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Christy, Tomorrow in the bumper at Clonmel runs ‘small free birds fly’ , who is a half brother to ‘low lie the fields’.
Great naming given the song we like so much !
Better naming than Clonmel itself, as i seem to recall you saying the english butchered the original name to something that means absolutely nothing?
I am a eversince 1980 fan of Irish Folk and of course Planxty. Playing myself in irish Bands an loving irish music and especially the songs you write. I owe maybe most of your Albums and the Bands you playes. There are Gems i really love and i put in my repertoire.
Being 61 i have a wish that i would like to fulfill for myself. Seeing you in a live concert and sitting front row or near to that. Whenever i see a concert of yours it´s nearly sold out and i would sit somewhere in the back. I have to pay the flight to Ireland (Dublin would be helpful) from Austria, hotel and so on but then i would like to see and hear you close full size and live. Costs don´t matter ´cause i would just pay what has to been paid.
Could you help me getting a front row ticket (preferably in Dublin) for a Concert of yours. Maybe with my beloved wife who shares my admiration of yours for 42 years? Is there a possibillity for you to help me?
firstname.lastname@example.org is my mail and maybe your management could help me?
LEO from Austia
Hi All. Lots of nostalgia around ! Moving Hearts played 2 sold put gigs on 17th & 18th March with the RTE Orchestra in Bord Gais aka Nama Hall ! Mick Hanly was invited to join Donal, Davy, Anto and all, as he walked on stage on Fri a lone voice shouted up ” Where is Christy ” He sang Dark End of the Street with a new verse to reflect the Equality Referendum. Several 4711ers were there, they got a huge welcome and made a massive sound ! Beir bua agus beannacht.H
Great Band, great Music, great memories..long may their Hearts beat
I couldn’t agree more Ed! Mick Hanley is probably the most underrated irish artist out there for some strange reason.
Which coincides nicely with the refound, remastered Celtic Folkweave album where the tapes turned up in France recently that were though permanently lost!
It’s truly is stunning and seminal! It’s basically Mick and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill cranking up the Bothy band with Liam og on Pipes!! With Donal, Matt, Tommy, and Triona, and a young Declan in there!
Christy, its ’74 so Planxty are in full flow at this stage do you remember it?
I recall some gigs when Planxty & Monroe shared the bill…one gig was in”The Hall” in Nenagh..Mick & Míchéal were superb
Dont ya love those lines by Mick Hanley?!”
A link related to international women’s day
Thank you for pointing us to The Goilin Song Project on ITMA. Off I trundled to start a good explore and itma have had to take the site down while they redevelop their website. All the sound recordings are still accessible, but they’re all together.
Lots of disorganised exploring to do.
Thinking about Danny’s question about where to start with Christy’s music. I’d go for a couple of newer live albums, On the Road and Magic Nights. Steve first bought the Live at the Point album a few years back (feels like a lifetime). It needs treating with respect. It set me off on a huge journey of learning to be a folksinger, buying, learning and playing the harp, gigging whenever I possibly can and endless dreams of travelling to Ireland and lots of real trips too. That album is rocket fuel so jump right in and you could end up anywhere.
This wednesday i am going to ‘King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut’ to see North of Ireland’s own Joshua Burnside play.
Apart from playing in Ghaddafi’s tent have you ever played a more weirdly named venue?
Should be a fine gig, last saw him in Stirling where i stupidly shouted out a song that was impossible to just swing into, nearly put the young man off as he tried in vain to please my request, i shall not make that mistake this week. You have that issue every week no doubt?
He has a beautifully crafted mixture of recorded historical and spoken words entwined in his varied sounds.
He is booked for our August festival in Hawick happily.
Police Club Edinburgh
Smokey Joe’s Dublin
The Unyoke Wexford
Club Cleo Bandon
Nuclear Power Station Caithness
But I reckon “King Tuts Wah Wah Hut” takes the biscuit
“The Ballroom of Romance”. I think the book has that title. It’s a book of short stories of which the title story is among the best. Surely available in ones local library.
Ballrooms of Romance in Salthill and Mallow we stood like John Wayne by the wall.
Lined up like cattle we wait to do battle and fall.
You cant wine & dine her in an old Morris Minor, but ask her before its too late
I danced on her toes accepted rejection as my fate………( Mick Hanly)
Hazz, you’ll have to give the broadcasting time and will tune in, hopefully.
Christy, am reminded of those lines that won a poetry accolade; did it?
“Cork, New York, Dundalk, Gortahauk or Glenamaddy”…….. now we’ve got Suffragete City and Down Under.
Some years ago, out the west, I was chasing after a news story, deepest west, lo & behold, a signpost, four route signs, one of the destinations, middle of nowhere, “Glenamaddy”. One thought of Big Tom; or Christy(!). The car was acting up. I only wanted to get facing home again. I can only think of my missed trip to Glenamaddy.
