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Can I ask the name of a recitation/ poem that you recite about reflecting on sitting at the bar talking about drinking, very inciteful, can’t seem to find it
its called ……Riding The High Stool…..
I was riding the high stool,
expanding and expounding
On the price of rice in Sierra Leone
and the height of the beef mountain.
As to where did Jack Doyle meet Movita.
How many wives did the Aga Khan.
until Dismounting from my high horse,
I couldn’t find the handle of the bar room door!
Yeah sure I knew it all then
up again’ the counter,
I’d weigh you up in ten seconds flat.
Ya see I was a great judge of character,
my instincts always tellin’ me
exactly what kinda guy I got.
‘Til I turned to go that is,
whereupon I couldn’t tell my arse from my well-bent elbow.
I was heading down the streets of Laredo
singin’ Red Sails in the Sunset,
Sure it was no wonder, we knew it all then.
Twas like drinkin’ porter off a sore leg sez Ber Murphy.
“Would ye ever ask me Sister”, sez Katty Barry.
I showed them the colour of me money when I got back from Katanga,
There’s no business like show business sez Titch Maher in Flood’s bar.
After snaggin’ turnips for the Holy Fathers,
But after it got dark, much later; down by the pinkeen bridge.
I cried buckets in the river,
When Mickser sang “Oh gentle Swallow”……
For knowin’ it all is a lonely place to be.
Yet still I found it very hard to say,
Hey man, this load is too much for me,
until I was completely terrified.
Whereupon a light ship came upon my way,
and caught me in its beam.
Before I went under, yet again, for the very last time.
What would I do without Hilary!
I’m not on Facebook but she send me a link so I could also enjoy your lovely “live ” mini gig!
It was so good to see you a life and kicking.
There is so much to be missed these days, but Ireland and gigs I miss most off all.
I don’t have any requests, when I think of one song immediately there are ten other songs in my head I like.
So I’m glad with everything that comes over.
Many thanks to you and Andy.
Take care and greetings to everybody out there!!
She Be The Heart of The Rowl
The Queen of The Rushes
The Rose of Tralee
The Keeper of Seats
The Prompt Reminder
I admire the time you take to comment these posts, and the thoughtfulness of your answers… As the wind blows from the Rhine Valley today, it carries a whispered wish for „Black is the Colour“ to Ireland‘s shores… this song flowed through my mind when I read your reply, for what reason ever (maybe just because of its beauty). We will enjoy whatever is on the setlist, anyway 😉.
By the way, I like the way you describe yourself as a gatherer of words and notes… and such a fine one that out comes a colourful picture full of life each time you sing a song. What a gift! Thanks for sharing, and long may we listen!
Lightning,Bird, Wind,River Man
Good morning Christy,
Rhubard gin slurping down well, washed down with a mug of tea and a slice of rhubarb tart…now we are talking.
‘Santiago’ is the nag for the first race at leafy gowran park, and also the epsom derby.
Looking forward to tonight’s 70th remembering of the great man.
I fancy a long shot in the Bumper
Apart from several re runs of the excellent Moore family lockdown production yesterday,the bunker was rocking to a succession of Billy Bragg -BB and Wilco LPs…’Between the wars’,being an especially powerful song.No surprise that the Guthrie family asked Billy to work on unfinished Woody songs a few years ago…I’ve only seen one BB gig,which was a fine experience…have you ever shared ideas/met up? Also,a great mix of protest songs at http://www.radiox.co.uk a very varied choice.
Waiting for the next political revelation here…today’s playlist will have to include Show of Hands-‘Arrogance,ignorance and greed’..
I met Billy once on a flight from Melbourne to Perth….he was going to perform in support of a Builder’s Strike and I tagged along
Hi Christy, I have a favour to ask. We are totally isolating as my husband and son both have type1 Diabetes. My husband has been a big fan of yours since the early 80’s. It’s his 60th birthday on Wednesday 27th May and I am hoping you will send him a Happy Birthday text Please. We can’t have a party or have any family or friends come to the house. Hope you can help. It would mean a lot to him Thanks
Catherine..you gotta give me his name !
Hope ur keepin well with all this going on at the moment , im not on on the facebook but my kids are keepin me up to date with the the bits ur doing from home and with andy .the mother told me on the 7th to send u a message to wish u a happy birthday im a small bit late but hope u had a good one happy 40th .i have a small list done for when we get back to some kind of normal and if i have to travel to the red house ,the riverbank ,liverpool ,barrowlands the killasehee ur top of the list christy .ur some man christy lookin forward to see to ..all the very best to christy .helen says hello see u soon take care
The Red House needs a bit of TLC…..they’ve made a right mess of what was once a lovely spot…..Best wishes to all your Clan…keep coming back Paul
Thank you Christy for the “few songs”. You always put me in mind of my Dad – since he used to drive me around with “The Voyage” in the tape-deck of the Renault 16, to seeing you Live at the Point with him in ’94, and sure you have a bit of a look of him too. Now he’s gone I feel closest to him out in my garden, doing a bit, watched by our friends the Robins. So seeing you play The Gardener, there well, it was just perfect. Thanks Christy, stay safe, and we’ll see you on stage some day soon again….
hey Bryn…that bates Banagher
Hi Christy, thank you for posting/linking these beautiful songs on your website. Shortens the time til the next concerts, whenever they will be possible again… Great to read in your answers that you plan to continue with these home sessions! To play the jukebox: what about Rob Corcoran’s Ringing that Bell or Go, move, shift. However you decide, I’m definitely looking forward to watching/listening to more of your songs, and as Dave has written: please let us see your left hand to hopefully find out how to play some songs on our own.
