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Everybody needs a break….. so we headed for Carlingford for a couple of nights. … found the pub with the live music…. dunno if you believe in coincidence but the singers here last night included the same David Rovics mentioned in the previous post from Derry. … he did indeed sing the song of the Hawker Hunter story and the mighty Scottish workers…. he also sang a great song of the International Brigades called I think… the Last Lincoln Veteran ….. it’s on YouTube I think but I’m not great at the old links and stuff. This David Rovics chap is one he’ll of a protest singer.
Just back home from hearing “A Lazarus Soul” in Dublin….great Bad with a great new album..catch ’em if you can…..
I know David Rovics work…thanks for sharing
There is an excellent documentary on bbc iplayer at the moment called Nae Pasaran ! It’s about a group of Scottish Workers that refused to repair Hawker Hunter jet engines while the coup was ongoing in Chile. For anyone that’s interested David Rovics wrote a song about the workers exploits called ‘East Kilbride’ that is well worth checking out on youtube as well.
Thanks Tommy…”Nae Paseran” is a stoater
Did you ever embrace “WhatsApp” at all it’s a great app to pass on tunes. No restrictions on size of files , unlike email.
I experience extreme difficulty when attempting to utilise any function on thon devices…total headwreck ensues…for personal sanity I need to keep it simple…on the one hand I pay a small price but,on the other hand, I still have time to gaze out the window and watch the leaves fall…..
occasionally I feel envy at the dexterity and universality of smart users but I see the downsides too……
I might look at that App you suggest but I’m more likely to pick up the box and sing a verse of “The Verdant Braes Of Skryne.”..or “The Unquiet Grave” or “The Night Before Larry was Stretched”
Hope you have a good day Marty, wherever your Van takes you…and Thank You for your suggestion…
Christy, I am lucky enough to have the ‘speech project’ cd it is a marvellous work, you are right.
The latest find is by Colm Mac Con Iomaire ‘the river holds it’s breath’, jings there are some wonderful musical storytellers out there ! Islands of sanity in a sea of madness.
Rave On Bannerman !
Story Rory ?
They do though,
Don’t they ?,
in anyways but…..
Thanks for the story about you and Dominic. Alcohol can certainly be a great creator or destroyer of relationships, for good or ill in either case. I remember enjoying the bit in Liam’s book about visiting Dominic and the Behans in Dublin wherein much singing and whiskey ensued.
I’ve been incorporating “Yellow Triangle” into my set list as of late, it seems unfortunately appropriate for our current era in America.
Looking so forward to Vicar Street, I’ve seen the Planxty reunion video and it looks like a grand yet cozy place. We will be checking out Matt Molloy’s in Westport, the Crane in Galway. If you kno of any other good music happenings or locations, I’d be happy to explore.
Thank you for responding and connecting across these 5000 or so miles. I am encouraged by your music and feel honored to hear from you!
So many great songs:
The Yellow Bittern…………..(Translated into English by Seamus Heaney, Thomas McDonagh, and others)
There Stands The Glass……….Webb Pierce
So Much Wine……………….The Handsome Family
Seeing the fabulous news of Margaret Barry’s induction and ,of course, last year John Reilly being inducted into the Hall of Fame it made me ponder on why we take until people are long gone, before full recognition is properly given to Travellers and their music. In fact we have all been travellers at one time in our ancient ,or more recent,history.
John Reilly is commemorated wonderfully in John Spillane’s album ‘the man who came in’ and by Damien Dempsey on ‘keeper of the flame’ so
my next trip to the gig in Trim will let me detour to visit Boyle to find the spirit of John Reilly.
Anyway it reminded me of the old scots’ song ‘Bogie’s bonnie belle’, so am away to murder it in the car on the way up, after a spin of the ‘bonny green tree’ in the train, and maybe a blast of Wexford’s other musical son Pecker Dunne….
Am thoroughly enjoying the ‘old fashioned’ feel recently of the Edinburgh set style tunes ,and Irish Ways and Irish Laws…
Keep going with that ever Unfinished Revolution Christy.
if you get a chance, seek out Gerry Divers album ” Speech Project”….it features two tracks based upon Margaret Barry….it is a unique album…I return to it time and again….
I still remember the first time I heard John Reilly….the late Mrs Bridie Grehan called ” Be Quiet! John Reilly is going to sing”….it was after hours in her lovely pub at the top of the Square in Boyle…. John giggled shyly, took a sip from his glass of stout and slipped into”
“There were three auld Gypsies at our hall door
they came brave and boldly O
one sang high and the other sang low
and the lady sang the Raggle Taggle Gypsy O”
Thanks for all your observations, communications and dissertations Rory….they help to keep the pot boiling…..all communications are welcome here but more so when, like your good self, they come from listeners who delve a little deeper into the ballads,songs,tunes and ditties…the kettle will be on when the occasion arises
Aww Christy you made my night ‘The Voyage” just perfect, it will hold a special place in my heart forever more!
