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The legend that is Ronan Collins had decided to retire from the Airwaves. He was a great supporter of Irish music and Artists. Gave “January Man” a spin on 1st Jan. at my request for many moons now. Who knows, it might find its way to HQ in January…… maybe on the 4th or another time.
Ronan Collins…..Top Man….may he enjoy the time ahead AND may he keep gigging
U2 and Christy Moore. Four against one. About right and you were well up for it, I’d say. Reminds me of The Beatles taking advantage of Brendan Bowyer.
I heard Brendan in Dreamland..Johnny Cash too…but twas hard to beat The Bobby Rogers Orchestra in the Town Hall with Jack Barnes on security and Joe Wolf minding the bikes…tea and light refreshments in the Supper Room
Dancing 9-2…admission 2/6…..Fr McNally in charge of morality..knee trembling out of the question
It’s so cold here I had to break ice out of the donkeys water ar madain.Hard to warm keep the heart cockles warm .The turf is a big help.
There’s a saying here “phréachtóidh sé na Danes”
Which translates to “it would freeze the Danish”
The Danes must be hard to make cold or something. I can’t figure it out because surely there’s colder places than Denmark…What about Siberia?
Another irish saying “tá sé comh láidir le Derek”
means “Hes as strong as Derek”
Who the heck is Derek anyhow?
I have aquired a spideog friend like in the gardner…she has me timed and sits on the wall every morning while waiting for the bus.
She ate out my hand this morning.
Then all of a sudden there was two of them there…I heard that 2 male Robins can cause “míle murder”.I hope not.
Great to see the vicar street gigs going well..
I did meet Ken one time over in London Royal festival hall…at a gig many moons ago. Beannacht Dé leis
Slán go fóill a mhac bán
Ger Wolfe does a gorgeous rendition of Ricky Lynch’s “The Lark of Mayfield”.
Christy hi, its exactly 80 years on from the setting of Ricky Lynch’s stirring song.
While the rich part of the rest of the globe spends too much on extreme greed ( whilst a large part of the globe sleeps in cardboard, freezes in dampness and eats cold beans) , we should use your version of December 1942 to remember that Christmas is not all tinsel.
“Just another December Day in 1942 “sings Ricky Lynch……Ricky is like a Vintage Wine …he can be heard weekly in Cork City where he sings and plays his Golden Guitar
“its Autumn in Mayfield and the Barley is ripe
the Harvest Moon is low in Sky
we were children our Mothers were young
and Fathers were tall and kind”
Some of our dear friends gathered in Dublin to honor the memory of our late friend, Ken Forsyth and attended one of your concerts at Vicar Street. They were able to forward a video of your wonderful introduction mentioning Ken (or Liverpoolken to which he was known) in the introduction to his favorite song, “Nancy Spain.”
Thank you so much for doing this. Ken was a wonderful man and brought many of us to become huge fans of yours. My wife Anne & I saw you with Ken several years ago at Vicar Street. In fact, I am looking at one of your plecktrums that Hilary got from you and gave to us. Happy Holidays from Wisconsin and we hope to be in Ireland in the near future to hear you again.
I picked this recording because it’s the rudest one Ivd got of this song. I particularly enjoy the female Bishop.
You played this song at my first gig. In York, 2018. I sat enthralled as the whole room broke into song.
Always a lively spot is York
It’s a big day here today. Mark Norris the harp maker is bringing my harp down from Scotland. After nearly 4 years it’s coming!!! I’ve seen pictures, so I know it exists. Can’t wait to get my hands on it and hear it.
Song number 1 today is a real beauty, and this recording has a great story before it too.
I hope the new Harp settles down and behaves itself
Got distracted then by the You Tube sidebar, one fantastic Croke Park concert by the Dub fab four, U2, I was at it, 1985. I played one clip three times; loud on my headphones. I counted down the days to Live Aid having confidence they were going to grab that opportunity with both hands. They did it that day.
Meanwhile ‘Bono’ is collecting is collecting accolades, not necessarily here but in Morocco. ‘Bono’ became Morocco’s penalty saver ousting Spain yesterday. He’s the Moroccan goalkeeper.
