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Sending best wishes from the North. Strange eerie and unnerving times but inspiring to see so many people finding ways to share their music across the technological airwaves. Sad seeing the red “Sold Out”s on the gig page replaced by “Cancelled” but it’s the right thing to do. Feeling for the people of Italy tonight and praying that we dodge the greater part of that bullet. Best wishes to you and all of the crew. Look forward to gigs further down the line. Thank God for the songs and music to lighten our hearts. Stay safe everyone.
this scourge knows no borders.
love to you all in beautiful Derry on the banks of The Foyle
Just watching some Planxty on Youtube – favourites like Raggle Taggle Gypsy and Blacksmith. As a student in Brighton in a little folk group called All the President’s Men (I was President of my Student Union at the time!) These songs were part of our 5 song repertoire…… I bought my first Planxty cassette in Wellworths in Lurgan in 1975. But wanted to say Christy – just sent my daughter and her partner The Voyage. She is expecting her 4th child next month and is so anxious since hearing of the first death in childbirth due to Coronavirus. I think your version of the song is such a comfort in these horrendous times – thank you. I also think Ordinary Man speaks so prophetically. May you and your family keep safe. God bless you loads. Linda
we have a long standing Sunday Morning Programme here on Irish radio..Every Sunday Morning with John Bowman..this morning he focused on Liam O’Flynn and early Planxty music
The start of spring was a lovely day here yesterday – the garden is brightly coloured with early flowers, the birds are singing, the neighbours young children playing merrily in the yard – but the world is turned completely upside down …
We are sending our very best wishes in hope you and your loved ones are well!
Day by day our plans to see you in the near future are getting more and more unlikely … Very good to have the treasure of your beautiful songs and music to soothe the soul in these dark times.
Let the music keep our spirits high!
Thank you Traudel….we will meet along the way..this too shall pass
Christy, What about the one about putting two gondolas on the river in Newbridge and letting them breed.
Soldier on and keep the rules. Frankie……
Seems like we heard about the Gondolas before Frankie !…..hope all is well with you and yours as we enter this new world….we need love in the lockdown
http://www.openculture.com for mountains of free stuff…minimising cabin fever etc,as far as poss…and an excellent daily newsletter.
today’s musical re visit…the ever wonderful Natalie Merchant’s ‘Leave your sleep’…and the poetry that inspired the music…sooner or later,I’ll have the opening track on repeat…Charles Causley’s words-Natalie/Lunasa music…
‘O the ship dipped down
On the rim of the sky
And I waited while three
Long summers went by
Then one steel morning
On the white quay
I saw a grey ship
Come in from sea
Slowly she came
Across the bay
For her flashing rigging
Was shot away’
…extract from ‘Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience’
All the best to all
Catching up with the papers today I read a lovely article about Liam O’ Flynn in Tuesdays Irish Times. “The pipes call and raise the spirt. They also quieten and open up the daydream part of people.” Seamus Heaney.
Painting the garden fence this afternoon, I listened to you, Liam, Arty, and Rod McVey @ The Point 1997….a wonderful and uplifting sound. If music be the food of love, play on….much needed in these dark days. Go well Christy
Le grá Mary
I believe John Bowman devoted this mornings programme to Liam Óg O’Flynn..hope to listen later
John Bowman gave Liam a spin this morning..hope to catch it later
Hope all well…
Today’s listening included smile inducing songs from unlikely sources…
Leonard Cohen-‘Closing Time’-inc ace interplay between LC and singers
Martin Simpson-‘Love Never Dies’…v clever lyrics.
Also,revisited ‘Prosperous’…fascinated by the back story of how it came about…also that you worked with Bill Leader.He was involved with so many of my purchases from ‘Rare Records’,Manchester-back in the old days…
All the best
Went over to Suffragette City for the BBC Folk awards a few years back…the event was held in the Lowry Theatre in Salford….Declan and I performed Kevin Littlewood’s fine song “Morecambe Bay” which was one of the songs nominated for song of the year.
I was called to present Bill Leader with his Lifetime Achievement award.Without Bill,Planxty would not have happened.He made a lot of music happen.
It was a memorable night for many reasons. Ian Cambell was also honoured. Barney McKenna recieved the Hall of Fame award on behalf of The Dubliners. He spoke “as gaeilge” in his Native tongue.It was the last time I saw him.
So sorry you have had to cancel so many concerts. Glad we got to see you in January before this virus affected us all. Stay safe!
