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Thank you Christy for a wonderful gig on Saturday night – just what i needed. I was so worried for you having to perform to an empty hall given how much you feed off the atmosphere in a room but by God you nailed it. It was so good and natural that i half expected to see a full hall when the camera turned round but hopefully those days will be back soon. Although you couldn’t see it i am sure there was a standing ovation that stretched from NCH to all corners of the world. Good to see Johnny giving the guitars “32 all round” again too. Thank God for the music in these difficult times and thinking of all those whose earnings are seriously impacted – all the road crew and guys and girls that work away in the background. Great news that a new album is in the pipeline. Thank you Christy for the songs and stories you bring to us all. Stay safe.
Morra John,….the prospect of that stream kept me busy for months in advance…I appreciate all the feedback that has arrived…knowing that there are listeners out there who hear the songs spurs the singer on…. to seek,to learn,to write,to revisit & rearrange old favourites….once the red light turned green last Saturday I was beamed up (like Scotty) to a thousand living rooms…the empty auditorium became my workroom….I was walking the walls, diving the deep, climbing the Catskills (wherever they may be)….
Rocky Road is a great whirling monster of a song. I’m looking forward to you pacifying it. I haven’t dared approach. Did you see any of the rugby last weekend? Those front rowers 😊
it really is a classic….it has been squeezed to the last inch of its life…I used to sing it in the 60s..in the 90s I wrote two new verses filling in the geographical gaps between Galway and Mullingar, between Mullingar and Dublin….damn blast but I cant fine the bleddy things..one of them was quite good…crossing the Liffey at the Salmon Leap, meeting Frank Harte in The Dead-Man-Murray’s…..
I watch a lot of Rugby Union and a bit of League…remember seeing Colin Dixon lead Halifax at The Shay… watched some Speedway there too..always ended up in The Upper George
Lots of intrigue about the content of ‘early years’ and your new recordings.Great to have new releases in the mix… ‘Prosperous’remains a favourite. I remember smiling when I bought the LP it in ‘Rare Records’,Manchester,not long after seeing your folk club gig. My regular lunch break,record shop haunt in city centre Manchester,early 70s…near George Best’s ‘Edwardia’ boutique… amazing times…
There’s a good feature about John Prine’s playing style and his music ,generally… via http://www.acousticguitar.com Lots of interest here,I’m sure and a nice listen/ read of the first feature that comes up,when ‘John Prine’ is put in the site’s search box.
Have a good day
“The Early Years” project appeared out of the blue.
A phone call from Universal (Ireland) telling me they had acquired the entire Tara Catalogue and were planning a retro…
The same team did an excellent job on the Planxty retro …
Its proving to be an interesting journey..they have uncovered tracks long since forgotten, discovered and licensed a lot of old TV footage….some of which I do not recall !
Since then Universal (Ireland) have acquired the Claddagh catalogue which,if memory serves, contains some rare gems
Thank you for the amazing concert on the 19th. We watched it again last night with my sister and brother-in-law. It just gets better every time. We had tickets for University Concert Hall at the end of May and for both nights at the Great Northern coming up. Saturday at the Great Northern last year was the best concert I think I have ever gotten to see! We will look forward to coming back when the stars align. Hope it’s soon!!
Thanks again for the most recent show and for all the other songs and great moments …..
I’ve not seen it yet but I’m still feeling it….
In recent years we’ve had some great gigs in those two venues…
Both were featured in last years album of live performances…
Hope we can get to do it again…….Thank You
What a lovely lovely performance, your voice was Chrystal clear.
I saw it sundaymorning, had to work on saterday.
It must be special and awkward to sing there on your own. But I guess with a bit of imagination you could see and here us sing.
I certainly tried to hear the laughter when you sang Joxer and the singing out loud with Lisdoon…..OOoo how I miss it!!
You send greetings all over the world but hopefully you don’t forget your chocolate Belgian friends!
Fingers crossed that we can see each other soon LIVE .
Greetings and many thanks to warm our harts with your lovely music.
Fear Not Chris…I don’t forget !
Got home from work Saturday night and watched the nch gig .. iy was a pleasure to watch well done to all invloded. A nice version of Mattie and rocky road . Hope all is well with you .
