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You’re certainly ‘making the best of it’,in many ways !
Rare stamps are changing hands for 7 figure sums, but I’m pleased to have face value items en route from An Post…also, you must be in select company, elsewhere. As you were featured on the ‘Planxty’ stamp, I can’t imagine there are many people who’ve made it on to two stamps (over to philatelists for info!)…fair play to you and An Post.
I really enjoyed the interview with MayKay as well – and what a setting! So, a cuppa now and watch the rest of the film. I planned to do this last night, but had to keep rewinding as ‘Foggy Dew’ was captivating – partly,the setting, but mainly because of your family link to the song. A great mix…
Have a good day
if only they’d stop closing down our Post Office facilities…both our local Post Offices have disappeared….one was a beautiful building in the centre of Blackrock…now its a Starbucks..the service have been moved INTO a nearby “super”mart..the other one has been closed down and not replaced…..no longer a convenient public service An Post, like every other aspect of contemporary life, seems determined on becoming user-unfriendly…..our once friendly social hub now lies empty as it commences its descent into dereliction..
it begs the question….if head-honchoes of An Post were to gain large bonus, would they be based on the number of Post Offices closed in any given year…highly unlikely I’m sure …..if I’d a choice between my mush on a stamp or my local post office remaining open…..deffo the latter …..
rant over Dave….gotta get the Atkin ringin, I’m lookin at covering another John “Jacko” Reilly song….gotta keep my revision going too…a few scattered gigs beginning to emerge..talk of Galway, Limerick, Ennis…all with limited numbers of socially-distanced listeners…..I give thanks to our Ministry of Culture for their efforts….the recent Killarney gig was uplifting for all concerned…
greetings across the water to all songsters…
“Once I went a waggoning a waggoning did go,
filled me poor auld parents hearts with sorrow grief and woe.
Manys were the hardships we did undergo
singin woe me lads sing woe
drive on me lads drive on
who would’nt be for all the world
a Jolly Waggoner”……………………….(The Watersons)
The stamps are ordered!
Fair play for the GPO songs…wonderful – you’ve more than done justice to the venue and occasion. Many times I’ve stood in awe in the GPO…fab to see it now and hear your singing.
There’s a great connection as I think of people and places I haven’t seen in too long.
we got no queen here..we gotta make the best of it
Christy – 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
All the wee fishes ❤️🐟🐟🐟
will I run you home ?
have ye got a pair of sand shoes ?
you’re one in a million
…..and so’s your chances
The stamp is lovely amongst the Glastonbury collection. Bought a handful of books and first-day covers…send a few cards with the stamp of approval from the rock post office with todays date on them…was delighted to have them….I hope all is great with you and all around you…recorded a podcast with Waldo last week, will be broadcast this weekend..have a grand evening ..L x
jasus Lar,the tongue is nearly worn off me,I’ve beem lickin stamps since early morning…how do I access your Wally Page session ?
Dear Christy, that was a great show from the historic GPO.
What a privilege to play there.
What is more you gave us a chance to sing along with you in the GPO to Nancy Spain.
Also what a great opening song, i dont think i have ever heard you sing The Foggy Dew live before.
The ofher performances were excellent.
Fantastic stuff, in such an inspiring location.
Good man Rory….hope all goes well for you and your loved ones
Drove past the Lake of Shadows today….maybe better times to visit Inishowen….. brighter days ahead.
its been a hard days night
Aww Christy, you are always say the most lovely things about my dad and mum, Hamish and Wilma. You meant a lot to them and us.. we feel very privileged that you stay in touch with us. The clan Imlach love to hear you sing and love that you still include Sonny and Black is the Colour in your repertoire 🥰 love from all of us. Hope to see you soon. Glory Hallelujah 🥰🎵🎵
Yes. Great to hear the new CD is getting closer to release…. something to look towards.
Stamps on the way too and some songs from the GPO…. it’s all good.
