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Hope you’re keeping well. I’ve been really enjoying the videos for the past few weeks! Would love to hear The Contender at some stage or maybe even a whole episode of Jimmy MacCarthy’s great songs! Hoping to be able to go to one of your gigs again in the not too distant future. Keep up the great videos!
Thanks for all the great music,
time for a blast of a Jimmy Mack
The Red Triangle, powerful, thanks.
twas your call that did it
Another good session am so grateful for these.
I remember the first time we saw you with Declan was at Liverpool philharmonic and you opened with ‘2 island swans’ it was around 2006/7, my son had come along and I was hoping he was enjoying the concert as much as us, the first thing he said when we were outside the theatre was ‘well you don’t get better than that’ and he was right. Thanks again. Pam
The Phil always brings out the best
What a stunning #6…many thanks to you and Andy.He’s multi talented,for sure.
Always good to have a celebration of ‘the quare fellow’ /fantastic sentiments in other songs And,again ace guitar work,with the sync of your vocals on ‘Shift’…
You’re flying on lockdown…There’ll be no holding you,after the house lights dim at your first gig…
As ever,thanks for another brilliant music journey.
straining at the leash
rearing to go
mad for road
Thankyou for lockdown 6. There’s something lovely about related voices. Great songs.
Such a thrilling Episode 6 !!! Thank you so much Christy and Andy!
Intending to write more when the garden work is done …
the garden work is never done
Hope the Atkin is cooling in the workroom…
Late yesterday,I looked at the Shiloh lyrics,having eventually figured it might be ‘Blaine’ wandering around Shilo…based on the American Civil War,it would certainly resonate with Rosalita and Jack (such a brilliant song about them)…also,a similar mood to ‘True love knows no season'(which would be terrific on the sessions,if its ever near your ‘to do’ list.)
Thanks for the music diversions from ‘real life’.
Have a good day
thunder this morning
daddy used to say
“they’re rolling the porter casks in Heaven”
Looking forward to lockdown 6.
Do you think Mcilhatton might make an appearance sometime?
He’s one of my favourites.
only time will tell Rebecca…McIlhatton is like Will o’ the Wisp..comes with the evening, gone with the dawn
Hi Christy Moore! I pray this message finds you well. I attended your solo show on Wednesday June 20th 2018. I attempted to write down the set list from the main balcony, in the dark and most of my writing is illegible haha. I cannot seem to find a set list for that show online anywhere and I was hoping that you may have a record of that show somewhere. I would greatly appreciate any help you might be able to give me. My girlfriend and I attended the show during our travels throughout Ireland. This was her first show and my second. A good friend had purchased 4 tickets and he fell ill and he and his wife could not attend. I hope to obtain an accurate set list and make him a cd that he could listen to and relive the show. I have several songs written down but others I am unsure of. Thank you for your time, Christy. Stay safe.
Walter Lang III
can you tell me the Venue and Location..I’ll check it out
This day in 1997 a band in O’Neills in Dundee asked for requests and I asked for ‘Black is the Colour’ They did a fantastic rendition of your version of the song and after I proposed to my raven haired lass and the love of my life (it was a set-up). We never did marry as she was taken from me on the 5th of July 1998 and I miss her every day and have never found another.
But that version of the song on Live at the point will be with me forever and I thank you for that and the time I had with my lass with the sweetest smile and the gentlest hands .. and I still love the ground on which she stood.
Love you J
may the memory of such precious Love carry you thru the heartbreak of loss
Do hope this finds you well. I have been meaning to message you for a very long time now. I thought you might find it crazy but well figured now is as good as time as any with all the madness going on.
I wish to tell you that my Dad, Seamus Hahessy passed four years ago coming up in July. You might remember him from nights in Moloneys Bar, Coon and The Ridge Bar and the parties in Coolcullen.
He gave us all a love for your music. We don’t think mass will be said as Covid has placed even the religion on hold. We have decided to gather on the afternoon of the 4th of July in our garden just up from the church in Coon where Dad lies and do our own ceremony. No grandkids.. Just his kids and his beloved wife, Mary.
If you happen to be wandering drop into Coon. We would love to see you. You’ll defo get a cup of tea and a sambo..
Thank you Aine…..I’m remembering this morning…its 44 years since we moved to The Protestant Road in Coolcullen, …..it was Summertime too… I remember Seamus well…he always had a welcome for me….we cherish the memory of our time on the ‘Comer Plateau….still think back to all the great neighbour’s we encountered…it was a remarkable time….sending best wishes to all in that Valley of the River Cuan
Just happened back upon your site for the first time in a while and thought I would drop you a brief line, merely to say that I hope you and yours are well through these last few weird months.
Have you found any inspiration in the solitude, the pandemic or the murder of George Floyd to inform any new songs?
Anyway, only a brief drop in!
