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I almost had it typed up & sent and, I thought that’s the wrong song and that a fellow, O’Connell wrote a song also mentioning rivers.
As for Bud. There’s plenty who’d sup it if it was going free!
VAR, Qatar and guitar all rhyme.
Lets all go to Lissywollen
Some set list. Five from Ride On. It’s nearly forty years old now.
Burning Times is still my favorite of the studio albums.
Some collection of songs that you are going to bring in to season fifty-six or will it be fifty-seven ? Nearly two hours without Brown Eyes, Allende,Companeros,Continental Ceilidh,
or my Mom’s favorite The Reel in the Flickering Light.
Dad’s was Joxer.
we were well reared Bourkey
I’ve seen you in all variety of venues there could be…but the Barras…sweet Lord the Barras beats them all! Looking forward to a repeat!
the back room of the Scotia
Mick Broderick, Danny Kyle…
Gerry on the Dimple,
Billy on the Boil
drinkin lanny from a rucksack
then out to Rutherglen
on the tare with Hamish
back to Motherwell again
Christy when are you coming back to Scotland? We’re missing you something shocking over here!
any day now SBP..we’ll be tearing up Gallowgate, mad for road, well up for the crack, well climb the stair and let fly with all we’ve got (left)
Good evening Christy,
Connall was born on Friday, he now needs a brother Cuilinn, my daughter is not convinced, but the other granny says a song by Horslips is relevant?
Last night ,saturday, we went to see Enough Of Him by May Sunwanyambe,in Perth, if it crosses the water you would find it inspiring.
Today Sunday , to get the treble up, i played an album by Paul Robeson, what a voice.
Not mush direction to my post, sorry.
will watch out for thon recommendation
Paul Robeson…. I bow my head in respect
I had this just written….. this World Cup and VAR decisions. I’m thinking of another song written by a McConnell chap. Sweet Thames written by McColl. Those lines on London’s river were in turn taken from Elliot’s ‘Wasteland’.
Hazz, that’s late Tuesday evening here so I may well be tuned in.
What song am I thinking of? As a VAR absurd decision rescues Qatar. Nothing innocuous about the score. Lads on RTE have replayed it three times. My bet still on. Must go looking. What song did an ‘O’Connell’ guy write? Christy sings it.
“Only Our Rivers Run Free” written by Mickey McConnell, Florencecourt, Co.Fermanagh. He has written and recorded many fine songs…I heard his brother Cathal sing it in The Irish Centre, York Rd, Leeds in 1969.
‘Twas a night of great music..Liam Óg O’Flynn was also on the bill as was the lovely Accordeon player John Regan…I sat with Pearse Hutchinson and we all retired afterwards to a good pub in the City where the muisc continued ’til dawn
make mine a MacColl
and have one yourself
Christy, I tuned in to RTÉ’s Archives Nov ’01 to listen to you on your love for Ewan Mac Coll’s Sweet Thames Flow Softly – backed by Sinéad O’Connor and Neill Mac Coll. According to the accompanying blub Ewan wrote it for a critic’s group production based on Romeo and Juliet. I was looking for information on the group which was formed by Ewan and Peggy in their home in 1965. My search came about as there’s a mention of you singing The Rocks of Bawn in today’s Business Post. Interested in two versions of the song I came across Clare County Library with a version of it sung by Tom Lenihan in his home in Knockbrack, Miltown Malby in 1976. Tom learned it from local ballad seller, ‘Bully’ Nevin, and Willie Clancy’s aunt, Mary Haren of Clooneyogan. Apparently the boul Bully bawled out the song at Miltown cattle fair. Sorry for rambling but just wondering what you think. It seems to Tom and me, that this version with Patrick Sarsfield (Lord Lucan) is more likely given Sarsfield’s GAA clubs in Newbridge, Cork, and Belfast etc.
‘I wish that Patrick Sarsfield would write to me in time,
And place me in some reg’ment while in my youth and prime.
