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Oops Whales and Nightingales 🙄
Not feeling guilty in anyway Christy to admit I love Judy Collins singing send in the clowns – from her wonderful album Songs and Nightingales. Think from earlier chats you may have met Judy along the road.
Met the Lady in Newcastle-on-Tyne ..we both played that beautiful venue above the River…The Sage, Gateshead
Guilty pleasures music – great topic…
Matt Monro – ‘Born Free’…and pretty much the whole score of ‘Les Miserables’…very interested in choices by you/companeros here.
Playing lockdown 8 on a sunny evening-good for the soul…
The Boys from The County Armagh
Red sails in The Sunset
Hi Christy, we really enjoyed session 8 so, many thanks to you and Andy for the music and craic! As father and son, you work hand in glove. Hope it’s not cheeky to ask again about Derby Day… that is of course if you’ve got it ‘back in working order’. Kevin the Gaeilgeoir of the house sings Pat’s request. It would be great to hear a song from that part of the NE Irish Kingdom. In the meantime, go well.
Gotta get back to that Bishop walking round in circles
Guilty pleasure songs? Opera. I love it. Ever since I heard my first mozart opera at 18. I’ve even (dare I say it…!?! ) dipped an ear in to wagner…. Song to the evening star ☺️
My religious education was spent with methodists and in church of England choir stalls so the main thing I know about sin is that there’s a lot of it and I know where all the commas go. But I’ve noticed that for those in favour of orgies and metal bands, downwards is where the specialists are. Most of the other stuff seems to require a ladder. I’d never thought of angels congregating on a pin head. That’s a lovely leap.
Pogues favourite song. I love lullaby of London. I love singing it as a lullaby with the harp.
I think the folk clubs are starting to reopen. The grove in Leeds has been posting things on Facebook. Loads of people, all with different acoustic guitars. The open mic session is being held outside.
I used to love that Grove Club…. many good friends..Bob Spray,Alma Ford,Geoff Woods…lotsa Leeds Gigs back then
I dont think theres any such thing as bad music, its just a matter of taste but I suspect every music lover has a list of ‘guilty pleasure’ songs.You know the type of song thats not considered ‘cool’ & would would never make your Desert Island Disc list or even your own private record/CD collection, but it makes you smile every time you hear it. I’ve just been listening to one of mine, Maneater by Hall & Oats and I was wondering whats top of your ‘guilty pleasure’ song list?
I’ve got a lovely Bunch of Coconuts
The Doggie in The Window
I’m pure mortified
‘Diver’…not Driver… just saw a reference to Dave Burland ‘writing’ Dalesman’s Litany…maybe,the version we know is a trad song,with his input being added to the ‘tradition’.Always a fascinating process as songs evolve…D
Tim and Maddy recorded ‘Dalesman’s Litany’ in 1968/9 along with many other trad songs for Volumes 1 and 2 of their ‘Old England’ LPs for Teepee Records (not a happy experience re the label /distributors as Tim recalled a few years later!)
Fantastic if the return of real gigs has the spirit of a folk club…my companero and me playing acoustically with a small audience is one of life’s greatest pleasures -decades old,but never loses the mojo.Hope the folk clubs survive…
Having great email chat with Gerry Driver ,featuring several mutual acquaintances and family.I really hope you combine your talents some time.I’d be happy to be the studio tea maker!!
Back to your wonderful lockdown sessions now…thanks again for doing them.
my head flies back to early times….old blue 1956 VW Beetle ( £ 50 is Sheffield) Guitar, Sleeping bag, Toothbrush and Diary
in July 69 I played:
Hopwood Hall Middleton
Kingsway,Rochdale (jack& mavis)
Fitters Arms ,Walsall
New Broom Rotherham
Crown & Anchor Manchester
Coll of Educ. Sheffield
Mr Smiths Manchester
Recorded Ist Album in Sound techniques London
Pennines Club Hyde Chesire
Northgate Arms Chester
Hull (Watersons Club)
Black Lion Manchester (Des English)
Well Christy what a set, BBR , Joxer and especially Pity the poor immigrant …just fab. Many thanks indeed.
My pal is a Punk/Reggae dj and in his show yesterday posed the question on his Stirling City Radio show as to the best ever Pogues song?
Such an array of wonders to choose from…..many would say Fairytale, some argued for Sally MacLennane and Body of an American.
For me the sorely missed Philip Chevron’s Thousands are Sailing, is up there with Pair of Brown Eyes, Streets of Sorrow/Birmingham Six and Auld Main Drag , but it is like trying to pick a favourite CM song because there are so many beauties to pick from.
Shane and Jem and Philip and Co have created a wonderful legacy
Thank you for all the music you made. For years and years we enjoy your sound. We have seen and hear you once live in Amsterdam and bought a lot of your cd’s in Ireland, that lovely country with her great and sometimes sad history but most off all her lovely people. Thank you and Andy for your songs during the lock down.
it brought tears to our eyes. (sorry for the not so good Englisch )
With love Henk and Dini
Your letter is clear and totally understandable..thank you for taking the trouble to write to me in a foreign language..I appreciate the effort you have made..I have good memories from playing in Paradiso and Carre…. and many smaller clubs in earlier days…Happy Times in Amsterdam
Ah Christy and Andy! Well done, gremlins defeated and a grand session presented. Hey up our kid! A grand selection of songs, great storytelling to bring the background alive. A cassette shoved into the hand and a walkman along the way…..brilliant.
is that your parents on the wall behind you?