I must confess Gary… I’ve been immersed in songs that help remove me from this all encompassing covid reality…the picture of Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd is imprinted on my mind… uniformed knee upon the captured manacled powerless dying neck …trump bleating approval,adding extra weight to the murdering downward pressure… genocide continues,silence approves
ps the pondering was worthwhile…the words are ‘Amanda plain’,which adds another level to the line… just found a youtube of Mr Simpson…but,I’m still ploughing on! D
I listened to 3 different versions and could not figure out the opening line….its Amanda Blaine
Great for all to see and hear the mighty Atkin…have a good day.
I’m working on ‘the hills of Shiloh’…ever tried it? I assumed its mysteries were trad and was even more impressed by Shel Silverstein when I saw that he’s the author.I’ve always liked the version by June Tabor/Oysterband,but hearing Martin Simpson playing it,gave me the nod…’the muse’ works in strange ways…
Tea break ,then back to it…
never heard it before…just read the lyric…reminds me of Rosalita and Jack Cambell
Haven’t managed to access session 6 yet, am sure it’s out there in the ether somewhere – but continually watching no.5, can’t get John O’Dreams out of my head so been dipping into that most evenings along with my cocoa. Life in the fast lane!
A friend confirmed what you now know
the lyrics you asked about where from A Begging I will go, she emailed me lyrics and complete back history of the Oldham Tinkers (very thorough reply) But it seems they’re still going strong and playing right up to lockdown. Pam
Session 6 is in the can ….it will go up tomorrow
In This Heart is one of the songs we sing in the Feile Choir. I came across a video of you singing it with Sinead O’Connor…such an emotional and beautiful duet. Ewan McColl was a priceless chronicler of times and humanity. Your singing of his songs: Sweet Thames Flow Softly accompanied by Sinead’s ethereal harmonies is beautiful…as too The First Time Ever I saw your Face. As for the Middle of the Island, your voices blend beautifully together and would take a tear from a stone. Another wonderful collaboration is with the inimitable Shane MacGowan – covering Spancill Hill, A Pair of Brown Eyes, Dirty Old Town to name a few. Got me thinking that it would be out of this world if you released a duet/s album. John Spillane, Coldplay and others. Last and certainly not least – I’m a Bog Man with Luka…a cracking song that I would like to throw into the hat for your next gig. Go well, Mary
Deep Down…its where we come from
Brilliant riffing about Phil Ochs…in case its of additional interest (but not as dramatic) his archives are curated by http://www.woodyguthriecenter.org/archives
Lots of other items of interest as well,via Woody HQ.He has a mighty legacy…’Old man Trump’ called out decades ago…
hard at it here today…the Atkin reverberating
Hi Christy, More on the Phil Ochs appearance on The Late Late Show (I must have committed a Guestbook faux pas yesterday, as my last entry is held up in moderation/conservation/customs…), trying again. Phil’s appearance would have been on Saturday, November 14, 1970 at 10:20PM (per the TV listings in the Irish Times for 11/14/1970). The Tuesday, November 17, 1970 Irish Times notes, in part, “Two American Yippie members were deported from the Republic yesterday as undesirable aliens; and as they left Dublin one complained, ‘I’m bein’ deported for a song.’ For a song, a ballad of opposition to youth’s involvement in war [probably “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” –lapishimself], was Phil Ochs’ sole public contribution to the cultural or political life of the country during his three-day visit here. He and Brian Flanagan, comrades of Jerry Rubin and Stewart Albert, arrived in Dublin on Saturday to take part in “The Late Late Show” on R.T.E.. Mr. Rubin and Mr. Albert, with whom they had taken over the “David Frost Show” in London a week ago, had been deported from Belfast because their visas had expired. Mr. Flanagan on R.T.E had talked about Yippie objectives (the full name of their movement is the Youth International Party); Mr. Ochs had simply sung his song. ‘And that,’ he said yesterday, ‘is apparently why I’m being deported.” (Irish Times, “Two Yippies deported as undesirable aliens” 17 November 1970, page 8). If you need any additional information please let me know. Thanks muchly for checking with RTE archives! All best!
leave it with me
Good evening Christy,
I was reading ‘writings from prison’ and it led me on a different direction to reading about another MP, Terence MacSwiney .
I wandered then upon the song ‘Shall my soul pass through Ireland’ and wondered if you had ever sung that ‘live’ ?
At the Barras we sometimes hear Kevin Barry, and the hairs on the neck stand up, while the song about Terence MacSwiney sounds like a very similar tune.
On my next ,post lockdown, visit to my daughter in London, we shall visit Southwark to attend at the tree planted there in memory of his hunger strike passing.
I knew very ,very little about him before this time, but now i see that both MPs have many great things in common it seems, life is a learning journey .
Anyway, the song is gentle and soulful, did you ever sing it?
never did sing that one Rory,
the Barras Glasgow
De Barra’s Clonakilty
2 great venues
Krumlin sounds like a musical version of ‘Withnail and I’…did you avoid Bickershaw,Lancs in the early 70s?From online info,it looks equally grim…
The ‘Incredible String Band’ were regular concert bookings…and appeared at Woodstock…not in the film though as their manager didn’t sign them up for that contract as he didn’t rate the project’s success!…I hope you never had similar bad luck. D
not a bit of it
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