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On my way in to work just now i heard tell of a radio 4 programne starting next week. Michael Morpurgo’s Folk Journeys.
Something like examining folk songs of war, leaving etc
Should be interesting.
Anyway i hope they play John Spillane’s imaginary boyhood battle of saving Beautiful Ballincollig castle, Declan Orourke’s All Along tge Western Seaboard and Mick Blake’s Another Child, Another War.
The background to the trailer was a song about Athy…but tgey did not mention your dreamland motorscooter.
Regards, have an extra few minutes in bed, it is guie dreer here
Left feet first and then the right
Graveyard votes don’t have much bite
Cannot tell which one is which?
Blond haired dog is such a bitch
Come and join me, take a chance
In the Boris Johnson, lockdown dance.
It’s not hard once you get the knack.
It’s one step forward two steps back.
All as normal as possible here,in these strange times- even if the ‘North West’ is sounding increasingly like a plague village in the media/to folks south of Crewe…. (anyone interested in ye olde plague horrors, should look up ‘Eyam’ in Derbyshire,England).
Along with many other organisations http://www.manchesterhistories.co.uk moved to online/virtual events this year- and have some fascinating projects, as ever. Great to escape to music and history when current events start to close in.
Keep well,Christy- and all good wishes to companeros here.
Christy , I know the Covid is serious but didn’t realise the side effects could be so serious….. heard Jeffrey Donaldson of the DUP interviewed on Radio 1 yesterday and he talked of the situation in Derry and Strabane….. DERRY…. not a London to be heard of at all…..
What next ???
I dreamt that Jeffrey Donaldson won a seat for Fianna Fáil
Ian Paisley Jnr had a Holiday Home in Donegal
poor old Gregory Cambell singing Lonely Banna Strand
in Arlene’s Renewable Heat Incentive Céilí Band
Gregory will be gunning for Jeffrey
Having listened to Boris talkin’ bollocks…
Selling water when it’s pissing down, Genius.
Convid got me for six, barely strength to change CD’s…
Stay safe !!!
sorry to read of your confinement…I wish you a speedy and full recovery…
You said there are two dates in your diary for next year. Do you mind me asking what is the other one?
As it has not been announced nor is it on sale. its best to leave it be until things clear up…my pen is poised, my diary waiting patiently for an ink fix…..
Hello Christy The father and i love your signing he would love to meet you if you were ever down in kilkenny
Manys the night I’ve enjoyed with The Cats in The Marble City…..in The Premier Ballroom with Planxty in the 70s, The Village Inn with Moving Hearts in the 80s and a hundred Lounges and Sheebeens over the last 50 years….Kytelers comes to mind,The West End in Ballyragget, Town Hall in Thomastown, The Coalmine in Castlecomer, I happily faced the puck-out the length and breadth of that sweet county……I too would love to meet himself but, at the moment, I’m under house arrest here.Going up the walls and round the garden in circles…..tell your Father that I’ll see him when the coast is clear…when the swallows come back from Capistrano
You’ve got me listening to Kathleen Ferrier and Patsy Cline. Those women made some amazing noises.
Some voices arrive in a blaze of glory and hype,hit the high spots and disappear out into the firmament..
Other voices arrive after a long slow journey, sing pure and from the heart, reverberate long after the singer has been laid to rest…
Both Kathleen and Patsy had sincerity and beauty in their singing….
Amy Winehouse too, and Sandy Denny…….over here we will forever cherish the voice of Limerick’s Dolores O’Riordan,of Cork’s Margaret Barry and,Thankfully still with us, the beautiful Western Lilt of Dolores Keane…..
One for the little f^cker Jack. You know who 😄
thats a good start to my week Walsher…
thanks for sharing..
great to hear that..
all that work you done, all that work you doin….
sounds to me like thon caboose is takin shape…
Thanks Christy for the reply
Here’s the lyrics to the Loughnane Brothers (Pat and Harry) from Shanaglish Co. Galway
On a night in November the cold winds they blew
Two brothers went missing in their townland of Derry
Their mother searched for them but she couldn’t find
Till they were discovered by Tully and Mike
The loughnanes were searched for high up and low down
On land Sea and water they couldn’t be found
These two men they were taken under military escort
Four shots were heard ringing Six miles north of Gort
Let us not forget these brave men that died
In the graveyard of Shanaglish the two bodies lie
To be taken from Kate while threshing her corn
There Spirits will live on and no longer forlorn
Oh the Black and Tans came with bayonetts and guns
The bodies they were tortured battered and bruised
Bring the gun you had with you in Castledaly one said
Twenty four hours later these two men lay dead
Then a vision it came to Tully that night
That brave Pat and young Harry it gave him a fright
He dreamt he saw them lying there side by side
In a cold pond of water stripped of their pride
They were brought to Kinvarra their bodies to wake
Canon Fahy he blessed them until daybreak
Families and comrades all gathered around
In that cold barn white linen their bodies were bound
They were mourned by thousands a sight to behold
Their coffins were draped in Green White and Gold
Three volleys fired o’er them to mark their respect for two loyal sons of Ireland we’ll never forget
CHORUS x 2
Thanks for your time
Gearoid….Thanks for posting…your song goes in deep….I’ve not heard of Pat and Harry Loughnane before….Their torture, the mindless savagery of their beatings,its breath taking and should be remembered….Thank you for keeping their memory alive….you remind me of “The Scariff Martyrs” (aka “The Bridge of Killaloe”)….
