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Hi Christy/ all
Occasionally, there are references to Phil Ochs here. I’ve just read a link that might be of interest…
Jeannie Franklyn was Phil Och’s cousin – a fashion designer in the California underground scene. She was also Richard Thompson’s girlfriend, living in England, travelling with Fairport Convention. In Summer 1969, Jeannie was killed in the band’s van crash on the M1, returning from a gig in Birmingham (19 yo drummer, Martin Lamble was the other fatality).Always a sad part of Fairport’s history – so tragic that two talented young people lost their lives.
For those readers interested in Phil Ochs, hopefully there might be links via Jeannie Franklyn’s life and work in the USA.
Firstly let me thank you for your lockdown sessions, which kept my spirits high throughout a difficult time. I’d like to be able to make personal contact with you, regarding an up and coming band from here in Edinburgh. They’re called I-Soul-Nation and are on YouTube and SoundCloud too. Billy Sloan is also playing their music on Radio Scotland, on a Saturday night.
Colin, an avid lover of yours since 1985.
Meant to say i see odd words of gigs ,hither and thither, a handful i realise,but there are none on your gigs page. Where do the bookings get notified?
the last “regular” gig we did was in County Meath in Mar 2020….Since then I have done a small number of gigs….all of these were initiatives of The Ministry of Arts & Culture and were run by different state and council schemes..all of them were socially distanced with very limited seating…that being the case , the gigs were limited to the local communities involved and they advertised them…soon as we get back “regular “gigs we will resume our own info network…
things have been going in the right direction but today we are hearing warnings of a rise in covid numbers….
Last night i watched the Matt McGinn and pals circular gig of Paul Simon shows. It was great fun and although my youth was dury, macgowan and lowe etc rather than PS it gave me a better appreciation of his stuff.
A great wee show , cheap at the price, and well worth finding ( prob via matt’s site) over the next 2 weeks.
It is such an enviable talent to be able to play music, but to write songs too ….well it must be fab…..very jealous.
I hope folks can find it and enjoy.
Thank you for listening, for your ongoing response and support…we appreciate all our listeners, especially those who, like yourself, offer constant support and feedback
Hi All. It’s been a sad week of loss of both Tony Mc Mahon and Paddy Moloney RIP. Two giants of music, who opened up avenues and opportunities and also raised serious questions about our Traditional music and the various directions it goes in. I guess the learning is Carpe Diem !
There’s a beautiful post on Facebook by Gabriel Donohue about Paddy Moloney.
Thanks to all experts here.
It’s a Guestbook and an Information Board:
One of the great musical heroes is gone. I will remember with Paddy Moloney’s puristic Tin whistle-duet with Seán Potts.
I’m being reminded of the genius blend of The Chieftains and Van Morrison…
‘Irish Heartbeat’ took such a hammering on an in car system, it’s a wonder the CD is still playable…but it’s sounding sweet on a sad morning. D
Hope your refocusing is going well. Looking forward to hearing you solo in Ennis.
Thanks to Dave for saying “treasure every beat”. You’re very kind and it’s brilliant advice. You’re the third person who’s said it to me so I’d better take notice.
Great to read your memories about Paddy Moloney.Always special when tributes have a personal touch.
Many online tributes today – Claddagh’s description of him as a ‘force of nature’ is a good one.
‘Bright Blue Rose’ starts my play list today – The Chieftains and Van Morrison close behind… many thanks to Paddy for so much.
I think I know that recording of Bright Blue Rose. There’s a lovely interplay of pipes, then tin whistle. Is that Paddy Moloney? It’s lovely.
Himself and The Bould Willie Flynn
RIP Paddy Moloney, Christy
Very sad news – saw The Chieftains on epic form several times at The Free Trade Hall. Paddy at the helm and a wonderful blend of instruments with maestro players.
Heading to play ‘Bonaparte’s Retreat’ now.
