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Well,the clapping was an evocative few minutes…fair play to NHS staff and many other workers-keeping us as safe as possible, fed and watered…
Once again,Mike Waterson at the root of a wonderful song…any idea where he found ‘Ponchartrain’?Many theories about its story,but such a great song/tune.It started my day-and will finish it nicely.
G’night all…keep well
I have a hazy recollection…it was very late after I’d done a gig in the Waterson’s Folk Club at Old Blue Bell, Hull circa 1967….Mike was interested in John Reilly’s songs..we were sharing verses when he mentioned Pontchartrain…he did share the source from whence it came but I’ve not retained that information…neither of us were aware of the whereabouts of Lake Pontchartrain at the time…
there is a great American song I used to have called “The Banks of the Old Pontchartain” by the Louvain Brothers, (Hank Williams also sang it…)
In 1973 Planxty introduced the song here in Ireland (Mike’s Version). It has since passed into the national repertoire
Christy & Rory,
I couldn’t agree more. Looking on the boards and reading all of the comments (both from Christy and everybody else) is something I look forward to every day. I feel a great camaraderie with everybody who takes the time away from their busy schedules to stop in and share a comment about this music we love so much. Thanks to all! Thanks Christy!
Keep coming back Buck
Hi Christy, i was just looking back through the guestbook, what a wonderful section of society you have gathered here.
From every corner of the world indeed.
All of them loving the music, yours at the centre of course.
Whether it is the wonders of Hilary’s memory, Dave digging the blue disc, Ed the reminder, a new youngster for a call out,Traudel over there, Marty up North or a budding writer from america, we all come together connected by your music to share and enjoy, it must make you very happy.
Ps just booked the Great Northern in October, the hotel could not have been more helpful…and so much cheaper than using ticketmaster.
Rory, I look forward to our long planned cup of tea when we hit Town in october..
I really appreciate the community we have here….many of our original communicators have flown to other platforms and more power to them…I enjoy the company of those who continue to interact here, we also have many who look in occasionally but do not correspond, its understandable, they may very busy on other platforms…
Since commencing this process it has been a constant source of community for me…I enjoy the feedback, the talk of songs, the sharing, the requests, the reflections, the queries, the friendship….
I send greetings to The Borders…hope you are getting out of the bunker occasionally
Fair play to Luka and all who played a part in the very welcome Aloe gig…hopefully,someone called ‘Vera’ was involved…
Such an uplifting gig and brought back memories of seeing the maestro (and chatting to him,post set)on a sunny,August afternoon at The Wickham Festival,Hants- a few years back.Can’t wait for those times to return..let’s all do our bit to keep safe,meantime…
‘Lakes of Ponchartrain’,first on the play list today…
Keep the kettle boiling in the bunker…
“when I hit the road with Planxty,
days and nights in that Transit Van
criss crossing the nation
from Kildimo we drove to Kilcrohane
Merrily we Kissed the Quaker, lay down with the Alligator
as we sailed upon The Lakes of Pontchartrain
O the music and the banter, the sound of Liam Óg’s chanter
I’ll never hear the likes of him again”
I still remember Mike Waterson singing Pontchatrain to me way back in 1967…
Well as all of the businesses are furloughed in New York City I’m home listening to music and hoping for a good outcome. Tonight I’m listening to Sinead O Conor and one of the songs from 2001 is with you singing Lord Baker, beautiful song but I cannot remember for sure where you found it. I am confusing it with Little Musgrave’s origins….You have a great memory of all of these songs for sure….Be well Christy and see you soon.
I recorded it with Planxty 20 year earlier in 1980…
Circa 1972 I got a recording of John “Jacko” Reilly singing “Lord Baker”. When covering other songs from John’s repertoire I used to learn the words and melody and then sing them in my own way…with this song I tried to follow John’s complex version, to include his quirks,variations and pauses but it proved very difficult… since first performing it 40 years ago I’ve only sung it a handful of times at concerts ….I would have sung it more frequently at singing circles…across the years I have added in bits of lyrics and one entire verse….
“and then Lord Baker ran to his darling
of 21 steps he made but 3
he threw his arm around Turkey’s daughter
and kissed his true love most tenderly”
I got it originally form Ireland’s foremost song collector, the late Tom Munnelly….Tom dedicated his life to gathering songs and music..without his legacy so much would have been lost…
in 2018 his work was recognised when he was posthumously awarded at the initial Irish Folk Music Awards…I had the priviledge of presenting the award to his wife Annette Munnelly (nee O’Reilly) and of singing “The Raggle Taggle Gypsy” in his memory
Posted this yesterday.
