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Hi Christy and all, I love reading your posts Rebecca. My granddaughter bought me Peggy Seeger’s ‘ First Time Ever’ for my birthday am only a couple of chapters in, because I’m finishing off another book but am already hooked.
Peggy and Ewan McColl used to visit my sister’s neighbour in the seventies, he was a headmaster at a Jewish school in Manchester, I used to love talking to him he was a very inspiring man.
Hope to have Peggy’s energy when I reach her age! Pam
Hey Mr.Postman..whats in your bag..
Hello Christy and All,
You know when a thought hits you between the eyes and you do about 5 hours thinking in 2 seconds?
Pam set me off, with her post about Peggy Seeger’s new album. I love it because it’s so female and she is willing to be open.
I’m thinking about the book Thirty two words for field. The author talks about something he calls “the language of the back kitchen”. This is a place where married women can talk together in a safe and secret space. The author couldn’t give a single example of this language because he is not a married woman. As one myself, it made me realise that we’re not just in the closet, we’re in the closet in the kitchen. Somehow this made me feel sad. Half of the population is completely outside of the other half’s thoughts. This is not an old book. It was published in the last year or two.
So I am very grateful to Pam and Peggy for making me use my brain and think about this.
It’s a strange space. Lady Barnard stepped outside the passive role and immediately got herself and her poor lover killed. I’m 50 so I don’t know how life is for young women now. I hope that 60 years of the pill have moved us further forward than a single song from a mature woman that’s brave enough to talk.
Anyway, here’s the song fron Peggy.
Is it really the first song where a mature woman is brave enough to be open and non—passive. I’m hoping I’m wrong and I’ve missed a whole raft of them.
Sorry for the mind download. It could all be rubbish but somehow it feels important.
I love Manchán Magan’s Book “Thirty Two Words for Field” (Gill)
and Peggy Seeger’s new album..
…………you say “it could all be rubbish”….it aint
…………in your previous post you spoke of being “stupid and unhappy”….you are not stupid
………….you also said “I can be such an idiot”…..you most certainly are not
Mornin’ Christy/ all
Salford based Working Class Movement Library sends out regular newsletters and is very active. The latest has just hit and will hopefully, be of special interest to some visitors here.
The WCML has had a request from The National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park, Co Roscommon – asking for info from Greater Manchester residents who are from families with ancestors who moved to England in the 1840s / 19 th century. Short interviews are planned to record memories for a spoken voice archive.
Contact is needed before 15/5/21 for interested folks to contact Strokestown. No mention of any other areas in the UK, but they may also be needed, perhaps.
Sorry to hijack this forum with a long post, Christy – but if of interest to anyone, it’s probably easiest to drop me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll forward the WCML newsletter that has the Strokestown contact. Good luck folks…
Enjoy the day all – sunny here – melting the frost!
no sense of “hi-jack” whatsoever…I can spot a “hi-jack” coming a mile off….
went to a Fleadh Ceol in Strokestown is 1973….heard some great music and drank a rake of Large Bottles, those old Fleadhs were blissfull when we had the youth and vigour to endure the glorious chaos….I wish the Museum well with their Salford endeavours….I’ve dropped in there frequently when heading for gigs Mayo….
Lovely post there waiting for me this morning. It was a grand start to the day. Much appreciated & thanks for taking the time. Nice Welsh tie in there too 😅 Was great catching up with Ramblin’ J, thought I may had seen the last of him when the world went the way it did. Would ye believe, he’s putting gig dates in the books again now too…
I had John Sheahan there with me for an hour or so earlier in the week. Will see if I can do him justice by making a respectable show of it. I went with ‘The Stirring Foot’ as a working title. The Heron or the Egret stirring the waters up on one foot, seeing what comes up through the murk. I love using phrases that seem like they’ve been around forever, but have also rarely or seldom been used as titles for works of art & that. ‘All Manner Of Ways’, ‘Luck Is A Beggar, Luck Is King’ or ‘The Stirring Foot’. Feels like a torch is being carried, more than trying to force ‘originality’ onto things, especially when it involves other people’s work. But it’s all tied to the traditions of culture back home.
That’s an interesting dynamic there at the G.P.O all right, but sure, better you at it then some of the heads they sometimes pull in. Like you’ve often said yourself, “keep the good side out…”. In recent years, there’s so much ‘new’ information on my great grandad, that I honestly don’t know what to believe any more, but I’ll continue to learn nonetheless.