What a gig that must have been on Marks counter! I have a faint recollection myself and Dave saw you there in our dream session last week
You describe the ‘audience’ very well…Surrounded by Stickies…the Pinheads eventually took over the town as they were run out of Belfast.
Just a wee bit envious here of all those who get a song about their home area, and you wonder why I want Lisdoon? it is the only song you sing ( I think) which mentions my home town!
How’s it goin’ there everybody,
From Cork, New York, DUNDALK (Yoohoo!), Gortahork and Glenamaddy.
now the Clancys do a fine Farewell to Carlingford, and I doubt the Turfman from Ardee, or Des Wilson’s fine Dear Dundalk will enter your set lists! Maybe few songs written about Dundalk and area, Hackballscross and all.
But one I would love to hear from you sometime, somewhere. I heard you singing in irish, and you have a lovely Blas. So how about Úr Chnoc Cėin mhic Cáinte, (Killeen Hill) a beautiful ballad by Peadar Ó Doirnín, especially for myself and another ‘townie’, ok Pam?
leave it with me Pat…no foal no fee..the seed has been planted….
you should check out my good Buddy Jinx Lennon..he has written many Dundalk Songs and delivers them magnificently..his Dundalk dialect pure and intact..one of my favourite song writers
Dear Christy, listened to you many many years ago when I lived with my besty who had your cds. Then I discovered Mick Thomas in Weddings Parties Anything, and he writes, sings and plays in a similar way to you. I met a Dublin man 4 years ago, and we shared our music loves. I rediscovered you, and on my second last night of being in quarantine for having stayed with my mother in Victoria, now blighted with the covid, but nowhere near as devastating as in the rest of the world, I have had the greatest delight of listening to nearly all of your songs. An even greater pleasure because now I am older and appreciate your superb craft so much more. Take care, and I’m planning on seeing you in Ireland when the people and the planet are healed through love, respect and music. Cheers, Cassandra
sounds good Cassandra…hopefully, I’ll be here when you touch down
Hello Christy, I hope you are very well! Loving your Facebook videos!!
My sister Niamh McCabrey and her Fiancé Sean Lavery were meant to be getting married this week in Lake Bled. They are getting married in Belfast this September instead.
I’m wondering would you be able to send a video wishing them all the best? And if you have time sing a bit of The Voyage?
Thanks Christy! Legend.
I’m barred from Weddings Conor….by the Bishop no less, its a long story..one described here a number of time is the past…..there is Original Sin, Cardinal Sin, Mortal Sin, Venial Sin….who decides which is which ? is there aa Sin assessor at the pearly gates …or is it all decided along the way up above… a special Sin Office in Heaven…a Host of Angels beavering away in a Huge Sin department located on the tip of a pin…. weighing up our mishaps… I stole thruppence from my Mother’s purse as against wishing to punch the Donald on his sweaty snout..venial or mortal ?? perhaps the sham in the confessional box can make such decisions on the spot…as he twiddles his beads under the hassock
pardon me Conor…I went off on a bit of a one there…too much coffee this morning
Thanks for a lovely set of Moores Melodies today.It makes my saturday to sit down and watch them .I and many more would love to see you and Andy 111 record a cd of duets.Thanks again Christy .
enjoy your Sunday Dinner
I loved your story of being handed a tape with the lyrics of ordinary man and I heard you asking for new songs so I thought this may fit the picture… Keep up the online shows. Thanks they been a lot. It’s only two minutes and there’s no tune but it tells a story for now (inspired by the world sadly losing John Prine)
RIP Peter Green…ace guitarist and inspiration for many players and listeners.
his “Albatross” forever on the wind of time..
Hi Christy, thank you and Andy for another great session!!! Ordinary Man is definitely one of my favourite songs. And I’m just trying to remember, but I think I first time listened to Jackson Browne already back in school in the 80s, quite a while before I started listening to Irish songs and music, enjoying the Pogues, the Dubliners and then of course you. Really like “How long”. Time to dust off JB’s albums again. Haven’t heard his songs apart from your concerts and now this session.
Nice duets and harmonies again with Andy. Looking forward to YNWA now ;-). So glad that you two keep on doing this and successfully managed to beat the gremlins again and let us all enjoy these great songs. All the best and let the music keep our spirits high!
Thankyou for episode 8.
Love all of it.
Hi! Loving the videos and look forward to the next one! Myself and my partner Lorna had our first baby Èabha this year who sadly passed away after 10 days. She had a beautiful wave of black hair and we sang to her every day of her little life Black is the colour! I was wondering if you could sing that song for her you do a better job than we do! When Éabha was in the belly we went to your concert as we do every year and it was the first time my partner felt her kick and you played the bodhrán so she was a fan before she was even born!
Stephen & Lorna.Tthank you for sharing the memory of your beautiful Éabha…I’ve just picked up my Bodhrán for the first time since lock-down …thinking of your Éabha has brought me back to the ancient drum.. Bless her memory
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