Blowing in the Wind (2005)
Odetta and Liam Clancy – both Greenwich Village veterans.
Beautiful rendition at a tribute concert for another Greenwich Village veteran, Bob Dylan. Two old comrades evoking the early 60s Civil Rights movement in a beautiful embrace at the finish.
Odetta, my all time favourite singer, not least because of her politics, was due to sing at the Obama Presidential inauguration in January 2009, but didn’t make it, instead heading for ‘the long silence’ (a Liam Clancy euphemism) just four days before.
Aretha did Odetta and Obama proud that day mind. Liam Clancy died in December 2009.
Stay well, stay safe!
PS My first Guild D40, played using the Richie Havens method is called Odetta. Sounds silly naming a guitar but both Richie Havens and Odetta are great inspirations. I have another Guild D40 Richie Havens signature in black named Catherine after my mum. I was lucky to acquire it, as Fender who had bought Guild were selling up. Guild is still going though. I’m not sure who bought the company.
I’ve loved every minute of playing guitar since starting back in 2010.
Here’s a tribute to Richie Havens. I’m going to have to learn to write a ‘middle eight’ in songs mind!
E A Bm
Woodstock August sixty-nine
E A Bm
Love and friendship in the air
E A Bm
A monster crowd for that time
E A Bm
Richie’s songs are now being heard
And he sang ‘Freedom’
And he sang ‘Freedom’
He sang ‘Freedom’
For a Motherless Child
E A Bm
Three hours have nearly gone
E A Bm
Richie’s singing his last song
E A Bm
All that he knows is now done
E A Bm
It’s ‘Freedom now with everyone
And he sang ‘Freedom’
And he sang ‘Freedom’
He sang ‘Freedom’
For a Motherless Child
first saw Richie in the “Woodstock” film..got to hear him live in Dublin some years back… a beautiful gig..he exuded warmth, compassion and humility from the stage…there was a long queue of people to meet him afterwards…I still regret not joining the line….hearing him sing “The Ballad of Wandering Aonghus” (Hazelwood) inspired me to cover Yeats’s words and Judy Collins’ tune…It is one of my favourite songs to sing altho I seldom sing it publicly..
in the mid 80s I was in New York..had a free night when I heard that Odetta was part of Benefit gig at Carnegie Hall….went along and got to hear her sing with, among others, Pete Seeger…..my head was in a bad place so I dont have clear memories of the gig but I got to hear the Lady sing
It’s good to be back 🪕🎸
too much information
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the shooting of Archbishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador.
“When Ronnie Reagan came to Ireland
all the wankers caused a great furore
Casey remembered Bishop Romero
and said he’d even up the score
Casey Casey said God Willing
I’ll meet Reagan on the road
Niall O’Brien will hear his confession
when I’ve thought him the Green Cross Code”
…….the original final verse to the late Martin Egan’s song “Casey”
Here to prattle about the current ‘Uncut’ mag,now sidetracked by an ad for ‘Rock n Reel’ mag,with a familiar smiling face on the cover!
A few years ago,we riffed on the wonderful Shirley Collins-getting an honourable mention in ‘Uncut’ .Now 80+ and following up her ace ‘Lodestar’ LP (great listening today) with a soundscape/vocal project ,’Crowlink’…gigs now postponed,but she’ll be airing the new music asap.Her life story is amazing…a 50+ year career,inc USA field recordings with Alan Lomax…
She also thrives on rural English music and learning ‘new ‘old’ songs’…I guess that’ll resonate with you as you hunker down in the workroom bunker!
All good wishes to all
Fair play to Sean McGhee and his team for keeping “Rock ‘n Reel” on the shelves
Hello Christy and All,
I thought I’d start a topic. What songs are buzzing round your head right now? The last few days I’ve been waking up to Mandolin Mountain, Lullaby of London and If I get an encore. Also True Colours by Cyndi Lauper. The Calderdale Choir taught me it recently. What songs are buzzing round your head?
Hello Christy, thank you for recommending the speech project. I’m at that lovely stage with it where it’s getting familiar but feels new. I love the sound it makes. Maggie Barry, wow! It’s answering some questions I’ve been having for a while. I love it.
