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Some lovely posts to sieve through this sunny afternoon…
First gig was 10th April 07 @ The Hilgrove Hotel in Monaghan…fourteen years ago tomorrow & I remember it so well..
North and South of the River
Black is the Colour
Viva la Quinte Brigada
Magic Nights in the Lobby Bar
City of Chicago
Joxer Goes to Stuttgart
A Stitch in Time
Smoke and Strong Whiskey
Back Home in Derry
The Time Has Come
Go, Move, Shift
Only Our Rivers Run Free
Yellow Furze Woman
Don’t Forget Your Shovel
Have a great weekend!
28 songs means it must have been a good one…thanks for remembering Kev….
Hello Christy and All,
Its great to see all the chat and Christy’s posts looking all bright eyed and bushy tailed. 1st May will be a great birthday present, Pam,
what was (is?) Rawtenstall Fair like. I’m pretty sure we never had anything like that here. It was all waltzers and win a goldfish. Maybe I was too young to notice.
I need to listen to the invisible women thing. I’m not looking forward to it happening. I seem to cause chaos wherever I go and I’ve no idea how to keep my gob shut.
Three uninterrupted weeks. That sounds good Christy. Do you run the thing everyday? I know you can’t resist being flexible, things happen, don’t they.
Oh, we’re all waiting for it.
It definitely feels like a when not an if now! Maybe even the travel and the curry houses.
creativity and invention often flows from chaos….Brighouse might not have a “Rawtenstall Annual fair” but all corners of Yorkshire possess their own unique charms..
I runs it every day….over and over..round and round goes the mantra until the lyrics and chord sequence permeate the muscle memory….until they fall out of my mouth uncontrolably..only then am I ready for road….
Three bumps Josie and away we go on a hack
For those of us of a certain vintage, its impossible to read the towns you listed, without hearing Eddie Waring’s unique voice and Rugby League news – ‘Rawtenstall annual fair’ could be the sound track…
A good call by Pam. Peggy Seeger is on top form – her regular newsletters are a good read too.
Have a good day. Enjoy the workroom focus on May Day.
anyone remember a Rugby league match in B/W times..Eddie on the mic…a retired pro boxer making his Rugby League debut resorted to Boxing stance and began leathering all round him… unforgettable ….prob in the mid 60s
Hi Christy and all.
Have had on pre-order (via mail, the old fashioned way) Peggy Seeger’s First Farewell, released today. Listened to a couple of tracks on YouTube, can certainly identify with ‘The Invisible Women’, good line from that ‘ the invisible gels love a fight!’.
This old age thing isn’t too bad am 70 on 1st May, and have a concert to watch on that day, what more could I ask. Cheers Pam
“O She’s a May Day Girl from Lancashire”…Happy Birthday Pam , from all of us here, when the day comes around…..
Peggy Seeger shines like a beacon..her voice clear..her eyes sparkling…her legacy assured…
Great to know you were out and about.Looking forward to hearing the interview.Longing for the times when it will be ‘suitcase and guitar in hand’ – Widnes station would feel as adventurous as Warsaw station right now!
All the best
Widnes,Wigan, Warrington, St Helens….always got those towns mixed up…no Satnav in the old ’56 Beetle….
Mornin’ Christy/ all
A year since John Prine’s passing and an excellent family interview/ thought provoking piece via http://www.variety.com .What a sad loss.
Agreeing with Rory about the Jack Charlton doc. Remembering the fun times on holiday in Ireland as my kids and cousins celebrated the Charlton era. So sad to see his decline, but a wonderful tribute film – epitomised by big Jack’s grin when he watched an interview on a laptop, recognising Paul McGrath…
Have a good day.
Jack wanted Cascarino, Joxer wanted Quinn,
Hiya Christy, Wolf here.
Had to create a new account to return.
Just wanted to say I’m always remembering the concerts, the sweetest times, such gifts!
Hoping to return again when possible.
This song from the late great Tom Petty made me think of you, and your companera, the life you’ve shared with us.
Love is always the answer.
With love and gratitude. Shine on.
welcome back…the voice from Topanga…beautiful song, beautiful film, all wrapped up in 2 mins 30 seconds….
Not much keeps me up after 9.30pm, a CM gig or a comet perhaps, but tonight i found a programme i had to watch way past my bedtime.
I do not watch much tv at all but if anyone can find ,on the bbc iplayer, the programme ‘Finding Jack Charlton’ you won’t regret it.
Wor Jack, what a man.
We remembered him on this forum when he died, so i thought i would just mention it here.
Oh me lads ye should have seen us gannin….
Some man, the honorary Irishman.
Good links, Rebecca – I’m prompted to Sandy Denny and Richard Farina now – good inclusions for any day’s listening…’Quiet Joys of Brotherhood’ – wonderful sounds. D
Where Lagan stream sings lullaby, there grows a lily fair
The twilight gleam is in her eye, darkness is on her hair
And like a lovesick leahnann sidhe she has my heart in thrall
No life I own, nor liberty. For love is lord of all.
Its a day for tuning the harp and singing
Forgot to praise Rory’s call about ‘Wild is the Wind’ – wonderful… I was playing Bowie’s ‘Black Star’ yesterday – the album released as Bowie died .Superb depth and power to singing and music.Some art seems to be beyond words – just has to be absorbed and appreciated – hopefully. D
we need new life ..yes Dave,I agree…beyond words…..magical, mystical, miraculous floating on the air…..catch it if you can….bathe in the beauty of it…look,listen, feel,…may we have the time to take it in
Oh Christy, there’s a change in the air. The 4711ers are blinking into the light. They can smell the rasher sandwiches.
