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Sad to find out Mick Moloney’s passing in this guestbook. One of my associations with him is his support of young musicians.
even in abstentia Mick maintained a presence at the heart of our music….its hard to believe that he is gone…atlhough we seldom met, I was constantly aware of his ongoing contribution to our living tradition……
I learned a beautiful song from him in 1964….I’ve been singing it every day
Kia Ora Christy. I’m so glad I’ve found this site. I’m a Maori from Aotearoha.
I was visiting Ireland 1992 and was staying down with a friend in Ard O’ bhFicheallaigh west Cork, I had met in Australia.
He played for me Smoke and Strong Whiskey and I was hooked on your music.
Now living in Cork and always make sure I catch your shows. I also love to play and sing your songs but in my own Maori way. I do the same with John Spillane’s song and am actually on the Ferry Arms song with him.
Keep the spirit of your ancestors going Christy blessings always.
I love that Ferry Arms video you made with John Spillane..its a classic….
Happy to know that you have connected with the songs, that you are living in Cork…
I had a beautiful experience in Aotearoha in the mid 1980s…I recieved a traditional Maori welcome from students in a school outside Auckland….I invited the students to join me on stage the following night in the Aotea Centre
Thankyou. It’s real life up there, isn’t it.
I hope you’re doing ok with the gap in the gigs.
I’m kind of doing ok with the gap in the lack of gigs.
Thinking about that connection between the singer, the listener and the song.
I guess it’s the same in a bigger space?
Thinking about the blurring of it when listeners merge with the singer. I guess I’m making things up here.
Lots of practical things going on, monitors, I’m going to get a sound check. It looks like I’m probably going to open the event. I’m hoping this doesn’t mean background music.
I hope it’s more like being the cabaret.
I’m comfortable slipping in through the back door.
The event is going to be live streamed on YouTube.
Ramble ramble I’ll stop now.
I’ve spent the weekend surrounded by your and John Reilly’s recording of Lord Baker, loads of versions of words. The Child ballad thing isn’t easy to use, is it.
This song feels very very old. Beautiful.
Have a good sound check…enjoy it….
I find small close -in gigs more challenging
I like to be the “opening”singer at a “multi” act event
I spent longer with John Jacko’s “Lord Baker” than with any other song in my repertoire ….not a moment wasted
Christy: just checked your gigs list.
Looks full on & busy.
Do you find moments of peaceful reflection (no matter how brief) up there on stage, when a vision of a memory washes over you or hits you like a ton of bricks, to cause a pang of aching or sombreness?
Artists & performers like your good self must struggle to stay in the moment yet still be open to the vibes all around, including thunderbolts of fond or sad recall, I suppose?
Keep going my man – we luvs yer stuff
I’m thinking Danny that running into a ton of bricks could leave a fellow with more than pangs of the dreaded sombre ache…
I’m forever struggling to stay in the moment ….except when the lights go down and I get to hit the opening A minor…..up there, in the sanctuary of that sacred space, peaceful reflection washes over these old bones as the verses tumble out …I bat away those thunderbolts of recall like an auld donkey swishing his tail at horseflies….like an old Lightning,Bird,Wind,River Man
I will Try this again
it landed second time Martin…thanks for sharing
Sometimes I go for months not an idea in my head, then out of nowhere comes a song I don’t fully understand..
I was having a look at my copy of More Irish Street ballads. It’s a beautiful hardback. In the front it’s previous owners have written their names and dates. One in 1965 and one in 1976.
The book is older than me. It’s in better condition than me too.
The other day, my Mum said to me that singing a solo is the last thing she would ever want to do.
I tried to explain it to her. It was very difficult.
The best I could come up with was that its much more than a want. It’s a “have to…”
I once heard an actor say to his child that wanting isn’t enough, if you have to do it then that is enough.
I get it.
“So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracle
And cures and healing Wells”
still have them to hand here…”Irish Street Ballads” from 1962 and “More Irish Street Ballads” from 1965..