Ok Rosie…keep coming back and we’ll keep playing
A long term admirer and enjoyer of Christy’s music.
I am very fond of the Richard Thompson song, Dimming of the Day.
Has Christy ever recorded this song.
If so please let me know where I can find it.
If not, please would he consider doing so. I think the song would suit his voice and style, and know his rendition would be the best.
Its one of the many songs that I have tried to sing……I did consider it Richard but I failed to inhabit RT’s lovely song….also spent time on “Galway to Graceland” but twas not to be…..Thank you for your suggestion
Thanks for the RTE tip off.I’ll be on the lookout!
Great that last night’s fun was such top quality…the chat /meeting companeros/families is as important as the music,in some ways…you and Ralph share many things-fantastic that your paths first crossed here…
Keep on keepin’ on…the fact that you enjoy so many facets of your journey means so much to so many…
‘I stepped on board a vision and followed with a will…’ Dave
Tomorrow I’ve been invited to take part in a film tribute to my late Friend Liam Óg O’Flynn….
How I love his music…what a joy it was to stand beside as the music poured out of him
Good Evening Christy.
Hope you had a great gig in Armagh tonight. The wife and I are heading to see you in Newcastle tomorrow night and can’t wait to see you again! Would love if you could fit in The Ballad of Ruby Walsh or Aisling somewhere in your set-list if the mood takes you there!! Regardless, sure the be another great night !! Fheiceann tú amárach
Adrian & Lindsay Coyle
Ceart go leor Cara…ar aghaidh linn go léir go dti Sliabh Donard i gCaisleain Nua….beimíd réite ar son oct a cliog..
Marcaídh Ar Agaidh
Fantastic about RTE awards,Christy
Reading the names of ‘the greats’-class is permanent…I’ll be checking out ‘Lazarus…’ asap
Viva President Higgins’ spirit…better for many of us if his mojo can be shared amongst our ‘leaders’…
‘I see the light come shining…: Dave
RTE TV are screening the Awards for an hour tonight…dont know if you can access that in Suffagrette City….
Had a stormer last night in Armagh….”where nature has lavished its bounty, in the orchard of Erin’s green land”…..the Armaghdians turned out in wonderful profusion, in high fashion and in great style….they travelled from far and near…John Donegan came from Tallahassee to hear “The Boy from Tamlaghtduff” …..Traudel and Horst came from High Germany to hear “The First Time Ever I saw Your Face”….The “Honda 50” got a spin out too and then, from nowhere, came “Irish Ways,Irish Laws” which stilled the night….
Cathal Hayden’s Family came from Pomeroy. I had a great chat with his Father afterwards,we spke about songs and tunes, about music and players, Fleadh Ceois and Festivals…. John is a pure music man, it was a joy for us to sit with him and his family and share some precious time…
Then we drove across thru Newry, over Hilltown and on down into Newcastle in County Down where later today we will tog out in Slieve Donard, we’ll tune the Guitars,resin the Bows and tighten the drums one more time….
what a priviledged existence we enjoy, getting to play music we love to thousands of people who love to listen..
I had a grand chat with my Old Buddy Ralph McTell at the Awards Gig the other night.We reflected upon our priviledged working lives….We first met in a Manchester Folk Club back in 1967….Ralph was riding the rods with “The Streets of London”, I was getting my foot in the door…we struck up a friendship that has continued ever since….and he sounds as good as ever….still doin some “Hard Travellin”
Enjoy weekend travels/gigs…
John Peel RIP,15 years gone,today…never forgotten…thinking of JP type playlists…Chieftains/Van the Man/Emmylou-Planxty too…Dylan/Clash/Carthy…mix in some Scandi death metal and you’ve got your driving music sorted…
Excellent current UNCUT mag re insights into Dylan/Cash song selections for next release…v much looking forward to yours too!
Keep the NET rollin’
Big Folk Music night in Dublin last night at 2nd RTE Folk Awards…..Peggy Seeger travelled to Ireland to present a posthumous “Hall of Fame” award to the grandchildren of Maggie Barry* …..President O’Higgins presented Moya Brennan (Clannad) with the Lifetime Achievement Award, (we are priviledged to have such an enlightened President and First Woman in this era of deeply flawed World Leaders)…..the wonderful “Ye Vagabonds” swept the boards with 3 awards….my good Buddy Ralph McTell flew in to present an award and sang beautifully…lots of performances from a great array of players….stand out for us was “A Lazarus Soul” who played a track from their new album…we’re going to hear them next week….so many new Bands, singers and sounds on the Folk Scene both here and over there…..
