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A gig indeed, above all i am pleased for you.
It must have been like the 3 mile chaser whose track was permanently waterlogged
Or the painter with no water to wet the colours with , good on you, you have kept us entertained for 15 months with ‘live shows’, front room sing songs , news and unending guestbook banter so it is time for you to spread your wings and fly the coup.
Ps listening again tonight to the charity cd Somerisesomefall, all power to those lads
we’re under starter’s orders
Great news on the gig front….. the beginning of the end of the live music drought.
First time to hear Waltzing Matilda was Mike Harding on his brilliant TV show on BBC back in the late 70s …..
Here’s Hopin Marty
Liam Clancy’s version of ‘Matilda’ is the best of all, by a street.
A gig! That’s amazing!
Now you’ve managed to entice one in I hope that all of its friends will follow it.
Hi C… OMG,,, a gig in Killarney,, !! I have just seen the announcement from the INEC,, June 26th..only 17 more sleeps…,and what great company you are in,,,?? Was I dreaming,,?? I had to pinch myself but I rang them,, its on ,,,setting the clock for tomorrow am… fingers crossed ” first up best dressed ” beidh fior failte romhat ar ais go dti An Riocht,, beir bua agus beannacht… H
are we getting out of The Black Valley ?
Hi Gits .. … ..
hope you are keeping well?
things are looking mate.. 16 weeks to go, a great bunch of lads…
Ive wrote a few lyrics since i got here, and im starting to find my mojo again…
ill drop you a message when i finish…
god bless mate, keep it lit…
Hope it all goes well for you
Sorry, I meant to thank you for all the stuff about Joe Sartini and Bigamy O,’Keefe. I’d love to hear more about this amazing song.
a good call, Rebecca.
Eric Bogle wrote ‘Waltzing Matilda..’ from an ANZAC perspective, but definitely a nod to the tradition… I heard Liam Clancy sing it solo a few times (in the duo with Tommy Makem).Every time I heard him,the song was stunning… D
Hello Christy and All,
The legless song led me straight to And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda. I first heard it sung bt the Pogues and I thought that they must be the source. Its so full of all their snarling nihilism. Then I heard Liam Clancy sing it. It’s a different song with him. So it’s older.
Talking of overdubs, that harp you’ve got on the reel in the flickering light on Magic Nights is beautiful. I’m so glad you put that song on the album.
Dylan ‘ Unplugged’, 1995…’John Brown’, mighty anti war song – believed to have been written by Bob in the 60s… I wonder if he’d been inspired by ‘Mrs McGrath’, likely to have been in the Clancy’s repertoire at the time they all crossed paths in Greenwich Village. D
Mornin’ Christy/ John
I love these geeky ginnels… I was surprised to find a wikipedia entry for ‘Mrs McGrath’ – one that throws up fascinating info, and references to our topics here…
Thanks to John for the ‘Seeger sessions’ reminder – that’s being played today, after a cuppa and finishing the wiki read…
Have a good day
Christy/Dave, Bruce Springsteen dose a great song with identical lyrics on his 2006 Seeger Sessions album but its listed as ‘Mrs McGrath’, same song differant title?
I think you got me there John,
I got “Mrs McGrath” and “Kerry Recruit” tangled up in green..
“Now Mrs McGrath the Sergeant said”
“About 4 years ago I was diggin the land”
such similar opening lines !!!
Fascinating about sean nos, Christy – thanks.
Also, interesting trad song crossovers. Your words from ‘The Kerry Recruit’ are very similar to those of ‘My Son John’ (from Tim Hart’s singing). Gotta love the trad songs and the puzzles they throw in the mix.
Got to agree with you Dave. My grandma said that if her brother didn’t come back from the war, she’d go down to London and kill Winston Churchill herself.
“O were you drunk or were you blind
when you left your two fine legs behind
or was it walkin on The Sae (Sea)
took your two fine legs from the knees away”……(The Kerry Recruit)
I’ve just been on youtube watching Luka at The Menin Gate, Ypres. I know there’s a family connection to the WW1 memorial.
I’ve just found my Uncle’s name on the website/ new Normandy WW2 memorial. Very emotional to read it – he was killed at 20 in July,1944. For the remaining 51 years of her life, my mother could barely talk about her brother, without crying. I hope she’d like the new memorial. It’s important to remember the fallen, I think.
