Christy to rock The Civic

SPEAKING with The Echo from his home near the Phoenix Park, Aslan lead singer Christy Dignam was chatty and upbeat as he looked forward to his upcoming acoustic gig with Joe Jewell in the Civic Theatre this month. LIFE Christy Dignam 2
Genuine, mellow and down-to-earth, Christy is as straight and relatable as Aslan’s music and any fan of the band should make their way to the Civic on April 23 at 8pm when a unique, gem of a gig will take to the stage.
Aslan’s music has subtly defined generations from the band’s humble beginnings in Finglas and Ballymun in the early eighties right up until today - and for this reporter memories of the long, hot, alfresco summer of 2000 still play out to classics such as Crazy World, Here Comes Lucy Jones and This Is, which were on Aslan’s live album This is Dublin, an album, released in 1999, that introduced the legendary Dublin musicians to a whole new generation.
Called Some Songs and Stories, the Civic gig will see childhood pals and lifelong friends Christy and Joe, Aslan’s lead guitarist and songwriter, bring a very intimate and unique show to the Tallaght theatre.
Featuring many of Aslan’s best know songs, the show will also include some classic covers and new material – with a lot of banter with the audience promised as the lads explain the background to some of the songs and reminisce on the band’s 30 year history.
Ahead of the Civic gig, Christy took five to speak with The Echo.

How are you feeling ahead of the Civic gig?
I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not gigging as much as I used to and I miss that, the last gig I did was Vicar Street at Christmas, but I suppose life dictates things like that. I’m really looking forward to the type of gig the Civic is going to be. It’s different than what I normally do with the band. It has an acoustic vibe and it’s more personal, which I’m into...I love doing smaller venues. I think the most sincere music is around a camp fire and the further you get away from that, the further you get away from what music is really about.

Are you still writing?
Yeah, I’m still writing away. When I was sick in hospital last year, I did a lot of writing.

Has your illness changed the way your write, changed your perspective?
Absolutely. When you get sick your whole priorities change and you see the importance in the little things. The things that used to bother me don’t bother me anymore like the weather! My perspective has totally changed and so too has my writing. My writing has gone a little darker.

How have you been feeling in yourself lately?
No too bad, I’m just back from walking my dog in the Phoenix Park. I’m good at the moment but I just never know how I’m going to feel when I wake up in the morning. I get my bloods done every two weeks and they’re coming back cool so that’s something positive. I also have a couple of grandchildren and they’re brilliant, they keep me going.

What can people expect from the Civic gig?
Expect the unexpected. When I perform with Aslan we have a set-list but there is no set-list for this gig. It’s going to be completely different and the audience will be able to ask questions, there will be a kind of Q&A vibe...which could steer the gig in any direction. Myself and Joe will be playing it by ear, we’re going to just go with it and enjoy it.

Presented by Arena Lynx, tickets for Some Songs and Stories cost €20 and €18 with concession. For further details visit www.civictheatre.ie or call the box office on 4627477.

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