Thanks Christy, maybe we can have a chat sometime for the show when I can manage to be less nervous around ye 😂
Thanks for everything 🙏
did I ever thank you for turning me on to Rob Corcoran’s classic “Ringing The Bell” in case I have not done so:
Míle Maith agat mo cara
Of course we can have a chat sometime..I’ll balance things up ..I’ll be fierce nervous around you and we can have a nerve-wrecking chat with each other..the pair of us rattlin like fuck with nerves to bate the band….no relaxation will be tolerated …any sign of serenity and you can lash in a haymaker of a question …if I see you relaxin even slightly I’ll throw in a swerved ball that will soon bring your nerves back on
I love those old phrases myself….our Mother Nancy had a few right ones…both our Grandmothers had bon mots in their arsenals…
We all throw our heads back and sing ‘i wish i was back home in Derry’, we all tap along to McIlhatton, many will recite The Rhythm of Time.
When we all wake up tomorrow we could do worse than to remember Bobby Sands MP who died 40 years ago.
I should say no more, remember him, whether for his poetic/musical memory or otherwise…..the first of many brave men to die in captivity over the following weeks.
You do not need to be politically minded to sing….ohohohoh oh i wish i was back home in Derry.
40 years on… memories of the day remain crystal clear…
“How their sorrow touched us all in those final days
When it was time she held the door and touched his sallow face
the Flame he lit while leaving is still burning strong
by the light its plain to see..the suffering that went on….and on”
On the 5th of May,the black flags lay, in Nineteen Eighty One
Sorry to hear about Mick Hipkiss Christy. You’ve often spoken quite fondly of him on these pages over the years. You mentioned him in a reply to me a few weeks ago in a post about Barr Na Sráide. It kinda leads on to a question I’ve always wanted to ask you about songs, especially in the early years and apologies in advance as you’ve probably been asked this and discussed it 100s of times…..(Beware!!! Pre-question ramble alert!!!) When you refer to getting a song from someone you say they gave it to you which to me is you saying that you are being honored by these people who are handing this piece of treasure over to you and entrusting you with it. I think it’s important to learn as much as you can about a song as it enriches the enjoyment of singing it or listening to it. You always supply as much information as you can about songs which really does add to the experience. So I think it would be fascinating to know more about the process of how the collecting of the earlier songs happened. As we know today we all have smart phones which can be used as a basic recording studio and the project studio set up at home but when you were say, travelling the UK in the 60s collecting all those great songs, how did you record/collect them. Did you sit down with those who had the songs and write out the lyrics or were you able to record them Did you write out the lyrics with chords and just have to remember the air in your head untill you got a chance to record them? Maybe you had some sort of recording device with you. Or did you just keep playing them constanly. You must have arrived back from the UK in the early 70s with a suitcase full of hand written lyrics recordings, and vinyl, if so do they still exist? I suppose this would apply to songs you collected up till the late 80s or so when home and mobile recording equipment started to appear for a reasonable price, thanks again Christy!
Gipp…twas all heavy sledging in the 60s…..cassettes in the 70s…Walkman in the 80s….some other yoke in the 90s and the phones started coming in…I only learned to recorsd on my phone in the past year..its a miracle that I ever built this repertoire…it took determination, obsession, hunger, hard travelling, listening, plagiarism, enthusiasm, drink, drugs,sobriety,persistance,chance,libraries, collectors,street singers,
over the last 30 years I’ve been priviliged to receieve songs from many writers…in the early days I was a hunter gatherer….
Christy thank you so much for the gig streamed Saturday night absolutely wonderful to hear you again. Particularly liked Ringing that Bell and Does this train stop in Merseyside with Anday. Hope to see your gigs return in the not too distant future. You are a true legend. Best wishes to you always annie
Fair Play AnnieMac
keep coming back
Great news about you recording – busy times for birthday week!
I’ve just received a fascinating newsletter from Karine Polwart – a true artist. http://www.karinepolwart.com has much of interest and a generous supply of videos. Well worth the signing up for the free news updates.
Enjoy the day – keep warm all.
I’m on Karine’s mailing list…an inspirational woman… a pure artist…..I also love Inge Thomson’s playing
Hello Christy and All,
Thanks for the prod Christy, you’re right about the prep. Stupid but I feel unhappy when I don’t think I’m working hard enough. Big remedy yesterday. I ran 11 songs, including Musgrave, dalesmans litany and reel in the flickering light. There’s 20 minutes in just those three.
Stamina is good and fingers are really hardening up. All is well. I can be such an idiot.
Pam, so glad to hear you made the tech work!
hope your harp is tuning and reverberating to your hearts content
Hello Christy and all,
Just managed to float back down to the real world after Sat night.
I hope there will be a DVD, want to watch again and again like the buzz when we used to go see you live, I always wanted to go back the following night! Also I missed the first 2 songs but think that was my fault, I have limited equipment and never done anything like this before.
