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Oh my goodness, it talks to your soul, doesn’t it. Steve’s practice set have left America. I’m looking forward to seeing the back of the steam powered vacuum cleaner he’s working on at the moment.
I’m putting a health warning on this post. Like everything I write, it looks as pure and clean as spring water right now. If it turns into something filthy as it whizzes through the ether, then I am very sorry.
I could listen to it all day. Like coming home.
Good morning to you.
So I took a breath yesterday afternoon in the garden. Work wasn’t even pretending. I need to have a look at those 3 verses today. Hope to get that beautiful minor chord safely nestled in. Yesterday I instinctively put in on the lines in the next verse , “slowly, slowly…” because there’s something different going on in there and I know I haven’t worked it out yet.
Completely fascinating 😊
Between the Musgraves I’ve listened to your gorgeous version of Lord Baker, also John Reilly. There’s a beautiful thread between them, I think.
Hope you have a good day.
Morning Christy from up north. Strange times we live in, we’re looking forward to visiting our home town of Derry to take in the friendly atmosphere soon.
Not a day of lockdown has passed that we haven’t listened to a few of your stories. I remember listening to your music religiously as a youngster on road trips, while being regaled by stories of the many gigs my folks attended in years gone by. My wife and I go to at least one gig a year now, most recently at the Slieve Donard back in October last, it was a brilliant evening and there was a great buzz in the breakfast room next morning for all those who attended.
The next generation is now on board, as my one year old son and I enjoy Sail on Jimmy this morning, a particular favourite of his.
Take care Christy, looking forward to a gig in the not too distant future
Tons of good stuff for escapism at http://www.caughtbytheriver.net superbly diverse and gems in the ‘antidotes’ section.Particularly.about Odetta and the true story of the ‘Salford Sioux’…once thought to be an urban myth…
Enjoy the view from the bank…I can get there from the bunker now.
Let me make the porridge and I’ll be straight back 2 u
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” JFK
These elites, like those Silicon valley assholes the likes of Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt and Jeff Bezos and the Democrat and Republican politicians had very soon fly to their bunkers in New Zealand or they will be hunted down and ended just like Nicolae Ceaușescu was. FUCK this Covid -19 coup. The US Constitution’s declaration has acknowledged our God given right for every man woman and child to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness (originally the pursuit of property, Ben Franklin, I think, changed it to the pursuit happiness )
Ok Christy, not to bore ya, one more if only just to please this old man.
Ah Jasus Duncan…I have’nt got the stomach this morning for it….its bad enough as it is….
Maith thú Niamh, Christy you are the voice of Ireland!
steady on there Mary….I havent had the breakfast yet….but thank you for the thought…suas liom anois agus síos an staire go dtí an cistin
Beannaigh Dia duit a Chriostóir. x
Ar chomhairle mo dheirfiúr, d’iosládáil mé Spottify agus nuair a chuir mo dheartháir ceann de d’amhráin ar an ngrúpa Whatssapp teaghlaigh d’éist mé leis an album ‘Live at the Point’ arís…tar eis na bliana. A Chriostóir, is guth na hÉireann thú. Bhain mé ard-thaitneamh as éisteacht leis an albam seo arís. Bhíos ag gáire, ag síleadh na deora agus don chuid is mó bhios ag smaoineamh liom féin go bhfuil do mhéar ar chuisleach gach duine Éireannach.Le do thoil, chum amhrán maidir leis an tréimhse aisteach seo.
Ochón, cá bhfuil mo fáinne óir…
nuair a bhí mé sé blian déag d’aois fuair mé an fáinne óir as Labhrás Ó Murchú …bhí an beirt againn san hospidéil Naomh Vincents le chéile ….
Hi Christy and all the 4711 friends.
Whilst ‘digging’ for the lady’s sligo relatives i came across an interesting website ‘celtic cousins’. This struck a sad chord.
