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Dear Christy i am back at Roscommn .Tonight the tv races that is. Where else on earth would you find Kipling (and his jungle book), with Wembley (and bobby lennox’s winner in 67 against the so-called world champs), with Bligh (and the mutiny), Swiss Cottage ( all the way from Cahir), matched with Mean Fomhair ( a month too soon)….. they were all running at Roscommon tonight.
Try hard as i might i could not find a song amongst the names.
The closest was the non runner in the last Mountain Fox ( from the lost tribe), and do search tinternet for his trainer , Frank Oakes, being interviewed after he won at Thurles 29/11/18, it is such a joy to behold.
Anyway what a pointless ramble. I yearn for another lockdown session, for the lost tribe, where i come from, home by bearna, strike weapon and urgency culture….til then it’s the nags.
all the best
I once watched the Galway Races for 4 days..I backed a horse in every race using oblique connections to song titles as my guideline to betting….you’ll never guess what happened
Hope this finds you well. I loved your DID Interview! (Many thanks to Pat for the links!) Listening to your voice has always a kind of soothing impact on me – in these uncertain times you are a “beacon” …
Glad you are gigging again!!! Certainly you’ll enjoy your return to the MoT-Festival in beautiful Bantry. It’s lovely that you are sharing a stage with Donovan once more after almost 50 years. Btw: I was a fan of him myself in the mid-sixties.
Best of Luck for your “socially distanced” concert in the Maritime Hotel!
Wish I was there …
After our spring trip we now had to cancel our planned autumn journey too because of the damned pandemic. So this is the first year for decades that we are not able to spend a couple of weeks in your Motherland. We are missing the sea, the walks along Beara’s rugged coastline, meeting the friends … and of course your gigs!
Take care of yourself!!!
we arrived into Bantry just as new restrictions were announced…seems unlikely that the gigs will happen ..will get confirmation tomorrow…
we came the long route today….between and Gougane Beara we caught our first glimpse of Hungry Hill…then came the Red Fuchsia , Kealkil and Ballylickey
I’m glad you tracked down the Victor Jara film,based on sketchy info.
Lots of fine music, as usual on http://www.folkradio.co.uk Of special interest to you and fellow listeners, hopefully,a few familiar names , via the ‘songs’ section. Such a great site, to dip in and out of the various sections in between the day’s tasks.
Keep dry ,with the Atkin for good company.
getting windy on the Atlantic
It’s a good sign if your getting the fingers sharpened,, I’ve goten used to the steel picks for the fingers and a plastic one for the thumb, never tried the acrillics, don’t think they would last long with the caper I be at,,,enjoy your gigs,,hopefully ours start middle of sept,
6 steps forward..6 steps back
I was watching a documentary on Luke kelly, the performer,,think I saw a very fast shot or a young Christy moore, I could be wrong,
the very fellow…. the venue was The Two Brewers,Salford…first time I ever met Luke
Helló ..tell me what did you do with the nails upon lock down ..cut them??
The reality of cancelled gigs dawned on me this week..It finaly hit me you were not coming west of the corrib.
Talk about depression city!
But then the story of the two missing girls from moms village unfolded.I happened to sailing outside Golam head the same time they drifted.It got dark so quick and it was a cold enough night .I really had no hope for them ..That morning, We were actualy at the mouth of Casla bay searching.when word came they were found.
That just was the best news ever what a miracle I can never explain the excitement .There was people shouting in boats and setting off flares ..Everyone’s mood was lifted and still is.
I’ve been doing a lot of sailing and fishing and eating mackeral ..breakfast lunch ,dinner …and snacks.
When I’m sick of mackeral I go for mangach.The same night the girls went missing I caught something I never set eye on before ..a bolmàn.
There was a fierce scramble to throw her over board .I didnt really get a proper look at her .Ever see one?
…I enjoyed des Cahill’s 2 shows ,also I hope cork goes well. I hope you keep doing an odd video they were pure magic.I’d crawl on my knees in the snow to be at CM gig but I have to stay in this cocoon as long as that invisable invader is lurking.I wont be going back to school for another while like the others.
I was at an interesting drive in show saturday night .It was really clever how they did it.We tuned the show into the radio in the car .The sound was fantastic. To keep socailly distanced we had to stay in our cars ….
But of course one interloper that decided to leave her car …there is always one!!!I actually enjoyed all these masked faces scrambling to usher her back in to her car more than the show itself!!
That’s all for now
P.S .Shorty is some lad cycling from Galway to Paris ..with you in his headphones all the way !Us Connemara people have a grand taste in music!!!
just kept playing with them and filed them down when necessary…dont need to make a racket in the workroom…different in Leisureland or Teach Furbo where a feelow would have to make a bit of a racket on the old Tackymindo..
a Bolmán..thats a new one on me…how did you know it was a she fish ?…. as for a mangach ! another new one on me…..being an “inlander” all I ever knew was trout,pike,perch,pinkeens and eels… ( and the dreaded “whiting” every friday)
Fair play to Shorty Feeney….he’ll be like Stephen Roche heading into Paris in the Tour de France
Did a wee search for Green Briar Belfast, and stumbled on this gem of a post from Declan Sinnott!
