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Hi Christy. My son is mad about your music. He is 10 and would love to see you in concert. He knows the words to loads of your songs. Is he too young to come to one of your concerts with me? I would love to bring him. I’m not sure if there are age restrictions
I’ve seen many young listeners at recent gigs….some even younger then your Son….
Christy, a chara
I hope you’re well. Have you any plans for the six counties in 2020?
Morra Joe….I hear murmurings from the planning department but nothing confirmed at the moment….we do have some confirmed for the nine counties
Just purchased tickets to see you in Galway on August 15th can’t wait… christy your gig in mullingar last Friday was brillant and you made Matthews night by singing honda 50 for him and we just can’t stay away another gig to look forward to roll on August 😊
A while since I dropped you a line on here.
I just wanted to say that thanks to yourself by way of Dylan Walshe, I discovered Rob Corcoran’s “Ringing That Bell” and up until you released Magic Nights… I had no means of listening to the song except on his album, “Inverse Alchemy” which is ceol den chead scoth! Really good music. I think you do the song great justice on Magic Nights as well. But Rob has something that is underappreciated in Ireland. I think it’s a matter of a few short years before he is on the same level as Damien Dempsey.
What’s come full circle is I, just a humble pub ballad singer with a few originals to my name have been asked to support him in Galway in April.
I’m looking immensely forward to it!
Avoiding the worst of the wild,wet weather…taking the chance to sort music ,books etc…back to the Clancys and an afternoon with Mike Harding’s cracking book,’Footloose in the West of Ireland’…then I caught up with the Guestbook and saw a mention of The Clancys…never far from thoughts…
A good diversion via Wikipedia/’The Galtee Mountain Boy’ and on the home straight via an excellent website that neatly summarises the life and times of our heroes…www.clancybrothersandtommymakem.com
Funny to read about your exchange with a heckler…I recall a few canny comments by your good self back in the day…you’ve not lost your touch-maybe heading for a re write of an early song.It’ll be ‘The heckler from Grouse Hall’…
Time for a cuppa…all the best
The Jug of Punch
Rosin The Bow
Brennan on the moor
Shoals of Herring
Leaving of Liverpool
The Holy Ground
……….just some of the Clancy Brother songs that inspired a Nation to open up its ears….when those early albums found their way home from America we pulled on Aran Sweaters,frequented Ballad Lounges,flocked to Fleadh Ceols, began to question the status quo, to rock that boat of church & state …….and,of course, to quaff glorious pints of loose porter
“O fare thee well my lovely Dinah,
a thousand times adieu
we’re sailing away from the holy ground
and the girls we all once knew”
By pure fluke we got front row, centre seats at your Saturday night show in Mullingar, we travelled down from Rostrevor, Co. Down, the tickets were a Christmas present for my husband! (“better than any jumper and socks”)
Thank you for the music – we had a magical night. It’s hard to pick a highlight among all the greats but “the voyage” was special for us!
You looked like you enjoyed the night as much as we did and special mention must also go to your brilliant band.
We’ll be back to see you again soon. Best of luck with the rest of the tour.
Thanks Tracey…..the gigs are going very well….the Band,Crew and Audience all working in harmony to create what we all appreciate and enjoy….
Thank you for an amazing show on Friday night in Mullingar. I have been listening to your music for so many years but it was not until last year when we moved from Boston to Ireland that my wife and daughters got the chance to hear you live in Trim.
Your ability to evoke all of the emotions from your audience (hope, love, admiration, grief, fun, nostalgia, anger – all of it! ) gather it all together, concentrate it, and then express it in beautiful art for us all is just magic.
I hope I can get my four brothers and their families over to hear you too. Best to you and yours, Tim
Thanks Tim, céad míle fáilte…..
Christy, just a wee message to say all the best for the upcoming tour.
I married a Dubliner and she introduced you into my life. Her Grandad used to sing your rendition of Black is the colour to her when she was little. And now every time you come on the old stereo singing it, I think of our daughter Eva.
Can’t wait to see you for the first time at a packed Usher Hall in Edinburgh in a couple of months.
All the best and thanks for all the entertainment you’ve given your listeners throughout the years.
