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Hope you’re keeping well.
I’m not sure if you heard this but here it is anyway. I tried to fit 70 years into 3 and half minutes. If you get a chance have a listen.
Morra Billy…this is just brilliant….you’ve taken us all on that journey with your Mother..great editing of the pictures to the song…Ride On Billy
Superb,Christy… what an intro to the tunes…love Arty’s dry humour… I’ll track down his album too. Youtube is a great resource,but I’m glad I found TG4- and thanks again for the tips! D
a real One -Off was our Arty
Lashing down rain, on a grim day , but I’ve just spent a wonderful hour in the company of Arty McGlynn and companeros, courtesy of TG4. RIP Arty – what a guy. I’d love to have known him,but glad I saw him once ,with Clancy and Makem.
Plenty more of the archives to go…
Arty, as well as being a good friend, also played on my “Ordinary Man “album. His input contributed greatly to the success of that album.Some of his licks still resound as I write these few lines….I highly recommend his solo Album “Botera” which he released a year before he died…he also made a lot of music with Liam Óg O’Flynn, with Matt Molloy and was Van’s band leader for manys the long day., just 3 of the outfits he joined over a life of music..Arty was wonderful company,a very warm and witty man…if you enter Arty McGlynn /Cathal Hayden/ Baltimore Fair on YouTube you will have a few minutes fun
Many thanks for the TG4 tips,Christy. I’ll be working through whatever is available.Brilliant creativity…
Over the years,there have been some epic tales about the Krumlin carnage. Nowadays,lots of online photos/stories. Some of the best anecdotes are when members of the same band differ in memories ie whether or not they were there! Happy days,for sure…I bet the ‘last few choc ices’ were mud caked.
Have a good Atkin day .
Please could you pull a few strings and get me moved to the red wine seance emporium. I’ll fit right in there and I’ve always wanted to meet Ella Fitzgerald.
I read about the krumlin festival. If your mind wasn’t so creative I’d say no one could make something like that up. I’m guessin that at your Lisdoonvara some of your acts actually made it to the stage though.
Jeez Christy i had to go and lie down in a darkened bunker after getting your duets sorted.
However i have been back on the mother’s bakolite landline and the support tents have taken shape.
So far we have the following acts lined up, hope they fit the bill for you, as the crowd demanded more !
In the vegan cous cous hemp tent
Taking off in the rump steak marquee
The spuds n beans wigwam has
The bay city rollers
Spoken word cubscout stage
Linton kwezi johnston
Mary lou mcdonald
Red red wine seance emporium
Blind willie mctell
Just waiting now for you and dave to confirm which one is doing the face painting stall ,and which one the helium balloon sales.
Time for bed said zebedee
I’ll have to get my old VW camper off the blocks and charge her/his battery….he/she has new points ‘n plugs and I gave her/him a new set of (2nd hand) tyres after its last outing to the Krumlin Festival at Barkisland,Halifax,Yorks in 1970…..
That was a Festival like no other.A book has just been published.
Re the Hawick Arts,Literary,Folk,Haute Cuisine,Poetry & Blues Bash
Might I suggest adding a retro folk comedy tent with:
The Big Yin
Eamon and Gerry
Hopefully,Rory can sweet talk Inge Thomson into the Hawickfest line up for 2021… I’m set to play with David Lindley,Dave Mattacks, Lee Sklar and June Tabor.Inge too,if she can spare the time for a double gig.
I’ve long since been curious about the wonders of http://www.tg4.ie and had a look at the website today.Doesn’t look like there’s UK cable access,but a ‘butchers’ at the archives yielded some fine trad music.So,that’s a good start and encouraged me to look in more depth,sometime…I might get to a fleadh later – sounds like a good plan on a fine September evening.
TG4 ….. best Irish TV Channel
Check out a series called Sé Mo Laoch
Wonderful series of in depth docs on many of our finest Musicians
Check out Arty McGlynn, Alec Finn, Frankie Gavin,Mairtín O’Connor,and many others
I will do the absolute best that I can.
may the light shine down upon you and the wonders of the world
Great to see ‘yellow furze’ getting mentions – ,superb song and such an atmospheric place,between Slane and Navan.So much history in the boreens away from the busy main road.