I hope your day has gone well.
our Grand Uncle Joe Sheeran fell at Ypres….all that came back to the Yellow Furze was the badge from his cap…..his remaining Family live around Bury
“All for The Roses
Over The Sea
All for The Roses
Soldier Boys to be”…..( Wally Page…Finglas Boys)
I came across Liam O’ Maonlai’s solo work via http://www.liamomaonlai.ie recently and been checking out his music in more detail… brilliant listening – prompted by his praise of Dylan.
In particular, Liam’s take that Dylan’s singing has a cross over to the sean nos style. You know way more about the latter than I do, so I wondered what you reckon…
Good luck with overdubs and interesting LP related jobs.
a new generation of Sean-Nós singing emerges …..Liam has the blas and the nyaaah…..some have it naturally while others develop it gradually…I grew up in the Pale….my Balladry is pure revivalist…occasionally grace notes flourish without any intent..tis the song that brings ’em on mo bhúachaill
No OBE or MBE yet ….. but at least Harry and Meagan have named their new daughter after one of your Albums…. even if they got the spelling wrong.
one behind the ear..
“he’d drink porter off a sore leg”
Sounds like another verse of 16 fishermen coming on…
You could eat your fry off the back of her neck…
Thank you for the brilliant info on the inchicore wake.
I had a listen to Anne Buckley singing the song, it’s in the itma website. It’s a great song. I hadn’t picked up all the people. The tar barrel had completely passed me by.
And Joxer makes an appearance in your recording. I like the way you make a mark on songs. Something for future singers to find. Footprints in the sand.
Those sound checks of yours are a goldmine. Listening to your albums, the way I can tell a song is from a sound check is there’s no applause at the end. Quite often the audience are such good listeners you don’t hear a peep out of them till the end of the song.
One of the best bits of watching Ireland play, for me, is getting to hear Athenry. I was at the gig in Salthill when we all sang it. All 1000 of us. I’ll never forget it.
across the years it has happened occasionally….
a song connects in a way that has not happened before…
the end arrives….there is a long silence…its as if the audience dont know what to do…its as if there is a spell that should not be broken….
the Anne Lovett song ( Everybody Knew,Nobody Said) ended that way betimes…..
Soundchecks ,over the past 20 years, have betimes turned into glorious jams….the same with pre gig warm-ups…….
Pete St John explained to me that Joe Sartini had a twin saddled bike….on Sundays he would purchase bundles of tickets from City Centre Cinemas….then he would pedal out to the suburbs with his partner on the back saddle..they would sell the cinema tickets at a profit “his twin saddled bike a Black Market on wheels”
“Bigamy O’Keefe” was married 6 times and he’d never even been to Hollywood
Alice in Wonderland
“I’ve seen some weird shit…”
Dorothy in Wizzard of Oz
“yeah well, I stole shoes from a dead woman who I killed with my house…”
I had great role models as a child
“he’d drink porter off a sore leg”
“thank god I’m not fond of it”
” its a hure when it gets in on you”
“fill us two pints there Phyllis
and I’ll have a wee drop while I’m waitin”
“ah come on now lads, the Sergeant’s outside”
We watched Come all you dreamers last night. Got me thinking, what about another simultaneous Christy watching fest.
We all watched Barrowland at the same time on a Saturday night a while back, and it was brilliant. I hear some people even got the perfume and aftershave out.
What about doing something like that again. Or maybe Dublin 2006?
We’d need someone to put up a link to a recording on YouTube. Is there anyone able to do this?
Another thing. I’d like to request inchicore wake at a gig please. It’s a great song and I love it. It had me scurrying off to Google as soon as I heard it.
I’d also like to hear James Connolly acappella. I heard you sing A stitch in Time acapella. There’s something about a voice in a space. Even better when you’re near enough to hear it without the mic.
delighted by your mention of “Inchicore Wake”
I love this song…the first time I heard Anna Buckley sing it in the Góilín Singing Club I was smitten….I contacted the writer Pete St John and he gave me the full history of the song, the low down on all the characters….I invited Pete to a gig in The National Concert and sang his song. I then introduced him and the audience gave him a standing ovation….each time I sing about “chase-the-hearse” Whelan,
“Ructions” Murray, “Bigamy” O’Keeffe, “Stickfoots”,”Tar Barrell” and all the other characters, I feel the Joycean vibes that flow thru Pete’s song…
“Inchicore Wake”is among my favourite songs to sing..
PS Pete St John also wrote (amongst others) “The Fields of Athenry” …the most popular Song on this Island in my life time
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