Ok Steve….Auld Reekie beckons once more…..the scene of many great memories…the lanes,the steps,the hills,the taverns,the friends, Hand in Hand,Henderson Row, Sandy Bells, wee drams,great songs, Easter Road,good deals,mad Taxis,Kushi curry,Mike Brennan,David Letham,Thistle St,The St Vincent,Corries,MacCalmans,Paddie Bell,rivalries,revelries,Leith Walk,Dick Gaughan,Aly Bain,snooker Halls,The Police Club…an old world,a younger time,it was looser, there was more air,more time to linger,harder to make contact but easier to make friends….over the Bridge to Fife, down the road to Peebles, slip across to Glasgow…enough said
Made the trip all the way from Chapel Lane to the Killashee for the 2nd night. You were fantastic. Loved the energy of it – even the way you dealt with the oldest heckler in town in the front row. Priceless. Brought a friend who had never seen you before and she was so impressed. My impression was that you credited the songwriters slightly less than usual, but I thought it added a lot to the momentum of the show, it really flowed. Definitely jukebox mode!
PS I mentioned the gig to my mother in law, Bernie Farrell. who said she was good friends with Val back in the day and would love to meet up with her.
All the best from Ger, Aifric and Liam Óg
Its unfortunate when it occurs….sometimes in the heat of the night,in the excitement of the moment, a listener’s enthusiastic participation can throw a spanner into the works…
it seldom happens these days for I am blest to have a such powerful rhythm section around me…
but that Saturday night in Piper’s Hill I got waylaid by those errant interjections, I was getting jostled off the ball, poked in the eye, tripped up and interfered….
what made matters worse came later when I was informed that the good man in the front row was not the culprit… ….twas a whipper snapper of a rapscallion seated behind him that was interfering with the flow..
but twas minor issue in the overall scheme of two great nights in Nás na Rí…
I love that great big room and the staff and crew there could not have been more helpful…..then the audience came from all sides and set the scene for two electric gigs,
from Chapel Lane, Artillery Place, Hawkfield, Lowtown, Boolea, Allenwood, Coill Dubh,Athgarvan, Two-Mile-House,Suncroft and further afield, Tralee, London, Scottish Borders…I could be here all morning listing townlands and regions…
good to hear from you…I think of all those early mornings in the old world… cycling down Chapel Lane to serve early Mass with Frankie Boland…pouring the wine for Fr McNally, lighting the candles for Monsigneur Miller, swingin the thurible for Fr Gorman, ringin the bell for Paddy Cullen…..what great reward awaits us all in the next world
The Féile Choir going well and Clare, our leader is a big fan your’s and has been to a number of your concerts. She is happy to share a recording of Ride On with you when it’s recorded down the line. We are performing three shows at the Lyric with Wonders of the Wake band:The Henry Girls, Niamh Parsons and Kevin Toolis. I love Reel in the Flickering Light and was thrilled to learn that it was Joleen Henry playing the harp on your wonderful Magic Nights album. Go well!
Ps as an aspiring poet I enjoyed Tractor Boy and its wonderful internal mechanisms!
yes, Tractor Boy ploughs a straight furrow
Hi Christy. Myself and my 12yr old son Dylan was at you and your talented musicians last night in Mullingar. You sang our favourite song from magic nights sail on jimmy. Just want to say Thank you we had a grate night. Also a lovely lady by the name of Hillary on your behalf got Dylan one of your plecdrum. He’s thrilled
Both of us has seen you the few times before in the Midlands and West. Keep doin what ye’re doin fantastic stuff. My dad rip knew you years ago when you worked in the bank in Ballyhaunis Co Mayo . God bless xx. Stella and Dylan xx
Nice One Stella..best to you and Dylan…its a great buzz having the young ones listening to the songs…brings me right back to my own awakening
Your right there Christie Pete Betts my mate is Paul Betts. A fisherman from Whitby
Wonderful high energy gig in Mullingar last night. Thanks to you and the Orchestra, as always top class. Really enjoyed “Galtee Mountain Boy” there was something special about last nights rendition. My Sister & hubby were there on their maiden voyage at one of your Gigs. Afterwards he said “ now I know why you go to Christy Moore so often “…. says it all.