Polwarts and Thomson are always a treat.They work on some brilliant projects too. ‘Spellsongs’,is a terrific Scots/Anglo book/recording…always powerful when old language and song intertwine. Good info about all involved at http://www.thelostwords.org
Nice Autumn feel today…’September Man’ is home for awhile yet.
I love Inge Thomson’s accompaniments..she truly inhabits songs…definitely in my “dream band”
I’ve been listening to Yellow Furze Woman. I have three recordings of it by you. I particularly like the warmth and intimacy of the one on Where I Come From.
Would you mind if I tried to learn it please? I think I have a chance of doing it justice. It has a beautiful femininity to it. I’ve avoided trying to learn Burning Times because I was worried that, coming from a woman, it could sound bitter. I don’t want to put a block on it. I guess Before the Deluge comes into the same category.
But Yellow Furze Woman has such a beautiful flow and loving understanding about it. The shape is lovely too. I think I’ve got a chance of staying open and letting it flow through. Would you mind?
I am charmed that you consider singing my Mother’s song
Seems Morrison is climbing walls down north and has gone postal, as we say in states. Which reminds me of a music cruise I took earlier this century. I disliked everything but the music. (which, alas, was burdened by poor sound and lighting.) You might raise topic next time you’re golfing with Van.
On a day like this
Staying on home ground we have the time to refurbish our study, got a new desk – when I cleared the old one I found a very precious thing! A good auld cassette, put in into the “antique” recorder and it really worked still. Listening to the words and music I was taken away!!!
The cassette contains some material that was used for a programme of Stuttgart radio station: an interview you gave on Feb 6th, 1994 (the day after your gig in Scala Ludwigsburg) and parts of your concert in Tuebingen (4/2/1994). So great to listen to some of the well-known most beautiful songs as Burning Times, Two Island Swans, The Well with incredible Bodhran solo, Deluge, Natives … and best of all the rare gem Banks of the Lee!!!
The last time we have heard you sing this magnificent song live was in Bantry House many many years ago.
I’m so sorry that your gig at this year’s MoT-Festival didn’t come true! But I also loved to read your words about so many familiar places you experienced during your week in West Cork: Hungry Hill, Kealkill, Ballylickey, The Snug, Sheeps Head Lighthouse, terribly flooded Bantry town … (And I became a bit homesick too.)
Your post has me on the autobahn in the back of Martino’s car….we’re heading for Trondheim,Gutersloh, Heidelberg,Mannheim (stoned), Munster, Koln, Kaiserslautern,Ludwigsburg and,the list goes on and on,Stuttgart,Bonn,Bremen, Berlin, Hamburg, Ulm, Hangover,Frankfurt,Darmstadt,great venues,good sound systems,enthusiastic listeners,(I have a soft spot for place names)
My heart breaks for Bantry Town….for those who suffered in the recent floods…no lives were lost but many livlihoods decimated by destroyed premises….in this cruel covid time they have been dealt a double blow…but Bantry has survived terrible adversity in its Histroy, its citizens are resilient and will rise again….
We both love Bantry….it has retained a certain atmosphere that preserves its historical character….nestling in that snug corner of The Bay with its three Peninsulas reaching far out into the Atlantic Ocean….Hopefully we will all meet there again …….
“where the red fuchsia weeps
and the angels bleed over Bantry Bay”
http://www.folkonfoot.com festival 3 on all afternoon/evening (and,staying posted on website/youtube,I think.) Just noticed that the finale c 8 20 is Karine Polwart,Stephen Polwart,Inge Thomson. All artists/timings listed on the website.
Hope it’s a good Atkin day.
what a great Trio they are
In the event that you decide to run with the Ballad, the actual Ball Alley structure itself no longer stands unfortunately. The Ball Alley site is located across from Jim O’Connors house and the Alleys’ flag stone was used in the construction of his garden wall.
