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Lisdoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!

Declan 28 Feb 03 - 11:45 AM
An Pluiméir Ceolmhar 28 Feb 03 - 11:54 AM
Declan 28 Feb 03 - 11:58 AM
Declan 28 Feb 03 - 12:15 PM
Larkin 28 Feb 03 - 04:17 PM
GUEST,shuritzcrustychirsyherself 28 Feb 03 - 06:26 PM
Liz the Squeak 01 Mar 03 - 03:06 AM
GUEST,Elfcall 01 Mar 03 - 03:39 PM
Liz the Squeak 02 Mar 03 - 08:14 AM
Felipa 02 Mar 03 - 03:58 PM
Declan 03 Mar 03 - 08:16 AM
GUEST,Seamus 28 Sep 11 - 06:16 AM
GUEST,Martin Dardis 28 Sep 11 - 05:24 PM
bubblyrat 29 Sep 11 - 09:50 AM
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Subject: Lisdoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: Declan
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 11:45 AM

As a veteran of the first 5 Lisdoonvarna festivals (1978-1982) I was intrigued to learn that it is proposed to revive the festival this year after a 20 year gap. The last Festival held in 1983 was somewhat marred by a number of violent incidents and a drowning tragedy on Doolin Beach. I missed that festival, partly because I was somewhat dubious about the fact that it had been moved to a Bank Holiday week-end to attract a bigger (and not necessarily music loving) audience and the fact that the line-up was moving more towards the rock end of the spectrum and away from folk & traditional, which had been the mainstay of the early line-ups. This is not to say anything against either Van Morrison or Rory Gallagher who headlined the Festival in 1983 and of whom I am a big fan.

This years Festival will be for one day only Sat 28th of June and will be headlined by Christy Moore. Given that Christy immortalised the festival in that song, it was inevitable that he was chosen to top the bill, which also includes Luka Bloom and Suzanne Vega. A lot of the rest of the bill will probably be unfamiliar to most Mudcatters as they are mainly known locally in Ireland but fall into a sort of indie/folkie/rocky type category. The Frames are mainly a rock band but with a few acoustic instruments, including a fiddle. Their lead singer is Glen Hansard, probably best know outside Ireland for his role as Outspan, the l;ead guitarist of the commitments. Mundy and Damien Dempsy are both contemporary singer songwriters in a similar vein.

The line-up, as with the website here is still under construction. It is dissapointing that it doesn't at least yet contain any of the local traditional music for which West Clare is famous, but that might be rectified over time. Either way the festival is within walking distance of Doolin, where there is plenty of this to be found all year round.

Overall I haven't yet made up my mind whether I want to go myself yet. Its a long long way from Clare to here, and I'm due back down there the following week-end for the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown-Malbay. As well as this the inclusuion of a second stage which I'm assuming (since I haven't heard of any of the bands) is more Club/D.J oriented makes me think that they are aiming more for the 18-25 year old market, than for the likes of me. Then again I was in that age-group when I used to go there before.

ANyone there for the last few choc-ices. All together now Oh Lisdoonvarna, Lisdoon ...


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Subject: RE: Lidoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: An Pluiméir Ceolmhar
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 11:54 AM

This might be the occasion when Lord Lucan makes his long-awaited comeback!


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Subject: RE: Lidoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: Declan
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 11:58 AM

Yeah, but I'd be surprised if Shergar comes back, particularly with all the carrying on in his horsebox.

Incidentally (big name drop warning), I met Sean Cannon in Cambridge last year and we had a long chat about Lisdoonvarna, the mud (also a feature of last Cambridge) and the backstage cooking in the Kinetic Curry Kitchen.


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Subject: RE: Lidoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: Declan
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 12:15 PM

I've just been back to the website which is evolving by the hour and I see its "No camping allowed".

F**k that for a game of soldiers. The camping and the associated craic was always one of the highlights of the festival. Next thing there'll be no alcohol allowed on site either. I think I'll wait for the Willie week.