I think maybe we remember the great gigs with You and Declan/Marirtin/Cathal/Seamie/Jimmy ….. in the same way as you recall the folk clubs and singers from through the years…. great memories indeed.
longing for the lake of shadows
Hi C. Mighty news about the new CD, Comhghairdeas. Woody Guthrie was born on this day in 1912, what a legacy he has left ? not only himself but his family also. I was lucky to hear his son Arlo and family in Limerick on his Irish tour in Jan 2009, he played a tape of his Dad on stage, it was surreal !! I am pretty sure you and Andy Irvine helped to introduce Woody to many who may not have otherwise heard his songs, here is an early version https://youtu.be/W4HHsm7gVKw Beir bua agus beannacht. H
heard Arlo in Whelan’s way back..he played with his Son and Grandson..to hear the three of them play Woody Songs was a precious experience….Woody’s Son, Grandson and Great-Grand son carrying the eternal flame
Oh it’s great to hear you sounding so full of joy! Recording finished and all are happy with the work. We can’t wait to hear it here.
I have some news. I’ve got a gig! Yes! I’ve got a GIG!!!
It will be online and it’s for an organisation called TogetherWell. They provide workshops to first line health professionals on mental health issues. Kind of supporting the people who support us. It’s on 13th August. They are based on the West Coast of America, so my slot will be at 2:30am our time.
Good Luck with your gig Rebecca..enjoy every moment
The brilliant singing of Francis Kennedy with a great song called…Black is the Colour …..
where is this ?…..
a great celebration of this Glasgow song….
how I loved to hear Hamish Imlach sing it…first time was at the MSG Manchester in 1966…we became good buddys….I travelled the length and breadth of that Island with Hamish, from Devon way up to Caithness…was welcomed into his home in Motherwell by his wife Wilma and their wains Vhari, Fiona, Jim and Mairead…Hamish and Wilma gone on now but I still keep in touch with the Family….Hamish helped so many gain a foothold as he blazed his crazy trail around a thousand Folk Clubs….I think of Billy Connolly & Gerry Rafferty, Bert Jansch, John Martyn to name but 4…there were so many of us who gained from his encouragement and generosity…..this song is now part of the Irish National repertoire…Sonny’s Dream too….I learned them both from my Dear Friend….he brought me to Scotland and opened the door for me…there I met Owen Hand, Archie Fisher, Paddie Bell & The Corries, Aly Bain, Barbara Dickson, Dolina McLennan,THe Clutha, The Binkies,Dave Goulder, Dick Gaughan,Danny Kyle…and a hundred other singers and players, poets and pipers, Hamish Henderson,Arthur Aergo, Drew Moyes, Jeannie Richardson,JImmy MacBeath, at least 3 Davey Johnsons,Robin Hall & Jimmy McGregor,……..I’m havin a right wee dander down memory lane here,, from The Scotia to Sandy Bells, The Elbow Room to The Mucky Byre
That old red disc is full of gems, whether or not Jimmy could read your dancing mind.
The Hamburg medley is 10 minutes of pure beauty, in the ears of this beholder.
The way the wonderful songs melt into each other, all sung with heart and emotion… i just love it, honestly it is one of my all time favourites.
Do you recall the night, albeit a distant memory? It sounds just a fabulous gig.
All the best
that gig was in the mid 80s…the Markethalle in Hamburg…..I’m thinking of an old style venue….no seating…I remember a listener walking thru the crowd ,who were seated on the floor, and offering me a red rose….I had that rose for many years…I loved playing in Germany
Hi C. I have just been reminded that it’s this week 8 years ago that you did those two great solo gigs in Knocknagoshel in glorious sunshine, such great memories for all concerned, there was some buzz on that hill top village when the gigs were announced. They sold out very quickly with a mix of locals, Irish people and even 4711ers from Liverpool and Belgium. I think your stamp is being launched on Thurs, An Post have shared this link so hopefully we will get to hear you sing http://www.anpost.com/festival at 8pm. Patsy, our Man in Moate, is looking forward to seeing your picture fly through the sorting office of An Post ! beir bua agus beannacht. H
Those glorious nights in Knocknagoshel are well remembered…the amosphere on the hillside, the hospitality,the supper room,the one way system……
we finished recording today……we are happy with our work….all thats left to do now is figure out a running order…finalise the art work, get the sleeve designed, get the tracks mastered, deliver to Columbia Records and hope for the best…
I’ve been reading about Tom Munnelly and wondering about him.
