I had been looking for this CD for a couple of years now, ever since a friend of mine played Christy’s version of ‘Fairytale of New York’ in the pub one night. The danger with CD’s you’ve been building yourself up over finally listening to, is that they often disappoint.
Recorded live at The Point in Dublin, this CD brings over the magic of watching Christy play live, covering both the quite intimate moments (and he really can make it seem intimate, even to a room of thousands) and the more raucous sing alongs, with a fair smattering of his stories in between. Covering both his own songs, as well as a few traditional songs and covers, this CD is a joy to listen to, and in fact I prefer the live versions of some of the songs to the slightly over-produced versions available on the studio albums.
If there’s a slight niggle, it’s that you don’t hear anything of the two other people he mentions in the first song (maybe they were his support act I don’t know, but it’s clear the CD doesn’t cover the whole gig). That besides, this is a wonderful CD, which should be a must-have for all Christy fans.