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It’s better than I’ve heard from anyone else 🙂
Thankyou for the great list of folks clubs round here. May they soon be open. I woke to the sound of beer being delivered to the old pond next door. It might be soon! Steve worked for a while in the upper George.
I read about krumlin. It sounds like you got the full embrace of a Yorkshire summer. I am very very sorry it happens sometimes here. We lost a big tree earlier in the year when it fell with the weather. It missed the house by a foot, so we were lucky, even if the tree wasn’t. You made friends with Elton John, WOW!
I got mixed up in the Musgrave sword fight yesterday and killed off the wrong character. Not sure if this is sacrilege or a possible alternative ending. 😊
To say I made friends with Elton would be a slight exaggeration !…there was mayhem in Barkisland..a Summer deluge…fierce wind and rain and everyone in Summer Festival gear….we were all huddled in the “artists tent” and Elton gave me a swig of his Martell Brandy… he was my best friend for about 2 minutes at Krumlin festival. in 1970.
I bet the unplanned bits outweigh the ‘asunder’ parts by a long way on the next session,Christy!
Just playing ‘Rooted’by Martin Simpson…stopped in my tracks by the reality of a genuine ‘protest song’Robb Johnson’s ‘More than enough’…loads of versions online,but given initial publicity by the late,great Roy Bailey of Sheffield…Martin is his son in aw and there’s a very poignant family.context to the song…
For anyone interested/time to explore…from the same Simpson LP-‘Kingfisher’ is a stunning take on the natural world and comfort it brings.’Soul’ music of an acoustic kind…always welcome.
Always a bunker buzz to know that Andy’s phone has some more ‘goodies’,to be shared in a few days…real treats-thanks.
As ever,great to read your memories of life on the road in 60’s England-and know of the songs and contacts shared by fellow folk travellers.Its an alt take to Keroac’s ‘On The Road’,for sure…
There haven’t been many books on the subject,so for anyone keen to know more about the evolution of the UK ‘folk scene’from the late 50s,through electric folk etc,’Electric Eden’by Rob Young is a superb read…a double compilation CD of the same title is also ace.
Great times shared…thanks
Enjoy the day
Andy and I had a good one last night…
it went nothin like what I’d planned
and we did some duetting
did an unplanned tribute to “The Quare Fellow”
it fell asunder a bit but shite happens
it’ll be comin your way in due course
“‘tho I am a wage slave on Monday
I’ll be a free man come Sunday” ( the Laureate of Salford )
Lost our password after a few years away. We think that’s normal. Anyway we are here in Rochester New York enjoying the videos and thanks so much! We posted 12 years ago about how if we had a son we were gonna name him Christy after you. Instead had a little girl and we named her Eilish. We didn’t know at the time it was your sisters name. Ha ha. But how appropriate that turned out to be. Saw you and Planxty the last two nights at the Barbican. Best night ever! Front row!!! If you would consider playing “So do I” during one of your upcoming videos we would appreciate it. Thanks to Andy (the Thurd) for recording you. All the best and blessings.
Jackie and Paul Maytan
I Love singing that song..I’ll put it on the list for next week but that dont mean nothin when the lights go down..good to hear from ye again….
What do you do with a song that won’t go away, I’ve been singing this damn song all day, it’s stuck in my head, I even tried watching Trump’s speeches, no luck, it keeps coming back.worst of all it’s one of my own. Help .
embrace it Marty..keep singin it, find new grace notes, I dreamt last night that I was kneeling on Trump’s neck….I could’nt get up….
In case you’re interested: As an alternative you can combine the “Reibekuchen” as well with salmon, creme fraiche and dill instead of the mashed apples – both very tasty!
Already waiting for the next episode – I hope you were successful with the next set today, perhaps including swapping seats with Andy for a song or two ?!? Enjoyed all 4 CDs from “Magic nights on the road” yesterday, so relaxing and helpful to keep the spirits high! And lots of ideas for next weeks’ playlists: Ringing that Bell, Only our Rivers, Ordinary Man, Go move shift.
I’m taking careful notes of all these recipes….Just reading them puts on weight..we did one of your songs on last nights session
Hull, Halifax and hell
Lovely song, I enjoy singing about local things, so bring it on. 🙂 I’ve sung it at Brighouse Library for the festival here
The new, pretend gibbet is 12 foot tall on gibbet Street in Halifax and they still have the blade in the museum at bankfield.
Awful, awful times, poor souls, were beheade for stealing 13 1/2 pence worth of goods in Halifax. If you could get over the town boundary you were safe.
Love the song, but the history….unbelievably sad, but awfully true.
the Upper George was my daytime watering hole…always a good jukebox and Jack kept a good celler…Richard Collins ran the folk club upstairs on Thu nights..then The Topic in Bradford on Fri….Bradshaw Tavern on Sundays….Dave Burland in Barnsley on Saturday, Tue was The Grove in Leeds and Wed the Singin Jenny in ‘Uddersfield with the wonderful Brian Lawton…I lived in Mixenden and Causeway Foot with derek McEwan who ran the Krumlin Festival in Barkisland with Brian Highley of The Anchor in Brighouse…..I met Elton John in Krumlin we shared a bottle of Brandy to keep the frostbite at bay
Hope all is well with you and yours. Really enjoying the lock-down video streams. I started myself at the risky “live” ones on St. Patrick’s Day and every Saturday since. Last Saturday’s was Episode 15.
