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Lucky to have tickets for Killashee tomorrow night, to coincide with my wife’s BIG birthday.
Richard and Barbara here from Carlisle, travelling around Ireland once again in our campervan. It was a pleasure to speak with you after your gig in Cappoquin 2019 , and so looking forward to seeing you performing live once again.
R and B.
“from Carlisle to Cappoquin
they travelled in their Camper”
Welcome to Nás na Rí in the sweet County of Kildare
Happy Birthday Barbara
Up in Glasgow for work and looking out over her spires, high rises and even a sightline across to paradise ( parkhead).
I grabbed breakfast with 2 of my weans in Dennistoun before work near to one of Hamish’s song venues the Palais.
The Michael Marra song Mother Glasgow ‘in the second city of the empire mother glasgow nurses all her weans’ comes to mind looking out.
The Barras of course is it’s beating heart and i suggested to Flora that she drop in at the weekend for the clothes stalls, sugarry sweeties and LP sellers.
Of course our lady of the Barrowlands comes to life best at night, the life, the dancing, the swallae, the song .
By we have shared some nights in there with you sir. It is hard to think we may never ‘meet’ there again but if we don’t then i will treasure forever the dripping sweat, the sing-a-longs, the reverence and the ecstacy. Deep joy
Two weeks ago I met two men making a Doc Film about “Mags McIvor’s”….They flew over from Scotia.We met in The Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire and talked about Gallowgate and the song…..always a pleasure to sing it, to remember
“where the shooting stars light up the fresco”
Also known as The blood curdling melodrama of the mad monk of Quirm (with custard pie scene)
And here’s a possible explanation for some of shakespeare’more elusive bits
Never saw it before…
Such an artist
Small wonder that Joni also makes brush strokes
She paints a powerful picture here
Poor Vincent in the back ground
Leonardo also played and painted
It is haunting to sing Joni’s “Magdalene Laundry”, it draws me back repeatedly
I wandered across this today.
You must have listened to it many times?
It’s remarkable to see how the music is moving down into a younger generation. Some great stories I’m seeing, an entire family coming to Limerick to hear you, all of them fans, and the man from Bedford.
I’ll be back – soon.
Back in 1961 I first experienced the excitement of a big ballad session….The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem returned to Ireland to play The Olympia Theatre Dublin …I was 16, utterly enthralled by it all….It was,and still remains, the greatest gig of my lifetime……
Ha ha – oops! Lovin’ not login
Just poking my head around your corner to say how much I like Greenland song…
To me it’s like a reverse side to Judy Collins’ cover of Farewell to Tarwathie & rubs shoulders with Gordon Lightfoot’s Ode to Big Blue…
It is one of my hopes to see what they call Scandinavia before I kark it…
Lovely song, your sense of the torn leaving carries me through…
Bye now – gotta keep listening
Login’ the fruits of your labours
Danny Harris, up north in a southern state in the Southern Hemisphere
You may be the first one to comment on “Greenland”,
It was a privilidge to engage with Paul Doran’s powerful song.
It carried me through manys the night & day as the world lay silent
a song of mystery,of fear,love and beauty…..
he deserves mention beside Judy and Gordon…
“as silently we gathered on the shore”
Greetings Christy from Down Under,
Dan O’Brien is my name. A Dub exiled in beautiful Brisbane. I’ll be heading for home in a couple of weeks with the wife and kids (Kelly, Liam & Niamh) for a long overdue trip. We’re all really looking forward spending time with loved ones over there in Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny and Cork. I’m delighted to have 4 tickets for your show in Waterford on July 1st. Is there any chance you could play The Voyage that night? Your good friend Ger Fennelly from down near Thomastown sang a cracking rendition of that special song for meself and Kelly on our wedding day nearly 16 years ago and its been held close to our hearts ever since. I still see Ger from time to time here in Brisbane and he always talks fondly of you.
I know it will be a memorable, soulful night down in Waterford and if you could play The Voyage we’d be forever grateful.
Drive on a Chara … Gra Mor
I’ve not seen Ger for manys the year….please give him our best wishes….I still remember the card he sent me 50 years ago… he was a young lad, I was playing with Planxty….it was my first experience of “fan” mail….Ger from Jerpoint…
See you in Waterford Dan, its a lovely venue in a great Town…Hope you and Family have a great trip back to the auld sod
Its great to see so many fab people frequenting this place. I’ve been a regular in these parts for a while, ever since I asked Christy for the name of a reel and got a story about a banjo player from Tyrone who knew the name but was unavailable because he’d gone to live in a yurt in outer Mongolia. The mobile signal out there is brutal.
I’m Rebecca from Yorkshire. I sing and play the harp and do as many gigs as I can, which seems to be about one a year right now. I go to a local folk session where the fiddler Stuart and I are busy trying to wean the guy in charge off the beatles with as fine a selection of reels and jigs as my bodhran can muster.