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Subject: RE: Lidoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: Larkin
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 04:17 PM

I was in a pub session and somebody sang the Lisdoonvarna song . somebody asked about the words and when told it was Lidoonvarna , the enquirer said Oh God , I always thought Christy Moore sang pissed old farmer !!


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Subject: RE: Lidoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: GUEST,shuritzcrustychirsyherself
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 06:26 PM

Now children quiet down, you can come on ova, but book early at the new - winknudge- B@B outside of town, it looks like a big bulls ass ...sorta.

Rentals are 400.00 dollars per person per bed per night, any deviations cost an extra 399.00, a saving for those short of dosh, danglers, lolly, dough, chromatic motivators (:uro 500s ...


Yawn ...snore


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Subject: RE: Lidoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 01 Mar 03 - 03:06 AM

That bloody song!! It's all because of that song that I had my honeymoon in Lisdoonbloodyvarna! I won't say it was the worst week of my life but.........

Maybe it was the company... I didn't really expect to be spending my first whole week alone with my new husband Manitas (although he was Sharky in those days and we'd not heard of the Mudcat) and the entire product of a certain brewery on the Liffey. Neither was the company of the rest of his band really conducive to a romantic holiday.... especially when on the first morning he called me by another band members' name!

I loved Ireland, and would love to go back again, but this time just with him (possibly the child as well, still in 2 minds about that), only during a Guinness drought and only on the condition that we DON'T go back to bloody Lisdoonbloodyvarna!

There is B&B available in the village, although I'd check the sheets, they probably haven't been changed since I was there, they certainly weren't fresh when I used them.... when I came back and said I hadn't slept properly for the whole week, people got entirely the wrong idea and I got a chest infection.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Lidoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: GUEST,Elfcall
Date: 01 Mar 03 - 03:39 PM

LTS

Sorry you feel that way about Lisdoon- but if you will Honeymoon with the Flooze et al serves you bloody well right! Take the munchkin with you next time the irish are much more family friendly than this country.

Sorry to say your host in Dublin on that trip is no longer with us - he went to that singaround in the sky about 18 months ago and is now supping celestial blackstuff as I type

Elfcall


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Subject: RE: Lisdoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 02 Mar 03 - 08:14 AM

ER... do I know you? You seem to know a lot about me!! Too much in fact..... should I be looking for a brown envelope in the post soon?

LTS


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Subject: RE: Lisdoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: Felipa
Date: 02 Mar 03 - 03:58 PM

the orthography guards have been alerted!


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Subject: RE: Lisdoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: Declan
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 08:16 AM

Felipa,

I'm not sure why I spelled it that way in the header. I normally spell the word with a CK myself, but then again if the Garda Drug Squad are monitoring this site, I wouldn't want them to be swooping down on west Clare due to a misunderstanding. The reason I used the word at all is probably because of this God-awful song (recorded by Brendan Shine, I think):

"I'm off to Lisdoonvarna at the end of the year
And I'm going for the crack (ya-hoo), the whiskey and the beer,
I'm very frisky, for a man of fifty,
Catch me if you can, my name is Dan, sure I'm you're man"


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Subject: RE: Lisdoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: GUEST,Seamus
Date: 28 Sep 11 - 06:16 AM

Anybody know when Christy wrote this song. He apparently can't remember fully himself.


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Subject: RE: Lisdoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: GUEST,Martin Dardis
Date: 28 Sep 11 - 05:24 PM

Ye right Declan, no camping, I'm sure that never stoped you before ?
When your going to somewhere like lisdoon you don't worry about where you'll get the head down. No ye head off and worry about sleep after your well oiled.
Good luck


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Subject: RE: Lisdoonvarna - The Craic is back !!!
From: bubblyrat
Date: 29 Sep 11 - 09:50 AM

"I'm going for the craic , the WOMEN and the beer " , surely Declan ??


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