The Rocky Road re-enters the set after 50 years..I blame Cian Healy and Tadg Furlong
Hi Christy.. want to thank you for a great gig in the royal spa a couple of weeks ago it was a great night … so we connected the iPad to the Bluetooth device here in Ventry co.Kerry last Saturday evening and we had a another magical evening here in the mobile home … i think the whole caravan site could here us singing but we had no complaints.. hopefully it won’t be long before we see you again ..so to you and the crew stay safe till we meet again … tony and Fiona back in cork …
Rockin in Ventry….Ride on
Have to share this story with you Christy. Meself and the wife Gabi went last night to our local wee concert hall. Usually seats 80, he is allowed seat, feed, supply drink and entertain 22 in these times. He gets on with it, does his best. Last night he had Nadia Birkenstock, a German lassie playing Celtic Harp and singing, lots of her own work. But some Irish as well, lots of O’Carolan. https://www.nadiabirkenstock.com/home.html
She intros a wee song and sings it out: I wish I was in England. Hey up I say to Gabi, I know that one. A wee driftnet Google, and sure enough, ’twas written by yourself! And performed by you 1980 in no less a place than RTÉ! Amazing coincidence. I wonder if it is on any album of yours, or if you ever gigged it? Nadia sends her love to the songwriter…
that song was on the album “Prosperous”in 1972….
it will also feature on a new album “The Early Years” due for release in November…
Hey Christy , tony here I tried my best to get tickets to your concert here in st.marys university last year , but was next to impossible, my dad organised me to stay in bundoran in Oct but it’s cancelled with covid … you should give all the Christy lovers a night to remember in the failè 2021/22 and I’m sure you would sell out in a matter of minutes , I’ve watched the derek & the wolfetones at it time and time again I just beleive it’s time for change. Let’s make this happen Chara.
I’d very much like to have played Féile a few years back… but the organisers of the West Belfast Féile insisted that the Bar had to remain open….they are as entitled to their priorities as I am to mine…
I must admit that I was very disappointed….I have so many memories of great nights in West Belfast…Conway Mill,Green Briar, Pound Loney, Felons, PD, Marty Forsythe, Leisure Centres in Beechmount,Whiterock and Andytown, Greenane Lodge and others too…great nights with Cack & Bobby….different times,different priorities
Thanks for a fantastic concert. It was strange to think that we were watching you perform to an empty room but in fact from this side of the screen it was quite an intimate experience. We heard every note and hung on every word.
For me Yellow Furze Woman and Nancy Spain were very special, bringing back memories of singing songs around the old piano in The Pack and just how happy Kath and Nancy were when they were together.
However Spancilhill was the highlight of the concert for me – you set it up perfectly and then nailed it, my spine is still tingling!
We’re all praying that the virus passes as soon as possible, but when God willing, you get back to live audiences I hope you continue with the occasional online gig as this has been particularly special for those of us who live abroad.
Just one small request though- can we have an encore on the next one please? You must have known we were calling out for an encore!
Thank you, best wishes,
Hi Eddy,hope and family are safe this night…good to hear from 764 3620 connections..a number I’ll never forget…
Thanks for your thumbs up on NCH stream….Earlier in the year I did 8 lockdown gigs from the workroom with my Son Andy..they are all available on my facebook..simply recorded on Andy’s phone and uploaded by Juno…very low tech but very well recieved.
Thinking of you all tonight..
That’s where I am when I sing it 😊
I like to explore the words of songs before I sing them. They can feel very rooted for me.
a bower in Bucklesfordberry
Congrats to you and all who made it possible for the NCH gig to happen. Brilliant to read so many comments here,to appreciate the power of your music in so many places.Fair play…
Looking at a map of Northern England yesterday,where there’s a meeting of areas – Cumbria/Eden/North Yorks/Cleveland etc…’Barnard Castle’is a wonderful spot (now ,with some political notoriety)and was riffed on here,in connection with a favourite trad song.There,on the map,a few miles West of BC,I noticed two small villages -‘Great Musgrave’ and ‘Little Musgrave’…according to Wikipedia/online refs,there has been a church in LM for centuries… Small finds like this bring a ballad into reality.Also,made me wonder if the anonymous author thought the place name would be perfect for the tale’s ‘hero’…thankfully,we’ll never fully know, but it adds to the enigma of the song. A wonderful ballad, for sure. I’m set for a cuppa and Planxty now…
Enjoy a day of reflecting on a great gig and I’m sure the Atkin will be ringing soon.