I have several influences in my folk singing including Pete Seeger, Woodie Guthrie, Luke Kelly, Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem and of course yourself. Being a part-time solo performer since 1980 (40 years this year – started at age 16) and primarily solo since 1987. I have written only a handful and interpret other composers songs. Your endless repertoire has given me so many songs to sing and many more of them in the wish list.
I’m probably too diverse for my own good with a big interest in the 5 string banjo, all styles and being mainly a pub singer, end up covering some country, rock and pop to loosely label those genres. I have played support to you in the mid eighties in Bantry and used to be playing in the lounge in The Munster Arms, Bandon before the bigger acts including yourself used to perform concerts in “Cleos” …. remember?
Anyway during the live streams, folks had asked me to pay tribute to some of my inspirations including Luke and Pete. You were an obvious choice for me and I have dedicated Episode 15 to salute you in I hope a respectful way. I’ve sang a song with Luke in July 1981 and played his banjo and snag a song on Pete Seeger’s doorstep of his home in Beacon New York in July 2009 after a mutual friend arranged a planned visit. You could be the next victim! By the way the tuned down guitar is coincidental as I was using the long neck banjo concept and found my voice deepening as I get older or not being able to hit the higher notes might be the problem! I first noticed you was on a documentary several years ago when looking at your capo position versus other guitarist participants. I had been doing the same thing unknown to myself.
Can’t thank you enough for the songs you have given us and the last time I saw you was in Charleville in November last I think. Fantastic show with Declan, Cathal and I forget the guy’s name on percussion. Here’s a link to Episode 15. Keep well, Sláinte. Pat https://www.facebook.com/pat.kelleher.315/videos/10217243746391710/
HI Pat, enjoyed that..thanks very much..
Chicago is a great opener..it really invites the audience to sing…hopefully meet up again along the way..Christy
Pam-song generally known as ‘a begging I will go’…but,the title may vary,as will the towns visited by the singer…I first heard it sung by Martin Carthy in the late 60s- so,it was in several singers’ repertoire at that time -no idea why-yet more intrigue about the life of a traditional song.
Great insights on seeing your experiences with song collections.Did you do library research when you were here,or were you so busy with the enjoyable process of gigs/travelling/sharing songs ?…a great way of life that you’ve built on well throughout your varied career.
should have read this before answering Pam’s query….never made it into libraries over there..all my research was done in the clubs and at sessions afterwards….we would swap songs and chords, help each other get gigs, provide vital information on clubs, organisers, rogan josh parlours, hashish suppliers,quality of accomodations, liklihood (or not) of breakfast, train connections,…..in 5 years on UK Folk Club scene I never once stayed in a hotel or B&B…..guitar, sleeping bag, floor space with an occasional bed ..sheer luxury
Don’t know if anyone else can help, but although I saw the Tinkers (again at the Free Trade) they were well known there because of their Peterloo song, I never had an album. Knew their more famous songs like’Sit thee down’ etc, they were always sung in the clubs, but don’t recognise the lyrics you mentioned. I’m still in touch with friends from back then who were more into traditional Lancashire songs, will try and find out. Pam
I think it may have been called “to the beggin I will go”..I met many trad singers in Lancs…Harry Boardman, Mike Harding,Pete Smith, Harry Ogden and Bury’s very own “Valley Folk”… a great 4 piece accapella band
Are you fancying a Lancashire/Northern songs session?
Via the Oldham Tinkers,there could be a trip to the bawdy ‘Rawtenstall Annual Fair.’Begging’ can continue oe’er th’ills into Yorksire,where ‘Dalesman’s Litany’would be a treat to hear…I’m sure Rebecca will have thoughts on ‘Hull and Halifax and Hell…
Brilliant to see Phil Ochs mentioned… ‘I’m not marching anymore’ is so powerful-and very relevant in these troubled times.Phil was at the heart of protest in troubled times.
As ever,thanks for the diverse topics here.
have contemplated a few “themed” sessions Dave….but I seem to get distracted as soon as Andy gives me the red light….had it all worked out last night but did not get past the first one on the list
Thanks to Marty have had a go and found the other sessions successfully, don’t think I’ll mention it to my son just yet! Will have a go at altering my username now I’m so tech savvy. ‘N’ makes me sound like something from a James bond spoof, although being 70 hardly look the part. Thanks again, look forward to next session. Pam
Have you ever heard that Oldham Tinkers song
a line goes “I’ve been deaf in Dukinfield and I’ve been blind in Shaw” ?
I’ve had the privilege of attending quite a few of your gigs back home in Ireland many years ago. Now living in New Zealand, have you ever played here, when things improve around the world maybe you might give a visit some consideration? The Kiwis aren’t a bad bunch and a few Celtic tunes in amongst Maori culture would be just the ticket.
