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A difficult decision and the right one but one that you as an individual should not have had to make. One you were forced to make as you say ‘due to an absence of official government guidance’.Athletico Madrid supporters are not allowed to go and watch their own team play at home and today came the announcement that the entire city of Madrid may go into lock down.However last night about 2,500 Madrid supporters flew into Liverpool to attend a football match all drinking eating and many sleeping in the city and then flew home again WHY. Because as is always the case the people in power say and promise a lot but in reality do very little.when decisive action is required.
I’ve always enjoyed looking at Cheltenham…..this year it looks grotesque
“The least we can do
is make the world a better place
not just for a few
but for all the Human race
to end wars and quarrels
make John Lennon’s dream come true
to build a new set of morals
make John Lennon’s dream come true”…(Gerry Murray…Charlestown)
Fair play,Christy…decisive action taken, for the right reasons…
all good wishes to all.
batten down the hatches
Fair play Christy and all the team. Tough call which I’m sure involved a lot of thought and discussion but in the end it is the right decision……. exceptional times call for exceptional decisions. Brighter times ahead … see ye along the road.
Marty and Ger.
hope ye are all snug up in The Glens…..all we need is love (and a few spuds)
why folk music is interesting Vol X
returned to youtube for more Rafferty…great surprise to find his class version of a favourite trad song,’She moved through the fair’…then to read that a version of the song was collected in Co Donegal in 1922…
viva folky geek stuff…alive and well on the http://www...
enjoy the day
Gerry Rafferty’s classic…’Her father didn’t like me anyway’…much better writing than my inadvertent alternative ! Fascinating versions /comments on youtube…D
Great memories of Billy and Gerry aka ‘Humblebums’…glad to have seen them at Free Trade Hall,Manchester-1970 support for the sublime ‘Fotheringay’…
Under rated musical contributions by Mr Connolly,in early days…as well as ace writing by Gerry Rafferty RIP…early LPs are gems including the images in ‘Her father never liked me anyway’
‘The coat she wore still lies upon the bed
The book I gave her that she never read
She left without a single word to say
Her father never liked me anyway…’
class is permanent…good luck with the NET!
just watched a grand doc on BBC (2 0r 4) about Holy Island and Lindisfarne (not the band but your mention of Fotheringay reminded me..
Gerry was a lovely man whom I knew briefly in the 60’s…..he liked a drop of Dimple back then….spent a few happy times with himself and Billy..I think we went to Old Trafford once… ended up in my Cousins Pub near Bury
Don’t know if your a fan of the music of Amos Lee but I thought you might enjoy this. I saw him a couple of years ago at the Beacon in New York. Hope the link works. Cheers.
thanks for sharing…I have a soft spot for all guitar wielding Folkies
After managing to get last minute tickets, excited to be coming to see you at Barrowlands. 21 years ago my Dad named me after the Shane McGowan song, and since, we have enjoyed listening to your cover regularly. Would love if you could sing the song the for me, my Mum and Dad, would be an honour to hear it live.
here’s hoping we all get to climb the stair and waltz beneath that carousel of healing
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March 6 at 12:57 PM ·
Billy Connolly has announced his retirement from the stage and stand up comedy. His humour and insight will be sorely missed.
His announcement included this parting gift, “More people should listen to comedians, and fewer people should listen to politicians…. anybody who listens to Boris needs professional help… because he’s a big silly toff. Britain’s been listening to big silly toffs for years. It’s time they listened to themselves and got on with it”.
Billy,Gerry & Tam at Glasgow Folk Centre,Montrose Street 1967….back in the Black& White World….in from Motherwell with Hamish stopping at The Scotia to take on fuel
Interesting threads about songs from older albums etc…
‘All for the Roses’ is one that always resonates with me…I’m doing on-going family related First World War research and words of the song often overlap with themes from books/war diaries etc…as well as the now historic reference to ‘the B+I to paradise’,evoking happy personal memories of loading car and kids on the ferries for family holidays…
I see that there’s no ‘Roses…’ background info in the lyrics section on your website,but any insights would be appreciated…its a wonderful piece of writing-still gigged betimes?
