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Thank you for a wonderful night last night Christy. Full of meaning.
I came late to the party listening to you (married a Dubliner who soon educated me) and we were so disappointed to miss you a couple of years back in Edinburgh Usher Hall due to the pandemic. Last night was more than worth the wait to be sat down the front watching a master at work. Great set for an important cause. Your two guests were wonderful too.
PS I believe I caught you making eye contact a few times with the lads down the front who were having the time of their lives. Very, very classy and I know it made everyone with them feel so welcome.
The lads at the front were having a grand gig…I enjoyed their antics and participation…they were like a bunch of lively angels spreading good vibrations around the room….it was a lovely night
I miss Edinburgh…it was always a welcoming City back in my early days….I used to stay in Henderson Row ….visit the St Vincent Bar and Sandy Bells….over to Easter Rd with Owen Hand & Andy Scappadiccio…..great clubs in Auld Reekie back then…great Music too….Dick Gaughan, The McCalmans, Aly Bain, Paddie Bell,Barbara Dickson,Dave Goulder,
Your song Van Dieman’s Land reminds us how many of us were sent against our wills to Oz from the olde world…
What a ghastly journey! & all for poaching or stealing to keep a family alive…
No wonder the French rose up & sharpened the blade…
I’m enjoying singing along Christy ….thinking of your concerts
Travel well – yours
That version of “Van Dieman’s Land “s a great song….I remember hearing it back in 1967..the memory as clear as if it was last week…the late Mick Waterson in Hull gave it me…same night he gave me “The Lakes of Ponchartrain” ….
Rose Anna’s verse gets me every time….a great chorus too….greetings to all Victorian Songsters
Christy, thank you for a wonderful concert at Vicar Street tonight. It was perfect, the composition of the set list, the balance, the superb guest performers. It was profound, in the sense of a deep mutual understanding passing from you to us along lines through the air, strong as steel and built of song.
Women’s Aid is crucial. When I was a housing advisor in Brixton in the 80s I knew if I found someone a place in one of the local Women’s Aid refuges in South London they would be safe, and would be starting on a planned path to a better future. More recently, a few months stay in a refuge enabled a family friend and her young son to move from an abusive situation to a happy, permanent home of their own.
All the best,
the night worked out well…the words and music flowing, the great listeners, many shoulders to the wheel, all with the same purpose….thank you for your feedback
Hilary, were you there tonight? Sounded great, and indeed to assist a noble cause.
Is it tonight the Womens Aid concert was on. Will be back soon. Great work C to help this cause.
Hi C..What an honour to be there this evening…to listen and absorb…such a pertinent setlist..two wonderful women guests…the energy and vibe was out of this world…It reminded me of the Planxty re union gigs in Glor. Such support and love for you and Womans Aid. There is a lot of good in this world. A very emotional night on so many levels. The special Vicar St Choir on fire..Mile buiochas. Beir bua agus beannacht go deo. H
the Vicar St Choir
were surely on fire
……and a fine gaggle of 4711ers in the full forward line
Steve told me about Louise Mulcahy plaint at your gif.
I hope you were both awesome!
Louise’s chanter,drones and regulators perfectly in tune and unison….she played three Reels, a slow air and we duetted on The Raggle Taggle before segueing into Tabhair Dom Do Lámh…..and she played Liam Óg’s Pipes…..he willed all his instruments to young Musicians…his legacy still resounds
Hi Christy, I just want to say thank you , tonight you will perform song for a Woman’s Aid. Mammy lord rest her soul brought 6 kids aged 6 months old to 14 in a Renault 4 to Harcourt St Refuge for Women. We lived in 1 room , we moved from Safe house to safe house throughout Dublin and Wicklow . Thankfully mammy got to see me perform for the first time at a benefit when I was 19 for Woman’s Aid.I wrote a song called “Can you hear her” and came back from England for that special night, musically it’s my proudest moment to sing for a audience with mammy proud as punch. You have guided me on that road of song and encouraged me along the way from my days in London to Tommy Mc Gann in Boston (R.I.P.). I want to wish you a great gig and thank you again for all you do both in front of the mic and on the road of life, I wish I was front and center tonight but I’m sending hugs and good vibes to all involved from Boston,,,, The Derby, Stitch, And Cry like a man,, love Fin🙏💚🎶
Fin….me auld segocia….great to hear from you…the night went very well and 34,000 euro was raised towards the sanctuary of Women’s Aid…
Your words so pertinent as you recall your own Dear Mother, as you reflect upon your personal experience …
and you mention our late friend Tommy McGann….himself a giver of sanctuary in so many different ways….
Keep Singing Fin…
Hi Christy, really looking forward to the gig in Vicar St tonight! I’m bringing my friend Nicole along to her first gig of yours while she is home from Abu Dhabi, would really appreciate if you sang her favourite song Farmer Michael Hayes.
That came in late 123
hope Nicole has a good trip home
A quick word of thanks for a truly memorable night in Waterford. It was everything we expected and more. Secured me some brownie points courtesy of your kind dedication of The Voyage but as I’m sure you know yourself brownie points don’t be long expiring! Anyhow, go raibh mile maith agat a chara. Drive on with the good JuJu and we’ll catch ya down the rocky road.
Morra Dan…good juju might sometimes expire but it always leaves its mark…good luck to you on your onward journey
This is more what we were getting up to in my childhood, but I remember there being a lot more falling over, treading on toes and laughter
Park methodist was a big social hub in those days. Its a wetherspoons pub now.
It led me back to 1929
There’s a lovely article about Junior Crehan here from 2001
Sorry, here’s the correct link
Its a gorgeous treasure isn’t it. I had a wrootle around but I think we’d need to rely on family knowledge. It’s stored on ITMA but there’s no info with it
Sorry. Just seen your last message!
No prob Damo…I’ll be in touch
Email is about Monday night gig.
Hopefully see you Monday?
not poss Damian..I leaves it all on the stage..cant do afters..I does be bollicksed
23 – 7
Its a beautiful song, magic nights. That thing that music does so well, sometimes with words, sometimes without. The mind travelling thing.
Mandolin mountain too. It describes all the best bits of my musical life. I love it.
Bit of a rugby day today.
Steve’s bought a sky month pass and disappeared this morning when it still felt like night.
Jack Houghton… Football doesn’t really exist for me, so he’s as real as the other two.
what a beautiful post..
Liam Óg with his Uncle ,Junior Crehan..
they’re settled comfortably by the Stanley Range.
so well recorded, the Fiddle audible side by side with the chanter..
something seldom achieved in the most sophisticated studios..
respect to whoever recorded this purest of treasure …
any idea who made this recording ?
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