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Go raibh mhaith agat a Christy. You sang your song The Two Conneeleys with such poignancy, it’s been stuck in my head since. Also, reminded about times spent in beautiful Ballyconeeley, Connemara – leaves me with the Connemara Blues! No chowder today but two brown loaves just out of the oven…to be enjoyed later with potato and leek soup.
Talking of assumed accents, the only song I dare do an accent in is The Dalesman’s litany, and then that accent is my own.
Here’s Billy Connolly with a few thoughts on the subject
The only time I’ve heard ‘Barnyards…’ was by US singer,John Jacob Niles – assuming a cod Scots accent – ‘interesting’- (Rory might have another descrption!)
I really like Bobby Clancy’s version of ‘The Bonny Bunch of Roses O’ – regarded as a tricky song by some performers, apparently, Bobby’s delivery is brilliant.Must have a trawl for more solo/ duo recordings from the Clancy clan.
Hello Christy and All,
I loved that James Joyce too. Yummy!
To me a jobbing actor is an actor following the traditional path, working on one play after another, probably in different places and maybe with different companies. Like a gigging musician. It’s not praising or derogatory.
I also loved the way he acted the song.
So the santoor arrived on Wednesday. Ordered Monday, all the way from isranbul. It must have come on concorde.
I’ve been watching a, few clips of Nava. Got some good info on tuning. I tuned it yesterday. 72 strings and 72 tuning pegs. It took me 40 minutes. Thank goodness for electronic tuners!
Box jumping sounds like a job I had when I was a student. Sticking bits of absorbent paper onto meat trays with glue. Billions of them. £1.80 an hour. I lasted 2 weeks too.
‘Songs from Ireland’ – Peg and Bobby Clancy’s 1962 LP on youtube+photos…
First time I’ve heard Peg’s lovely, controlled singing – nice harmonies and arrangements as well…a bit of a treat to start the day…D
The Barnyards of Delgaty
Mornin’ Christy/ all
I think it’s Bobby Clancy in the clip.
I’ve just seen the Wikipedia entry for the group – I’d no idea there were so many permutations.over the years.Great that there are lots of good youtube clips – I’m lucky to have seen Liam and Tommy Makem a few times in 70s/80s.Always on fine form.
Weather looks grim today – time to dig out more old LPs…
I think so too
I heard Paddy,Tom & Liam plus Tommy M when I was 16
I heard Peg & Bobby in Clonmel when I was 18
Two outstanding nights that left a mark
I looked at the Clancy video clip. They had begun as jobbing actors. You could see it in this. The singing came subsequently. I think Peggy, one sister, is still alive. Are they not all Clancys in the clip?
Tom’s delivery of Joyce leaves me wanting more….
The Jury believes it was Bobby in the clip….
What does “jobbing actor” mean ?
I’ve heard the word used before but I’ve never understood…
Is it in praise is it or derogatory ? ?
I’m “between jobs” myself here at the moment
like a million others on the Island
Thinking about it….I reckon the acting was subsequent to the singing
I’m still in bed Ed,but I reckon I’m gonna get out on the wrong side !
Manchester to Caithness, you and the big fella , late at night, what a trip, i hope you were not on a Honda 50 !
Jings there must have been some great Russian stories during that journey.
Today for me was an offic e based trip round Ireland, at 7.30am in came a man from Buncrana looking for advice, and my last appointment of the day was a bold fella from Nenagh, so i slid off home to watch the hurdles from Ballybrit…saint brendan’s albatross covered less imaginary miles than me today.
Keep on keeping on
We were in a sturdy green 1966 Volvo…
fair play for lasting 2 weeks, Christy!
Not far from Shudehill, not long after your work, I had a week’s holiday job, shifting textiles in a Victorian era warehouse…a hard life for the full timers.