Enjoying the latest videos of you, assisted by your son.
Thanks for sharing the tunes and the stories.
Stay safe all
sure did Goc
made five tours up there in the 80’s& 90’s….great nights
then I fell out with Air Travel
so next time I gotta take the boat
Tommy Williams in goal for Commercials..No relation…Tweed were formed in Kilkenny around 1971…Looking forward to the next FsceBook gig..Take care!!
Just wondered were you related..
Tommy was a great ‘keeper…with The Boc,Tom Pollard and Frank Lafford like a stone wall in front of him
Hullo Christy, was just listening to Burning Times and while reading the liners saw your note to “Changes” that you had heard tell of Phil Ochs performing on the The Late Late Show and then being “made to leave” Dublin in a hurry, but not knowing the full story. I just ran across a reference to this incident in the Irish Times (“Two Yippies deported as undesirable aliens” 17 Nov 1970, page 8). The article notes that Phil and Brian Flanagan had appeared on TLLS on 14 Nov, Flanagan to discuss the objectives of the Youth International Party and Ochs to sing a song (from the description in the article it sounds like Phil sang “I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore”). Offense was taken at an official level and the two were deported back to the US (pursuant to Article 13 of the Aliens Order) on November 16 (hope that clears up a little of the mystery, if you hadn’t already gleaned this info over the intervening years). I also emailed RTE Archives to see if the Phil clip was still extant, but never heard back. As you might imagine, I have been listening to a lot of Phil Ochs these days! Lastly lastly — many thanks for all the wonderful music over the years — concerts seen in Dublin, London and NYC still shine brightly!!
any chance of sharing that reference…
I’d have a go at contacting archives
thanks for sharing this
always good to be reminded of Phil Ochs
Hello Christy..The FaceBook gigs are a great distraction from whats going on all over the globe.I was talking to a friend of mine who is now in Australia.We worked in the Pirates of the 80s,and had the right spot for a radio station in the West Gate Clonmel.Gerry Gannon is his name,he used to play with Tweed before getting into the radio.He went to Australia in 1984,and ended up working for ABC Radio in Perth.I was talking to him a few weeks back on the Twitter machine,and he shared a photo he has on his wall of you and Brendan Grace having a chat in the studio.He told me Brendan had told him he had never seen a kangaroo,so he had a kangaroo in the studio for the morning of the interview.Brendan was delighted.The concert you played was in the Perth concert hall..I think the early 90s?? The FaceBook gigs are enjoyed all over the world,you might give him a shout if you remember…Keep her going with then chat and the songs,and if you ever feel like doing Tyrone Boys,it would be enjoyed…Commercials Abu….Stay safe!!
who played in goal for Commercials in 1965 ?
I remember Tweed….good Band…were they from Kilkenny?
had a good time in Oz with Brendan RIP….he was the shining light on that tour…I well remember that morning in Perth with the Baby Kangaroo
Best wishes to Gerry Gannon and your good self below in The Vale of Honey
Hi, all … Yes, to answer Hilary’s note, we’ve never missed a Fête de la Musique since 1982 (Fête N°1) . There’s nothing like playing music and singing along with old friends and new friends, especially in those strange days …. So we’ll be there tonight, even if we’ve got to forget about the so Frenchie cheek kisses !!
Hi All. Frank Mc Nally does it again, and gives the nod to not just one but 2 Moores !! https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/a-midsummer-like-no-other-with-a-nod-to-st-john-and-flash-of-star-trek-1.4283673 while also recognising a great French day of celebration Fête de la Musique, which is probably being celebrated by Dabhóg Rynne who has also taken to online gigs. I know it will be celebrated with a few tunes and songs by Carole and Daniel two very longtime 4711ers in Biscarosse in South West France, let the music keep our spirits high, beir bua agus beannacht go deo, H
tis the Marquee we wont be playing this week
shite & onions
More about spuds! Reibekuchen! Grated spuds, onions, eggs, wee bit of flour, make into pankake size, then deep fry in sizzling hot greasy fat till golden brown. Serve up with a lashing of stewed apples, Apfelmus…
If you make it over here again fella, I will bring you to the Kirmes, a type of fun fair, swings and all kinds of entertainments, and of course, Reibekuchen!!!
Christy, I was heading down the Autobahn to Stuttgart, when I was passed by a Honda 50, there was a bit of a taill wind. Jockser it was! It got me thinking of all the gigs I have seen you perform, Frankfurt where you played a request for our lad Christo, 12 years old, at his first live gig. Maybe your last German tour? And a few years ago in the Sliabh Russell Hotel where the lovely fella Robbie got me a seat in a sold out gig, and got you to sign On the Road as a 21st bday gift for the same Christo!
As I drove along I was playing Magic Nights 1, and that brings me to another request, and a question.
Would love you to add Magic Nights in the Lobby Bar to the unending request list. And I would love to hear the story of the Lobby Bar. Sounds great fun., but a tinge of sadness?
try this Pat Darcy
Pat Quinn: The Great Potato Feud, Craiceann … – YouTube
Pat has written some great songs including “Lingo Politico”
I like the sound of thon recipe
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