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It certainly is great that you’re still singing…
Another surprise! I never expected Altrincham to get a mention…the pub where you and Jimmy played must only be c 2 miles max from here… in the 80s we gigged at The Malt Shovels, which had a well established folk club, so maybe that’s where you played.Sadly, no folk clubs in the town now – but,2 record shops , book shops and enough cafes to have anyone bouncing off the walls via the caffeine…
Always great to get your road memories.
All the best
was Altrincham Folk club run by Pete Wilmot ? Tony & Arthur the resident Band? or maybe that was Didsbury…I’m talkin 67-69 time…before your time, but you might have heard of them
wid me randalum fandalum hi diddle dandalum
randalum fandalum hi diddle dee”…( Willie Clancy 1964)
Maids when you’re young never marry an ould man!
try “The Family Ointment”
your mixin it up with
“he’s got no fol doorum fol diddle fol doorum”
never heard Willie sing that
The Lights of Rosslare Harbour sung in Miltown Malbay 2021 https://www.facebook.com/seanmcboc/videos/339512284473173 The brilliant Billy O’Brien and John Murphy and Sheila Heery on tin whistle.
“wid me randalum fandalum hi diddle dandalum
randalum fandalum hi diddle dee”…( Willie Clancy 1964)
You mentioned a couple of days ago putting in the roadwork in Ireland publicising the newly released “Whatever tickles your fancy” back in possibly ’74 or ’75. You also put in some roadwork in England doing the same. I saw yourself and Jimmy Faulkner in Altrincham in some low-ceilinged pub that I’ve long forgotten the name of. Two local TV celebs were in the front row – Anna Ford and Trevor Hyett. You certainly put him in his place when he called out for “Daddy wouldn’t buy me a bowwow”. He didn’t request again! Happy days. I loved that album. I bought a newly minted CD of it a few years ago which seemed to come from Australia. I doubt if any royalties came your way.
Did some English gigs with Jimmy in the 70s..some of the early work has found its way onto labels without my knowledge…back in the early days many of us signed all rights to our work away…
I still see some of those sharks,still hear about others….I would not swap places with them…they know they ripped us off..it shows in their demeanour….
I was singing songs before I met them , thankfully I’m still singing…..
I’m sorry Christy, I’ve realised that could have sounded pretty negative. It wasn’t meant to, I was so excited to have found the passage your “lousy earth” quote came from I just bounced it straight back. Sorry again.
I’ve got two new instruments today.
no negativity noticed here
And if I could begin it all over again a hundred times, knowing each time a little more than the time before, the result would always be the same, and the hundredth life as the first, and the hundred lives as one. A cat’s flux. But at this rate we shall be here all night
I’m watching my cat sleeping right now.
I’ve been listening to Nava. I’m rapt.
Thankyou for passing their name on.
I think you should work with them as soon as possible. That noise is crying out for a vocalist. I think you’ll bring a huge amount of freedom and sensitivity to it. You could create something really special.
What an amazing space for improvisation and vocalisation.
anything can happen here upon this “Poor Auld Lousy Auld Earth”
Hi Christy/ Rory
What a strange coincidence…today, for the first time in ages I played ‘Peace in the valley once again’ from ‘Burning Times’ and referenced it here, in passing…now, Rory mentions the same song as he recovers from a busy day.Funny…
I hope you can enjoy a relaxed evening.
he may have heard it when driving past your loft ….those notes lingering on the Lancashire air
I am just in from a day down and back from Manchester.
Streets, buses and shops seemed pretty deserted, like that song where the plants and animals take over the shopping arcades…wild boars etc ..and i forget the song name.
Anyway i was listening to Matt McGinn’s fine album Lessons of War up and down. Some great songs like Lyra, Writing on the wall and Bubblegum ( i adore the line ‘Daddy pinned up Bobby Sands for me, right next to my Madness poster, in our house in the middle of our street.’ Genius.
I thought Matt’s version of John O’ Dreams was just awe inspiring on that compilation video.
Anyways just random tonight, a bit knacked from the drive.
“Peace in The Valley” from The Handsome Family who also wrote “So Much Wine” (Butterfly)…two songs I loved to sing…. one a predicition now being realised..the other an insight into those bottled demons..
