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Hi C Sé Mo Laoch is a really wonderful series on TG4. Tonight they repeated this programme on the late Arty Mc Glynn, he spoke very highly of Liam Og and the recently departed Sean Keane among others, https://www.tg4.ie/en/player/home/?pid=5855558975001&teideal=S Beir bua agus beannacht. H
was’nt that “Sé mo Laoch” something really special…Arty McGlynn was a man like no other….we worked together on an album called “Ordinary Man” back in the 1980’s..it was outstanding for me….Arty and I got close over that time ..his playing on the album was pure solid….Himself, Donal Lunny and Myself rehearsed the songs…..we were joined by Liam Óg for a few tracks, Enya layered some beauty harmonies, Nollaig Bridgeman, Tony Molloy, Andy Irvine and Anto Drennan added colours and it was all recorded by Nicky Ryan at Aigle Studios in Artane
Later I toured Australia with Arty, Nollaig and Liam Óg…we had some stand out times..some lovely sessions…
Arty McGlynn…..beautiful man..outstanding artist
Ive Philip King here on radio. I recall the Sunday afternoon and The Popes playing on stage. A semi-long(ish) music opening, a bit of Celtic rock feel about it and drums. It got slightly ‘long’. Yer wondering have we time to put in a small ad in the Indo, ‘Wanted: vocalist for band. Celtic influences.” Alas any fear we had of a disappearing vocalist soon waned. Shane rambled on and began singing. Cool as a breeze.
That Tramore festival was disussed here before. I was at it. I know why it failed.
I cant remember what was discussed here last week….
…seeing as you “know why it failed” I bow to your overview, inside -track-info and powers of observation..
best I could do was offer a hunch…I love blarrin on here, chewin the fat with other pronosticators, ditch hurlers,trí-na-céiles and level pitchers…
we need reliable correspondants
Here’s page 2 of the NME, 3rd July 1993
The Tramore Fleadh had the potential to be a magnificent annual event….the location was ideal, the line-up was stellar, Vince Power a brilliant organizer…..
I have my own take on why it did not succeed….I believe a big part of it was local gombeen jealousy and resentment…the shortsighted business honchos with one foot in the bank, one foot in politics, spare foot in the church,ugly heads up their arses could not support an initiative that they did not control….Vince proved his abilities by running successful Festivals around the globe…when he sought to bring this wonderful event,with pride, to his native place, his efforts were thwarted by local shoneenism..
of course, I could be wrong…..maybe the line up of Dylan, Ray Charles, Joan Baez,Van,Jimmy Cliff,The Chieftains and a cast of hundreds was not enough honey for the Sunny South-East..
all that said..I had a ball..heard great music…shook Ray Charles hand…
I suspect that Vince dropped a savage wad,but he took it on the chin and got on with life….hats off to Vince Power ( who may be a 12th cousin 13 times removed)
Here goes, leaving now christy
Good on you Rory…
sorry I never got back to you re your set list..
a great set there to keep you and your good companeros on the march…
Always love your shows Christy. Was amazing last time you played in Derry. Will we see you play with Declan again?
Who knows Paul…
Decky and I did almost 20 years playing together…
I loved playing with him and cherish the memories of thousands of hours where we banged it out together…
who knows what way the winds gonna blow
It’s good to read how you’ve been able to make your contributions, Billy Keenan. I’m reminded of one boy in particular, who I spoke with a few times a few times a week, while working the kitchen at Blythdale Children’s Hosp 42 years ago. Twice monthly, boys who’d been paralyzed after bicycling out from between parked cars came in. We agreed we should go on. I see elsewhere you are a friend of Jim Houlihan. We were classmates at OLA grammar in the Bx, till ’76. Wonderful sense of humor. One of the cool kids who stayed out of trouble. You’ve no doubt heard about the Sisters of Charity, and our monsignor, Bishop Ahern. We were fortunate. The press and television made our community out to be racist rioters, after Jim Walsh was killed, but that’s only the end of a sad story.
I look forward to reading your story, William.
Keep talkin, Brendan and Billy…..
Early Years is one of my favourite albums too (thanks Hilary!)
I listen to it every few days. I’ve got it on the extended version in white vinyl.
There’s an energy about it that I love. It’s a long thing, 6 sides and the music is crammed on. Makes me wonder which recordings nearly made it on there, but not quite.
One that is missing from the white vinyl version is the Daffodil written by a young 16 year old Luka Bloom.
It’s a long album. It only just fits into 3 hours with something else very short, like Arty McGlynn’s Fancy. Short but beautiful.
Thanks to Ed for mentioning the, Seamus Ennis recording from 1947. I’m off for a listen.
Hope you’re having a good break Christy.
I must have a listen….my head forever stuck in new stuff
Great that you take part in that anti-racism walk!