Mary – thanks for the TG4 tip off, must check it out… I’m watching SKY Arts’ piece on River Phoenix – powerful viewing… D
was looking at Evelyn Waugh here
followed by Tony Soprano
Voices from the edge!
gazing down into the abyss,
thinking of brown bread and chowder
Great to see you shining on TG4 Glórtha ón Imeall….songs from the edge. Maith thú a Christy
Fáilte romhat a Mary
I have to ask, Christy…
what was/is ‘box jumping’? It sounds a long way from bank work, but might have made you determined to ‘tread the boards’ at the nearby folk club ? D
waste paper factory
tons of waste paper arrive at this depot every day
its emptied onto conveyor belts
sorted by operatives and dropped down various chutes
it comes down the chute into wooden sided containers
the”box jumper” stands in the container making sure the paper is compressed evenly
when full a steam driven compressor compacts it into a bales,
then tied tightly with wire
the sides are removed, the bale lifted on to a truck
and the whole bloody business starts allover again
no face mask, no goggles, shitty conditions, no crack, 6/6 and hour…I lasted two weeks
“try “The Family Ointment”
your mixin it up with
“he’s got no fol doorum fol diddle fol doorum”
never heard Willie sing that”
For a moment there Christy I thought you were dispensing medical advice for the loss of me ding doorum!😄
Sorry to hear of your loss Gipp
Thanks for the prompt Christy.
Music and words keeping our spirits high here
The James Joyce is like treacle and chilli
I love this Clancy clip..anyone know who that is to the left of Paddy Tom and Liam???is it Bobby ? or Lou Killen ?…its certainly not Tommy Makem
another from your memory list –
Mary Asquith… RIP- died 2009…just found ‘Closing Time’ on youtube – brought back her presence – class is permanent… D
thanks for that Dave…a pleasure to hear Mary again… Mary was a regular at the Mon night MSG open mike..when we were all clambering for a gig..anywhere would do
I’m also raising a brew to the Hardings for giving you ‘ the start’ on the folk scene…
your jobs and locations show you really being in the heart of the region.The mention of a day job between Shudehill and Piccadilly is interesting – not only because it was near the MSG folk club, but over the centuries. the area of ‘Shudehill’ reflects the city and its changes,to this day…if you have time, there’s a few interesting online pieces – the social history is fascinating.
A wonderful list of singers/ characters… Harry Boardman RIP and his research/legacy into Lancashire/ Industrial Revolution/social change music (Jennifer Reid carries the baton now…) Rosie Hardman, Mike Canavan – all went on to have recording/touring careers. After reading your list, I googled Mike Canavan – sadly, he died a few years ago, but great that his son is well involved with the folk scene in St Anne’s – so, the tradition rolls on.
Always great to look back on wonderful times and celebrate the here and now as well…some of the best Olympic stories/ interviews are with athletes who came 4th/ overcame difficulties to compete – quite true of music as well, when I think of some of the names you’ve listed…
Music keeping spirits high – long may that ring out… Dave
Box Jumping nr Shudehill was my nadir…..but the MSG did beckon and eventually open its door (Bob & Pete were the doormen)
Harry Boardman was a gent and a lovely singer of Lancashire
…what a fantastic race. Congratulations. The Germans won the silver medal. But my heart is also green.
Looking forward to new music in autumn time.
Good Morning Guenter,
our people celebrating
from the River Ilen to the River Rhine
With ye too rye ah
Fol de diddle dah
mi Dye ri fol de diddle
Dair rie oh
whack fol de da well swing your partners
welt the floor your trotters shake
was’nt it the truth I told you
lotsa fun at Finnegan’s Wake
Sitting here, ready to ramble about my local town, fingers poised, telly on – and fair play to the Skibbereen rowers – Olympic gold – what a performance!
Maybe, John can help with Altrincham folk from the 60s… not sure about Pete Wilmot (pretty sure he wasn’t in M/cr 20)Tony and Arthur were popular in the whole area. Sad news that Arthur died c 2 years ago.
When we played Altrincham folk club, the organiser/host was John Marshall – he was interested in stand up comedy, as performer/organiser and did very well.His stage name was memorable – ‘Agraman’ (anagram of ‘anagram’)…
Have a great day
I slept through all the excitement…
other singers from Manchester in the 60s included;
Tom & Smiley
Jack & Mavis…….gotta go, the kettle is hoppin off the hob
back again with a strong brew in hand
my last run of jobs were all in your region, in 1966 I worked
as a box-jumper in a waste paper depot somewhere between Shudehill and Picadilly
a Cold Meats porter in John Lewis ( they still have my cards)
a barman in Bury,
a van driver in Rochdale and finally,
a builder’s labourer in Ainsworth
………then I got my first gig in Blakeley….thank you Mike & Patricia
Well !! Congrats to the Rebels…they brought home GOLD…. Colm (16) will have to write another song…. beir bua agus beannacht. H
another reason to remember Skibbereen
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