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What wonderful Piping…never saw this before…I’ve heard of his music so its been joyful to watch and to hear his masterful playing…had the pleasure of hearing his Son, Eoin Ó Ríabhaigh, perform a number of times in the 80’s…
what a great broad sound…the chanter scooterin,regulators hopping like herrings on the griddle O and the drones constantly holding it all together…
the audience truly reminiscent of life here in the 50s
(Eoin O’Riabhaigh & Conal Ó Gráda | The Killimer & The Gold Ring | An Mhuileann| Geantraí 2002 | TG4)
Hi All.. reading Petra’s mention of movie-like songs is a reminder of so many in your repertoire. The funny thing is, we all see a different movie and at certain times, different lines can take on different meaning. Great to hear the two nights in Wexford went well. First time hearing you sing “Dark End of the Street”.. lovely song..
Saw a fisherman fishing off the cliff edge in Portugal last week. Reminded me of On Morecambe Bay. Hadn’t heard it in a while so gave it a whirl too.
Sail On. Enjoy the hurlin’. Let the small ball into the big men.
Wexford is a unique and beautiful Town….it has something special going for it …it has always welcomed rambling balladeers…my first experience was back in 1972 with Planxty, and since then gigged in a wide range of venues…from the Unyoke Inn to The Opera House….
Pierce Turner was at the gig the other night…what a great chanter and performer still delivering the raw bar …he sent me a few songs yesterday…I previously sang his “Among The Wicklow Hills” and ” Musha God Help Her ”
Declan Sinnott developed his music growing up in Wexford….I still recall Moving Hearts playing in the old Opera House in 1982…we disturbed bats and starlings.. there was shite flying in all directions…
the Wexford accent is a beautiful brogue…it languishes on the tongue, sucks you in…a grand droll to it
“goin down The Quay to feck a Herrin” ( Declan)
Christy You in mighty form tonight, Fantastic gig, you must have had a belly full of Carne new potatoes, strawberries to soothe the vocal cords, served by a good wexford woman. Delighted to see you in fine fettle and look forward to next gig, Mairéad
Thank you Mairéad
what a beautiful venue…. a crying shame that its not fully utilised….I feel a great sense of privilidge to have played there….BUT the only gigs there over the last fortnight were my two Fridays… my sense of joy tinged with sadness…. I spoke to a local singer last night who cannot gain access to the second venue there,,The Jerome Hynes Theatre….these public funded Theatres and Art Centres should be opened and available to all sectors. to all community activites….It is truly brilliant and remarkable that Wexford has such a prestigious and glorious Opera House right in the heart of the Town…..to think it has been “dark” for 12 Summer nights over a fortnight in July is a sad state of affairs….no fault upon the staff there..the crew are excellent…well equipped,warm and welcoming…..I sincerely hope to meet them all again before too long
“UP THE MODEL”
PS….and I came home last night with Wexford spuds, strawberries, apple juice and memories
Christy we went to the Big Kid Circus tonight. Cuban Contortionists, ukranian bike skills, equadorian trapeze artists, Brazilian wheel of death walkers and much more.
Much fun and not a sad looking elephant in sight.
Never met you, dont know you, never even passed you on the street, not shared a cuppa nor exchanged postcards but i reckon you might have enjoyed the fare at Hawick’s Haugh under the big top…not quite the tent by the Lee but the kids enjoyed it the clowns were funny and the lady swinging 12 feet up by her hair was strikingly class.
I thought that all of these circus lads n lasses could be re-written into a 2022 version of Lisdoonvarna but hey am just rambling and ready for shut eye.
Ps Paolo Nutini’s new album is good, loads of different influences from Arab Strap to John Martyn and way beyond
I loved the old Circus Bands…..they had riffs for all the different acts…cymbals, drum rolls, trombones…..
Few enough to answer the question. From the Irish Independent’s English football coverage from way back in the 70s. All the names all ‘went in’, absorbed into memory. Was in Craven Cottage some years ago, they’re up again this year into top flight football.
my earliest soccer memories “over” are from Craven Cottage in the early 60s….Johnny Haynes, Jimmy Conway….I saw them play Liverpool and Tony Hately headed a hat trick for the Reds……
first time I ever witnessed raw racism was on the terraces at Stamford Bridge…I was 16 and simply did not understand….