Jim’s front Garden is “The Ball Alley near Nogra”. The Travellers Rest 2mins up the road in the township of Nogra was/is our local pub, where a gang of us would go to on Friday Evening for a few ‘Early’ pints. The Covid restrictions closed the Pub which essentially shut down a social connection that we all took for granted. As the Covid restrictions lifted and it was allowed travel within 2KMs of the house and meet outdoors in ‘socially distanced’ groups of up to 4, we decided to meet up in Jim’s Front Garden aka “The Ball Alley near Nogra”.
I think the Ballad needs to be heard, in the face of adversity I am hoping that this song shows people that all is not lost. If you are feeling low, then hop on a bike and cycle to the neighbours house for a chat. Who cares if you havn’t been to the barbers in months, who cares if you have powered on the weight and the jeans don’t fit – these things are just ascetic. What is important is mental health. Grab your rain coat and wind breaker and just get used to sitting outside with your mates and talk.
Respect social distance, follow the advice of the medical people and ‘………………..Don’t forget your Facemask if you want to go to work…, Or you’ll end up where you came from like the rest of us ,Digging, digging, digging. Ow di liddle do’ – a nod to the wonderful Christie Hennessy RIP.
I have a heap of new ballads on the go Tom..I’m up to my eyeballs in new verses and tunes….nor am I complaining ….I love having new songs rattlin around in my auld head…for relaxation I practice old ones….were it not for words and music I’d be gone pandemental….
Yellow Furze Woman and Lily’s words are both indescribably beautiful. I found it easier to connect to the first. A person. Thankyou.
You are very welcome.
YFW was written for our Mother, Nancy Power (1920-1992), from Yellow Furze,County Meath.
Lily references , among others, our Father Andy Moore (1915-1956) who came Newbridge,County Kildare.
My brother Luka Bloom has a song called “The Man is Alive”
Having a trad session on the Appalachian dulcimer…’She moves through the fair’- ‘Lakes of Coolfin’ – great songs,both .Wondering if either has ever featured in your setlists?
Also,thought that they might appeal to Rebecca and/or Steve. Lovely airs and enigmatic words – always fascinating.
All the best
O My young Love Said to me, “There’s Deep & Dark Water in the Lake of Coolfin”
I doodled on a Dulcimer for a spell but soon returned to the warmth and intimacy of my guitar
You may like this,,,weird little story behind it,
Re: Post/ Comment from earlier Today “The Ball Alley near Nogra (a Covid story…) ” https://www.facebook.com/548856438/videos/10157539050231439/?extid=b1iy42jEzy95h6KK
I’m not a bit finickey at all about the Lyrics and / or variations. I’d be honoured if you consider having a craic at it (no better man!) .
The Covid is a devastating global pandemic that has reeked havoc and brought huge sadness into the lives of many. “The Ball Alley” is about hope, its about mental health and how we pick ourselves back up adjusting to the new norm. One small request if you decide to give the song a blast ‘…pull hard and lower the blade…’ – Tom
Note: I’m under orders to wear long trousers for all future recordings 🙂
Morra Tom….There was a time when Ball Alleys were part of my life…manys the rubber was fought in far flung corners…I think twas Johnny Moynihan invented “Handball Football”back in Sweeney’s time…..I remember a lovely alley nr Ogonolloe, playing in the headlights of the Planxty van after a gig in The Merriman Tavern in Scariff….another lovely alley in The Railway Buildings in Inchicore ..but most of all I recall the Alley in Newbridge College where, in the winter of 1960, I smashed all my top front teeth off that Alley wall…
Thanks for sharing your Ballad
She sounds amazing ☺️, I’d love to hear more about them all. Do any children read the Irish examiner?
My clearest film is reel in the flickering light, but I’ve only been singing it for 18 months so it’s got plenty of evolving to do. Do you get actual people? That French piper in the piper’s calling sometimes turns up as my daddy long legs. Some of the others are more settled. I love watching it cast itself.
down be De Banks de chisellers reads nothin else Girl
in some cases they does be real….like in Matty, Poor Immigrant,Blackjack County and,in particular,Yellow Furze Woman and Lily
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