Thanks again and stay safe
Never let your left hand know what your right hand is doing
Hi Christy, ☺
I can’t see an option to send you the video. It won’t go through by email.
give us “The Bucks of Oranmore” Sharon
Well Christy you have got on the old facebook, better than me, i cannot so Hilary kindly sent me a video link,just watched it, magic music thanks.
You were asking for songs to sing next time, and so i do have a treble of requests, they might not even come in on an each way basis ,but paddy power have given me 75/1 perming any two from three for next week.
1 Taking tea with pinochet
3 a cover of the sex pistols ‘god save the queen’.
watching on the video ,just now ,i was reminded that i must buy barry mclaughlin’s book about frank ryan and his heroes, not via amazon mind you, so that will at last be done, and if lockup continues i shall have it read within the time a candle takes to burn to the quick in the bunker.
Lastly i heard myself today say i was getting a bit bored, bored ( ! ) i screamed at myself inside, there are people dying, died, lost their jobs, parted from their families by this, and i said i was bored, pathetic. so i gave myself a right good kick up the old arse.
Keep up the good work Christy,
regards and musical love
Dont be so hard on yourself !
Andy Irvine used to sing a song called “King Bore” !!
Whatever about Natives and Pinochet, the work of Séan Rotten is well out of my reach….I remain a Pistols fan
writing these few words has brought on a yearning for Rhubarb Tart….better still. an afternoon in Gowran Park with “good information”
THANK YOU so much for the incredible video!!! Simply wonderful to see and to listen to you in your workroom … And also many thanks to Andy for his technical help.
You choose two very special ballads I always love to listen to! Haven’t heard “Aisling” for many years but I remember well meeting “The Gardener” for the first time in Carrick-on-Shannon in spring 2016 – and you sang it at my request for us “German gardeners” – so beautiful – one of my absolutely favourites.
Already looking forward to your next online performance, every song you sing is very, very welcome!!! But if I’d ask for a song you know what’s in my mind…
Thanks again for this great gift and be well!
“Listen to the whisper of moonlight on the water” (Hank Wedel)
Playing catch-up here…… busy week at work….. one of the lucky ones .
Mighty to see/hear you sing for us again…. we’ve been hoping it would happen somehow. Two great songs from two great songsmiths.
I guess your repertoire stretches to 200 to 300 or more songs so that should fill a few weeks through these strange times until we all get back on the road.
i wonder if you realize how much of a lift this gives to so many.
only request is to keep ’em coming.
Well Marty mo cara,
All I can say is that it gives me mighty lift to gain such feedback from far-flung corners ….
Hey Christy it’s great to see you’re keeping well, it’ll be the best thing when I can see you in concert after this situation is over. Me an my dad have yer auld tapes we play while we play pool le cheile, keep belting out the classic tunes and keep safe!
Have you ever heard “The Pool Song” ?
I think it came from Tim Lyons
Thanks for the reply Christy.
Haha Abu Dhabi is currently touching on 40 degrees and we’re all sweltered!! A far cry from my hometown of Monaghan! I’m not 100% sure about the h, but I was told it was the real old Irish spelling. Pronounced the same as Eimear or Emer! In the Middle East they like to pronounce it “I’m here”..
Looking forward to your next video Christy. Keep them coming!! 😊
so now you’re in Hahabu Dhabi
I cant keep track of you
Emer has a Monaghan ring to it
re the spelling of your beautiful name….I dont think its the “real old Irish spelling” . H was introduced to replace the ancient “séimhithe” in my lifetime….it was a dark day for the look-of-the-gaeilge
Best wishes to you ” I’m Here”
Just great to see & listen… thank you so much!!
My family and I were mesmerized by The Gardener when we first heard it live in New Ross at one your solo gigs almost three years ago – what a fascinating deja vu this morning. Sent the link round to everyone. So now, we‘re looking forward in anticipation to whichever songs come forth from your workroom next week.
🎶🤗 Greetings from the River Rhine,
Dietmar & Family….a welcome note from the River Rhine….I’m carefully choosing next week’s set list…I think I may extend the duration to 3 songs….I’ll consider what way the wind blows….will it come from Koln or Bonn
Many, many thanks to you Christy for giving us all such a boost by treating us to those terrific performances of two great songs. Big thank you also to Andy for doing such a brilliant job on the techno side. It was just wonderful to see you looking so well and to hear your voice in such outstanding shape.
I won’t add to the long list of requests which you have already received but I’ll very much look forward to you sharing more of the songs you choose for us.. Please keep the songs coming Christy and for ‘letting the music keep our spirits high’.
You’re very welcome Kevin,
songs are my daily bread
60 years gathering
its been a labour of love
learning to inhabit the verses
seeking the nuance of every note and phrase
……when listeners gather it all makes sense….
” when blooms of every colour blossom in the Sun”
Thanks,Christy…apologies for being nosey! A fine picture to have as a tribute and inspiration…your father would have been proud about his family’s lives D
no sweat Dave,
its easy to differentiate between “nosiness” and genuine curiosity or interest…you have never been guilty of the former !!
Fair play Christy great to see and hear you thanks for the songs keep it going I m going to throw a suggestion into the ring perhaps sometime you might give The grey lake of Loughrea a rattle if it worked anyway looking forward to the next session
Face the puck out
fair play to you Iggy..its a song I love to sing to myself here in the work room….I’ve never done it live but I think it may be in the Box Set..I’m insan leaba anois and cant check it out..
I got it from Tony Small ….it really captures heartbreak, the loneliness of exile, the sorrow of unfulfilled,un-reciprocated love…
who is in the portrait behind your right shoulder?!!
a request please-a ‘virtual’tour of the workroom-so we can see the ‘hit factory’ in all its glory!! D
that is our beautiful Father…Andy Moore 1915-1956….I barely got to know him but I think of him every day
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