That song has always been special for me….I’m writing this on a Sunday Night in 2020..I first heard it on a Sunday Night in 1963…I was 18 and struggling with the task of being a bank clerk in Clonmel….I was extremely awkward in the work…the formality, the class structure and all what went with it…singing songs was becoming an obsession..having spent two years trying to sing Clancy Brothers songs I was starting to find old songs that were unknown to the fledgling ballad scene. This song was one such. I’d already found “The Curragh of Kildare “in the PW Joyce collection and “Mary from Dungloe ” in Colm O’Lochlainn’s Irish Street ballads. Once I got “The Galtee Mountain Boy” up and running I was invited to all sorts of soirees in Clonmel where I lived for a year in 63-64. It fell from the set list for 30 years until I heard a call out for it in Glasgow a few years ago..it was amazing to sing it in Barrowland and to hear many voices singing along… I’ve adjusted a few lines recently and its slipping back ito the set again…it has been covered a lot, hackneyed betimes, but I’m very hapy to be singing it again..
Before he died two years ago I was very friendly with the late Sean Hogan who was a son of Sean Hogan referenced in the song….Sean Snr also featured principally in that great song “The Station of Knocklong”….
Thanks for your support and feedback Patsy
PS I learned it from Patsy Halloran, I added a fourth verse…I’ve never known who wrote the original song
Hi Christy, coming to see you in the Glasgow concert hall in april. Would make my life if you could play Beeswing please 🙂
Thy Will be done
Thought you would enjoy this…hopefully this yoke works:
It worked…..I saw the slurry cascade round Leinster House as Tractor Boy shot his load down Kildare Street….now we must wait for the roses to bloom
Amazing gig tonite Christy and crew as always! 🙂 Myself and wifey have seen you over 30+ times in the last 15 years all across Ireland and loved every single gig. Keep going strong! Barrowlands is next on our list. We recently set up a restaurant in the lovely Mullingar (Wholesome Kitchen) and would be honoured if you and the crew would pay us a visit. I know probably more hassle than it’s worth for you but it would be a dream come through for us. I begged you to play at our 21st 15 years ago and you politely declined 🙂 God loves a trier! Haha! Anyway we’ll have the red carpet out tomorrow just in case 🤞🏽 Thanks for putting on so many amazing shows over the years and hopefully we get to enjoy many many more for the years to come. Much love 🙂
Thanks for the invite….wont make it today to “The Wholesome Kitchen” but will try and visit some day….wish you well
Just want to say thank you so much for making our little Matthew’s night hes delighted you played the song for him and thanks so much to the kind lady that came over and gave him your guitar pic and also for taking our email to send him a recording of the show . You are just the best them memories will stick with matthew forever thank you so so much . Hopefully we ll see you again soon maybe galway untill then take care christy and up the lily whites
Twas a Pleasure Tia
Here’s something that might interest you. The artwork is by a long time friend Colin Fancy.
thanks Dave……the artful dodger beat you to it by a short head !!!
I was at the concert on the 14th of February in the kilashee it was my 2nd time to see you and was fantastic.
Iv heard story of you growing up in newbridge from my grandfather ber crummy. And I have also heard story from my late grandfather Ted channon of you working in his blacksmith forge in clonmell.
I just want to say thanks for the amazing music that I listen to day in and day out in the van.
Unfortunately I was sitting up the front and had no chance of getting a singed vinyl of magic nights.
Hopefully will see you soon again and get one then
Thanks so much
Eddie channon jnr
Hi Ted…..Great to read your post…..I used to meet your Grandad Ted Channon in Clonmel…He used to visit Annie Kehoe’s Public House across the road from his unique and legendary Forge. I visited the Forge on many occasions….he was a master Blacksmith..
I was thinking of The Crummy family recently…..I heard a great interview with Frank Crummy (on a podcast with Dion Fanning called “Ireland Unfiltered”) It being such a rare name I wondered was Frank related to the Newbridge Crummy Family)
Good to hear from You..
PS..I recommend this podcast to all 4711ers…recently I’ve heard Dion talk to Joe Brolly, Tommy Gorman, Bronagh Gallagher,he does great interviews
I missed the words told her to shut up from my earlier comment
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