‘ Lots of people I know have never been to Belfast, or any of the ‘six counties’. They’ve been to Dublin, Galway, Cork, Sligo maybe even Donegal. But not Belfast. My partner Vickie went there with me for the first time in her 40’s. People who think this whole island should be one country and rant about it in pubs may still never have travelled up to the ‘wee north’. Seems a shame.
Of course there was a time when it was a dodgy prospect. I have memories of those days. In the 80’s I took a train from Dublin for a solo gig in Belfast. The train was stopped at the border and searched for hours. I eventually arrived at the gig at 11.00 at night when I should have been doing an encore, if I was lucky. The crowd was all still there waiting. They knew the story. I started playing and had a great gig. Belfast has always been a lovely town to play in, very enthusiastic audiences.
Like Cork, it’s a world unto itself. You could think you’d landed in a foreign country, but you haven’t really.
I remember staying in the Europa Hotel on the night it celebrated its 50th bombing. I suppose that doesn’t advertise the place very well, but that’s a long time ago. These days the city feels kind of reborn to me.
I’ve played in all kinds of places up there. The Ulster Hall, Andersonstown Leisure Centre, McMordie hall in UCC, the Rotterdam bar, the Waterfront, in front of The City Hall with Francis Black on Patrick’s day etc. etc. And of course the Green Briar with Moving Hearts. The Green Briar. Now that was an interesting gig.
We were headed up the Falls road in our van and tried to stop a guy to get directions. He ignored us and kept walking. We pulled up beside him again. “Is that the Green Briar up ahead?” “It might be”. Off he walks again. We follow. “Is it the Green Briar or not”. “It might be, are ye Moving Hearts” “Yes” ” Well then it’s the Green Briar”. Not a lot of gigs these days have sentries in the windows. Wonderful gig though. Some things work better as memories than they felt at the time.’
Brill story Declan!
Moving Hearts in The Green Briar….I remember a great poster….I think it may have been done by Brian Moore,songwriter, playwrites, activist, artist , cartoonist (Cormac)…..I recorded a song of his once “Jesus Christ & Jessie James”
I contacted Chanel 4 about the Green Briar gig – replied to say they need the name and exact date of the show – don’t suppose you have a record in your diary? We were at the gig and i can see in my minds eye the camera with C4 logo on it. Thanks for contact, an email is winging its way stateside. Glad to hear that your getting back on the saddle Christy…Ride on Loved the wind blowing through the harp that Rebecca posted. I walked the Black Mountain this week. Along the way there are gates with open top metal pipes that the wind blows across making harmonious mountain music.
Dont have precise journals of Moving Hearts gigs…..
Getting the nails sorted has to be a great sign that gigs are nigh…heard good reports about the acrylics over the years.Always sounds like they’d be more comfortable than picks.
Love the ‘O’Hara’ request! Just been told about a Jara film.Highly recommended ,but not 100% on the title -poss ‘Murder in the stadium’ via Netflix (maybe,elsewhere too)thought I’d pass on the info.
Enjoy the picking ,once the glue is set…takes me back to the ‘Airfix’ model days!
Just checked Dave…its “Massacre in The Stadium”
Acrylic nails? It sounds like a permanent set of plectrums. 😊
With the harp, the closer you can get to no nails the better. There’s a lot of strings to bump into. People who play wire strung harp play with nails, so you have to specialise. I play gut strings, with metal in the bottom octave. Harps strung with nylon are an acquired taste that I can’t get anywhere near, vegetarian or not.
I’m so enjoying singing today. Hope it’s flowing for you.
Flow Sweet River Flow
Just read an interesting review of a new LP about Victor Jara… ‘Even in Exile’,is a solo project by James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers) and combines elements and influences from Bradfield’s Welsh roots too…an evocative youtuble film is linked to it – ‘Without knowing the end’,.. I had another look at youtube too,the great film of you and Declan playing ‘Victor Jara’ live…Lovely stuff…
Enjoy the rambling on the WCHM website…it seems all set to reopen after lockdown.Its only a few minutes from Manchester city centre and is opposite Salford Art Gallery and museum…all well worth visiting,whenever possible.
Hope it gets light soon…have a good Atkin day – almost gig season!!
Morra Dave…just got the nails done for the first time since Feb…got a great welcome from the technicians..I’ve been getting acrylic on the right hand nails for the past 12 years (not the pinkie)….allows me to “dig in” more on the finger pickin…couple of low-key socially-distanced gigs coming up so twas time to get the talons shaped…
I’ll def visit thon Salford Museum next time I get to Suffragette City…thanks for the nod…
nearly met The Manics once in Dublin..
once when I was playing to school children in Ardoyne, Belfast a young listener called out…”give us the song about Victor O’Hara”
Hi Christy, hope alls well. I’m enjoying the guest book and the videos yourself and Andy are sharing. Fair play to ye. No requests as such but plenty of classics being called for here. …….you mentioned on here before that you like to play the Clancys music in your own time….a personal thing I’m sure. We get a snippet in ‘encore’. Would love to hear you tackle a medley of their stuff. Social distancing gigs sound great, they will surely be golden tickets if it transpires. I see John Spillane has done a few already. Loved the interview with Des and also great to hear that new music is in the pipeline. Dont know how ya manage to fit it all in but fair play and keep safe.
