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There was an older Donegal jersey like that… but I’ll leave it to the kingdom folk to make the call on that one….
Kildare and Leeds…. All White… Lily’s. ..
Yes thanks Hilary, identified with it, virtual hugs just don’t do it. Been feeling a bit down lately think the gloomy weather doesn’t help.
Found a tribute to Christy on a Late Late show dated 1994 really enjoyed it with great guests, getting me through to the next lockdown session. Cheers Pam
I hope Today will be a good day for you…
how is the Ashworth Valley these times ? ..
I used to walk my Auntie’s dog there..
Aunt Kathleen was landlady of The Pack Horse Inn in Birtle for many years
I did some bar work there in my teens and early twenties
twas a John Willy Lees House
John Willy’s Keg was simply like sweet nectar
that should read… slightly different interpretation……
I thought you were going all cryptic on us there Marty !
Thanks Hilary….. yes, very powerful how the recording of the song via the nokia and the way the animators portrayed maybe a slightly interpretation of the message of johnny duhans song…. how each complimented the other so perfectly , touch of genius really.
I was not consulted on the county colours…
might they be Leitrim or Limerick or Meath or Kerry or even Donegal perhaps…
I must try and ascertain from the animators…
what do Kildare and Leeds have in common ?
Nice one Hilary and thanks for sharing. Christy, you’ll be making a guest appearance on the Simpsons next!
Nothing could compare to “Pajo’s Junk Box” and “The Wanderly Wagon”…
Hi All. No panic about Lockdown Session 7, postponed gratification is good for the soul too !! It’s a week since the Comic Relief gig and this wonderful animated video of The Voyage, it paints such a positive picture of inter generational relationships, no walking frames, no frailty, so slippers !! fair play to all concerned, it further enhances a great song, https://www.jammedia.com/shows/the-voyage/ Beir bua agus beannacht go deo,, H
It was a strange experience,
talking to Ray Darcy (and the Nation) on an antique Nokia
(I faltered on one line of the lyric..)
thanks for your positive feedback
“there is a ring around the world”
I revisited Hamish Henderson this week, what a fab man.
I hope folks get a chance to enjoy A’ the Bairns o Adam, a tribute album to him.
Includes his own Free Nelson Mandela song written in 1968, some mouth music, war songs, poems…what a star.
No doubt when the album is listened to folks will think of an equivalent from their country, but this Scot was some guy. He inspired so many up here.
I hope you did not pull another muscle freewheeling downhill in Wicklow !
I remember him from Sandy Bells in Edinburgh….
a tall and gentle man, shy and slightly stooped..
I met him a couple of times…
I think we may have shared a few drams…
” O! Fare well ye Banks O Sicily”
I’m finding singing such a joy right now. The other day nothing would work, clags galore, but since then it’s all been smooth and easy. The talky ones, the singy ones. There’s plenty I can’t get anywhere near – that damned low note in missing you – but so much is working. Putting the breath down, and off we go.
Hope your recording is feeding the creative habit.
It looks like the pubs are reopening round here.
I’m trying to imagine what a “clag” might be
lest it be anything like its sound suggests
I think I’ll go no further….
I’m really struggling with a melody these past days…
it was written by my good companero and collaborator Wally Page…
I work on it, practice it, memorise it note for note, go to bed and sleep on it…
I wake next morning and it has disappeared once again…
not a trace remains
but I’ve been here a thousand times before
one day the cloud will clear
and It will make its way on to the set list
I might call it “The King of Vaudeville”
Hi Christy, hope you’re keeping well, given everything that’s going on.
I feel like my musical taste has matured as I find myself listening to you more and more, and I think I’m finally “understanding” your songs (in terms of what you sing about).
I’ve been following the weekly concerts you’ve been posting on YouTube over the past week, they’re brilliant!
Hopefully once this Covid-19 subsided and the venues open back up, I’ll get the chance to see you play in person.
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat, a chara
greetings to Two-Mile-House..
I’m reminded of Ita Brannigan
she was our next door neighbour in Moorefield,Newbridge..
every day of her working life she cycled to Two Mile House
where she was a National school teacher
Her Family were a big part of our childhood lives
I’m happy to be reminded of them this morning,
for,sometimes, we can easily forget…
Thank You Tadhg Flinter…
Dia duit a Christy, would love to hear you sing that ‘98 song. The other evening I caught a snippet of a programme sa TG4 (where else) in time to hear a lovely lady say she was the girlfriend of the wild colonial boy! The Voyage is a special song to us. When we were driving home with Stephen, born Patrick’s day ’91, your voice cradled the air waves. Mary
The “Wild Colonial Boy” was one of my boyhood Songs…along with “Kevin Barry” and “The Meeting of The Waters”
On your Wicklow wander Christy, did you catch sight of the lost tribe?
Were there vote Nicky Kelly posters on the telegraph poles?
Did you see a farm dog chasing motorway cars?
I bet it was a grand dander.
went off road around Mullaghacleevaune and freewheeled down to Newtownmountkennedy”
You were clean out of the bunker in style…sounds like a great day.Dunlavin was ideal…Had many a great day exploring Wicklow and your reference to ‘An Lar’ reminds me of Dublin,seeing the buses bound to the city centre…great memories…
I’m certainly missing quality cafes-hopefully,returning to them soon,unless we end up on ‘the naughty step’ here by turning this weekend into a re run of the last days of the Roman empire! ‘Our leader’ addresses us later…
Enjoy the day and I hope you and companeros will be treading the boards soon.