So probably pressed the wrong button at the wrong time. Found the Toblerone, discarded slightly crumpled amongst the tissues I’d needed during ‘Nancy Spain’, managed to get to it before the dogs! Thanks so much again Christy.
well done Pam…. first two songs were “Wandering Aongus” and “All I remember”…hopefully we’ll be able to make both Streams available at some stage…
Hello Christy. Thank you so much for the joy and inspiration you have given my family through your music. My wife and I watched your show from the NCH in 2020 and enjoyed it completely. We eagerly bought tickets through DICE for the May 1 show, but our experience with the delivery of the show through DICE was disappointing. I would like to share our experience with someone on your team, but don’t want to drag this lovely guestbook down with a rant. Can you share with me a contact to chat with via email?
What we could see of your performance was wonderful, and we look forward eagerly to the next opportunity.
Thank you again, and keep well.
sorry to read this Bill..I’m gonna pass it on to my colleagues..hope it can be sorted
it does not come across as a rant..best for now
Hi Darkhorse Wigan,,, YES its available but only until 9.30 pm tonight,,, here is the link from the NCH fb page. Tickets from DICE.FM. The concert will be available to view until 9.30pm on Monday, May the 3rd.
https://link.dice.fm/iRDkLQNIUbb The concert will be available to view until 9.30pm on Monday, May the 3rd.
hope it works,,hope you did n’t need to pay before Sat !! , if not go directly to NCH social media or website,,, You are in for a treat,,,, !! Enjoy,, I ‘m re -watching myself right now again !! maybe it will be made available on DVD ?? H
“with cudgels stout we roamed about in search of the Dreoilín
we hunted birds thru every Furze from Leitir to Dooneen
we jumped for joy beneath the sky,life held no print nor plan
when the Boys of Barr na Sráide went hunting for the Wren”
I heard Mick Hipkiss sing this song in 1967….Mick was a most beautiful singer..he ran a great Folk Club in Birmingham called The Skillet Pot..it was held every Sunday night in a pub called The Old Contemptible….I used to stay in Mick’s home with his wife Eileen..I was never made more welcome..thru Mick’s club I got to play in many Clubs in the Midlands..got to meet many great musicians and singers…and I gathered many great songs….. The Sun is Burning,Hey Sandy,Barr na Sráide, John O Dreams,The Old Man’s Song, Letter to Syracuse….Mick was laid to rest two weeks ago….”Come by The Hill”
Hi Christy , is it still possible to watch your concert from Saturday May 1st ?
If so how do I get a link to pay for it please?
finito benito…but it may rise again…sign up for newsletter
Thoroughly enjoyed your NCH concert, Christy. Never realized Bobby Sands wrote that song. Great set list. Looking forward to you gigging again, so I can plan my next trip back to Ireland.
me too Greg
My Daughters Meghan and Miah bought me a ticket to watch for my 60th birthday. We watched together with Tish my wife. That was brilliant – I want one of those wee mics you were singing into. Felt you were playing just for us. Best live streamed show I have seen. New songs and old – loved Nancy Spain – tears in my eyes. Thanks Mr Moore
that wee black mic has made my job a lot easier….let me know if you want further info and I’ll get details from the road crew….well done to Meghan & Miah
Thanks for the show on Saturday. Watched it my girlfriend Áine, we had a great laugh imagining you singing Lawless with Val after the dinner. It was lovely to see you sing with Andy. Your music always gives me some devilment in my life, here’s meself and the brother singing one of your Planxty classics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN2UOofC9PE
Looking forward to seeing you virtually or in reality again.
Go raibh maith agat.
Well Niall, I’ve looked at your video 3 times..for the life of me I cant figure out whats happening…the only one making any sense is the dog..but fair play……you’ve covered Sally Brown
see you in pedigree corner
Myself and my fianceé sat outside having a BBQ with your National Concert Hall gig in the background. Thanks for a wonderful (virtual) evening. Can’t wait to see you in the flesh again soon.
Bank Holiday Monday and listening to The Woman I Loved So Well… feeling thankful.
Blessings to you.
Having read your lovely note I have an overwhelming desire for a plate of burnt sausages…well buttered batch loaf and a good covering of Colman’s Mustard…
Thinking about performing, this morning. The gigs I’ve done have been like beacons in my life. Development and learning are great, but there’s only so much prep you can do. Maybe this is why people ride roller coasters. It’s a lot cheaper.
but we can never do too much prep
I had to return to the 1942 song on the re run of last night’s show.
It is an astounding work.
My son Charlie and i visited Dachau ,to try to understand what these victims went through, and to remind ourselves of man’s inhumanity to man.
Please thank Ricky Lynch for his song, as i thank you for airing it.
I will pass your message on to Ricky,
Thank You for the thumbs up
Just looked in on the California falcons… 3 strong juveniles – lunch arrived to a great welcome. Nearly as much of a buzz in the nesting box as here today!
Hope you had a great day.
had a good studio day yesterday
back in now for another bout of heavy sledging
when will we ever learn ?
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