I would fight for Ireland’s glory from the clear daylights of dawn,
But I never would return again to plough the rocks of Bawn.
Ewan produced a series of Radio Ballads, I think Romeo &Juliet was one such…others included songs of Travelling People, Singing The Fishing, Songs from The Building Sites…about 50 years ago I had a full set of the Vinyl Albums, lost them during a midnight flit…
I sang the Rocks of Bawn for a while back in my EnglishFolk club days… I learned it from Andy Rynne of Prosperous, Co.Kildare ..so it was very much in the Kildare Sean-nós-revival style which (in my case) relied heavily on lots of black porter….perhaps the Folk Correspondant of The Sunday Business Post was in the Singing Jenny ,Huddersfield the last time I sang it in 1967…or she/he/they/them/this/that/these/those may be confising it with verse two of my updated “If I get an Encore”
It was there I heard Luke Kelly, Frank Harte and Tom Munnelly
sing The Rocky Road and The Rocks of Bawn
I learnt to vamp the Jigs and Reels and batter out the beat on my bowrawn
On the windswept Hill of Tulla, Michael Considine sang Spancilhill
When I heard John Jacko Reilly, his singing mesmerised me, the old Raggle Taggle Gypsy has me still
knowing that you sometimes change the lyrics, listening to different versions of “All I remember” made me curious: might be a stupid question but what’s the reason for dropping the “not” the one that you see… in the last line of the chorus? Or is it just at random (e.g. version on the album “The time hast come” vs. “Flying into mystery”)?
Anyway, I’m counting the days til December 5th and I’m really looking forward to Vicar Street :-).
Have a good time with two great gigs before..
Its not a stupid question ..but I cannot give a precise answer…perhaps I’ll try and sing it on Dec 5th and we’ll see what way it emerges..but thats not a guarantee..it will depend on the weather conditions, the state of the audience, the price of bread, the prevailing atmosphere, the quality of the juju and the level of boogaloo in the room… I hope its getting warmer in Essen..I had a great gig there in 1984
Hi Christy, hope you are well. Have not posted in a while but it’s been great to come on daily to read the gig updates and song chatter. Steve Wright gave “Ride On” a whirl on BBC Radio 2 this morning, giving you a fond mention..
PS would be great to see the setlist..
thats 3 requests for set list…
1. City of Chicago
3.Black is the Colour
5.Anne Lovett ( Middle of the Island)
8.North and South
9. On The Mainland
10. Back Home in Derry
12.Weekend in Amsterdam
13.Ringing The Bell.
14. Viva La Quinte
15. Only our Rivers
16. Fairytale of New York ( for Vicky who flew from USA for the gig)
17.Well below The Valley
19.No Time for Love
21. Stitch in Time
23. The Time has Come
1 hour 43 minutes to a great audience which included 4 plain clothes nuns home from West Africa….met them beforehand when they were doing shots and smoking majors before the gig..they belong to the community of the Little Sisters of Psychologial Warfare and they sure know how to have a good time…they were well up for the Weekend in Amsterdam
we also had two “Christys” in ..one from Sydney and one from Motherwell….
I second Patsy, I ‘m all for sharing the setlist ! Roll on the Vicar St series of gigs, no place like it. Beir bua agus beannacht. H
Nail biting evening in the Aviva….. great achievement for our Boys to pull off the win in the circumstances. Brilliant to see the young lads getting a chance to show their skills on the big stage. Rolled back the years for my listening on the way home “Live at the Point”…. Aah the memories.
Set List ???. I’m in.
Johnny & Robbie hopefully back before the Nations
thats two for the setlist..( Dagrab confirmed by Carrier Pigeon) we need one more and we’ll get printing
Here’s a story I wrote.
It first appeared in a dream, a few days after my grandmother died in the 1990s.
It appeared again on Friday as I sat with my mother. The last paragraph was missing.
