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Dear Christy, happy April Fool’s day .
Sadly i see the national has been postponed on Easter Monday, what a great and stirring event it is to witness, the Fairyhouse crowds in their finery and the anthem being sung on the course, oh how i wish the announcement of the fall of the irish national, and of punchestown, had been a joke.
Anyway back to reality, and talk of Planxty caught my curiosity about the song Tim Evans. Having looked into the story now, of Ewan MacColl’s noble song ,i see the horrendous injustice caused.
So many songs commemorate the injustice of the courts in the past, scapegoats, let ’em dangle, the wicklow boy,hattie carroll etc etc. Do you recall how Planxty decided to record this particular one?
Back to counting rice grains, attempting to calculate the average bend of a banana and trying to balance four toilet rolls on my chin….oh the joys of nuclear bunker solitude.
I was looking forward to singing “Natives”in Letterkenny, to supping some strong tea
Great memories of Liam Og,thanks…your views as his companero/amigo certainly reflect mine as an admirer/audient…
Katherine Priddy (singer on ‘Northern Sky’,the other day..) has posted that youtube now has her version of ‘Sonny’s Dream’- recorded with Ciaran Algar in their respective bunkers..very nice it is too…she’s playing a facebook gig tomorrow as well,so keeping busy and positive in these strange times…and sharing some fine music…
Just received the newsletter from the excellent ITMA …still updating ,despite their office being closed.
There were concerts planned featuring Liam Og’s genius,but had to be cancelled.As a consolation prize the newsletter gives links to further sources of gems from the maestro…couldn’t see the info on the main site,but the newsletter can be accessed from ..www.itma.ie …wonderful music…lightening troubled times…also, other excellent pieces to be read by candle light in the bunker…
Liam Óg has bequeathed a legacy of beautiful music….all of it bearing his unique stamp….his blend of Chanter,Regualators and Drones always distinctive and recognisable…his slow airs achingly beautiful, his reels and jigs controlled yet always exciting, his forays into new territory carrying us along (even amny the most conservative listeners)…
While his ensemble playing remains beyond compare what I cherish most are those solo sets….Donal,Andy and I would stand by as he launched into his Solo…be it “The Gold Ring” or ” The Bucks of Oranmore” or “The Dark Slender Boy” or “Táimse i mo Codhladh” ( I am in my sleep)…. we would stand there transfixed by the beauty of his music..
The last performance I witnessed was a concert in Downings House, Prosperous, County Kildare (the house where “Prosperous” was recorded) ..Circa 2016 Liam gave a recital there with his good friend Paddy Glacken…It was perfect….Hosted by Andy Rynne, they delivered an hours musical perfection… ( there may be a segment on YouTube)
When we first met he was always “Liam Óg” ( young Liam)…..then as the years passed he stopped using the “Óg”
I hope he would have forgiven me for reverting for I always loved the sound of the name…..
Liam Óg O’Flynn Abú
Planxty got mentioned twice last Sunday morning, a contributor to Sunday Miscellany had a piece on the great quartet. See is it available on Real Player, I think the contributor is incorrect on part of it. Great to her those programmes on Liam Og, just lovely, poignant.
“Bowman on Sunday” and “Sunday Miscellany”
what better ways to commence our holy day of obligation
long may they transmit and thrive
as for Liam Óg
hardly a day passes that I don’t remember him
greatest regret of my working life- a missed opportunity to play with him
and Planxty,we gigged in Athlone .The Dean Crowe memorial Hall, Ritz Cinema at The Bridge, a Lounge out the Galway Road all in the early 70s
In January, me and my husband, we went to New Grange. There’s a bus from the visitor centre to the place. We sat on the bus and were very quiet. I listened to the sound of the people talking. They sounded like birds. So beautiful the noise they made together. I’ve had a few days off work. This morning I sat and listened to my husband talking and listening to different people as he worked. I asked him to say something random to me. He talked about downloading a planxty gig. I think he said 2004. It had a definite beat to it, each beat split into 5. The speech project is fab. Rebecca
The Planxty re-union in 2004 was a great experience. for me personally.
33 years had elapsed since we first got together .and 23 years since we had last gigged….It came together on the back of a TV series which was call “No Disco” on RTE TV…that series was presented by Leagues O’Toole who interviewed many young Irish and English musicians about the influence Planxty had upon theor formative listening….when Leagues programme was transmitted the possibility of a reunion began to float upon the air….we began to communicate and some time later we assembled in The Royal Spa Hotel in Lisdoonvarna ,County Clare…The heart of Planxty began to beat once more. It was well documented on a DVD “Planxty Live 2004” and a CD of the same name..