I too love Matt McGinn’s “Bubblegum”..he makes sweet music on Ballymountain
your ” down and back” to Manchester reminds me of earlier hard travelling….
myself and Hamish once drove from Manchester to Caithness after a gig in the MSG….we shared the driving (and wee golden balls of Russian Speed)
Hi C another sunny day san Riocht ! By strange co incidence Nava were played on RTE 1 Late Date a few nights back, a rare outing ! I find their music almost hypnotic since first hearing them at the MOT in Bantry in 2018. In fact I think I either went into some sort of trance, or perhaps just nodded off at their nios deanai session !! It’s good to see that they are currently working on their third album. There are some nice photos online of you at their CD launch in Dec 2019, you even got their setlist !! it would be a very interesting collaboration if ye were to work together. Beir bua agus beannacht. H
The Bantry “Masters of The Tradition” “níos deanaí” sessions sometimes had lovely air in which to listen or to play….the room would empty after the main gig…most would head home and the determined few would linger in the lobby waiting for the gong to call us back up the stairs yet again…the welcoming West Cork Music Volunteers checking our credentials, Matt at the mixer all set to go, the First aid crew standing by waiting for the worst,
I recall many magic performances at those late night gigs…
Also, thanks from here about the hammer dulcimer info – have fun, Rebecca!
I’ve been sidetracked this morning, in an enjoyable/unexpected way…It started after your helpful reply about ‘Piper’s Path’. I had the Waterson’s tribute ready to play, but then dug out ‘ This is the day’ to give it a spin. My eye was caught by its shelf neighbour, ‘Burning Times’. Both CDs have striking artwork, in very different styles.I opened the CD boxes/ spread out the sleeve notes – what a treat…
Looking at the spread out cover of ‘This is the day’, the street corner scene is emphasised…a clever artistic design to feature the rear view of the figure – walking away adds to the mystery+the power of the music, I think…
Doing the same to ‘Burning Times’, it’s a visual delight – long belated credit to Padraic Moore, Gary Farrelly and Turlough Rynne for ace work…I’ve also had an enjoyable wander, admiring Turlough’s website http://www.turloughrynne.com …
Both albums have a terrific range of songs – ‘Motherland’ grabbed me from the off, but it’s great to have a few ‘sleepers’ that sneak up over the listens…’Mercy’, Peace in the valley…’, ‘Jack Doyle’ – for me…and,others on further plays…
There’s so much depth, Christy – fair play… and to music/ art companeros who use their talents so well.
Gotta keep busy Dave..you know yourself…..as a younger man I wasted a lot of time on trivialities…but it all adds up in the end
Not long back from two glorious weeks in Ballycastle…in the stunning Glens of Antrim. A number of Kildare registrations about the town. Was out on a friends boat towards Rathlin Island and no better place to listen to The Voyage. Reading through the posts and quite taken with your line…I’ve been meadow and bog…turf for the winter ahead. Is this a work in progress or just musing? If the latter, would you trade if for a bowl of chowder? Go well, Mary
only musing….but still willing to trade
Thank you for the info about John Rea. I’ve been listening to him talk and play. Here’s a sweet video of him doing both
I’ve done something.
I’ve ordered a hammered dulcimer from a shop in Istanbul, Sala Muzik. It shipped this morning and it should be here in 5 days by DHL express. I tell you, if you want to travel these days, the easiest way is to wrap yourself up in padding and brown paper and get yourself down to DHL.
Anyway, it’s a Persian dulcimer that’s coming. They’re called a Santoor over there. I wanted to go back to near the source if I could.
The thing is pretty much a xylophone with the notes the other way up so I should be ok.
On the Internet it said that John Rea made his dulcimer hammers from bicycle wheel spokes. Whatever, they sound beautiful.
have a listen to Nava..a young Irish / Persian band..I hope to play with them when possible…we’ve been to hear them ….lovely music
Top of the pile for an early play here is ‘Shining Bright’ (songs of Lal and Mike Waterson)… a fab mix of their mysterious/quirky songs.
Terrific that your version of ‘Piper’s Path’ is in the mix on the tribute…was it selected from ‘This is the day’ or did you get chance to re connect with the Waterson family for the recording?(sorry if this is covered elsewhere, but my CD is second hand – sleeve notes missing).
Enjoy the day
If I remember correctly…. I was invited to cover a Lal song as part of a tribute album…an invitation I welcomed for I have very fond memories of brief time spent in Lal’s company..I sang “The Piper’s Path” on the Album “Shining Bright”
some time later I was recording “This is The Day”….a number of tracks did not make the cut, I felt I needed another track…”Piper’s Path” came to mind. I included it..I felt that many listeners might not have heard Lal’s tribute album
China Waltz. Can not remember the gigs but can remember it got a play at a set of gigs many years back
Liked duffy’s cut and shine on from listen .. burning times is probably still my favourite album loved the sound from that record. Had have the point gig from 2006 playing on way to work some great versions on there. So do I. Hiroshima. Cry like a man to name a few .