What I was brought back to was the awful gloomy William Trevor story. ‘Bridie’, poor ‘Bridie’ on her black bicycle going to the dance in the grey ‘gloom’. Who knows the story? Done so flippin’ well in a Pat O’Connor TV adaption. We dont know did Bridie herself cycle all the way to Glenamaddy? Apparently the original place still exists. Mayo or Leitrim.
If anyone watched ‘The Irish Goodbye’. Good gawd, I thought. William Trevor all over again. That’s ‘praise’ by the way. The writer got it perfect.
The Sound of Music in Glenamaddy ( Home of Hurley’s Crazy Boxes)
The Best in the West thats Pontoon
The Midas Club in Ballyhaunis
The Hibernian in Mallow
Dreamland in Athy
Father Horan’s in Tooreen
The Four Provinces in Dublin
The Galtymore in London
Lawlors in Naas
Dancing 9-2 Admission 4/6 (strictly reserved)
Thanks Christy & Bourkey for the treasure map…I’m off a’diggin’…(“don’t forget yer shovel..”)
My Essendon Bombers won their first round AFL game -praise de Lawd!
Good weekend all round – keep safe & true you blokes
Top o’ the State, Vic
Amdy I and Woody G came up only last night. I wasnt sure who wrote that song, is it Andy or Woody? “Never tire of the road”. This all came up somewhere else.
thats one of Andy Irvine’s
Howya Australian Dan,
Get yourself a copy of the box set 1964-2004 and dive right in.
By journeys end you’ll be Christyfied for sure.
I’ve still got a trunk full of out-takes from that project and recordings of every gig since..but the world has moved on ( or regressed) since Michael Traynor assembled that collection, since Robyn Robbins and myself sought running orders from where-to-put-what-conundrums…
my abiding memory is of both Robyn and I nodding off during the endless mixes…
thanks for the thumbs up Bourkey
I got it. Am not familiar with that man, he’s not a minister is he? His origins would, to me, have him a more ‘Labour man’ than a Tory, a son of an NHS consultant doctor. Though the boundaries can become a bit more blurred these days. The camera twice twice went back to him, first just after that preceding lady’s question; then yours. C’mon the blue half of Liverpool! I could hear the Scouse lingo.
I love whats happening here…a realisation , partly, of the original purpose of this site…conversation….here we have Mersey conversing with the Shannon, we have notes from Suffragette City arriving via Hawick to PO BOX 4711 Bognia..we have irregular correspondants from Columbia, Japan, Finland, USA, Canada, Mytholmroyd, Scunthorpe, Ardfinnan, Clogh, Sneem,Warnambul, Woolongong, Wooloomaloo, Athgarvan, Kilgarvan, Dungarvan,Pontchartrain and Athy….and at the back of it all..we got songs
“Come gather round me people
and I story I will tell
about Pretty Boy Floyd the outlaw,
Oklahoma knew him well”….(Woody Guthrie)
Hi Ed, if you if you go onto You Tube and look at Question Time Warrington 16 March 2023 I appear about 8 or 9 minutes in.
John. I’ve gone looking. Several full editions of that programme are up online, I see several quite recent editions of the programme online, the last programme edition, Thur 16 March, may well appear quite soon, we’ll get to spot you.
John Liverpool, so you featured on Q & As. I watch it regularly, though am inclined to metaphorically dip in and out of it, as between not knowing lots of the panel and several of the issues raised dont be of so much interest this side of the Irish Sea. Did anyone record you participation? Begob, an eventful weekend.
Well Christy, had a great couple of days. Started on Thursday when Question Time visited Warrington and I managed make a Tory MP squirm live on TV by asking him to justify tax cuts for the top 1% whilst people have to visit food banks. Friday saw a (good) few celebration drinks. Saturday saw the boys in Green do it on the rugby field and the boys in Blue get a suprise point at Chelsea (a late equaliser always makes a draw seem like a win). To top it all off going to the Phil’ tonight to watch Lisa O’Neill, its not a bad life.
Good Man John….
Hope Lisa enjoys The Phil
Always a great Favourite of mine
Bruce Scott, Ian Prowse, Margaret & Irene, and all those who contributed to many the Merseyside Memories…
Managed to get to the show last night at the concert hall. Dublin had a lovely warm feel to it, it wasn’t rowdy or dull there was a magic in the air and the audience at the gig were fully with you. I must say ‘Lyra’ is magic itself I don’t know what it is but it carry’s a weight in the lyrics and melody and your passion rings through, I’d put her on tape if I were you! What a great show and a pleasure to be there.
still buzzin here…
They shall not pass… The finale as the cast chanted the mantra at the end of a brilliant version of The Merchant of Venice…set in 1936 East end of London as Mosley s black shirts rampaged…
Tv actor, Tracy-Ann Oberman is captivating as Shylock and the newsreel backdrops of Black shirts and Nazis are chilling…The whole cast is superb.
I saw it at HOME in Manchester…it’s on a lengthy tour and I hope many folks here can check it out.
Have a good day all
wherefore rejoice…what conquest brings he home..
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