Keep singing and playing Dave, Keep listening and communicating too…
“and we’ll all go together to pluck wild mountain thyme”
* “I never met Bob Dylan but I sang with The Pecker Dunne
and when we drank Lough Erin dry we went lookin for Lough Dann
one winters night in London my young heart filled with joy
twas the night that Maggie Barry called me up to sing The Wild Colonial Boy”
Hope you have a good wee rest after your UK gigs. We had to leave our Green Jewel and we are now back to autumnal Co. Sligo. Travelling north-west we listened to a RTE programme, they mentioned Ewan McColl’s 30th anniversary yesterday and played a great version of “Dirty Old Town” sang by Luke Kelly in remembrance of the wonderful singer/songwriter. I thought of you and wished you would sing “The Travelling People” or maybe “The First Time Ever” in one of your next gigs gigs at the weekend.
Looking forward to see you soon,
Luke’s singing still resounds…his versions of many songs remain unsurpassed…Ewan’s songs have become part of all our lives….meeting Luke and Ewan marked milestones in my own life….both were inspirational, both offered encouragement….
I’ve been trying to work on Lagan Love these last few days. Starting to feel like I might be getting somewhere with it. The freedom of the melody and ornaments is very new to me. A whole new world. Fiddling round on the piano is helping.
Do you use the piano as well as the guitar?
there is a whole world of “Sean-Nós” (Old Style) singing to be explored…..”Lagan Love” accapella is a good starting point…
singing unaccompanied is a world apart….
I play the piano occasionally but I have never “used” it for my work….
Hi Christy and team. My brother gets married this Friday and so we will miss your concert In armagh. We are all massive fans since young children singing your songs and I’m sure a few a them will be sung at the after party on fri night or sat. Wondering if any chance you send a wee shout out to my brother SeanSmyrh and wife to be Niamh Murphy who get married this fri. Reception in clontarf castle Dublin. A wee video clip of you saying hello might be a big ask but even a wee note. Thanks so much. You are a legend. Sincerely, Sinead his sister
A “wee video clip” is beyond my technical ability but I can offer “a wee note”
Dear Sean & Niamh
May nature’s light shine down upon ye on your special day…
Thank’s so much for feed back I’ll amend accordingly. And thanks for reading and taking the time to reply.
Hi Christy I wrote a poem(yawn).
I wrote whilst waiting at the doctors for an ultrasound, it must have been nerves.
Hope you like it.
I want to he an Irish man I feet it to the core
I want to be an Irish man and sing like Christy Moore.
My mother born in Tipp Town as Irish as can be
She left a gift of Irish genes she left that gift to me.
A coal boat was her passage a child not yet two
From a mother lost to TB to a father she hardly knew
From Henry Street to Merseyside a child of poverty
She always remembered her Irish roots they now live on in me.
I was born on Merseyside England’s Green and
But something grew inside of me it’s hard to understand
The green shirts of the sporting teams I supported without doubt
Plastic Paddy you can call me but never count me out
Accentless and English born it may not be apparent to you
But with passport, Blarney and green eyes I’m Irish through and through.
There are two types of people look and you can see
There’s the Irish and those who Irish wish that they could be.
I’ll leave you with a notion I’m sorry if I bore
An Irish man I will be and I’ll sing like Christy Moore.
thanks for sharing
I’d suggest losing the last two words of the first and last verses
also remove “plastic paddy” and “bore”
neither sound appropriate
home for Xmas trying get tickets for the 2nd or 3rd of jan the website isn’t letting me purchase them even though it’s saying some available 😩really hoping to get to vicar street and see you , any chance you could help us out Christy ❤️☘️☘️
Love from dancing round Dorset 🇨🇮🇨🇮
I’ve asked the team to look into it…..
Hi there Christy
Despite a valiant effort from Brian in NYC the tickets for the Manchester gig only arrived today. Eyeing up the flights in December. We shoot the albatross in the morning.
bags the pope’s nose
Got Back from Liverpool on Saturday.
I’m the happiest man alive.
Thank you ever so much for your time to take a few photos and for signing my book.
That means more than a million pounds to me.
You really are a true legend and gentleman.
You will forever be the best singer and will always be my favorite.
Keep being fantastic Christy cant wait for the new album and booking for a fourth visit to you.
thank you Ryan
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