Keep the kettle boiling…
Wally Page is a unique songwriter….I’ve had the priviledge of singing many of his songs including the one you mention….others include “Smoke & Strong Whiskey”, “16 Fishermen Raving”, “This is The Day”,”Mercy” ….we’ve also worked together on “Johnny Conners”,”Two Conneeleys”,”Yellow Furze Woman”,”Lovely Young One”, “Lily”and “Come all You Dreamers”…..30 years on we still have a few ideas on he stove…..Wally performs occasionally at Annesley House on the North Strand…
We first met in The Meeting Place,Dublin in 1976
“He’s 25, he’s sick and tired, its time to try ‘the other side’
the B&I to paradise to Sergeants and their men”
Christy I have been listening to Bill Caddick and Elish Kennedy singing John o Dreams. Did you ever record this? I have checked my cds and can’t find it. We are coming to Edinburgh to listen to you, any chance of you playing it along with Bright Blue Rose just to take me away for a short time. Thanks Kevin
Kevin…..its a fine song…it creeps into the set occasionally and I’ve noted that you will be at the Edinburgh gig, if all goes well I might be able to give it an outing…I played in Bill Caddick’s club in the late 1960’s and heard him sing his John O Dreams
There is a version on my 2009 album called “Listen”..I’ve recorded it a number of times and there are a few versions on YouTube
Had “Listen” playing in the headphones at work this afternoon (brilliant album, can’t hear The Ballad of Ruby Walsh and Borrrowland enough). Shine on You Crazy Diamond cycled through. Good Lord, what a beautiful version! Perfectly paced, perfectly sung, perfect in every way! It really struck me; had to get up and take a walk. I murdered that song years ago in a talent (or lack-there-of) show. I think I sang the song in about 12 seconds. Has not since been revisited. Hope all is well.
Remember when you were young?
Hup! I was driving home the other day and the song Lisdoonvarna came to me. When I’m on the half an hour or so drive home from work I often listen to music and other times I just sing to myself. So off I went singing ‘everybody from Cork, New York …’ at the top of me voice. I got through the first couple of verses up till ‘Finbar, Charlie and Jim Hand drinkin’ pints to bate the band’ and then I got stuck. Bill Loughnane somehow ended up making a reappearance in the next verse along with Seán Doherty, which wasn’t a good idea. But I kept going. Rory Gallagher used to mix up the words of his songs sometimes and he always got to the end so I thought if it’s good enough for Rory, tis good enough for me. Before I knew it I had Brush Shiels and Jackson Browne on the 747 singing Nancy Spain and then Adam and Bono had to ask Garret Fitzgerald to intervene when Van the Man decided to take one of the Chieftains’ creamy pints. Arrah now, feckin pandemonium, it was, Christy. But I got home in one piece anyway, surprised at how much of the song I still remembered and surprised too at how much of it I’d forgotten. So I put it on to refresh the memory. Anyone for the last few choc-ices now?
you are bringing me right back…I was hanging out with the Family in The Peoples Hostel in Spainish Point, a suburb of Miltown-Malbay…..I was preparing to play at the 1983 Lisdoonvarna Festival…I was working up a bit of a rap..I was due to play before Rory who was riding the crest them days…that original lyric keeps rolling on….people come and go thru the verses…some are replaced..others live on in perpetuity……..Van The Man, Emmy Lou, Moving Hearts & Planxty Too
many outstanding memories…… Seamus Ennis wooing thousands in a rain swept field on a Sunday afternoon….BP Fallon sashaying into the dining room in his dressing gown clutching a peppermint tea bag, Skippy and The Sheriff selling squares of plastic, a herd of milk Cows running wild to the sound of Chris De Burgh…..
Dear Christy, on a sunny Saturday morning here in Amsterdam I was listening to your version of Jimmy McCarthy’s song The Mad Lady and Me. Then I listened to Jimmy singing the song and other versions of other bands. They are all more in the style of the original version. One band introduced the song by stating that it is a drinking song. Although the lyrics are similar, your version (rhythm, tempo, sound) of this great song creates a different imagery and sparks of other emotions than the other ones. How does that work when you listen to a song from other singers and songsmiths? Lyrics first? Melody? Connecting to a song? Imagery?
How did that go with The Mad Lady and Me?
Greetings from the Dam
Its been manys the year since I last sang Jimmy’s “Mad Lady”….I have one abiding memory of the song…it revolves around the very core…..I picture those granite steps leading down to the rushing water ….a couple stand upon the bottom step … the “Mad Lady” swims out into the dark current in an attempt to end her pain….one observer says to the other..