A Clancy medley…sounds good…..
Brennan on The Moor
Rosin The Bow
Jug of Punch
Barnyards of Delgaty
The Mountain Dew
Shoals of Herring
The Holy Ground
Priosún Cluan Meala
Bard of Armagh
Still I love him…………….
Hello there Christy!
I just wanted to write a quick message to you as a thank you for helping my friend Brian “Shorty” Feeney out!
He’s Connemara man that’s cycling all the way from Galway to Paris in aid of Croí. Having recently lost his father to a heart attack, he’s completing this challenge completely on his own, well sort of! As he says himself “it’s only myself and Christy all the way to Paris”.
He ran into some difficulty going across Wales/England with adverse weather but he said you guided him through the tough bits.
He’s a massive fan of yourself and we were supposed to celebrate this achievement at your own concert in Galway on the 14th, but unfortunately wasn’t to be with the Pandemic. He has his own version of “Joxer goes to Stuttgart” – “Shorty goes to Paris!”
There’s more info on Brian’s galway2paris cycle on Facebook.
Thanks a million!
Ride On Shorty..
Hope you are safe and not too saddle sore…
I have a theory about beeswing. I think that as she got older she turned into mad Mary from the crossroads.
Thankyou for being so kind and sensitive, it helps.
Also thankyou fot the y. That surely boinged straight at me.
Here is a video of what happens when a harp and the breeze get together.
each listener develops there own movie
Richards song is the source of manys the personal reflection
The sound of wind thru the harp is enchanting,beautiful and inspirational…having such a high cliff nearby is not advisable…a listener could easily be inspired to fly
Thankyou for your wonderful invitation to bring my harp and 21 songs to your lovely venue in Rheinbach. I’d love to sing and play for you all, whatever the number.
Here is my email address
if you ever haul your Harp to Germany you will find the finest of listeners
brilliant dave..thats me sorted for a few late nights browsing..sure beats carousing
ps just checked the link to http://www.wcml.co.uk at present ,Ewan is on the home page…they must be expecting ‘hits’ via here! D
Pam touches on an interesting topic…the role of Jewish intellectuals,with left wing altruism…pretty sure the Whitefield chap is of similar ilk to Benny Rothman ,who promoted free access to land for workers’ recreation-the Kinder Trespass- (Manchester rambler song)…also,the amazing Ruth and Eddie Frow,who’s philanthropism and book collection forms the superb Salford museum at http://www.wcml.org.uk an amazing resource that often contains gems about Irish history as well.
Great to read Lizzy’s post about Pink Floyd and the Clancy’s…I’ve always gone along with the John Peel philosophy ,that the mix is part of the magic…playing Planxty in between Yes and Pink Floyd,works just as well now as it did almost 50 years ago…just a matter of getting used to being an older ‘crazy diamond’ and still trying to work out what I’ll be ‘when I grow up’.
Enjoy the day.
Hi Chriety, as Hilary has pointed out i should get better headphones ( or maybe i should clear out the old lugs), the song i was sent was a convincing spoof. It was sent on from today fm facebook page…daft me.
Off to get the cottonbuds for the lugs, codliver oil ( and the orange juice) for the constitution from matron, and see myself for a good kick up the backside.
Anyway the song is fun whoever spoofed it.
Spinning a new pink vinyl disc today from Declan Welsh and the Decadent West this morning, not everyone’s cup of tea but a great name for a band. Maybe you and the lads could become Christy Moore and the Face Masks?
Mario can be convincing..his Flatley is classic, his Roy Keane never fails
Mary from the Bog Meadows, your mention of Ray McAreavey brought back many memories. I recall the Green Briar, but the PD in Andytown is the place that stands out for me. Ray had such a distinctive voice. “Ireland United, Gaelic and Free” was my favourite song of his and I love it still. Remember all the battering on the tables during the Provie Lullaby?
I wanted to reply to your post about Fintona since I have a story from my childhood about a wee Fintona woman, but it would be a bit long to relay here, and Christy would probably go ga-ga. I’m not on any social media sites, but maybe we could swap our email addresses? Any ideas?
Christy, I hope you are doing well. I loved your interview with Des, although the songs weren’t broadcast because of copyright reasons or something. Talking of the Clancys, I recall having them and Pink Floyd side by side on my bedroom wall -a big contrast in the sartorial department, obviously, but great musicians all.
The Green Briar, The PD Club,The Felons,The Conway Mill,The Marty Forsythe, The Pound Loney,The Greenane Lodge,The Whiterock, Andytown Leisure,The Beechmount… then came Waterfront,Ulster Hall, Odyssy,……
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