairy free a step too far…it needs to be strong, it needs to be hot and it needs a sup of full milk in the mug before pouring…I look forward to a chat down the road after Hagmanay
I’m really looking forward to attending your concert at Vicar St. on December 16th and really happy that I could get a ticket and arrange a long weekend in Dublin.
To learn more of your songs I just got the box set (1964-2004) and although I’ve already many of your cds it looks like many hours of new songs to me!!! And hopefully quite a few new songs I can try to play on guitar and sing along as well ;-).
Thank you so much for your great songs that motivate me to do so and for bringing up songs by other musicians as well, e.g. “Ringing that Bell” or “Irish pagan ritual” – I really liked them from the first time I heard them last year at Vicar St.
And like my fellow countrymen in this guestbook and many fans of you in Germany I still hope to see you over here in the not too far future. Would be a real treat!!
All the best to you
Thank you Birgit..
I would love to play in Germany again but everything is so complicated now…so many bridges to cross with permissions, licences, work permits, insurance, travel documents,VAT,Tax, gotta deal with so many agencies, I’m feeling depressed just writing about it !!
when I first played in Germany in 1972, life was very simple, I jumped on the boat, sailed to Hamburg, walked to Markethalle, opened my guitar case and sang !!
who knows what way the wind is gonna blow
What a brilliant gig you played last night at the Phil, only started listening 2 your music a few years ago but I love all the songs so had 2 see you play live in my hometown. Our next venture is 2 come over to see you in Ireland and will come and see you if you are playing around Bray, Greystones or that area so I can go and see my great uncle Joe Bollard (u may know him as he has been playing music in Ireland for years and is a well known son of Bray)
Hey There you Bray Wanderer,
Played Bray Mermaid Theatre over the last 2 Summers…lovely venue…have nothing in place at this time for Bray or Greystones
Christy a chara, first and foremost, thank you for the shout out and dedication of The Voyage to our lads, John-Angus and Edward last night at the Philharmonic. They were chuffed to bits. A great night and fantastic set list. Go raibh mile maith agaibh. See you again we hope. Claire
Tá Fáilte romhat Claire..
Dear Christy my husband, son and I eagerly await your gig at the Slieve Donard Newcastle on saturday 26th of October! I would like to make a request to hear you perform the Continental Céilí it such a cheery tune and always produces a smile. Until then, best regards Rosie Campbell.
Thank You…I regret to say that I had to stop playing this beautiful song…more then any other song it became impossible to gig..it has an infectious rhythm that causes audiences to instantly break into clap-along mode…the song itself has varying rhythms within the lyric and it all breaks down when the clapping takes over…..
but now you got me thinking…maybe I’ll try and find a way around the problem
other songs bring on the same thing ( Joxer, Lisdoon, DTs) but I can continue unabated for the lyric is not at odds with the clappers
I have a new song from Sean Mone called “Rosalita and Jack Cambell”
Just got back home from Manchester and thank you very mach for sang my requested song. It was an amaizing night!
made all the more amazing by your willingness to travel so far to be with us in Manchester…greetings to all Japan songsters
and Good Luck to Ireland tomorrow when we take the field against New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup..if possible, I’d love a Japan v Ireland World Cup Final..
I bow to you
Hey Christy, another fantastic Philharmonic set. How can 1 hour and 45 minutes go so quickly? My daughter and myself just in awe of the beauty and depth of the music. Love the new line up. A little bit concerned about the suggestion that you may not be back? Surely that’s not the case? Thanks as always to the 4 of you for an exquisite evening. Any chance of the setlist (I build my own playlist as far as I can against it and always then have a record of the evening). Take care and thanks again. Graham
Thanks Graham..what I was trying to say in both Manchester and Liverpool was :
“Thank you for all the great listening and support over the past 52 years…its getting much closer to the end of the Tour then it is to the beginning….if I dont get back here again…Thank You”
Lingo Politico (aka Hate Politicians)
Clock Winds Down
Cry Like a man
Sail On Jimmy
North & South
Black is the Colour
Only Our Rivers
Does this Train Stop on Merseyside
First Time Ever
Go Move Shift
John Lennon’s Dream
North & South
Ringing The Bell
Clock Winds Down
On The Mainland
Back Home in Derry
Does This Train Stop on Merseyside
Black is The Colour
Smoke and Strong Whiskey
John Lennon’s Dream
Well big C, looking forward to seeing you in Charleville soon. I am wondering too if your upcoming new release will be on sale there or should I order it from a store. I always prefer to buy directly from the artist themselves. Cut out the middleman, LOL. Cheers, B.C.
Yes Ben..it should be ready for Charleville
thank you for such a good night at the bridgewater hall. Brilliant x
and ye were a brilliant audience..
I’m back in Europe..still buzzin x
I just wanted to feedback what an absolute pleasure it was to see you last night in The Phil. We laughed, we cried, and sang along 🙂
Its been 24 years since I last saw you, (October 1995 in Southport Theatre), I was the grand old age of 9 and spent the day making you a letter which you kindly read. I will never forget the song you dedicated to me, you were my first concert and I consider myself very lucky to have seen you again all grown up and with a family of my own.
Your performance was as good as the day I first saw you, the energy was brilliant, no idea how you do it!
P.S Loved the song for Greta…beautiful x
The energy is fuelled by the enthusiasm of good listeners like yourself…..
“Hows it going there everybody
you’re very welcome to this evenings Cabaret
Thank for the journey that you’ve taken
to come and hear me play
I know the effort that you make all the trouble that you take
when you decide to come and see the show
your husband says, not Christy Moore that baldy bogman from Kildare
and Match Of The Day is on tonight you know”
Every night I take to the stage I feel rejuvenated by the enthusiastic welcome..
The emotion engendered by lyric/melody/players/listeners carries us all along…
we weave it together collectively…
I pick up my guitar here in the work room, I strum and Sing…but its all prep….sometimes on sleepless nights I play and sing quietly..its more like a quiet meditation…
When I walk on-stage at The Philaharmonic ( or in a thousand other venues) it becomes a different kettle, more like a pressure cooker ready to blow at any moment…the steam, the love, the laughter,the notes, the lights, the banter,the howlaround, the silence of extreme listening,the interminable feckin mobiles,thecall outs, the latecomers, the early arrivers every audience utterly unique in its make up, those same 2,000 people will never gather again, that setlist will never be repeated again…( sorry about this outburst of rambling dialogue, gonna shut up now !!)
I remember that gig in Southport..I think it was called The Floral Hall, an easy name to remember…met some cousins there for the first time
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