Good to share some things that come my way,Christy
Prompted by Rory’s praising of John Spillane, I’ve just hit youtube… to be rewarded by a grave yard ballad wander with Mr S – ending up in a nightcap,with himself,Declan and you in the ‘Lobby Bar’…
viva the wonders of music and technology as the man of October doesn’t take to the road…
I have a few John Spillane records but clearly not enough, as i have just discovered “i stumbled at last” on the aweinspiring ‘beautiful ballincollig’.
I had been in touch with a friend near Cork a couple of weeks ago and we chatted about Mr Spillane ,as he and my friend pass the time of day crossing paths when walking sometimes.
Goodness he writes some startlingly wonderful songs, like Gortatogort, river lee, cherry trees and my latest find.
What is there in the water on the island? Or is it in the poitin?
John spillane, declan o’rourke, david keenan, mick blake , yourself….on and on and on the list could go, oh how i wish there was enough time to swim in all of the musical waters of your island.
I will sleep tonight with a smile on my face.
Regards to all
lots of good stuff on Anne Margaret’s site – the Dylan info I mentioned is under ‘blogs’
where do you get the time Dave…fair play 2U for all all the goodies that you share
Great news that Leagues has written the sleeve notes for your forthcoming release.We’re in for a music and literary treat…
Recently,Bob Dylan broadcast a new ‘Theme time…’ show – good info about it at http://www.annemargaretdaniel.com
I was gifted all of Bob’s Theme Time Radio shows..I have them here in the work room in three beautiful red boxes gifted me by Luke Drifter..one of these days, one of these days,
maybe when I can no longer knock a few chords out of the Atkin…..
…….and he’s still up there blowin hard upon the hohner
Reading through the list of Songs on upcoming “ Early Years” I am amazed at the number of songs that are still alive and carry as much meaning today as they did back in the early years…………The Cliffs, Johnny Jump Up, Nancy Spain, Sacco, January Man ( one of my own favourites). What a tribute you have paid to all of of them; keeping them performed to live audiences, and recorded for history. Thank you, Christy; without you, we would never have experienced the pleasure of listening and enjoying such classics; young and not so you like myself continue to enjoy the lyrics, Music and pictures which they paint in our Mind.
Ride on, and KEEP SAFE.
if all goes well we’ll have a few more ready when the condemic begins to evaporate….
Condemic is a good word . Another of your’s? 😊 It has a satisfyingly ironic bite to it.
Steve went out for a pipes lesson yesterday so I was by myself. I took the time to record Musgrave again, just using a mobile phone. I slotted it between the sounds of the grandfather clock. Yesterday I gave it 6 out of 10. Steve gave it 6 1/2. I need to listen again today to see how it sounds. I know it’s improved with all the work I’m putting into it. Still got a long way to go. The phrasing is starting to get there. I’m using the third chord you suggested and a fourth one I cobbled together myself. It’s lovely to sing. You get such a nice long run at it. I can stick it somewhere f you’d like to have a listen to where I’ve got to. it’s still got a long way to go and I’m working like a worker bee. It’s like putting together an opera 😊
This had turned into a ramble. I’m thinking that if this is it, it’s not that bad. It’s good to enjoy what we have.
Never saw the word before it appeared into that email…possibly a word I have entered into t’Queen’s English.. others include chadult and snotgobblingfuckpig
Read a good thought here regarding Dundalk shelter and a fella named Pat D’Arcy so I made a quick, modest contribution with his name noted. Most of us do things now and then and think or say “it’s nothin” and it is, but it’s good it was mentioned. This internet thing has some good uses.
30 years ago tonight tender asked if I wanted another. I told him I’d had enough.
30 years..some achievement…1 too many, 100 not enough
Starry plough sorry for typo
Just at door looking at night sky in Cotton Mills clear night so beautiful just want to say the start plough hangs above the mill every night . To be born and live under this is amazing I’m sure your ancestors witnessed this also
Ellie Sheeran grew up in The Cotton Mills with her Brothers Joe, Frank and Jem….she married Jack Power from Hayestown…they settled in a workers house on Ardmulchan Estate where their eldest child was my mother Nancy Power ….I spent a lot of my early childhood with Ellie in Backweston nr Celbridge in County Kildare…she was forever talking about her home place and the surrounding townlands…in her mind…she never left it….herself and Jack were laid to rest in Navan along with my Uncle Jimmy
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