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I’m right with you in your comments about the voice and the Uilleann pipes. There’s both in this house and I am getting very closely acquainted with one, while being able to watch and listen to the other. For me right now, it’s the internal Reed of the pipes that binds them together. When I sing I can almost touch it in my throat. I also think that, played well, the voice is similarly complicated to the Uilleann pipes.
I’ve no idea who may disagree with this, it’s just how it feels to me when I sing.
Thankyou for pointing me to JP’s post and video of Liam O’Flynn. I have passed the link to Steve.
You are very kind.
Brilliant that you’re busy with interviews and commissions. I’d be very grateful for any links that might be possible via your ‘news’ section,thanks – always engaging listens.
The ‘new’ Liam film is fascinating and so well shot, with great close ups. I hadn’t come across a pipers’ club – is it http://www.pipers.ie that you have in mind? What an ace set up.
So good that you’re in contact with Liam’s wife.Please pass on kind regards from here. I loved watching Liam play with Planxty. Even when he wasn’t playing,he had a presence.He sat ,absorbed in the music, waiting for his cue and bam! In the thick of it, the notes flowing and the drone underpinning so much – fabulous playing and I’m lucky to have witnessed it a few times. He’s much missed.
Have a good day
I was tuned into Dave Furey this evening.
I have not heard it myself yet but I did enjoy talkin to Davey….doing an interview with another singer can be more revealing, even more so if the singer is also a songwriter….Davey chose to talk about (for me) an interesting bunch of songs…the time we spent rapping on the phone just whizzed by….I’ll give the podcast a listen when it becomes available…
….I’m reminded of an interview with the singer Iarla Ó Leonaird…we spoke about the act of singing itself…about the voice,the muscle, the intonation…I enjoyed that chat very much….twas like a thorough examination of the instrument, of the very act……when examined at such close quarters I surmised that singing the Voice is akin to playing the Uileann Pipes…..such a statement may very well bring gasps of incredulity in certain quarters..but who gives a shite….
by the way Ed, I think you referred to my working in the Bank in Athlone ..not so… my Grandfather Christopher Moore hailed from Athlone….in later life he became a Bank Manager in Mohill and in Newbridge….Twas in Newbridge he met and married Brigid Dowling from Barronstown by the Hill of Allen.Our Father,Andy Moore (1915-1956), was their only child
Christy, great to hear you on the airwaves. Really enjoyed the chat and music with Davie. Enjoyed the laughter and the back stories. All great songs and in particular Lily, a great tribute to your Homeplace. Always love talk about Shane. Best wishes Mary
I always get a kick when Lily is mentioned….
I barely know Shane the man but I know a few of his songs intimately….
Shane kisses the earth, embraces the kernel, pokes the fire, picks the scab, heals the hurt, turns the leaf,laughs at the good of it, holds the mirror, saddles the pony,quaffs the liquor, licks the plate,deeply cares,dont give a shite, backs a winner, loves a loser…..
“twas Christmas Eve Babe..in the drunk tank”
Thanks so much to JP and all linked to producing the film of young maestro , O’Flynn. What musicianship and a chance to see close up shots of such wonderful playing.I’m curious about the programme that allowed such generous coverage- and reminded about the BBC’s savage deletion of many invaluable tapes.
I was fortunate to have had a close up audience view of Liam, a few times.I can only imagine the buzz of sharing a stage with him – thankfully, there’s now another souvenir of a fine legacy. RIP.
I spoke to Liam’s wife last night about JP’s posting….she thinks Liam may have been filmed at a small gathering of music lovers in Philly in 1971..I must contact the Piper’s club for further information..I’m curious about this wonderful recording
Christy very kindly agreed to come on to my new radio show/podcast for a fascinating discussion about the songs. What was originally meant to be a 25 mins chat turned into an in depth conversation about the songs for over an hour. The show airs tonight at 8pm https://downdaroadradio.com/ with podcast available shortly afterwards. Due to covid restrictions it was a phone to phone conversation so it is not studio quality but I really enjoyed it and hope you do too. Thanks again to you Christy for your kindness, your time and most of all for the songs. Until we meet again…
Davie….how do I access your podcast?
You’ve brightened my day up with your bank escapades. I bet they didn’t know what had hit them when you walked through the door. The incessant caring bank ads are horrible. One of the weirdest adverts we get here at the moment is a woman writing letters to a guide dog called Bolt. I’m thinking she’s the nut.