The life and times of our Piper Liam Óg O’Flynn is currently being celebrated with 3 x 30 minute Radio Specials presented by Ireland’s Leading Radio Presenter John Bowman. It runs every Sunday Morning on RTE Radio1 at 8.30 am..two have already been transmitted…
Liam’s music still resounds beautifully…the Master Piper of our times…a great comrade in music, in life and in spirit..
Nick Drake’s music has been special to me for over 50 years…and covers of his songs are treated with caution! But,I’ve just found a stunning version of one of Nick’s finest…’Northern Sky’…
on youtube…by Jon Wilks and ace companeros…amazing that its made under tricky conditions,as needed right now…and a wonderful version.Heartwarming in these worrying times…
also,huge credit to Jon for his regular online posts,to keep himself busy and brighten our days..and Northern sky,in these parts…
Thanks Dave….what a beautiful version of “Northern Sky”…..perfect ending to a very quiet day
Hope all is well with you. I’ve had “Burning Times” and your friend Mr. Sinnott’s “Window on the World” playing through the headphones at work today. Those two albums play beautifully together.
so far so good this Day…best wishes to Virginia
The 2 Christies
lost for words….
Stay in ur homes and lead this cause
Stop all ur doing and fight this war
Were all on the same bloody boat
Politicians against the wall
We can’t see through it all
But the east is coming west
Now A&E’s up the wall
And Saturday night hasn’t begun at all
Stay stay safe my friend through it all
Facebook Twitter and WhatsApp
Snapchat people on the maps
Clap the people on the line’s
Stay in homes and lead this cause (g)
Stop all ur doing and fight this war (D)
Were all on the same bloody boat (c d g)
Up The Wee
a Star bar a Mars bar and a Bounty
Posting this again because the first attempt went into moderation.
I kind of hesitated before taking the pilgrimage to this page. I’m a musician of 20 years or so, and I’ve been stuck at home minding the kids for the last couple of weeks (wife in the HSE). I’ve always been a big fan – saw you and Declan a couple of times – and have been playing covers of you for years. Smoke and Strong Whiskey always goes down a storm.
Anyways, to try and spread a bit of light in a dark auld period (and to keep myself sane), I started doing songs by “Modren Moore”, about the new reality with Coronavirus measures, in an imitation of your more staccato style (“don’t forget your shovel” type). I even use an app that makes me look like you. I give positive messages before and after the songs to try and keep people going.
Anyways, the songs are all humourous – they’re designed to give people a laugh. I expected a handful of my friends to watch them but there’s been over 10,000 views of them at this stage. The response has been great and people really clicked with them.
I suppose I’m writing because it is important to me that if you have seen them, or when you do, what I’m doing isn’t a pisstake. More an homage. I’ve been a fond fan for a long time and I just wanted to take a tangent off your style with music humour.
The links stopped the previous message but I’ll write below how to get to the songs. I really do hope you see the humour in them and don’t feel like I’m having a laugh at your expense. It’s definitely not that and i don’t think anyone watching thinks it either. I hope you enjoy them!
So god bless and keep safe – we’ll hear you out the other side of this. Thanks for the years of brilliance so far.
On YouTube, search for “Modren Moore” (yes, i spelled it like that!) with any of the following:
Modren Moore – Bullet In The Head
Modren Moore – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Modren Moore – Shake It Off
Thank you for clearing up that confusion….
I hope your children are well, that your wife stays well as she seeks to help us all…
I did glimpse what you did with that app…found it a bit spooky !!! but that’s my problem and I’ve gotten over it…others seem to be enjoying your creation and that’s what is needed in these critical times… I wish you well with your creations..keep up the good work…
Leafing through some slightly lesser played tracks i came across proof that you were well ahead of Leo’s curve.
I wondered if now was the time to re-record and release ‘johnny don’t go to Ballincollig’. It would be like a public service broadcast, similar to the ones that used to tell us not to swim in deep water or not to cross the rails until the barrier lifted.
I shall keep searching, from deep within the recesses of the bunker, for other possible releases to spur on the nations to greater common sense in these difficult times, though i am running dangerously low on tinned peaches.