The Land of Apples
We went through the darkness together. Above us and below us and all around. The thick black was full of writhing creatures, pitiable, frightening, stuck. They felt half human and we could barely see them by the golden light of our little pod. It was full of light, keeping us safe from the darkness and the creatures as we passed through silently. I’ve no idea how. It was a desperate, angry place.
And then I saw it as I Iooked upwards in the distance. An edge of golden light glowing into the darkness, full of gently scented air. It was there for her. We got nearer and I saw it, the Land of Apples, with the Lord of Light. He glowed and stood in the centre, welcoming her in. His land was full of apples, fragrant in the golden light and many people were there, welcoming in the glow.
Silently she passed through and joined the Lord and the people and the apples. I faded back into life, through the darkness in the pod filled with light.
Thank you for sharing your dream/story/song..
After two readings…..it takes me to that place…its so vivid, disturbing, with deep underlying compassion and hope for a gentle passing…
Aisling did not land in Carrickdale but she has returned to the mix.. there is liklihood of an imminent return to action
Ed Coyle, it’s HotFM 106.7 which streams as Hotfm.org.au
I’m having a crack at 60s Long Lunch Tues & Thurs 12noon to 2pm Aussie time
We’re all volunteers so driving by the seat of my pants
I’m adding to the playlist (currently the usual 60s fare) so no Irish rebel or Christy diamonds on file here – yet…
Gotta find a way to wrangle another show focussing on these
Anyway these posts are about Mr Christopher Andrew Moore, not frustrated old would be disc jockeys…
Best I can do is Donovan’s “Universal Soldier”, Canned Heat’s “Let’s Work Together” & Ray Stevens’ “Mr. Businessman” – & plenty of Dylan of course
Fondest thoughts for Team Christie
Danny Harris (Hazzo)
Go For It Danny
Take No Prisoners
Give it the Two Barrels
then bring it back down with gentle lullabies
lull them advertisers back into the arms of Morpheus
Hopefully Ed ( Athlone Medium Wave ) will keep us posted
Well I never met Bob Dylan
But I sang with the Pecker Dunne
Mountbellew was like Heaven
and Tulsk was like the consecration bell
Sorry, I meant to ask. Did Aisling make an appearance last night, or did the gig wander off in another direction?
Perhaps I will post the set list…..if I get three takers
Hello Christy and All,
Here’s the recording of Peter Kegan and the Wind
What a song and story!
There is a live version too but the end is missing.
It was the unique early sound of Tommy Makem and The Clancy Brothers that gave birth to a thousand balladeers…myself included
Hi Christy, Hope your Gigs are pulling in the crowds and you are sussing all the tunes. Thanks for your kind words…today, I feel much better. I have always wanted to tell you this…I feel you are the most morally and physically courageous man I have encountered: you fear no one, except maybe the tax man! You are not frightened to open up your colors and you fear not what others may think or say about you and what you believe. You are the “Walrus”, and I mean that you are a tough Irishman.
My favourite Irish songs are the Enniskillen Dragoons, I heard you singing that on the Lockdown, and Changes. How did you capture the atmosphere with that ,magical ballad. Love to hear you sing them both soon…Keep loving & forgiving!
Steady on Francis….Songs have sustained me for over 60 years…I love the singing,searching,writing,practicing,soothing,roaring,chorusing….
across the years my morals have faltered betimes and I’ve been shit scared more times then I care to remember….I’m still frightened betimes but probably more careful to avoid frightening situations….
its one thing to sing “tough”songs but if I saw Conor McGregor down the street I’d be looking for an Uber…
Over the years you are the second person to mention Phil Och’s beautiful song “Changes”….I got it out last night and sang it here in the workroom….I found “Enniskillen Dragoon” in the PW Joyce collection way back in 1962…the same day I uncovered “Curragh Of Kildare”…I rushed around to Lunny’s house in Ryston, Donal played the melody and together we stitch the chorus which now resonates around the world…a good days work…
Thanks for sharing
Hazz. Give us the radio station’s name. I bet it’s online & we’ll tune in.
I’ll be back soon.
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