Later I watched Jinky Johnson at Parkhead, Best at Old Trafford, used to go to Elland Road when Leeds were flying…Johnny Giles was magic…saw Charlie Hurley at Roker, Jimmy Greaves at Tottenham….
my English & Scottish Folk Club years were intermingled with Sporting events…Soccer, Rugby League, Wrestling, Stock Cars….my gig free nights were never idle
R, your hour of glory has come: The Shay in Halifax. Great. Mise knows all 90+ Football League grounds. I think Halifax are not currently in Football League. Mind you, I might be incorrect.
Richard Thompson, any gigs I’ve watched online sound great. He performs Beeswing.
Patsy, another trip. Third? You saw him in D Crowe here and in Mullingar already this year.
so you knows all 90 plus football grounds in Engerland…thats a fair achievement Ed…how many did you visit ? In my 7 years over I visited many across the divisions …a fair few in Scotland too…Gigg Lane was a favourite..The Shay was on my doorstep for a spell…had a soft spot for Craven Cottage…loved Parkhead & Easter Road… but most vivid memories are from Old Trafford when George,Denis and Bobby were ruling the roost
Hope the heat is not too much in the Sunny South East….some long distance Listeners in the front row ( who as always are very welcome). I’m with Marty, its a privilege for us all to have struck up great lifelong friendships; and all with the one common link………your music and songs. Busy few days ahead, I’ll be facing the puck out in Crocker on Sunday, and then midweek your good self back in the middle of the island for your second crack at Mullingar this year….wonder will the Tailteann Cup be knocking around ?? …..it’s the next best thing to Sam. He could get trapped in the Kingdom for the next few years.
Thought has just struck me……….when the Brewery opens in Kildare will we have a Guinness White ???
jasus Patsy but the heat down here bates all…even the strawberries are complaining…there will be a few hot heads kickin about Wexford tonight…I’ve seen a few heads around town that could do with a splash of factor 50…I’ll see you at the back of the Nally Stand at half time on Sunday…I’ll bring a few extra scallion sangwidges if you bring the salt and pepper..
Petra and Hilary….. are making us long for the Glory Days of the 4711ers…. the front row or two filled with long haulers…..the bite to eat before the gig and the music/singing seisun after…. how lucky we were….. all brought together by you and the companeros down the years….. Maithù go fad .
I see uncle Arthur’s folks are building a new brewery in Kildare….
Newbridge or Nowhere…..
I may have to move back to the Shortgrass
Petra SNAP !! I was just thinking the very same thing! My CD du Jour in on repeat for todays road trip. It a perfect example of the magpie streak in Christy, which allows him find the brightest and best songs. Lily is an eclectic mix of ancient and new , of protest songs and love songs, of love of the local and homeplace and an appreciation of nature from across many genres and a spoken word piece also !! Looking forward to seeing Uwe and you at a gig, hopefully in 2022. Beir bua. H
I’m thinking of Traudel and Horst….
The first time in three years that we could attend a live concert: We have seen Richard Thompson at the spectacular Elbphilharmonie venue in Hamburg recently. He was in good spirits and voice, the set list was fine and we enjoyed the evening so much. When RT performed his magnificent Beeswing I thought of you, Christy, and the many occasions where we heard your beautiful version live. The song still moves me in a way I can’t describe, the imagery is so lively, the language powerful. And it came to my mind that you have so many amazing songs in your repertoire that create a movie-like scenery in one’s mind: Magdalene Laundries, The Two Conneeleys, So Do I, True Love Knows No Reason, Smoke and Strong Whiskey – the list is endless. Hopefully, there will be an opportunity to catch more live gigs soon.
My first concert in Hamburg was in the Summer of 1972 with Planxty…. the promoter was Carsten Jahnke..our tour Manager was Nobbi from Bielefeld…Abi Wallenstein played support ..we had a wild time …met a band in Hamburg called Leinamann..met the American blues man Champion Jack Dupree…. I’ve always loved playing in Germany…great listeners and venues….
played different clubs and venues in Hamburg..I recall, Musicahalle, Markethalle,Sviebel ( run by Ulli) and Fasan’s Kniepe…some others too but memory does not recall the names
The eleventy first of August… 😊
I’ve got some very good news.
I’ve got a gig!
Calderdale Our Sters event has been rearranged. It’s on 111th August at the Shay stadium and they want me to play!
It will be an outdoor event with a covered stage, so they must be setting up on the pitch.