I’m just off to Bucklefordsberry for the paper and a pint of milk
Thank you, thank you, thank you….In the lockdown sessions, you brought us into your home, now we have had you in our living room, in our home, albeit virtually but what a gig…special for me was , Yellow Furze, sadly my own mother caught the damn Covid and passed in April, she is of Kentstown, Navan, Rathfoy, Danestown and Yellow Furze, Kindest regards Christy, thanks again for the NCH gig. Please another. New York and New Jersey needs it….
So So Sorry to hear about your Mother Brian…..I’m thinking of her this morning..imagining her Spirit mingling with her old neighbours from the Banks of The Boyne…meeting up with old souls from The Cotton Mills,Hayestown, Beauparc, Stackallen and Ardmuchan…
are’nt we the lucky boys to have had such good Mothers in our lives
Hi Christy thanks for the National Hall concert last night. You know how you sometimes discourage people from singing along with your songs? Well you finally got your wish in spades last night (in the Hall at least). Many people sang along at home I’m betting! The sound was immaculate (thanks crew), the song selection right up my alley and whilst I’m sure it was a bit surreal for you, I loved it all. Hearing the songs live, sung solo with crystal clear sound and every word audible was a really special treat. Slainte!
nothing beats the sound of an audience singing in tuneful harmony and unison…some day we’ll join our voices together again beneath the Black Mountain, around The Bog Meadow
Also your Belgian listeners enjoyed your streamed concert very much. What a great performance in that empty concert hall. Really impressive, all alone.
As you maybe remember, my wife and I, try to come over at least once a year for a concert of yours. This concert eased the lack of the real thing.
Hope we can pick up that habitude for not too long.
Wishing you all the best.
I well remember you Piet…how could I forget …..sweet memories !!
Thanks for your wishes Christy,
8 hours and 21 miles and aching limbs later, sometimes muttering about Hawick among those blessed but steep hills!
10 of us walked, great family and friends.
I played the folks the whole ‘Where I Come From’ album, it seemed appropriate as we made our way round every single street.
With apologies to your brother……
There’s a beautiful town near Ruberslaw, where horse and hill are king…
I’m a Hawick man, deep down, it’s where i come from.
There’s a beautiful town near Ruberslaw,
where horse and hill are king…
I’m a Hawick man,
deep down, it’s where i come from.
you got the opening stanza sorted….
Christy, that performance in the NCH last evening was outstanding beyond compare..I loved every second of it, and like Hilary, there was a tear of joy and pride and everything else ,similar to an ‘in the flesh’ show. I’m really thrilled this went so amazingly…I hope ye all recorded the prep etc that we might see at some stage. It was beautiful and congratulations to you and all the crew that made this magic night happen. Thank you. L x
The hard and the wild Larball…hope all good in The Square..still winding down here..catch you later…Git
Hello Christy- Many thanks for the mighty gig last night…I watched from the parking lot of the hospital emergency room- my 80 year old mom collapsed as we were walking on the beach yesterday… I could not go in to the hospital due to Covid restrictions- so the gig was an absolute comfort as I waited for news in the cold and dark of my car. Testament to the sustaining power of these songs. Glad Matty was in the mix. I am grateful, and until we are all able to gather in a room together, stay well and ride on. x Kat
hope your Mother is comfortable and recovering….
Just dropping back in to say thanks again. I told your fella I was nearly in tears, joy, happiness, relief, lots of emotions.
Delighted you were in such good form… The joy and delight in your voice for Lisdoon was beautiful to experience.
One great benefit of a streamed show compared to in a hall: the streamed can be watched again and again: Hilary is on her 4th viewing, meself I’m on my third.
Great idea about a lockdown store Mary, an auld t-shirt would be grand.
As you said, no new songs, but indeed a new set of lyrics for Welcome to the Cabaret…. Did you ever think you’d be singing….. “Log on to the show’
We’ll all get on now with wafting… So far so good.
we’re all in this together..
I didn’t know what to expect of yesterday’s concert, this being the first time….kinda surreal but guess what? I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I sang along. In the end, I wondered how we could shout for an encore. Fabulous evening, or early morning (for me), of songs and stories. Finally, my daughter in Edinburgh and I got to attend your concert together. Thank you for making this possible.
Surrealism in Petaling….sounds good Siew
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