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Hi Christy We Have Our Tickets Got For Limerick On Oct 29th Really Looking Forward Too It Hope You Are Keeping Well And All The Crew Also Looking Forward To Your New CD
theres Biddy & Jane from the town of Bruree,
Mary from Bruff and we’re all on the spree
one from Askeaton and one from The Pike
and another from Ardagh my heart has beguiled
being from the Mountain her stockings are white
agus fágaimíd siúd mar atá sé………………………(The Limerick Rake)
I knew I’d saw you mention The Lawns in Belturbet before, a bit of digging answers the below Q .. each time I pass through Belturbet, Im reminded of Lisdoon…
Here is the only pic of The Lawns I can find.. may evoke some memories.. https://www.historicalpicturearchive.com/shop/pictures/cv-00264/
Spot on there Kevin,
I remember it clearly,
it was the Thursday before the Lisdoon Festival…
there was no stage in the room,
I stood on the floor between my two H/H speakers
sang the song for the first time to maybe a hundred people
back then the song was very different from what it became
the original described the journey from Rialto to Lisdoon
pausing to play handball against the walls of Portlaois prison
jumping off the Bridge at Killaloe into the Shannon
on thru Ogonolloe and Tulla, Ennis and Kilfenora
arriving into Lisdoonvarna to make a match with 30,000 followers of the Ballads and Reels
BP Fallon and John Breen were the linkmen, the back stage catering was mouthwateringly good…Cannon’s Rogan Josh
the Festival ran for 6 years, I was there every year, my memories are scrambled 40 years on
Emmy Lou had to be carried to the stage in case her boots might get muddied, Andy irvine was very impressed,
Chris De Burgh frightened the Cows and Calves..the Bull watched on unmoved
The Sheriff and Skippy ( both RIP) were stalwarts
Paddy Doherty and Jim Shannon together wrote a Chapter in the history of Irish Music
but not everyone was supportive or impressed
Rory was brilliant
I missed Van’s set, Seamus Ennis was beautiful..Micho too
I hope someone will write a book about this festival…sooner rather then later !!!
theres only a few of us left !
Saddle up… was it Belturbet in Cavan where Lisdoonvarna got it’s test run before the actual festival in 83? Belturbet has always been a great music town..
The ol’ Hackler always goes down well in The Slieve Russell.. hopefully the chandeliers get rattled before too long..
Just let us know & the kettle will be on strong..
Btw love the name of the new album..
Difficult to settle on one I’m sure!
always a challenge..running order and title
Hello Christy and All,
All booked for Ireland in October. It doesn’t seem real. Going through all the requirements to make sure I haven’t missed something. It all seems OK. Right now, I’ll believe it when I see it.
The world stopped at the from door in march 2020.
“I’m gonna saddle up the old grey mare
rise thru the night without a worry or a care” (Christie Hennessy)
Won’t be long now.. the Vicar Street alley humming… the glow of the lights… the revving of the Harley Davidson (or was I dreaming) .. the stool dust cleared.. the songs and the music…”the rapping, and the clapping, and the buzzing” (Hank Wedel: Listen).. not to mention Leo Burdock for the supper..
I’m dreaming of a Cavan tour…Tierworker, Murtaghs of Kingscourt,The Lavey Inn, Slieve Russell,Ballinagh,Kilmore, Cootehill, Virginia and Shercock……Dermot Healy to be tour manager, an endless supply of strong tea and essential oils
“round sweet Stradone I am well known ’round Lavey and Grouse Hall”
Fair enough, I understand what you say. Maybe I was looking at it with my eyes, not my heart.
Looks like I’ve started writing songs while I’m asleep. When the alarm woke me up this morning I was busy singing a song about parrots. They combined for a bit and then I realised I was asleep and woke up.
Please, please tell me you’re playing Dublin 16 October; it’s the one night we are there again and I’d give anything to hear you live!
Regrets Miss Ingdingle…missing it myself….no gig that night…..shite & onions(Joyce)
It’s even better when its moving and read.
gotta disagree with you on this one Rebecca…all we need are Seamus’s words and the sound of his voice…all the rest I find unnecessary and distracting…then the cartoonist fails to acknowledge the music and musician…the final insult…
Thankyou so much for taking the time to tell me about your experiences in your early career and at the time of planxty forming. It really helped me.