The fruit and nut might have to be dairy milk here. Steve doesn’t eat nuts or dried fruit. It would be unfair to buy a giant bar crammed with the things.
Thankyou to you and everyone who gave me feedback on Yellow Furze Woman. It’s an important song for me, I find it very empowering, nestling in my heart. I am very grateful you gave me the go-ahead to sing it.
JP from Limerick posted a beautiful film on Liam Óg O’Flynn’s glorious music…you might mention it to Steve in case he has not seen it…beautifully controlled Piping, such tasteful application of regulators and, as always, his pipes beautifully in tune..
enjoy your full dairy cream choclate
You’re a fine raconteur as well as excelling,way beyond the ‘trainee folk singer’…fair play for all you do,thanks D
as an apprentice, I always claimed the 7lbs
Just taken delivery of Martin Simpson’s ace ‘Home Recordings’ – to go on repeat with ‘Early Years’ and distract me from Government corruption and ineptitude.
In the sleeve notes,MS touches on a topic that’s been discussed here- ‘augmented unison’ is two notes a semi- tone apart… I think ‘grace notes’ says it better!
Enjoy the walk – rain or shine. D
those grace notes can sometimes melt the heart
Enjoy the walk and singing…sounds brilliant. Maybe, you’d fancy doing a ‘bank’ chat sometime? Sitting, with Andy, reminiscing,Q and A style, like the great vid for the ‘early years’…just a thought…
No storms here and now set to revel in the Liam film (thanks to genius techies), get some playing done and mull over the alphabet quiz…I’m ok for the ‘X’ – I’m going for Richard Thompson as an ‘ex’ Fairport…
Wow- that’s a magnificent ‘Musgrave’ on early years – lovely fiddle and great the way it became Liam’s part, when played by Planxty. Fair play…
Have a great day.
I made some good friends in those three years….but bank clerking was not within my grasp….nevertheless it was a very civilised industry compared to what it has become…it was extraordinarily customer friendly….clients were respected…customers were given time and offered help….nowadays Banks do not want any human interaction…they treat customers as nuisance… constant ads bombard from every medium telling us how they care, truth is… they dont give a shite…
were I do attempt thon Q&A, Andy would need an anti-rant button to rein me in..
But I do have many anecdotes..
Once in Clonmel I had the keys to The National Bank ( the office ,not the safe) one Saturday night the porter and songs were flying at closing time….I gathered a band of buddies, a decent carry out of porter and we adjourned to The Bank…
“whack fol de diddle O theres whiskey in the jar”
Come Monday Morning there was hell to pay..it was a sacking offence.. the Manager, Mickey O’Connor, gave me a severe dressing down…it might have been worse, he was fingering the red card when his good lady wife intervened and asked that I be given a second chance ( I used to run errands for Mrs O’Connor and was in her good books)
Years later I bumped into Micky O’Connor on the street in Shepherds Bush. Him a retired Bank manager, me a trainee folk singer…he bought me a few pints and we reminisced…Mrs O’Connor no longer alive he seemed a lonely man..that was in 1966
Hello Christy, received your album yesterday afternoon, can I say a huge thanks to all of you who tried to help me download it! I’m so sorry I was hopeless with all the terminology and got lost, but you were all so patient. My fault, just thought it was taking an age to arrive.
Well worth the wait, played disc1 last night, it’s amazing, it’s perfect listening especially at the moment when we’re all nostalgic during lockdown. Going to have a special Saturday and watch DVD as one of your guests suggested, can’t have a tipple but a think a giant bar of fruit and nut is in order.
And Rebecca what a lovely voice, it’s a perfect song and it was good to hear you singing it.
Thanks again to all for the help, I am getting better with technology, you should have seen me before. Pam
You got me going there Pam with your”giant bar of fruit and nut”! I assume you are referring to the shilling bar of Cadburys as distinct from the sixpenny? How they used to cram in the nuts back then…..I loved to let all the choclate melt in my mouth before chomping down on the hazel nuts…you’ve sown the seed, saliva flows in anticipation..I reckon I might get a giant bar in myself for a Saturday night treat…
I agree with you about Rebecca’s rendition of Yellow Furze Woman…
I was speaking to my youngest, Charlie, last night. We were comparing notes on the new disc. He may be only 25 but has been a long time fan, like the wee yins who come to your gigs.
Anyway i pass on his very best wishes. He still cherishes you playing his request “hey ronnie reagan” in carlow a few years ago which he heard thanks to Hilary.