I love these two Colm O’Lochlainn collections
Mick Maloney performed with others at a Joe Dockerty benefit, Symphony Space in NY 1990. From time to time, Mr. Moloney and other performers from that evening appear in my minds eye. I’m sorry for you’re troubles, family and friends of Mick.
I recall writing and singing a song for Joe Doherty in New York…dont know what became of it…..Mick was always prepared to stand and be counted
Sad to hear of the great Mick Moloney’s passing away.
I looked at the You Tube clips of Joni. How do I start? Is there something in me, perhaps with a good few others, if one recalls an artist or a group that one followed from all the years ago, one might like to remember them as they were and when they were at their best. This? I dont know. Joni wound up out-sung, out-performed by the others, she was hardly heard either singing or speaking even. Oh but for ‘Brandi’ who, to give her credit, is Joni’s biggest fan and she could sing, but the performance was supposed to be Joni Mitchell. When Brandi took the mike, she forgot to stop talking reminding me of some old PP somewhere that several of us would recall doing the same thing, forget to stop talking. I loved Brendan’s line on the ‘patchwork housecoat’. We heard a reference to Joni’s jam in a ‘living room’ somewhere. If anyone knows where that living room is, I request them to turn the key in the lock and leave them there singing. I wouldnt doubt Joni is and was happy singing. You can find a page listing all her numerous health issues. But here with this troupe; dominated by so many others; no. I agree with Christy. I found this mawkish.
it was painful to observe…
Hi Christy. Above is an reworking of Lisdoonvarna written by one of the Ukrainian refugees staying in Lisdoonvarna. It is sung by himself and his wife.
The Minstrel Boy song was joined by Judy Collins to Shoot First, her anti firearms song.
I find it stirring & brings me to anger at the senseless violence in the world.
Luckily we have comedy shows such as the Tories devouring their own in a bid to inflict more pain on working people…
Begorrah my old man would say….
Hi Christy, in case you don’t pick it up , Joshua Burnside has a charity album ( its blowing a gale outside) out today which reminds me a bit of Gerry Diver’s marvellous Speech Project.
It is on Bandcamp.
Have a grand weekend.
Evening Christy. Just heard that Mick Moloney died yesterday. I’m shocked and really upset by the news. Mick was a stalwart of the British folk club scene as part of the Johnstons crisscrossing the UK, knowing every bump along the road. I’m sure your paths crossed many times and I seem to recollect that one of their regular songs, “The rambler from Clare” was credited on their first album for Transatlantic as being collected by Christy Moore. Take care Christy
Very sorry to hear of Mick’s passing…
After a long time we had re-connected in recent years…I’d hoped to see him soon..
Mick & I go way back…manys the night I dossed on his floor ….he was in a Band called The Parnell Folk with Donal Lunny & Dan Maher….they were very good, I used to follow them around Dublin….It was a time in my life when I dreamt of getting a gig one day….we swapped a few songs… I still sing (to myself) “The Bleacher Lassie O’ Kelvinhaugh” which he shared with me back in 1964….
His music always had character….I loved that Johnston’s sound…it still sounds fresh and original…..
Its lonesome here tonight remembering our good companero
Just wondering if you have any plans for a couple of gigs in Wales in the future.
Would be lovely to bid you a “Croeso Mawr” – especially as Ireland are now the official number 1 rugby team in the world. 😉 regards Phil
No plans at the moment Phil…
Thankyou for your advice. It makes more sense now. I guess its either first gear or turn into superman.
The sound guy got in touch yesterday and he’s a prefessional. A big sensible island to anchor myself to. Feeling much better.
Here’s something to make your hear sing
Had a look at You Tube tonight. I’ll look in later on today and reply.
Feel validated Christy. I turned the clip off myself when I saw yer won in patchwork housecoat, or whatever that is. Emmylou Harris and Patty Griffin brought her out years ag, but I didn’t feel anything when she sang. I later talked with Fordham radio jock John Platt about same, who didn’t disagree. I suggested Carlisle start drinking heavily and it would pay off later in her career.
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