“Leave her off, or she’ll drive us all crazy”
Thats how Jimmy Mack described it to me all those years ago….the memory sticks…he describes the scene so well that I feel like I was there myself…..
“How does it work” you ask…..
The answer lies within your post….you too heard the song John….you were drawn in to create your own imagery….what you imagine will be totally personal to you…..will bear no similarity to what Jimmy witnessed, to what I imagined….therein lies the wonderful mystery…the beauty of what he created as he described an horrific scene…
greetings from wherever I am…It could me Meath, it could be Louth or it could Dublin…I’m lying on the cusp of three counties….the sun is shining, the wind is howling..
“One Two Three Four Telegraph Poles
burning on the cold black road
the night is bursting into morning
give us a drop of your sweet Poitín”…… ( Shane)
I feel i need to share that tonight i have witnessed a truly amazing talent. At King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut my kids and i saw David Keenan live. This young man from Dundalk has it all. Astounding vocals, songwriting brilliance, poetic thoughts. I have rarely, in over 40 years of gigging, witnessed such a marvellous talent…..present company excluded.
I hope some fellow 4711 readers give him a try.
It’s no milk, no sugar.
Happy to hear that Glasgow went well for David….Fair play to you Rory….you always keep one ear close to the ground
Maidin mhaith Christy agus tá athas orm go bhfuil tú go maith!
The facts of Michael Hayes are as elusive as the character in the song!
Thanks for the swift reply. Your enthusiasm and genuine love for the songs shine through every day on your guest book. It’s not every day you encounter someone with the ballad bug and coming on to this platform to share thoughts and queries is a pleasant pursuit.
Mile buíochas agus beidh muid caint aris a chara. Tóg go bog é Christy.
Marcaidh ar aghaidh Joe
Well Christy. An bhfuil tú go maith a chara?
Can you recall whereabouts you encountered ‘The Pursuit of Michael Hayes’? Was he a real person or a representative of lots of different people?
It is an epic song.
I like both of your versions of the song and also the reworking of the lyrics in your later recording.
I heard Declan O’Rourke along with 13 trad musicians perform a version of it (more akin to Planxty) during his ‘Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine’ tour and it was powerful. It gave me an idea of what hearing Planxty live might’ve sounded like.
Ádh mór Christy
Seosamh,go hana mhaith ar fad,buíochas le Dia agus a Mháithear agus Naomh Sheosaimh agus an clann go léir suas ar Neamh….
Indeed and I heard Declan’s rendition myself and thought they all made a right job of it
in answer to your query..
I’m a bit hazy with the sequence of events for it must 45 years since and there was smoke in the air
I think I discovered the lyric in some manuscript which did not have any reference to melody
Andy Irvine suggested using the melody from a different song as sung by the late John Lyons
I married the two and proceeded to learn the amalgamation
then we began the process,
Donal Lunny wrote the music interludes and away we went, swirling along in pursuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
A happy possee of Liam Óg O’Flynn,Matt Molloy, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and yours truly
Since 1978 I have performed it in different line ups, sometimes adding lines and varying verses ….but it always ends up in the same place with “a fig for all my foes”
across the years I’ve heard different stories about Michael Hayes…be they fact or fiction they’ve never impinged upon the narrative that runs through my head as I sing the song
Thanks for the mention of Johnny Connors. Wasn’t familiar with that song, now I can’t get enough!
“My name is Johnny Connors
I am a travelling man
I’ve taken everything that’s been thrown at me,
Now I’m going to make a stand”
Letterkenny on 3rd April and the 3 scottish gigs are the next few shows for me, so you just spin the wheel of fortune, when the mood is right, and the toe tapping will begin ( and maybe a bit of knee slapping too)….innocent little travelling children, lost out on them streets.
Stay well Christy and keep the kettle boiling.
do you take sugar ?
Good evening Christy,
Last Saturday i organised ‘show racism the red card’ coming to our rugby club, what an eye opening and educating experience even for those who thought they knew it all. Listening to the fabulous King Puck album on this slow train i was reminded of the travelling community with Johnny Connors and that same discrimination.
What a great song though, look forward to hearing it live again and that with the toe tapping King Puck tune tagged on with Cathal playing away…he is some toe tapper.
Ps a lot of cud to chew over a cup of tea
thank you for your positive comments on “King Puck”
if you give me advance notice I hereby commit to including “Johnny Conners” at the next gig you attend.
it always warms the heart when you reflect back on earlier albums…Thank You
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