Anyway he says he marvels at how you mean every word you sing, the fact you always hit the back of the net with each song choice, and he enjoys how your voice has gradually changed over the decades but always appeals and strikes the right note. He thanks you.
Take care, stay safe
Good Morning Rory, and greetings to Charlie….I’ve not drawn the drapes yet, the wind is howling round the chimney…I’m due to walk the headland with my Son later..we are singing a bit together these days…I suppose I’d better get up and stir the porridge…..met Mick and Johnny yesterday when I sang a song in Croke Park….part of a commemoration to the 14 who died on Bloody Sunday November 1920….it is being streamed this coming Friday at 7 pm….we’ll be posting out details
Christy What towns did you work in around Ireland when you were in the bank? Have you any memories you might share from each town or village that you worked in.? JP
Between 1963 and 1966
………Between Clonmel and Ballyhaunis I worked on the “temporary duty staff”.While working in Ennistimon I worked the sub-office in Lisdoonvarna one day in 1964. Little did I know what lay ahead.
I have many memories from every town, ….maybe its time to begin writing them down
Liam O’Flynn Philadelphia 21st October 1971
and mighty Thanks to
1 year ago (edited)
Hmmm. Well, this has gone through a few manifestations to arrive here – tape in 1971, transfer to video, conversion from “Never-the-same-color-twice” to PAL, digital conversion to upload…..try to look all that for what there, despite the low fidelity….
I’ve not seen this before….such beautifully controlled piping from our dearly departed brother…
looking at it this morning in the fading black and white, its ethereal, hes there,still piping, mastering, smiling, that distinctive clearing of the throat before he speaks, Liam was 26 when that was recorded, even at that young age he played like a true master of his instrument
bobby sands only wanted to wear his own clothes,nelson mandela only wanted to vote,gandhi only wanted god,christy moore only wanted to love ireland…..THANKS FOR KEEPING MY SPIRIT HIGH WTH YOUR MUSIC…CHRISTY MOORE SLAN GO FOIL LIAM OMURCU
We’re all in this together Liam….
From Shadwell Dock to Nine-Elms-Reach
from Sneem across to Dingle
I’m laughing at your reply, ‘the pension’ and you only 21.
I’ve have visions myself of me talking to this this stern-looking Mr Moore and I’d plamas him by talking about some great ballad or folk session I’d seen him at, me trying to soft soap him for this loan.
that would be plámás Master Coyle
a little exercise for fellow guestbook contributors/music lovers to while away some lockdown time. See if you can list an aritist/band you have seen performing live with names starting from A to Z. I personally started with Joan Armatrading and made it all the way to The Zutons but have to admit to getting stuck on X,. if only I had gone to see XTC or X-Ray Spex in the 70s? You could probably do it with people/bands you have performed or recorded with?
Jinky Johnson…………( tbc page 94….the breakfast is ready )
Lovely stuff from Rebecca – I’ll have to be on top of my game when it’s legal to have the jam in ‘th’ills’…
Martin Simpson has also been busy during the gig drought -at home in Sheffield .There’s a new album, with loads of video goodies at http://www.martinsimpson.com he’s a reet clever lad.
Enjoy that day all
Respect to Martin Simpson…..he keeps his music resonating…responds to the situation..finds new ways to be heard….
I watched your video with Andy, thankyou so much for mentioning the two ballad books. I’ve tracked them down second hand. One of the songs from Early Years is in my head. I’m trying to work out which one it is.
Here is my version of your Yellow Furze Woman, for Nancy Power. This is where it was yesterday. Its a green shoot that keeps growing.
I think the chrome handlebars sound better. The only interesting thing about IT support is the people and you don’t need the IT support for those.
Talking of stickers and fuckups, I’ve been offered a half hour slot on an online charity gig for motor neurone disease and another charity I can’t remember. It on Friday 27th Nov. Me in a room with a mobile phone and a harp. What could possibly go wrong.
Hugging my family will be the first job for me too. I need to see my Mum.
It is wonderful to hear my Mother’s song resonating from Yorkshire. Thank you for sharing.
I know you knew him well, but having only just followed up the advice and had a great wander on the website http://www.martinaegan.com I hope many more companeros can do similar.
I do a lot of Great War research (mainly related to a grandfather) and am blown away by ‘Green Water’ in the poetry section on the site. RIP MAE – he was gifted,for sure.
Thank you Dave….its heartwarming to read Martin’s “Greenwater”, to remember our old friend….
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