Also wondering about what you said about seldom singing Lord Baker. Is it to do with finding the right listeners?
Lord Baker is long but it crams years and years of adventure and romance into 8 minutes. I think music students would find it completely enthralling. I would have, and do, now I’ve discovered it. Sorry for all the questions, I know I never shut up.
occasionally I get a notion that the time is right…singing it is always exciting….far as I can recall I’ve sing it 3 times in the last five years…I sometimes “think” myself thru it in the dark of night…sometimes falling asleep before the 7 year vow…
Tom Munnelly was a true “one-off”….he left a treasured legacy within his collection… I still meet his Wife occasionally…..his Brother in law Jerry is part of the Góilín Singing Club
The remaining lesser spotted pallet is now safe again for another year, poor things they get cremated for no modern day discernable reason.
The day before that the greater spotted racist was in full bloom, thankfully its natural habitat has diminished after sunday, at least for a few days.
Shortly prior to that the almost extinct F and fellow flying B were spared justice after a hunt lasting 50 years, leaving those with butterfly nets cursing with Fs and Bs.
So i have just finished listening to Wally’s fine, fine song Smoke and Strong Whiskey, a song i have marvelled at for decades. In fact i like best the imperfect version on the brilliant Red disc.
I shall play it many times today.
Thanks Rory,I’d not heard that track since circa 2004….I rem the night in London Palladium..one of the last gigs I did with Jimmy Faulkner…..listening back I realise how difficult it was for Jimmy…I was going in whatever direction appeared before me with no consideration for his process..
He was a great player and deserved more consideration from this sidekick
Hi Christy/ all
I hope all is well…
Recently, there was some riffing (mainly with Ed, Athlone) about the life, times and music of Jackson C Frank.
A ‘cult’ figure, for many reasons (mostly poignant/ personal history – back story) as well as a short lived, influential music career. Significantly, most of his ‘fame’in late 60s London (might you have met him, along with other US musicians at Les Cousins?)
There’s never been much of an official output of Frank’s work – especially as his personal difficulties/ poor health meant that recording sessions were difficult. But, today, I had a lucky find – a 2020 CD (Jackson C Frank- American Troubadour) released by Mooncrest Records/Maxwood Music – featuring demos/rare recordings by friends, ‘My kind of folk’ session and excellent sleevenotes (great context of life and times, often referenced in sketchy details elsewhere).
Just thought I’d ramble about JCF, for anyone interested in the back catalogue of an artist who went on to be an influence, but who had a limited personal career, sadly…he’s well worth investigating further than ‘Blues Run the Game’ (a gem in itself).
All the best
Sang “Blues Run the game” for a short time circa ’67, it was a =very popular song back then…I think Pete Ryder used to sing it..used to hear about JCF back then..I think he played the MSG a few times
The hills fall down in different shapes
It’s a good day for loving the words.
Liam O’flynn, Aislinn Geal
I hope this posts this time.
I wandered across Aisling in the lyrics section and found you recording
I read your notes. I like all the things you’ve done to it. The singing, the talking, the passion.
The rain was lashing – the sun was rising,
The wind was whipping through the trees.
The madness from the mountains crawling,
When I saw you first my own Aisling.
Esther Berjarano died today, she was required to play in the Aushwitz death camp Orchestra.
What an amazing woman.
Yellow Triangle, and maybe 1942 tonight.
May she rest in peace.
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