Here are some suggestions for the “soundtrack” that come to my mind – what about:
Bruce Springsteen – American Skin (41 shots),
Dropkick Murphys who published lyrics by Woody Guthrie on their last two albums (This Machine still kills fascists and Okemah Rising with songs as Run Hitler Run or Gotta get to Peekskill)
or if you take German songs into account as well:
Die Toten Hosen: Sascha ein aufrechter Deutscher, 5 vor 12 or Willkommen in Deutschland;
Die Ärzte: Schrei nach Liebe
Schandmaul: Narren sind bunt und nicht braun
BAP: Arsch huh Zäng ussenander
Perhaps one or the other might help to keep your spirits high – walk on!
keep talkin Birgit & Rory……I’m feelin like the Lisdoonvarna matchmaker here this morning…I love it !
Great reports from the West last night; following on from from a brilliant visit down by the Shannon last week.
Of course the West is wide awake now having conquered the Kingdom ….Dare we say who is for Sam this year.
Just wondering were the Kingdom colours on display in the front row in Wesport ??. I’m sure they will be waiting in the long grass now for the next episode.
Ride on Christy.
“The Bomber” was there…
Hi C. My album for the return journey was The Early Years 1969-81, it’s some compendium !! Listening to Hey Sandy I was struck with some of similarities between her story and Lyra although there are also huge differences, the end result was the same, these lines really say it all, young lives lost ! ” Hey Sandy, hey Sandy why are you the one?
All the years of growing up are wasted now and gone.
Did you see them turn did you feel the burn of the bullets as they flew ? ” Congrats on a great long gig with a magnificent setlist last night in Mayo GRMMA, the West is awake ! beir bua agus beannacht. H
I’d love to see The Green & Red Triumph this year
No county deserves it more
On Saturday myself and a couple of pals are doing a circular sponsored walk for SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD in the Scottish Borders from Hawick to a couple of outposts and back.
On the headphones will be as many equality and anti racist songs as possible….
Special AKA , racist friend
Your, Yellow Triangle
Woody Guthrie, all you fascists
The Specials, black brown and white
Biko, peter gabriel
Idles, Danny Nedelko
Bob marley, redemption song
Nina Simone, strange fruit
However as we are walking for 12 hours if you can suggest any others it would be much appreciated.
Rebeccah, the ‘rummaging’ is on. Seamus Ennis, a Lenten talk, both from 1947, Moate ceili band, same year, have been already been listened to.
Billy Keenano: a good story and well done. Keep the spirit going and if you can drink spirits, make them Irish but not too much of it at the one go.
Great to see you back on the screen. Lovely Site and archives. Once upon a time you called me in Hamburg back in the 94. I played with Luka, a few years ago, NDR ST PATS CONCERT. He was remembering our great legend Liam Og O. See you in November in CORK. BRILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
Hello CHRISTY! On September 14, 2013 I was scheduled to perform at the Jersey shore Irish festival at 4 PM on the main stage. At 12 PM I paddled out on my surfboard to dance upon the ocean. 2 weeks later I open my eyes to a terrifying reality. I was paralyzed from the chest down and unable to breathe my own. A friend reached out to you and you sent a handwritten letter in the DVD of yourself and Declan from Glasgow. This gave me the 1st smile in the early days of my recovery. I was a musician, schoolteacher, ex-army paratrooper, father, and triathlete. I lost everything. 2 years later I was back in the classroom teaching 2 years after that I became a motivational speaker. My memoir is due to come out and I would like to get you a copy. I even made it back to the recording studio! Hoping to hear from you,
Thank you for the most fantastic evening of music and crack myself and my mother had an absolute ball. Thanks especially for singing Brendan’s voyage it was my father’s favourite song and was so special for Mammy that you sang it for her . Can’t wait to see you again .
Ann Marie and Teddy xx
That was a noble call…I love singing that song..it seldom gets an outing….Thank You
now “my” concert in Cavan is at the top of your gig list :-). This means that my holiday in Ireland starts soon. And what I didn’t know when I booked it, is the great pleasure to see you twice within a few days as I booked a Doolin ticket as well as soon as I read about it.
I currently try to learn your new songs (Lyra, Lemon 7s), but it’s quite a few verses to go…
Would be great if you could play Sail on Jimmy(Irish Pagan Ritual) in one of these occastions. I first heard it in 2018 at Vicar St. and try to play it myself regularly since then. But that’s of course no comparison to your version ;-).
All the best to you
Here’s some treasure
I think it said 1968.
It includes a recording of The First Time, it’s towards the end of the recording .
The singers and musicians are listed in the notes.
It will play for listeners in Ireland.
In other countries you will need a Vpn set to Ireland to make the website think you are in Ireland. I’m sorry if this doesn’t make sense. I know how to do it, but that’s about as far as my knowledge goes.
This appeared yesterday
I’m having a rummage.
I’ve just received a message from Anne’s cousin, Michelle, along with a brief video of you singing Nancy Spain, having dedicated it to Anne.
Thank you so much for doing that. Anne was deeply moved to read Michelle’s message and to see you signing Nancy Spain; it’s something we both will treasure.
Thanks again for your thoughtfulness and kindness, my friend.
Very best wishes
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