Christy Moore & Friends


  1. The Raggle taggle Gipsies; Tabhair dom do lamh
  2. The dark eyed sailor
  3. I wish I was in England
  4. Lock Hospital
  5. James Connolly
  6. The hackler from Grouse Hall
  7. Tribute to Woody
  8. The Ludlow Massacre
  9. A letter to Syracuse Spancillhill
  10. The Cliffs of Dooneen
  11. Rambling Robin

Sleeve Notes


Christy Moore and Donal Lunny play guitars.
Donal Lunny also plays bouzouki, bottle neck bouzouki on 'The hackler from Grouse Hall'.
Liam Og O'Flynn plays Uilleann pipes and whistle.
Andy Irvine plays mandolin and mouth organ.
Clive Collins plays fiddle, Dave Bland plays concertina. Kevin Conneff plays bodhran.

Recorded at Prosperous Co. Kildare and produced by Bill Leader.
Production master by D.A Pickett , E.M.I. studios .
Master disc cut by John Wadley, E.M.I. studios.
Sleeve photographs by Bill Leader.
Sleeve design by Janet Kerr.
Record first released 1972.

Song Notes

1. The Raggle taggle gipsies; Tabhair dom do lamh
One of the first singers I ever encountered was the late John Reilly from Boyle. This was one of the many songs I heard him sing the time I met him. It was in Grehans Pub in Boyle, and with the sisters, Francie, Marie and Bernie encouraging John to sing, a mighty session ensued. The song is followed by Liam Og , Donal and Andy playing Tabhair dom do lamh (Give me your hand). The transition from the song to the tune proved a tricky point to negotiate but Donal was the one to do it.

2. The dark eyed sailor
This is a song I learned from Andy Rynne of Prosperous, Co Kildare. The story is yet another version of the broken token theme.

3. I wish I was in England
I got the idea for this song from an old book of Irish songs which had been poorly translated. I rewrote the song, put a new tune to it and this is the result.

4. Lock Hospital
There have been many British garrisons around the world down through the years and each one has had its own Lock Hospital for soldiers who caught the dreaded disease. I believe this a Dublin song, but if not its musical origins are certainly Irish.

5. James Connolly
This is by far the best. I first heard it sang by Johnny Moynihan. Being unable to get his version I added bits and pieces myself and I hope I haven't offended anybody by having done so.

6. The hackler from Grouse Hall
A song from Colm O' Loughlin . I can appreciate the sentiments of this song, having partaken of the poteen on many occasions. It was only on the last day of the recording that we found Kevin Conneff and his bodhran, otherwise he would have been on many more tracks.

7. Tribute to Woody
This is the only Dylan song in my repertoire and I learned it from Tony Small, a very fine singer from Galway. There is very little I can add to what has been said about woody , except that for me he was the man. This song is for Owa, Josh, Tony, Andy, Ralph and all who loved him.

8. Ludlow massacre
My favourite Woody song. Woody wrote this song in the hope that such things would cease, but it looks as if this sort of intolerance and brutality will be with us for some time.

9. Letter to Syracuse
This was written by Dave Cartwright and Bill Caddick from Wolverhampton who play a lot of their material at their club in Halsowen each week.

10. Spancillhill,
This song really invokes strongly a mood which some might say sentimental but I think that a people who had to uproot their lives and cross the seas to who knew what, can be allowed a little nostalgia.

11. The Cliffs of Dooneen,
Another song from Andy Rynne and a song I've been waiting to sing with Liam Og for many years. Clare has been my favourite county and I appreciate anyone having strong enough sentiments to write such a beautiful song.

12. Rambling Robin
I learned this song from Mike Harding of Manchester just before I made this record. Most large families have at least one Rambing Robin and like the prodigal son he always returns, but in this case the fatted calf was not to be had. Andy's mandolin playing on this track is really beautiful.

This record was conceived when I met Bill Leader for a pint in Mooney's in the strand. We decided to make the record in Ireland and use some of the fine musicians that still work and play there. The record materialised some six months later in the vaulted cellars of Rynne's stately Georgian house at Prosperous in my native Kildare countryside.

We were lucky enough to find Clive Collins doing his busking in Grafton Street. David Bland had come across with Bill Leader to record Tim Lyons in Clare .Kevin Conneff turned up during the recording too. Andy Irvine, Liam Og O'Flynn and Donal Lunny were all ready to go, so hardly pausing at Dowling's dartboard and drink boutique for more than an hour or so, we made our way to my sister Anne's splendid sandwiches in her splendid kitchen in her splendid house at Prosperous, then down to the dungeons to make the record.

Christy Moore