Anyway stay well, get singing onto the old tape recorder, and spread the message about following stay-at-home Johnny’s example.
The tea may be slightly stewed by October, but worth the wait.
I loved working on that song with Declan and Donal …it was my first time to work on a Johnny Spillane song….gigwise, it never worked..maybe I’ll look at it it again and seek a fresh approach to this timeless lyric,
“Johnny don’t go to the big Television,
Johnny don’t go to the hole in the wall
Johnny don’t go the the Crystal Palace
Hey Johnny! don’t go at all”
In the back of my mind I hear John talking about this song, about how he came to write it…he always reminds me of boyhood scrapes and capers….of playing war in Hanly’s Jungle, mitching in The Seven Springs, kissing in The Furze Bushes, climbing the Hill of Allen, going to The River (Liffey)
I offer my blessing to your ears Rory
Been loving your covers videos at Modren Moore this morning, a great laugh.
Fow whatever reason made a google search for ‘Christy Moore’ and was perplexed that on the wikipedia summary it says that you died yesterday of a heart attack? Is this a bad joke?! Once you click into the wikipedia page it doesnt appear anymore…Cant find any other news so I believe (and want to believe) this is just a hoax.
Check it please.
All the best, keep it safe and sane everyone
dont know anything about those covers you mention
ditto heart attack
Hope all going well.Viva Groundhog Day…
Bob played a blinder yesterday…first new song in years and giving zillions of us a welcome distraction.As we listened/pondered/remembered – JFK,past times ,music and Bob’s genius…I was first hooked c 1965 and still am…
Taking a brief break from ‘foul’ deeds yesterday,I was looking at online info about Mike Waterson (and his brilliant clan inc his sister,Lal) recalling their powerful sound…that led me to searching for info on ‘The Lakes of Ponchartrain’ song…and how great it is that Planxty/you publicised such a wonderful tale.I ended up on the site of Washington DC’s ,Smithsonian Institute…www.si.edu ,typed in ‘American Folk Music’ in the top right search box…then disappeared down a rabbit hole of dulcimers.Dylan.Holy Modal Rounders and so much more…an incredible amount of ace stuff-now to be revisited many times…well worth an escape from the bunker.
Enjoy the day-as much as poss under difficult circumstances.
I’m reminded of where I was when I heard the news from Dallas
….standing at the Bus Stop at Jericho Hospital, Birtle, Bury when I heard two Nurses talking about JFK
Hi Christy sad times Ahead,let’s hope we can stop this virus before it takes to many lives,most of us doing their bit to halt this,but some Carry on as normal,Crazy,stay safe Christy wash hands and eat plenty of bara brith,see you along the way.
Newly/timely released. A recording from the recent past. Lyrics from that aul ‘box of words’. Hope yer getting some rest at least. Cheers Christy
“Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty across the years. This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting.
Stay safe, stay observant and may God be with you.”
We have never seen its likes before…….but hopefully we will come out the other side the better for it all. Was listening to “King Puck” on the way home from work this morning…..had a good old chuckle at “Me and the Rose”.just what the Doctor ordered !!!.
Keep well and safe.
I suppose a rasher sandwich is out of the question
Thanks for the fast response. Played it again and saw it was Gift grub. We were laughing so much the first time we missed it! All the additional time Mario has on his hands has helped him up his skills!!
We just listened to you on today fm – was brilliant! It had us all laughing. Thank you for sharing. Are you posting any of the virtual sessions you are doing with the other musicians? If so, could you let me know where we could watch or listen to them. My Dad and myself are big fans.
you got me there Aisling….have no knowledge of this….methinks it may have been Mario Rosenstock you heard….
Bob defines the 60s…found via http://www.bobdylanisis.com
‘a good day to be alive…’
Woke up early,made a cuppa,decided I’d trawl through the headlines…and,as so many times,there’s amazing news about Uncle Bob…as he’s done so often,for so long,he works in mysterious ways-and is a master of timing…
I haven’t yet heard a note,but am now on the search for 17 minutes of Dylan’s new take on the JFK assassination…an event that impacted on a pre social media world…put out there in a time of world crisis…nice work from the song and dance man.I’ve had worse starts to a day…he may be stalled on his NET,but he’s still out there…and determined to ‘keep on keepin’ on’…just like the rest of us…
Greetings from my bunker to yours…
Dr Sinnott sent me the 17 mins but Ive not listened yet…
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