Thank You…May we all find our way thru this dark time and emerge into a more enlightened world
How long would it take…. not so long as we might think……. clear water in the canals in Venice….. Swans and dolphins in their harbour…
You remind me of an old one from a Kerry Council meeting….
Councillor A……”we should get some Gondolas for the Lakes of Killarney”
Councillor B…..” But who is gonna feed them in the Winter ? “….
Poor Old Venice….its good to see it getting a bit of a rest
Lovely words, as always the rhythm of them. You missed Willesden junction?
It feels like it needs it.
I’ve had in my head the last month or so that when I’m singing I should try to use my voice as if I’m playing a fiddle. It all seems to be going that direction.
I’ve listened to the first two tracks once. I’m supposed to be working and I struggle with casual listening.
So I dived right in and I’m still smiling. The strongest thing so far was how he got that heavy pull on the bow that your low notes have. I was smiling so much I nearly laughed.
I love that album so much that I sometimes recommend it twice !!
Adding to Rory’s ace music choices.Here’s a treasure trove of tv.Years worth,I reckon…
http://www.curiousbritishtelly.co.uk the obscure,good,bad and ugly…my late mum’s wisdom might come true…’you’ll get square eyes if you watch too much television’.Maybe…
always remembered pearls of wisdom from our Ma
“its not everyone that money suits” (about the brash,well to do)
“they must have a lot on their conscience” ( forever at church)
and a classic from Granny Power (nee Sheeran)
“that would melt a foot of snow” ( upon releasing a rasper of a fart)
As i ready myself for a year in the previously unused nuclear bunker, 12 tins of beans , a toilet roll and a pair of nose hair clippers to see me through, i decided i needed to grab a song from each solo album of yours on your website, to take with me in order to keep me semi-sane and whistling through the months ahead.
I would be interested to hear of any fellow 4711ers choices, as we all begin to forget what a live gig ever sounded like……
Whatever tickles…tippin it up to nancy
1976….Galtee mountain boy
Iron behind …patrick’s arrival
Live in dublin ….Boys of Barr Na Sraide
H block….90 miles
The time has come…Nancy Spain
Ride on…ride on
Ordinary Man…..quiet desperation
Spirit of freedom…the people’s own MP
Compilation usa…no time for love
Voyage…bright blue rose
Smoke and strong whiskey…smoke and
At the point….well below the valley
Graffiti tongue….yellow triangle
Collection part 2….viva la quinta
Traveller…raggle taggle gipsy
This is the day…jack doyle
Vicar street…pair of brown eyes
Burning times…magdalene launderies
Live at point 06…fairytale
Listen….does this train stop
Folk tale….tyrone boys
Where i come from….where i come from
Lily….ballad of patrick murphy
On the road…mcilhatton
Magic nights….back home in Derry
Jasus Rory you hit the nail on the head…I used to be a nervous wreck trimming the nostrils…the feckin nose hair cascading out of my nasal passages at an awful rate..then I invested in a Tweezerman Inox from Italy and its a right feckin gadget altogether..I can clip away gaily up me nose holes without any fear of grevious injury..eyebrows,earholes,nostrils all tangled up with hair and not a feckin blade to be seen on the poor auld pate..
you have a right basket of songs there for the bunker..thanks for sharing and for your ongoing support and interest…
I really hope this is right now
allow me to recommend an album to you
“Speech Project” by Gerry Diver (one fine day records 2011)
here is a wee verse I wrote a while back
I never met Bob Dylan but I sang with Pecker Dunne
when we drank Loch Erin dry we went lookin for Loch Dann
One winter’s night in London, my heart was filled with joy
when Maggie Barry called me up to sing “The Wild Colonial Boy”
Hello Christy and All,
I’ve been listening to Maggie Barry singing She moved through the fair
I’m late to this. What a beautiful, amazing noise she made. The woman could have pierced rock.
Margaret Barry…..The Irish Tinker Lady..always remembered with great affection
I’ll keep me eye out for future gigs.
just seen Dave/Devon post…spot on re online things…in folk music land-Jon Wilks is worth checking out…he’s already posted similar online/sharing ideas…seems like a good bloke…I’m a bit of a Luddite,but fair play to those who know/can do more…back to Jackson, a brew and dulcimer tuning now!D
Very evocative images of shamrocks and sports in days gone by…amazing times.Sporting heroes to the fore…my Dad was fond of the Bert Trautmann tale…as the intrepid goalie broke his neck and carried on playing/celebrating ,before diagnosis/treatment a few days later…legendary stuff!