Monday, Feb 10, 1823
Volume 69 Price 5 Pence
FATAL ACCIDENT ON THE ICE
On the 23d ult., a melancholy occurrence took place on the late of
Castlestrange in the demesne of Thomas MITCHELL, Esq., in the County of
Roscommon. A man of the name of CASEY, in crossing an arm of the lake, had
not proceeded many yards upon the ice, when it gave way, and he sank
immediately; but having accidentally found footing on a rock, he was not
perfectly overwhelmed. He encouraged the hope of being saved by the arrival
of three brothers of the name of KILROE, who, with true Irish courage and
humanity, ran to his assistance. One of them had succeeded in fastening a
rope round his waist, when the ice gave way again, and he also sunk. His two
brothers, anxiously, but inconsiderately, rushed towards him at the same
moment, to share alas! with a friend and brother, their premature and watery
grave. The four bodies were found in a few hours after, the hand of each
clinging to the rope. One has left a widow, and another a widow and a child
to suffer by their loss. The father of the three KILROE is an object of
great pity; old, feeble, and indigent, he little thought that in one fatal
hour, his three fine lads, the props of his declining years, were to be cut
off in the spring of their days. It is fortunate that the families resided
on the property of a benevolent landlord. A fifth lad, of the name of
KEEGAN, in endeavouring to save the rest, escaped by the ice breaking where
the water was not so deep.
This awful tale brought to mind that desperate event of the two Conneeleys. Your song is a moving remembrance and
Lament. On the odd occasion it is played live it gets the silent respect it deserves.
I hope someone remembered the loss of the Kilroe brothers, by some means.
Reminds me of “Anach Chuan”
I spent the morning baking in the company of lovely Yorkshire man and poet Simon Armitage who was today’s castaway on Desert Island Discs. I had downloaded your time as a castaway with Kirsty Wark so, as I sieved, mixed and rolled pastry, I was accompanied by your reflective recording. Our son Stephen (Sail on Jimmy lyrics), was born in 1991 and on hearing you say ‘I would gladly listen to Táimse Im’ Chodladh ( I am in sleep) as I seek slumber’ reminded me that I used to hum this to him as he fought sleep. Thanks to Liam for his sublime pipe playing and to you for bringing back this beautiful tune to my mind. Go well Christy, le grá Mary
I’m currently listening to “Slievenamon”, track 5 on Liam O’Flynn’s album “The Piper’s Call”
http://www.americansongwriter.com has info about an ‘Irish wake’ for John Prine…sounds like its happening soon a US broadcast,but maybe available on a ‘catchup’ if not possible to access ‘live’… D
Dave….I’m intrigued by the breadth of your research…how does Dave do it I ask myself…you are,without doubt, the greatest provider of nuggets to this platform… I never know what I’m going to encounter from your trove of treasure….take this morning for example…… before I get out of bed I’m listening to Waylon & Willie sing “Mamma dont let your babies grow up to be (Fleadh) cowboys….yesterday twas Richard Thompson, Peggy Seeger, John Prine,Galway University and the Meath Chronicle….despite cocooning in this lockdown I dont possess enough hours in the day to follow all of your golden threads !
You the man Dave….greetings to Suffragette City and keep them goodies coming
http://www.nuigalway.ie seems to have info about your Arts in action event,via your name in the ‘search’ box on the site…but,I saw it on the Meath Chronicle site.Having checked,its there ok,again via the ‘search’ box with your name…
“The Meath Chronicle”.
My Mother lived all of her adult life exiled in the County Kildare. She always remained loyal to her native “royal”county.Copies of said Chronicle often found their way to Moorefield Terrace.
Occasionally Meath would play KIldare at the GAA in Newbridge. We’d have a stream of Meath supporters calling to visit. There would be tea,sandwiches and lots of laughter. Fr Packy Tully was the Meath team manager in the 50s and I recall him visiting our house with the legendary Meath footballer Peter McDermot.