Here’s a little video that looks like it was filmed on the titanic
June again…55 years since I dwelt in Mixenden
I omitted the elbows in the ribs and the squashing of each other and pushing each other out the door outside UCH and my big brother landing into a hedge – should have known you’d get a kick out of a narrative like that!
Hi Christy. I was at your concert in UCH in Limerick last Thursday and I cannot stop singing your songs since. I was absolutely enraptured for the entire duration of your show.
Would you believe that I (36F) travelled to the show with my Dad (72) Mum (62) big brother (38) and little (!) brother (36). We all went in the same car. It must be 15 years since we all travelled in the same car together and it was most likely Christmas Day so your concert ranks high on important days for our family! Christmas Day drives always had you on cassette or CD as it was always part of Dads present. Dad and Mam and I saw you years ago in Vicar Street so we brought the boys along this time (neither were living in the country back then). It was a gorgeous evening, some of your pieces are haunting.
Can I ask the name of two of them – the one with the Bodhran and the one you sang a Capella about 45 mins in. Chilling.
Your new additions to El Politico are outstanding but Viva La Quinta Brigada is still my ultimate favourite it made my night that you sang it. I’m such a fan we even walked down the aisle to you singing The Voyage!
Thanks for all the wonderful memories and thank you for a great night last week.
Hey Niamh…the Bodhrán song was “The Well Below The Valley”..the accapella song may have been “A Stitch in Time”
I love the description of your journey in the Family car…. thanks for sharing
Hope all is well for you and your family.
Almost forty years ago on 9th June 1982, my son Sean was born in Hammersmith, London. The following evening I joined Sean’s mother to see Moving Hearts in The Half Moon pub in Putney. You were the lead singer of the band. I remember a great night. Sean has given both parents a hard time for leaving him that night, but he was in safe hands.
Your music and gigs have provided me with much joy over the last forty plus years. Many thanks.
Hard to believe its 40 years since..I remember the Half Moon in Putney gig like it was last week….a warm balmy night, not a breath of cool air over the Home Counties…the room was rammed, hot and sweaty…just the way Moving Hearts liked it….thanks for your feedback…Ride on Dinny Boy
You know how some songs grab hold of you, well, I’m singing the Contender night and day rigyt now. For the last two days. I think it’s the everyman quality of it. Its so easy to identify with. It really gets under your skin.
I’m going to know it very well…
Jimmy MacCarthy has written many timeless classics,
“The Contender” is but one of them….
he captured the glory and tragedy,
the highs and lows of one man’s life,
wrapped up in three, simply beautiful, verses
How have you been?
In recent gig clips of you playing bodhrán you sound fantastic , something about it ….an ancient feeling the sound seeps into the crevices of a person’s soul.
There’s a lad here these day’s doing a mural in memory of my dad .The project has mushroomed . The mural is on a gable the height and width of the free derry wall.Its facinating to watch him paint. Probably we spend more time on the tea and chat , It’s work that can’t be rushed either I suppose!! He’s an interesting lad was up in New Zealand for years and knows Shakespeare by heart .He could break out into recitation at any time!!
I saw you there writing about Fr Mc Fadden. It was an interesting coincidence because when dadó barna did his DNA he came up connected to Fr Mc Faddens grand nephew.Hes been in touch since.
I was in a new studio sa Spidéal last week recording a new song….
Slán go fóil CS 17
PS A strange bird with a black head landed here yesterday he has been baptised Sebastian.After pancakes and honey himself and the mural drawer have become comrades.They are both fond of Shakespeare.
I look forward to seeing your Dad’s mural….it must do your heart good to watch his image emerge upon the gable wall….
I have a photo of our Dad on the cover of my Diary…he left us 66 years ago in October 1956… yet I still remember him each and every day…
As a lad,I could never make head nor tail of Shakespeare…only recently I began to appreciate him…maybe it was the way he was presented to us..
I’d be half afraid to do that DNA business…I’d be terrified of discovering distant kinship with Mrs Brown
I hope the recording goes well for you
I hope Sebastian settles down and sings for his pancakes
Good morning Christy,
I hope you are keeping well now that the world is now well into the swing with the new normal!
Just wanted to share with you my youngest bhoy Pierce is ranning in the Edinburgh 1/2 marathon today. As I drove him up to Edinburgh this morning he told me he had his play list set to listen to during his run. For someone so young he’s 26 year old, it made my day to hear him say as part of his play list were Lisdoonvarna and Don’t Forget Your Shovel. I’ve done a lot wrong during my life but to hear he’s playing your goodself must mean I’ve been a good parent somewhere along the line!! In saying that I’m disappointed Fairytale Of New York didn’t make his cut!! These young ones nowadays!!
He’s aiming to beat his PB of 1hr 35mins so fingers crossed!