All the best
Brilliant that you got to a studio…results eagerly awaited.Must be a tricky decision whether or not to overdub… no surprise that you were hearing the harmonies/pipes.A few years ago,I was playing ‘Lakes of Ponchartrain’ solo at a session…By verse 3,I heard a low whistle harmony…assumed it was in my head,til I saw the player at the back of the room…got a real buzz from that -and had a great chat after the song….you were mentioned!
Fascinating to come across more lockdown sessions. ‘Ye Vagabonds’have some ace sounds…especially via their newsletter at http://www.yevagabonds.com -and a website that’s well worth exploring…inc a terrific blog with Irish/Scots links.
One of Scotland’s great fiddle players,Duncan Chisholm is also a busy guy…#CovidCeilidh on twitter and youtube…quite often beach/seaside locations too..I vaguely recall how nice they are to visit…
Hope you’re not too sore after the physio…a bodhran work out might do the trick.
its all in the head Dave
thats where it all starts and ends !
We tracked the Wicklow Mountains today
first time out and about since March
sang the Song “Dunlavin Green” on Dunlavin Green
“quite easy they led us as prisoners thru the Town
to be shot on the plain we then were forced to lie down
such grief and such sorrow in one place it was ne’er before seen
as when the blood ran in streams down the dykes of Dunlavin Green”
Its a beautiful quiet hillside town…lovely cafe called ” An Lár” …highly recommended
You’re the best 😄
thats the kinda talk we like to hear
You’ll be telling us Shergar was never ridden by Lord Lucan next… Shocking 😊
What about the recording? When do we get to hear more about that please.
We’re making lunch for my mum and dad today.
its a song that came my way two months ago…I was straight away smitten and the work began…I found it very difficult to inhabit at first but determination was fuelled by the devotion I was developing to these verses….with 4 chords it runs to 6 verses with a brief middle 8…. I recorded it last night..I wont make any final decisions until I hear the final mix …at the moment I’m thinking of leaving it “in the raw”….perhaps a second voice on certain lines…I did keep hearing Uileann Pipes (the melody would be perfect for the chanter). But now Im thinking that the lyric, the melody, the song itself paints a beautiful broad canvas…..
I’m now turning my attention to a song that Wally Page and I have been writing ,on and off, for over 20 years…..I think we may have it finally nailed…..and I’ve been working on a Jim Page song that got a few live outings before the world turned upside down…
I better get up
PS Lord Lucan can still be seen riding Shergar…. on bright nights when a Harvest Moon shines down upon the Curragh Gallops
It is fabulous, Christy, that you met Margaret Barry, that you saw John Reilly sing, that you sang with the Pecker Dunne….these are real life heroes that most of us can only hear through old recordings ,being oblivious of their existence until it was too late.
The bicep sounds sore but that will teach you for rowing with the O’Donovan brothers from Skibereen, i gather that the remedy is deep heat, plenty mugs of strong tea and a plate of spuds and beans.
As for Bob, well there is time yet for him to sing of Lisdoonvarna ,but last time he and i had breakfast at Tiffanys he told me he was trying to master “Joxer’ first.
Keep on keeping on,
“pullin like a dog upon the Ilen river”
young Colm Seoige wrote a song for the O’Donovan Brothers
Skibbereen is a a unique town
Moving Hearts played there in 1981
a melody evolved as the night wore on
“Skibbereen Races” is on one of our collections
Curiosities of Street Literature, Various.
Hi christy.wonder if u ever came across those story’s, we used to include a story called ” old mother Clifton” in our set , it’s basically a non sensinacle gibberish, but funny as hell.think it goes back to the 1700 or 1800 . Not sure who the authors were. But it’s great reading..you can download the book from Google ..
Thanks for sharing Marty,
the title reminds me of two vital collections by Colm O’Lochlainn.. his “Irish Street Ballads” have been the mainstay of many a repertoire….the Balladeer’s Bible, forever at arms reach in the work room
I’ve just had a listen to Episode 6. I’ll be back.
where has the year gone to
Sorry I did not mean to cast aspersions (good legal word) on the reality of ‘IF I GET AN ENCORE’. My mind had it that you once put on the chat , some years ago, that maybe there had been some embellishing on the Willesden junction Wild Colonial Boy story part to the song, apologies.
Great to hear about another collaboration with the great irish songsmith that is Wally, he never fails to come up with a belter.
I came across a simply wonderful youtube video of Belle Stewart telling of her Travelling birth and singing ‘Twa Brothers’, worth a wee look.
Cheers and regards
I never felt any aspersion….it was only out of curiosity….I wondered how you knew of my embelishments….
I did encounter Margaret twice… once in The College Pub in Harlesden, once in The Railway Hotel in Willesden….but she never did ask me up to sing The Wild Colonial Boy…..nor did I learn Hazelwood from Richie Havens backstage in Woodstock….nor did Dylan want to cover Lisdoonvarna….but I did meet Whoopi Goldberg in The Third Eye in Glasgow….
its quiet tonight…I had some physio today for a ruptured long arm bicep and I recorded a song in a real recording studio….first time in years….
Hope all is well over yonder
“Red Triangle” is so relevant right now in Australia. In these corona virus times, we see more and more idiot rednecks abusing people “of Asian appearance” & blaming them for transmitting the virus.
Seems anyone who isn’t white, & Anglo-Saxon is fair game in this purported multicultural land…
Pity – we’re not ALL dickheads…
Love your songs – can’t get enough
Not unlike Woody Guthrie, maybe your guitar could bear a sticker: “This Machine Kills F…Wits.” ?
Keep it comin’ CM…
Hi Hazzo,…When Woody wore that sticker on his Guitar it meant something….90 years on, stickers,T shirts and badges can be little more then fashion statements….it probably started with the Che Guevara posters in the 60s…its gonna take more then stickers to face this rising fascist tide…..
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