Please stay safe.
Just watched Luka’s concert on youtube. Good Lord I needed that! He did more in the span of an hour for our spirits and souls than all of our elected officials and “experts” have done since the beginning of this challenge. Here’s hoping the artists take over the world. Cheers and stay safe!
When I was young, I saw a play about the famine in our local hall. It was called The Black Stranger. The refrain in the play was, “There’s a Black Stranger walking the roads” and this line keeps going round in my head these days.
I live in a town in a more rural part of California, and we have two cases. One has now been resolved. There is very little testing here, though, so this may not be an accurate picture. No country was prepared for this, but America’s uncoordinated, piecemeal health system is not set up to deal with this type of occurrence. And then we have the orange ignoramus at the helm, denying for weeks that the virus was a threat and who now spews lies daily about still unproven cures and vaccines and such. States, though, can take measures of their own, and California tends to have a bit more common sense and compassion across the board, although the whole state has shortages of equipment and other related problems.
This is a worrying time for all of humanity. I applaud all healthcare workers and the scientists and researchers across the globe who are working on effective medicines and vaccines. Stay healthy, Christy, and everyone else out there.
You’re right to be proud of your brother Luka! He did a great job in this unusual venue last night – such a lovely shop! Congrats to him!!!
We enjoyed Luka Bloom’ s online gig today on youtube, his beautiful music lifted our spirits …
Take care of yourself,
Traudel + Horst
Luka Bloom live at The Aloe Tree
its on youtube as above
October liverpool sorry not August
Current climate has been raw to say the least my job let me go and I had to move back in with my father over this epidemic.
Due to see you once again in Galway in august all going well.
Just wanted to let you know how ever hard and scary life is getting having your music is a blessing and a truly beautiful escape from what is happening.
I want to thank you as your contribution to music is the positive influence in my life right now.
God bless you Christy and please mind yourself out there.
All the best
Ryan Carey ps i still read my book you singed in liverpool for me in August
Wish you well Ryan..thank you for sharing..we’re all in the same boat today…striving to stay afloat…
Good evening Christy,
Having a wander through the blue disc today i stumbled upon the song that perhaps sums up where we are heading?
The haunting ‘Farewell to Pripyat’ may yet be played out across our lands soon enough.
It is a song i recall only hearing a shout out for once, maybe that lonesome furrow will be ploughed over more often in the future.
I sincerely hope that you are taking care of yourself and your wife Christy, there are so many of us fellow tea drinkers looking forward to hearing the dulcit tones, raucous receptions and melodic chimes when this is all over.
I got that song out after watching the recent Chernobyl series…It was written by Tim Dennehy that fine singer from West Clare…
we are lying low here, doing our best to follow guidelines
Looking forward to the Luka gig shortly. Mickey Coleman from Ardboe but now in New York did a wonderful job lifting the spirits with a 3 hour gig on Facebook last night – we lament the invasion of technology at times but at this time it is a valuable thing. Mickey plays a lot of your stuff and was a handy enough footballer in his day. Hope you are safe and well and that the bunker is a comfortable one. Stay well.
Many thanks for the heads up Christy. Just had a listen and will add to my list of unmissable programmes – a great and very poignant programme.
http://www.folkradio.co.uk apols for previous excess D
http://www.folkradio.co..uk excellent site and free listening…inc various Watersons,Pentangle…for starters…
Great that Luka is gigging tonight…in a virtual,online way…
only a matter of time before there’s a lockdowners’ mass singalong of ‘Fields of Athenry’ or ,perhaps ‘Ride On’…’City of Chicago’ would do nicely…thinking back to you and Dec at the 2011 Finsbury Park Feis,you were ahead of the game as many thousands joined in a magnificent ‘Black is the colour’…such times will return,I’m sure.
Thank you Dave…. I’m dipping into all the goodies you share…I appreciate you taking the time to steer us towards the music…
I loved those London Fleadhs at Finsbury Park…some outstanding memories…meeting the Dolores & The Cranberries at the start of their journey….seeing Dylan again….one year the rain was drenching the park all afternoon…it stopped as I was being introduced, the Sun came out from behind the clouds…it felt as if the crowd were crediting me for the Sunshine, they could not have been more welcoming..
Our Brother’s online gig last night was beautiful…..I’ve never been more proud of Luka Bloom (Barry Moore)…its available now on YouTube
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