They must have decided that outdoors is safer for Covid.
Figures are high round here right now. Last week 1 in 20 people in Calderdale had Covid.
Anyway, the upshot of it is that we’ve got a stadium event and I’m going to get a big stage all to myself.
I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
Yellow Furze Woman will resound through the hills of Halifax.
a song about he light that shines, the wonder of the world
” The multitudes, they flocked in throngs
To hear the music and the songs ”
44 years ago today I made my way to Lisdoon, the first day of the very first Festival. I think the reason I was allowed go was because I was getting a lift from my brother and he was to “mind me” however once the tent was pitched I did n’t see him again until it was time to go home !! As far as I recall the sun was shinning that day too, it was some weekend, huge crowds, great music, no hassle at all. We have a lot to be thankful to PD for, he is the gift that keeps giving, along with yourself C and the entire crew. From a field in West Clare back then to the National Opera House amarach and many, many points in between. Beir bua agus beannacht. H
Cork, New York, Dundalk, Gortahork, Glenamaddy…
The Sound Of Music…
Hurley’s Crazy Boxes…
It’s only 3 weeks or so until a mini fest return to our Hawick music festival and I am getting excited about hosting matt mcginn’s fantastic talent.
Lessons of War has been spinning with Lyra and Bubblegum setting the tone for a thoughtful if calm evening.
I was awestruck by his version of John O’ Dreams on that fans YouTube compilation, and he is such a lovely man.
Reminds me of an old Kildare geezer that I visit the guestbook of.
Love and regards
may the stars align and Hawick jive to the music of assembled troubadours
Got to agree with you and Rory about album cover for Smoke and Strong Whiskey. For a static picture it feels so full of movement to me.
I like it so much I have it on the wall in my work room.
The concert for Women’s aid took me back to my early 20s when I fist started work for Calderdale Council. One of our main roles has always been adults and children’s social care. Back in those early days I remember walk g down the corridor in one of our buildings and being stopped in my tracks by a poster. It said that victims of domestic abuse experience on average 50 incidents each before getting help. This had a huge impression on me, as a young adult. I was shocked to my boots.
We run a women’s refuge in Halifax. Only staff who are directly involved with it know where it is. I do know that it must be big though. They’re trying to raise money to replace all its 140 windows before winter comes.
Thinking about the clow s and custard pie thing, hope this makes you smile.
Thank You for sharing
Can ypu tell me anyghing about the picture on the cover of Smoke and Strong Whiskey ?
It evokes a feeling, that changes sometimes, but is mainly of a hard time but sometimes of a grateful solitude.
The old album is getting plenty of spins on the turntable here, glorious and timeless.
All I can tell you is that,like yourself,I like the picture…..dont know who,when,where,why or how it was taken…..but there’s a grand vibe off it
Hi Christy, i echo Rebeccah’s sentiment in hoping someone may have captured at least part of the gig for us ‘mainlanders’ to hear?
Ps its not even hot drizzle
hope that works out
Finbar (Boston) your post made poignant reading. A mother, the family known to me, she took about five or six children and herself to that ‘Harcourt Street’ place many years ago, ye all could have been there at the same time. It was the first time, this was years ago, I’d heard of domestic violence. There was a time, not even so long ago, that many women, most even, entered marriage winding up dependant on the husband as they’d no independent income of their own. Nowadays that’s far from the case; yet we hear domestic violence is on the increase all the time. Most people working in refuges will tell you they’re full most of the time. Why? What has gone wrong? A shocking indictment on our society that this is going on around us all the time. Well done to Womens Aid and to you C for helping to raise valuable funds for this organisation. It sounded like a good night of music.
Finbar is a lovely singer….
Oh it sounds like it was a great gig. I wish I could have been there. Wrong country and all… Our politics is like watching two clowns pouring custard down each other’s trousers, and that’s the good bits…
Just wondering if any kind and enterprising 4711ers might have recorded or videoed some of the gig. I’d love to hear it.
I’d like to hear some of it myself
Thank you for an amazing night in Vicar Street. You’re a class act! A great trawl through your catalogue, many featuring brave defiant women. Moving, elegiac, thoughtful, great craic. And ultimately, uplifting. So many different emotions on the one night. Truly special. £34,000 raised for the amazing work of Woman’s Aid!
(PS – Hope you got the PK shirt, and it fits. We can change it in Belfast)
Well done Damian….Fair Play To You
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