I’ll remember Paddy as a great auld Troubadour…..a long serving warrior, a true Chieftain…I first met him in 1969 at a great nights** Music in Prosperous, County Kildare..late that night himself and Liam Óg O Flynn sat facing each other Chanter to Chanter and tore into a rake of hot reels…it was the night of my Sister Anne’s Wedding to Davoc Rynne…the memory stayed with me and 18 years later Paddy and Liam played together when I recorded Bright Blue Rose ..that recording remains one of my favourite studio memories..
Our paths crossed over the years in many different places…we played together at the inaugural Lisdoonvarna festival in County Clare ….it was always a pleasure to meet up with Paddy….always warm, always welcoming..he was a man who made a lot of Music happen in this country….he brought together some of our finest players and created ensembles that allowed them to shine…loved the world over,perhaps not always fully appreciated at home,
PS ** that session took place in the same basement where “Prosperous”was recorded 2 years later
I have signed up for a virtual gig tomorrow night. MATT MCGINN and 2 fellow artists across the globe doing a show of Paul Simon stuff for his birthday.
Not a huge fan of PS though some fine stuff in that catalogue, i am sure MM will bring it to life marvellously.
He has a couple of gigs in the ‘pool on 23 and 24th which will be braw, in case any north of england 4711ers are at a loose end during the Liverpool Irish Festival.
Ps i still love his version of John O’ Dreams in that video compilation early this year.
Can you see this lad?
I showed it to my daideo and he said this was all the rage fadó.
I reckon he may have slugged a drop of the “stuff glas” in Indreabhàn.
Hi Christy all
Enjoy the gig, Rebecca – treasure every beat…
A gloomy day. Time for some Richard Thompson, I thought…pulled a CD at random- ‘Sweet Warrior’ from 2007 and am now on my 4th playing of ‘ Take care the road you choose’ – wow… a brilliant version on youtube too.Live from Celtic Connections.
Great that Naas went well.
Its 2 days to my gig and I’ve finally got together a set list.
To give myself the best chance of getting through it I’ve chosen all the ones I find easiest.
Yellow Furze woman
Ballad of John pain
Rosalita and Jack campbell
John o dream’s
Bright Blue rose
Lullaby of London
I have taken out all the hard ones, dalesman, flickering light, Lagan love etc… Etc…
Not sure why I’m telling you this.
I hope you are well and I hope you like fans recommending songs to you, if not please let me know! Here is a song by a New Zealand artist , Graham Brazier, who sadly is no longer with us. A genuine, nice fella I met a few times. His father was from Liverpool hence this song, Billy Bold about the Toxteth Riots in 1981. There are a number of versions on Youtube but I selected this one as you may like this arrangement! The line about the Liverpool Dock could be changed to whatever port you happen to be playing – Dublin, Glasgow etc.
I hope you enjoy it even if you do not cover it. Regards Mark.
Lovely intimate gig in Naas last night! Great to have you back in Kildare Christy, and even better to get to hear my request ‘Aisling’ live again. Hopefully we will get a few more gigs this winter and the match fitness will return for championship 2022.
The Moat Theatre in Naas last night proved to be a beautiful venue..right in the heart of the Old Town tucked in snugly behind the historic Town Hall…myself and the crew got a great welcome from all concerned….
I’m still finding my way back to full gig fitness…playing mainly here in the workroom this past 18 months some of the edge has blunted….playing solo again after 20 years of playing with different bands brings on a need for me to re focus….
took chance with your request for Aisling ..just about got over the line..
really good audience last night…such a welcome at the start…could not have been made to feel more welcome….
Nás na Rí abú
I am sitting on the front at Whitley Bay in my hrfc hat and toon shirt, reading the Journal, on a day away ,and enjoying a playlist sent to me by son charlie.
Shane came on with Paddy Public Enemy Number 1, he can write can Shane and with the Popes that proved he was the main man.
Given where i am i should add Lindisfarne to the playlist as they had some beautiful stuff eg Winter Song.
Did you ever cross paths with them Christy?
Now off for a mug of black tea or a bottle of Brown Ale
Never met the band ..may have met one of the players way back…perhaps in Fife in late 60s
Have been advised by many to get this song to you….Hope you enjoy the NEW Ballad EASTER.
Thanks for sharing Anthony
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