It won’t be long, you can feel it.
Rory thanks for your mention of Billy MacKenzie singing Wild is the Wind what a fantastic voice/range he had.. Love David Bowie and Nina Simone’s duet of this song. He is certainly up there with them.
as good a singer as I’ve ever heard…..such pain and suffering in the lives of one family….he sings it
The few flakes of Easter Snow were a reminder of nature’s changes as they mingled with sun… Bob Dylan might soon rival Rory’s racing knowledge after ‘Freewheelin Dylan’ winning the Irish National at 150/1. I didn’t back the horse, as I hadn’t seen the info in advance.If I fhad,I’d have had a punt, but -c’est la vie!
On a non music link, I’m very sad that a favourite actor has died,prematurely young – Paul Ritter, most recently famous as Dad/Martin in ‘Friday Night Dinner’ (but, with a superb CV and wide skills on stage and screen)Similar to the loss of a favourite artist/musician, there’s an appreciation of skills, mixed in with sadness at passing…and a determination to check out more of their work.
My kids badgered me to watch ‘Friday Night Dinner’.I’m glad they did -even though I suspect that my enjoyment of ‘Dad’ in the show confirmed their views thatparts of my personality are as off the wall as his!
As Joni says ‘ you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone’… have a good day in workroom and sun.
had a good conversation yesterday with Liam O’Connor at the Irish Trad Music Archive….it was recorded and will go on their website in due course..we reflected upon Easter Snow, Seamus, Liam Óg, Catherine, and many others too…
it was great to leave the house yesterday and go into town with a guitar on my back….next up is May the 1st and a gig to be streamed from the National Concert Hall …and 3 (un-inter-upted) weeks to prepare !!!
Might we even start to dream of soundchecks, the theme from Cal, the blue tar road, the ferry, curry houses and the 8pm waft of Old Spice and Eau de Cologne
Good evening everyone,
Listening tonight to the Scottish vocal genius that was Billy MacKenzie.
His album ‘beyond the sun’ is galactical magic, his version of ‘wild is the wind’ is a tornado of beautiful sound ( check out youtube and the notes he holds) and the Associates song ‘those first impressions’ will bowl you over like a love at first sight.
Even if one 4711er dips their toe into the absolute wonderment of his voice it will be a delightful achievement, and whilst Billy was an often sad, lonely and troubled man his voice is the greatest Scottish one of my lifetime.
The book of his short life ‘the glamour chase’ is a compelling read.
Thanks for reading this post fellow music lovers.
Absolutely stunning Rory….Thank you
Hi Christy and 4711er-friends,
Lovely verse about South Donegal! Coincidentally we watched a great video on YouTube of your gig in Bundoran (Oct 2014) yesterday and spotted Marty in front row!!!
The start of your musical journeys is a beautiful story, Adam! Travelling to gigs even took the “Wicklow Boy” to Germany …
Hilary’s post reminded me of your Easter gigs in Bantry three years ago – what a carefree time we have had then!!!
Here we also got some Easter Snow! All the flowers and blooming trees are covered with the white blanket since Easter Monday. There are even “Forget-me-nots among the snow” in our garden now.
Very good news about your vaccination, dear Christy!
Beannachtái na Cásca a Christy. ‘Oh, the Easter snow, it has faded away, it was so rare and beautiful, and melted back in the clay.’ What a wonderful and poignant words in your memorial to Seamus Ennis. At the moment I’m listening to Liam Óg playing Easter Snow along with Seamus’s daughter Catherine, who was a church organist as well as a renowned concert organist. I was sorry to learn that she passed away on Christmas Eve. Hope you get your second jab before the NCH and that Mick’s reckoning is right. Either way I look forward to it. In the meantime go well.
First gig was 2006 point gigs were Freddie white did support . Went to one came back the next night for the second couple of months before that picked up ride on in shop. Then slowly stated going to more in Vic Street following year then started the trips out of the country across the water on boats planes trains.. Have always enjoyed the travel part of gigs. The anticipation of having holidays and leaving work paking the bags loaded with camera and lenses getting a early morning flight or a late night ferry to hollyehad and the train on the next day and then some gigs to look forward too. It does look like their is some light ahead fingers crossed.
Up the airy mountain
Down the rushy glen
We daren’t go a hunting
For fear of little men
Wee folk , good folk
Trooping all together
Green jacket , red cap
And white owls feather
Born in Ballyshannon……
Great news on the vaccine…. take care in the meantime…. til 2 weeks after 2nd jab…..
Some people letting down their guard a little too soon.
Great post Adam….. a legend amongst the 4711ers.
O adieu to Ballyshannon will I ever see you more
manys the happy day I spent around Bundoran’s shore
to my wife and family I’ll bid a fond farewell
for I’m going away and I’m bound to stay in the burning pits of hell
a verse from “Fr McFadden”, a song I learned from Frank Lunny Snr 60 years ago, Frank was from Lisnaskeagh in Co Fermanagh, he settled with his Family in Co Kildare…. a lot of great music emanated from “the back of the barracks”…”The Flower of sweet Strabane” another of his songs
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