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Ed – I was about 25 miles west of Athlone when we heard about the moon walk (just read it was 6pm there, so we must confuse later walks with first). I was five and happy as Larry I was allowed to help out on Carty’s farm. Whith us looking at Earth’s moon and Uncle Joe saying, “They’re a long way from home”, New York didn’t seem so far away. I may only imagine I remember Joni on Cavett while Woodstock was happening, but I don’t think so (chatted briefly with Dick a couple of times). I probably knew her voice from your radio and was pleased to see her on tv, she being pretty and gentle. And doesn’t perspire at rate of a certain Irish folkie, I’ll tell you. Is it the salt in the bread, bacon n puddins? Global warming? We wore sweaters in August there then, but it’s water wicking fabric now for some of us. About all I wear.
its the fear of failure that brings it on
You’re set for a great day, Christy. It sounds like an idyllic Monday with a fine bunch of companeros.,, if any techies have chance to take any photos, it would be a treat to see them on the gallery,please…The inner geek in me is missing the set up and sights of gig world, so it would be a great buzz to see what’s going on in your recording area, if poss.
Thanks and all good wishes to you/all involved with making the mojo happen…
gonna see if I can reactivate the Gallery on this site…thanks for the nudge
A little searching. This is the best I’ve found so far
what a wonderful document..thank you
Hello Christy and All,
That serpent sounds fab! I’d love to have seen the show and the concerts. Some of the best times in my life have been playing percussion for shows. I played kit for Oh What a Lovely War. Horrible show but a great time.
I was yet to see the light of morning in 1969. I asked my mum what it was like to live in the 60s. She said it was an optimistic time.
The live album story. That’s a real teaser 😀
your Mum was right….
Mornin’ Christy/ fellow travellers
Great space diversions here now…awhile back, I looked on RTE archives re the 1969 moon landing – there’s a good piece about the coverage (a lot more info than can be found about the ‘holy grail’ Planxty/Finn McCool music from Edinburgh – let’s hope the musicians can access that).
BBC tv covered the moon landing live – keeping studio chat going throughout the night, as the mission was delayed. Pink Floyd played ‘Moonhead’ – a lovely,ethereal one off piece,I battled sleep to peer at the grainy footage as Armstrong made history… then a few hours kip and school. Quite recently, I regaled my young Grandaughter with the details of my first hand take on the ‘giant leap’ night… she wasn’t very impressed,merely asking, ‘Why didn’t you watch it on catch up’?…
Have a good week.
all I remember is being in Scotland…drinking a lot…bemused at all the fuss..leave them at it….
Seamie O’Dowd has joined us to lay some overdubs on the basic tracks recorded so far…..he arrived in last night fully equipped with a van load of instruments… we had a lovely warm up….last recorded with Seamie on the Magic Nights album…. we sat in last night and played for two hours, the Atkin lightly upon my lap. Jimmy Higgins to my left, Seamie O’Dowd to my right….Davy Meade at the desk, Johnny Meade keeping us all under observation, Paddy Doherty steering the ship….
down to business today..we’ll roll out the tracks, Seamie will sprinkle the twinkles
A You Tube clip titled ‘The frost is all over’ features that same lineup, it’s the same gig, Planxty ‘mark 3’ as you term it. Johnny Moynihan sings in it. The bodhran sounds too heavy, a fault on the mixing desk.
Great to read about the making of those two albums. C, you could become a future poet laureate!
Rebecah, so your harp is on order, January 2020 it being ordered. I’d visions of some poor postman on his bike with a harp in the front basket, he wouldn’t be able to see where he was going and he’d crash land along with your harp.
The Bodhrán sound was shite..the playing not a whole lot better…back then Johnny sang two songs in our set…. “P Stands for Paddy” and “The `Frost is all over” he also played Bouzouki, Fiddle and Whistle…..he wrote a beautiful Polka called “The £42 Cheque” which featured on the third Planxty album
Moon landing July ’69. Whether RTE showed the first landing live, I dont know and I dont think so. First one was about 6 o’clock in the morning Irish time. But I recall a few other moon landings being covered live on TV, we watched one in school.
Hello Christy Moore et al,
With regard to astronauts stepping off – was landing televised over RTE? Try as I did, my tired 5 year old self couldn’t stay awake after another long day gleaning spuds. Classmates would recall event and be shocked I was slept through. “It was 6:30 in the evening!” “Not where they were, or us.” says me. I worried more about them getting home, anyway. Our charter flight flew over Hudson River on return, and we had a look at line of cars on Tappan Zee Bridge and the upstate thruway. That was story for days and I remember Joni on Dick Cavett show, wishing she was there. I didn’t know her songs, yet.
In 1969,I was interested in any sound or sight of Joni Mitchell….all that moon palavar was outside my little world
Theres a nice video clip somewhere of that ‘5-man’ Planxty during that crossover era. Will try and find it. I’ll be back. Soon.