Our few gigs have been pulled,but hours will be passed,playing,digging out old songs/working on some new…just pulled out a CD at random…Jackson Browne-saw him solo in 1972-support to solo Joni-in a small theatre…
‘Let the music keep your spirits high…’
all the best to all
Sorry to hear that you like others are having to cancel/postpone gigs. I guess one way we can keep in contact with people is online via chat etc. Here there are Covid-19 support groups emerging, as the goodness in human beings emerges. Hopefully those on their own can be kept in contact during this unprecedented period.
I note that Facebook is sanctioning some of my (and others) posts on Covid-19 and also on supporting Palestine
Perhaps there’ll be opportunities for performers to livestream etc. Not sure how ticketing will work. Also technology such as Zoom conferencing, Skype will be good for groups of people to chat to each other, maybe sing a few songs, tell a few stories and recite poems!
Here’s me and a bit of poetry for my mum who died in October 2014 nearing 94 years old.
With love and solidarity
Thank you for sharing that searingly beautiful piece to your Dear Mother…..how that old tune brought you both together one last time…a wonderful memory to cherish
We have just had to cancel a month in Ireland because the world has gone crazy. We had booked our flight and lodging around the tickets we bought to see Christy Moore in Limerick on May 29th. Is there any chance of finding out at least general information about where Christy might be next Spring? We’re so eager to see him while we’re there and our dates are flexible.
Dear Bridget, No plans whatsoever to share with you…..soon as the coast is clear we hope to set up a schedule…your address reminds me of an old song I used to sing
Jesus Christ and Jesse James (Brian Moore)
Will you come and listen to the story going round
How our Lord and Jesse James rode into Belfast Town
They stopped for a drink they stopped for a meal
Drinking whiskey, drinking wine they were feeling mighty fine
As they rode into Belfast through the hills of Ligoniel
Not a word was spoken as they travelled on their way
Until the came to the Falls and Jesse he did say
God I haven’t felt so good since I robbed the Glendale train
Our Lord he raised his head turned to Jesse and he said
I never thought I’d see the likes of Calvary again
They rode past the burnt out motorcars and the tangle of barbed wire
In a city built upon a swamp and baptised by fire
Our Lord was going to bless the place but a bullet pierced his hand
As the blood cam trickling down turned to Jesse with a frown
Looks like the old stigmata is infectious in this land
Our lord was riding a donkey; Jesse James was riding a mare
And they rode past the army tanks and never showed a care
Jesse on his fiddle played the victory at the Boyne
Jesus put his guitar down turned to Jesse with a frown
I don’t think you should play that tune when we’re passing through Ardoyne
On the top of Divis Mountain there stands a lonely tree
And children passing by there they stop and bend a knee
And men with hidden guns they make a silent vow
That the riots will stop the day the soldiers go away
Leave our Lord on Calvary and Jesse hanging from the bough
Fascinating insights into your guitar playing and chords…as the old saying goes -‘its not what you’ve got ,but what you do with it’…(possibly also said in ‘Carry On’ films…)
Anticipating lock down,I’ve seen a few online sites that are featuring podcasts/archives etc,to ease cabin fever…one of the best is from Mike Harding on http://www.mikehardingfolkshow.com The same Mr Harding who was a big name on the 70s folk scene in Manchester and mucker of C Moore Esq…
This must be the quietest St Patrick’s Day in ages…hope it has treated you well
I’m thinking back Dave…
way back people displayed devotion and spiritual well being by the size of the shamrock arrangement on their lapel….up to the altar rail to recieve the host they’d be like paras camouflaged in greenery,
…back then it was a “holy day” but also a break in Lent….thirsty folk, “off it”for Lent, would drown the shamrock with determined abandon….there would be St Patrick’s Night Dances in Dreamland Athy, The Town Hall Newbridge and Mrs Lawlor’s Ballroom,Naas…
most memorable for me were the “Railway Cup Finals”in Hurling and Football. This was the years biggest event in Croke Park (after the All-Ireland Finals.)
The Park would be thronged. I remember Babs Keating playing for Munster in both Hurling and Football the same afternoon (the former in his bare feet).I recall our Lily White Hero,Pat Dunny, doing the same for Leinster.
Yesterday was different….
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