Have also been listing to lots of old Clancy albums .. Haul away Joe. Isn’t it grand boys .
Came across some Frank Hart albums few weeks ago they were great to listen too ..
Hope all is well with you …
Have you had a chance to see any movies few good ones out ..
Been working on going over photos from past gigs and geting some made to photo books must pass along at some point ..
See you along the way
always good to hear from Arklow….its been a while Adam…been hard at it here this past while…what we need now is a good run of gigs ..everyone is all set to go, both sides of the lamps….but we gotta wait until we get the nod….its not safe to gig until its safe to gig….soon as the beast is caged we’ll get rockin again
Thanks for listening and feedback
Your recent release on youtube of Hurt is resonating.
Declan’s guitar jarring memorably with your lyrics.
I loved to read that you were remembering all those songs on the back of Dave’s post…forgotten heroes and injustices that must not be forgotten.
I have a feeling that 1942 will last forever in the mind, i hope it reached the final album cut.
Now where is the deep heat?
it made the cut Rory..4 mins 31 seconds..a great song from Ricky Lynch
Quite often here, there’s mention of Fairport/ Richard Thompson…today, I’ve had a soundtrack of Richard and Linda/ Linda solo…a lovely mix – and always ace to revisit Linda’s tone and clarity.
Not a massive amount of info at http://www.lindathompsonmusic.com but worth a visit to the video section. Some good clips from the 2000s, and a gem from the 70s – ‘A heart needs a home’ vintage Richard and Linda – ‘soul’ music…
I hope your day is going well. Still no An Post goodies here – I blame Bre*it!
Hi C. The rain has arrived, no complaints and the Championships are heating up ! I stuck on Listen CD today in honour of the Galway Races, Ruby is retired and now commentating and there is a new cast of, bankers, stock brokers and developers, never losing ! Listen and This is the Day are probably my favourite CDs, such a fine range of songs and topics on both CDs from your pen and also from Wally, Hank, Jackson Browne, Ian Prowse, John Spillane , Arlo G,, L Waterson ,Mc Coll and of course Jimmy Mac, the full spectrum is represented ! I think I have only heard China Waltz live once…what a great song… ? beir bua agus beannacht. H
Galway and Mayo served up a fine tussle yesterday..The Rebel swamped by The Kingdom…..here’s hoping the Lily Whites can face up to the The Jacks…..
I thought China Waltz would connect but it never got a play nor a mention nor a call out…it happens betimes…..I loved recording Donagh Long’s song…I gigged it three times
your mention here is the first time it has been referenced…Fair Play to You
No wonder I felt confused when it was called the Sally Gardens. So it’s the Sligo maid. I’ve been wandering round recordings of that and also the High reel.
Can’t wait to hear yours!
Here’s one with a hammered dulcimer added into the mix.
What a great instrument. Like a piano crossed with percussion and a bit of harp.
John Rea plays the Hammer Dulcimer beautifully
Be janey Christy don’t them rugby lads have some taste in music all the same and what a turn by Jack Conan yesterday! I’d say Henshaw and the boys will have the rest of the squad converted to daycent sounds be the end of the tour, I can just see Robbie giving Maro Itoje, Courtney Laws, and Alun Wyn Jones lessons on the box! Anyway I do have a starter for ten no conferring for you! Trip to Roscoff? Every time I listen to a version of 2 island swans (if it’s not the whatever tickles version) my mind always continues into it as it was the 1st version I ever heard and loved it. Not much info about it. A great outro. It sounds to me like ye wired Kevin Burke up to the national grid with a bit of phase shift or something, it’s like 2 electric fiddles or is it Jimmy playing his axe with a bow. Sure what else would you expect with Donal twidlin’ the knobs!😁 All the best! Gipp! P.S. The Lillies have a daycent chance on Sunday! There’s always one surprise semi-finalist none today!
1974 was a smoke filled time….just don’t have recall of when we recorded “Whatever Tickles Your fancy”I was doing a lot of Irish roadwork with Jimmy Faulkner, Kevin Burke and Declan McNelis…it involved hours of heavy sledging interspersed with moments of magic as we flew from Scariff to The Meeting Place, from Coolara House to The Hidden Inn….a 1968 VW Van, Colm Flynn on the mixer, 4 H/H 100w speakers…..Up Down
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