Christy, I’ve always been intrigued by Planxty’s Finn McCool adventures in Edinburgh since first I heard about it 40 or so years ago. There’s very little on t’interweb about it. Andy Irvine also says great things about it on the biograpgy page of his site. So would it be possible to tell us a bit more about the music, was it dance music with any songs, was any of it ever played live at gigs afterwards? There’s a lot of people out there would pay good money to hear a recording of it Im sure!
My memories of that time vary from clear to cloudy…..we arrived into the rehearsal room three weeks before the show kicked of in the Haymarket….we began to assemble and arrange music to fit the narrative, we got to know the cast and crew extremely well and many friendships were formed….there were 6 performances a week and each Sunday we played a Planxty Concert in the venue…
the set was dramatic and was in the form of a huge serpent……1,000 people came every night…the main stage was in the serpents mouth and the band were situated on a platform high up in the serpents tail…
The concerts featured the music from Finn MacCool interspersed with Planxty repertoire…the concerts were recorded but we’ve never been allowed to hear them…something which Andy and I deeply regret
Hello Christy and, All,
Here’s the Rambles of Kitty with lovely Liam O’Flynn and Planxty, complete with Christy with lots of hair and some very cool jeans.
And the bodhran with a tipper. I’ve not heard you play with a tipper before. Totally different noise.
Kitty’s Rambles made me think of Liam too, I could hear the crans in my head.
I think the remastered albums are great. It’s allowed me to get hold of them on vinyl as a first time fan. I have a big Chinese trunk that’s filling up nicely with LPs. I like all four of those albums. Love exploring all the music.
Yes, I’ve got a new harp on order. Thank you for listening to my video Ed. The new harp is going to be a beauty from Scotland made from Yew wood with 34 lovely heavy strings. I can’t wait to play it and it s been forever that I’ve been waiting. I ordered it in January 2019. Its going to have its own flight case so I can travel with it and keep it safe. Mark Norris is the maker. His harps are glorious.
Never saw this before, have no recollection nor awareness of its existance…. painful to behold with the bloody Bodhrán far too dominant in the mix….this was Planxty mark 3…Donal had departed and was replaced by Johnny Moynihan..when I decided to depart Paul Brady joined the band…we played as a 5 piece during that cross-over period….most memorably we joined the ensemble of “The Fantastical Feats of Finn McCool” …written by Sean McCarthy and directed by Kenny Ireland. This extravaganza ran for 4 weeks at the Edinburgh International Festival..we hung out in Auld Reekie for 6 glorious weeks in 1973. I clearly recall some of the Music we arranged for that show…..it has not been heard for 48 years ..it was recorded by our sound engineer but we have never had the pleasure of hearing it…..
(gizza listen man)
Good luck with your new instrument…
The duo of albums, ‘Velvet’ and ‘Live in Dublin’, both stand the test of time.
Rory when the contract to paint the Forth Bridge comes up you could apply, you could be playing the ‘On the Road album, job would be done in double-quick time.
Christy, Elon Musk will mark you off his guest list; so no ticket for a moon flight. Then again, maybe a first Christy gig on the moon…….
Rebecah, I saw you play Bright Blue Rose accompanying yourself on the harp. Have you another harp ordered? The poor postman will put in for occupational injury as he’s lugging a harp around on his postal route.
when the Yankee steered his module
down on the Moon to land
who was there to hould the ladder
but The Bórd na Móna Man
Mudder a jaysus! Don’t mention the turps or we’ll all be on the red biddy! The Foxy Divil! Had an hour or 2 yesterday to kill in Dublin city centre so rambled into Tower records in Easons of the main thoroughfare! Purchased the remastered versions of Iron behind the velvet and live in Dublin. Christy! What’s your take on these? Also been done with After the Break and Woman I Loved. I like them and can hear differences. So kudos to Aiden Foley and Tara. (Is there a few bob init for yourself?) However! It took me back 40 years! On the gaa half day wedenesday when I managed to escape from the Edmund Ignatious Rice merchants, I feigned injury and fecked off into town. I always went to Golden Discs on North Earl St but this day I went that bit further down to the Henry Street branch. Rambled down the stairs and was met with massive posters and empty album sleeve covers pinned to the wall of Iron behind and live in Dublin, I asked the manager what would happen with all the merchandise and he said if I came back in the following week I could have all of it! Went back following week, he was true to his word!