I recall early car journies from Newbridge to Navan. It may have been 35 miles but back then it was a long haul in our little Hillman Huskey (ZW 1723)
Thankyou so much for the tip about the 3rd chord in Musgrave. You have a wonderful ear. I’ve been listening and listening and failing to pick it up. It’s a d minor for me.
I know I’ve also got a wrong note in the tune. It’s refusing to be corrected though so I’m having to let it have its own way.
I promise I’ll shut up soon, but it really did something and I wanted to thank you.
after the Uileann Pipes solo comes the verse;
“I think I hear the morning Cock
I think I hear the Jay
I think I hear Lord Barnard’s men
I wish I was away”
this verse incorporates a minor chord as do the following two verses
Yes Christy, we are all well in the land of the Deise, , very low count to date with Covid 19 T.G. I see all contributors are down to earth people who share their everyday trials and tribulations Joys and Sorrows, great to be replied to, you are great to be so considerate. You have a good knowledge of the Deise, with our Blaas and left hand camaan, I don’t know about the fairy mushrooms? I suppose they are still around. As for myself I spent my young life after college serving my time as a deck apprentice with Irish Shipping, great experiences during 1956-1961. Great stories,
I’ll try to work it out today. My fingers are going to look like spaghetti if I ever nail it. The pretending to work thing is looking more and more likely.
A minor? I think that would be D minor for me. I have to put it a bit higher as my low notes arent strong. I play a C chord and an F chord. Thankyou
I was wandering about on http://www.meathchronicle.ie and saw info about the Galway lecture…just checked the site ,and if you hit the search box,put in ‘Christy Moore’ ,the lecture is 4th item down.
Very poignant about the organiser.Special people making good things happen…
Good luck with ‘Closing Time’.I’m sure its lurking in a dark corner of the workroom. D
what site ?
now and again a song has a certain ‘something’…maybe the times we’re in,a mood whatever…
‘Magnificent (she says)’ does ‘it’ for me…Elbow,with Guy Garvey on imperious form…especially,the lockdown ‘Elbowrooms’take…worth a few minutes on youtube,methinks D
a blast from Bury
Good morning, I hope your day is well.
I’ve been immersing myself in your beautiful version of Musgrave from 2004 for the last month. Can’t think of better. I count my exercise bike session in Musgraves now. Its 4 Musgraves long, 36 mins, 45 calories per musgrave and runs at about 20km per hour on the easiest setting. Gotta learn the thing somehow. Two chords in it and I still get tied in knots.
It certainly takes the boredom out of excercising on equipment….yesterday I did 2 Judge Judys, a Salvage Hunter and re-ran highlights of the ’98 All-Ireland Final between Kildare and Galway……(the nearest we’ve come since 1928)
PS there is potential for a 3rd chord in Musgrave…..given half a chance I like to squeeze in the odd A minor
‘Tower of song’ conjures up such a great image…one of Mr Cohen’s masterpieces.Ever tackled any? I’d love to hear you and the orchestra hitting the beat on’Closing Time’!
Yesterday,I came across an excellent article featuring you linking up with ‘Arts in action’ in Galway a few months back…sounds a brilliant Uni project.I saw it was a ‘Jean Ritchie’ lecture…just wondered if its a coincidental name or if the iconic Appalachian,dulcimer player/musicologist had some link.
I’m allowed out now,but just because I’m not paranoid,doesn’t mean ‘They’re’not out to get me…(old joke,but feels like news..)
Good luck in the workroom
Sure did Dave…..many years back I did spend a few days riffing on “Closing Time” but failed to conquer….maybe its time to revisit ( now that there is time )
Where did you see that article from Galway ?? it was a special event for me….the woman who made it happen was Mary McPartland who sadly passed away since…Mary was a beautiful Woman, a fine Singer and Musician, …She gave me such a great welcome on to the campus of Galway University…the lecture hall was crammed with students of music and song ( with a few notable interlopers !!)..Mary herself made some lovely recordings during her too short lifetime…a very special Woman greatly missed by her Family, Friends and Students..
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