Here’s a cartoon of the given note. Kind of like watching someone’s film in their head?
This morning I’ve been reading about the Kerry babies. I hope people here don’t mind me saying something.
Its just about one person’s experiences as a young woman in the UK, 30 odd years ago.
The pill was readily available and she thought that her decisions should be hers. When her mother found out she went nuts. Once she was slapped and locked in the cellar. Her father was nowhere to be seen.
She moved out as soon as she could get a place at uni and never moved back home. She worried about all this till she was married, she never had children.
I hope you don’t mind me saying this. I can’t comment on the kerry babies but I can tell you what it was like at a similar time for someone over the water.
Thanks for sharing.
There is a ring around the world
it ensnares the little ones
Ger sure does, Christy…
It takes a bit to find, but ‘ I see the new moon’ is fab… fair play…D
Ger Wolfe is a unique singer
One night , in De Barras, Clonakilty, County Cork, I caught his gig. Ger carried us all away on the air.
Mornin’ Christy/ all
Following your praise of Ger Wolfe, I went online for info about him. As so often, I ended up on a related diversion…
I hadn’t read about this before, but the Bert Jansch foundation had set up a guitar to be played by different artists around the world in his memory… Ger Wolfe being one of the cast…lots more details of the excellent foundation and amazing project at http://www.80plays.bertjanschfoundation.org
Class project in memory of a wonderful musician and singer.
A match made in Heaven…..Bert and Ger….Ger Wolfe will surely honour the memory of Bert Jansch
The ‘Kerry Baby’ making news tonight, Tuesday, after all these years. Body exhumed early on Tuesday. 37 years on. An Ireland, unless one lived in it, can one understand it.
Come with me to the Island
Of Granuaile and Rosaleen
In Granard we’ll lay flowers on the grotto
Bouquets for Joanne Hayes down in Tralee
Graffitti on the wall of the school yard
Says “No Divorce” where children play
Hear the Little Sisters of Mercy
Invoke the wrath of god on polling day
…. ( Tyrone Boys aka The Other Side )
Any news on where we can find 1942 before waiting for the album?
Maybe there is a version out there from a gig audio recording ,or a demo ,or a video that the 4711ers can grab a listen to.
I think of the song very often ,and was struck with it’s jaw dropping awful serenity when you played it at that filmed live show i think in early may.
Keep on keeping on
That’s the only time I have performed “December 1942” so far Rory..hopefully it will get further airing before too long.
its a song like no other..written by Ricky Lynch from Cork, singer/songwriter/artist/ & lynch pin of Cork live music for generations….beautifully referenced in Johnny Spillane’s classic song “Magic Nights in The Lobby Bar”
What a beautiful air ! You could get drunk on it ! The perfect substitute for Porter !!
fill us two pints there Phyllis and I’ll take a drop while they’re settling
Just read sad news that Michael Chapman died recently. Another great singer/guitarist that unfortunately, I never saw…he was 80 and still very creative.A good man for collaborations – recently with the wonderful Bridget St John.
Another artist, I first heard via Mr Peel/BBC radio…now I’ve got my vinyl sorted, I can easily find ‘Postcards of Scarborough’ for the afternoon.
All the best
I think I heard him play at The Singin Jenny club in Huddersfield in 1968….RIP
The closest I could find to a human voice
I love the “turn” on this air…thanks for posting..beautiful to hear Ronan calming the Fairies
On the most westerly Blasket
In a dry-stone hut
He got this air out of the night.
Strange noises were heard
By others who followed, bits of a tune
Coming in on loud weather
Though nothing like melody.
He blamed their fingers and ear
As unpractised, their fiddling easy
For he had gone alone into the island
And brought back the whole thing.
The house throbbed like his full violin.
So whether he calls it spirit music
Or not, I don’t care. He took it
Out of wind off mid-Atlantic.
Still he maintains, from nowhere.
It comes off the bow gravely,
Rephrases itself into the air.
reading these beautiful lines it is apparent why Seamus and Liam grew so close together…the Piper & the Poet…..
As I cam by Crochallan,
I cannilie keekit ben;
Rattlin, roaring Willie,
Was sittin at yon boord-en’;
Sitting at yon boord-en’,
And amang guid companie;
Rattlin, roarin Willie,
Ye’re welcome hame to me
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