Both recorded and released in 1978….Tara Records were very active at that time….Iron/Velvet came together on the Castlecomer Plateau in the Townland of Coolcullen…a merry band *** assembled on the Protestant Road and the crack was 90..we did a brief tour before gathering in Keystone Studio to be recorded by Brian Masterson
“Live” was a very different story..hit the road with Donal Lunny and Jimmy Faulkner..Nicky Ryan recorded and mixed….the story of this album has yet to be told
Barry Moore ( soon to become Luka Bloom)
Rosemary Flanagan played Cello in the studio
Cooling off after a busy day (nowhere near as hard work as Rory!) – followed up your tip about the jig ‘ Kitty’s Rambles’. A lovely tune, found on youtube – then a huge bonus as ‘ the rambles of Kitty’ showed up, played by Messrs Og O’Flynn and Paddy Glackin – a real treat, as is anything involving Liam.
I hope you’ve had a good week – great that there’s a gig in the diary.
You have me hummin “Jenny’s Welcome to Charlie”
Jings Christy it has been sunny again this afternoon,
So i turned off the dictaphone and picked up the paintbrush again ( i am sure this fence is the same length as the Forth Road Bridge).
However today i was just after topping up the baldy tan, the redness of last week gave way to a decidedly latin scottish tan.
Anyway i decided the roar of the crowd should accompany my fine singing. So there i was with the OnTheRoad album blaring, more paint on the slabs than on the fence and song after song belted out.
What a brilliant album for audience participation, how i love it’s sound.
Set off brilliantly by the crowd really ‘digging’ Ordinary Man, just a fantastic disc ,thank you and the gig crowds very very much.
Now where is the turpentine?
Be the Jingo Rory,
many are devoted to working in the recording studio..but it just aint my forte…I just want to get out there in front of seated or standing or heaving mob of listeners…be it Folk Club, Dancehall,Concert hall, Pub snug or 4 in Aberdeen..thats where I find my mojo….recording desks are anathema to me…I’ve no interest whatsoever in going to the moon..not when I can share a song in the midst of rooted listeners in a spirit of duende…..
that said , there have been moments across the 53 years when studio recordings captured the raw bar…I better stop here or I’ll start to contradict myself…
aw listen Rory, dont mind me….I can think of precious studio moments too….but theres no beating the buzz of a silent Barrowland crowd as they gradually start to sing..
that Turps can smell real good
This Day in Irish History
This day 33 years ago – 12 June 1988 – Ireland beat England 1-0 in the Neckarstadion, Stuttgart.
It was the first time the team had reached a major international tournament, the UEFA European Football Championship
The winning goal was scored by Ray Houghton in the sixth minute.
the first outing
Hello, Christy (and all?)
Oh I’m so glad you replied. I was starting to think I was here by myself. You know, “if I sit here quietly and try not to breathe, maybe someone will come out and talk to me”
I’ll have a listen to Kitty’s Rambles. Thank you.
Can you tell us (me?) anything about the gig preps? It will be socially distanced, I guess. That will be different. Stamina has always been a big thing for me, I’ve had to work so hard to get any at all. But yours wis built over years and years. It will be back in a flash.
I’m often here by myself…..
That would be the killarney lakes with the hungry gondolas?
I’m not sure “harmless” is the first word that comes to mind when I think of you. Not with that gob of yours.
Starting to dream of travelling again. Your description of Muckross got me going. Its our 30th wedding anniversary next year. I hope so much we can travel before then, but that date is a good focus. Still no sign of the new harp. Trying to get a harp maker to hurry up is like trying to tell a portrait painter to go faster
I’ll stop rambling now.
there is a lovely jig called “Kitty’s Rambles”
That’s a big venue. I had a look at pictures of the one that was originally suggested and I thought it looked lovely and friendly. Just the sort of place I’d like to sing.
But at least, withe stonking great hall the crowd will be a mighty choir. They’ll all be so excited. I wish I could be there to hear you, and them too.
Your last gig I was at was in early january 2020 at vicar Street. By the end it was like being in a great big swirling cauldron of magic.
This big hall may help something similar appear, especially with such a connected audience.
Killarney has always been a gig town……I recorded the Ride On album there 35 years ago…out in Muckross there were many delights to savour…Mangerton Mountain, Torc Waterfall, Killarney Lakes and Park, The Meeting of The Waters..we had a great few weeks laying down the tracks..and we got thrown out of Danny Mann’s to boot…three harmless middle aged men trying to relax after a hard days tuning….
I’ll be doing my best to swirl the cauldron
A gig in the Kingdom,,, yippee, the good times are returning. Hopefully we can all sustain the good progress and return to “normal “. I’m sure you are already washing the Togs, polishing the Boots, selecting the Aftershave, getting the Mustard for the Hang Sandwiches …….oh and lining up the Songs .
Question is, what will the first song be…. We await the outcome.
Arais arís Patsy,
but what will he be like after such a lay off
will he stick the pace, last the course,make it across the line,
when the gig was first mentioned it was scheduled for the old Gleneagle Gig Room….I was looking forward to returning there where I did numerous gigs in the 80s….its been moved to the INEC so we gotta go with it…really looking forward to getting back into harness
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