I did a set at that Croke Park gig…I played the Minor match….then departed rapidly for a gig that night in Pedigree Corner
Rebeccah, am gone listening to those songs and that album. The side bar on my You Tube page introduces me to nearly all the songs from that 1976 recording. I’ve now listened to Sacco, Tim Evans and McColl’s Go Move Shift. Christy you sang both Sacco and Tim Evans at Ballisodare, a Saturday afternoon, ’78 or ’79, though being aware of your music from Planxty I got hooked that day, never let off since then. You told us that day about the ‘posthumous pardon’ granted to Tim Evans.
That’s a great version of Go Move Shift, ironically on a day the Irish Examiner has a story on bad conditions on a traveller site, not sure where, but the south. All still going on; our apartheid system.
‘The eastern sky has many stars….’
Sacco from Woody Guthrie, Tim Evans from Ewan MacColl….between them they inspired legions of young balladeers to go deeper….
Great to be reminded too of the Ballisodare Festivals….
Everything bigger and dearer now but bland by comparison…..
Patsy will you be collecting on Friday in the local post office? Now if it was me I’d have to looking for that local post office. Moate post office is a moveable feast. Not far from that age myself now.
Good to hear Liverpool Ken got a call on Monday; lovely.
Rebeccah you’re lining up Christy’s greatest hits. But ‘Follow me up to Carlow’ would take me all the way back to the eponymous black album. God, such music.
down tools..all-out strike
I’m laid up in bed with horrible sciata pain and with no book, i thought can this get any worse…then I thought I hadn’t tuned into this site for a few days well who needs a book this is such a laugh as well as some ture life feelings all brought together through you christy and your wonderful words … thanks christy thanks also to your fans even here there’s so much energy
Dear Anne..sorry to hear you are laid up above in Aughrim…drop in here anytime ..there is always some auld ráiméis going on…we have foreign corrrespondants from many places far and near but you may be our very first Aughrim reporter…
Oooh I wish it was “time and a half” Christy. Nights into the morning has been ” normal” for me now for almost 30 years. What we do to keep the wheels turning !!!!. Not much longer to go though….Then freedom.
we’ll have to get Mick Lynch over to Westmeath
Hi C. Just to say that your tribute to Liverpool Ken on Mon night has been very well received and is very much appreciated by his many friends, especially those among the Leonard Cohen community globally. He was great company, he often called out for Butterfly.I first met him in Knocknagoshel in 2013,he was fairly charmed by those 2 special gigs ! As were all present, my first time also to meet Piet and family. Thankfully your never ending tour continues, more aris anocht. GRMMA.Beir bua agus beannacht. H
Leonard Cohen in Knocknagoshel !…..and The Handsome Family too!….there were 7 different apple tarts in the dressing room..Mick Devine still talks about it…the one way traffic system installed by the people of the town….thinking of Ken reminds me of the beautiful listeners we have lost along the way..
Just getting the hair permed here, sorting out the drugs, pressing the keks..have a good day
Thanks Christy, correct on both counts.. and you are very welcome..
I wish you both love and happiness together
The third song today can be found in several recordings. This one that I’ve chosen is stored on the ITMA website. The purest of the pure.
Listening and Singing at the Góilín Singers club is a cherished experience….
Here’s the second rollicker of a tongue twisting roller coaster
Patsy, did you hear Thomas Mccarthy sing Lady Margaret?
the speed of that…1976…what were we on? I love the distinct sound of Kevin Burke’s layered fiddle and Donal Lunny at his very best….shortly afterwards Kevin transferred from our Band to the Bothy Band…it was a great move for both him and The Bothies…
I love to hear Thomas McCarthy sing….his voice,his style,his repertoire,his sincerity and his approach….I only wish I could hear him more often
Brilliant posts on the guestbook from all over the world. What a great group of people.
I’m continuing by gentle sojourn through archives old and new today and I think I’ve hit the jackpot. Two rollicking rockstar of songs and then possibly the greatest song ever written? An epic tale of romance and adventure, and it even gives us a happy ending.
I’m going to let the songs talk for themselves. Here’s the first
Just in from late night work and watching “songs of the open road” on the player. Thomas McCarthy’s story has similarities to John Reilly. Travelled the country collecting the songs as he journeyed. Luckily he decided to write down the Songs of his Mother and her family from Birr, before they passed on.
Did you ever come across Thomas?. Gigs at HQ are flying…. Well done.
I love to hear Thomas sing…never met the man properly but heard him “live” twice…
I like the sound of your job….”working late while listening to Thomas”…were you on time and a half ?
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