Take care Christy and hopefully along with your good friend and loyal poster Rory we’ll get across to God’s Country and see you again soon.
I hope young Pierce made a good time in Auld Reekie….I had some good times there myself in the last Century…greetings to all you Hawick ravers
I spent some time yesterday afternoon with The Contender, new to me and a new way of working. Humming through and doodling on the harp till it was all there. I’ve just got to do that middle bit.
Its a new way of working for me and I like it more than sitting at the piano with words, working the chords out and writing them down. Breaking free from my education.
It took me a while to work out the football match thing but once I’d decided it wasn’t the fa cup I was away. I’m not ashamed or anything…
Good morning Christy, and what a beautiful morning ,, I sit here alone looking at the sunshine streaming through the patio door,, outside the only sound is birds singing ,, as I sit here I am reflecting on the great woman my mother was who passed away 13 years ago today ,, and I know you would have fond memories of her hospitality in The Yellow Furze all them years ago when you dropped in to reminisce with Conor about times past in Ardmulchan, Cotton Mills etc, so I feel it is fitting in the background my Christy Moore playlist plays, Biko Drum/ The Foxy Devil, Roots,On Morecombe Bay, Hey Sandy/ Yellow Furze woman,, and many more,, bringing back great memories of meetings along the way from Slane House to The Royal Albert Hall, great events all, I will be in the Audience in Tullamore on Sat 11th
Daughter and partner going to Killashee next week, and twin Daughters Aisling and Aine going up to Sleive Russell next month, so I am delighted the tradition is carried on. I must go now and get ready to pay my respects in The Yellow Furze,,, May the music keep your spirits high
I’m assuming its yourself Terry !
Grand to see “The Foxy Devil” get a mention…”Galway” Joe Dolan wrote that one after manys the tussle with the same divvil…
Lovely to hear that Conor & Nancy’s grand-daughters are coming to hear the songs….
Drove the low road thru The Furze a few Sundays back….like everything else, its very different from 70 years ago….nevertheless, lovely memories were evoked of times long gone…
Great to read of your exploits and views.
I wondered if you were ‘bought back in’ after winning the seller, or whether shrewd Emmet Mullins purchased you for a gambling coup in 9 months time round the sharp turns of Ballinrobe?
I love that wee course, i seem to recall it had a huge salmon constructed beside the track, beautiful place.
The lads and i are heading over to Laytown Strand for racing in September, hoped i could catch a gig too but unfortunately your Bundoran exploits will be in full flow as young Tom Hamilton ( claiming 5) rides the winner on the sand for Ado McGuinness.
We thought about Ballinrobe races the next day and i tell you it was a nodding finish as to whether we go there or to Cashel to see Jayo and Paul Moloney ( 7 times placed in the Aintree national) who is near Attykit with our yearling ‘galtee mountain girl’ .
Jayo’s mug of tea currently is the bookies favourite at 8/11.
Saturday is Leopardstown amongst the hobnobbing gentry and the flat boys with their fur coats, brylcreem and RayBans ( me in my shorts n hoodie) before the quarter finals at night in the derby at Shelbourne ( trap 6 every time).
Jings am fair looking forward to it but i have a night at (Old Kilcullen) Cill Chuilin to come before then in Eugene Brennan’s ( 8 til late and who’s first up on the pool table?) While attending Goffs at Kill in a couple of weeks from now.
From the top of the sales ring i can see the Cill na sidhe hotel with its piano bars and high tea lounges, i think mr weld and jayo’s brother part owned it a few years ago!
You are right about the bastardisation of course, we are celebrating the independence of our town this month, in 1514 we stole the banner from marauding english and routed them ,so we annually check they have not encroached or changed our name to Hawthorn Hedge Vale or some such anglicised nonsense.
Keep on shouting for the lilywhites as there is such importance in remembering where we come from and being proud of our roots whether its the hill of allen or the river teviot.
Sing out and sing proud, we are who we are and not who londinium old or new wants us to be.
Stiff and saddle sore this morning….
Kildare went under when faced by the mighty surge of Dublin
Leinster never clicked against a magnificently prepared La Rochelle
then Our Son’s team, Liverpool,were pipped by Real Madrid
a trio of unfulfilled wishes
…….there was a slight air of despondency this morning, until the healing power of tea and toast began to take effect….there is a chorus of bird song outside the window…the Sun is shining,the garden beckons….
gonna get up now and go at it again
Back home from a wonderful visit in Ireland. We had the great joy of being at three gigs during that time. We will never forget the evening in Limerick that ended with Spancil Hill! Then we were on to two special evenings in Kilkenny. Great company and great music – the perfect visit! Thank you
Farewell you Moores of Meadowview…it was a pleasure to sing for you….happy to read that you had a good visit….we’re still enjoying the confections you gifted…Ride On
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