I don’t think they get it Des…

Des Bishop’s ‘Léim thart’ seems to bomb with this audience in Armagh… They just seem to be stunned afterwards… into silence… H/T Alan


  • Dewi
  • Dewi

    Forget the post – Ain’t the girl on the harp brilliant with Bryan ! – “And in Killkenny …”

  • Éireannach Saolta

    The audience look a bit older than the crowd he had in Sult in Dublin. Its not something that’d work with every crowd.

    Tá cuma níos sinne ar an lucht féachainte ná mar a bhí aige i Sult i mBÁC. Ní rud a n-éireodh le gach slua é.

    Fair play to him anyway, he’s made an effort
    ‘Fair play’ de ar aon nós tá an-iarracht déanta aige.

  • Rory

    I think perhaps the crowd were disappointed because they had been expecting Barry Manilow.

  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    Yeah, the dummies! They don’t get the ‘genius’ at work.

  • mister derek

    Oh dear that went down like Liberace at a DUP dinner dance

  • Dewi

    Come on – pay tribute to Bryan Ferry – fantastic Carrickfergus.


  • susan

    Bless. In fairness, “House of Pain” could’ve played the original to that crowd and gotten much the same reaction:

    And a distinctly saw a man in the third row crack a smile.

  • DC


    Don’t pay the (Bryan) Ferry-man? That’s what SF-DUP should have ensured so that they get to other side appropriately!

  • Mick Fealty


    “Its not something that’d work with every crowd.”

    Indeed. They remind of a crowd I saw piling into see Nigel Kennedy thinking he was going to do Vivaldi, but who then sailed out again at half time when they released he was only going to do his pretty wild Rock Jazz set.

  • ersehole

    I think Des is on a validating-his-personal-identity-mission. It’s about a Yonkers Irish-American kid returning to the land of the oul’ folks and carving out a role for himself in creating a new Ireland which incorporates Bishop family values.
    The answer to accusations of being an ignorant Yank will be given, from now on, unanswerably, in Irish.
    It is a commonplace observation that those on the margins attempt to place themselves at the cutting edge of societal change and centre their adopted culture on themselves, by leading it and validating their own background. Keir Hardie, James Callaghan, Ramsay MacDonald are examples in Britain.
    De Valera was the original NY returnee. Other patriots who spoke with funny accents were Larkin, Connolly, Beaslaí, Mac Stiofáin and Cathal Brugha.
    Thus Des does the Gaelic routine but still loves his NY street music and attempts, unsuccessfully in this case, to marry the two.
    He’s a bright lad, IMO, if only averagely funny as a stand-up.
    He did actually learn the lingo though, and had the balls to do a stand-up gig as Gaeilge, only done before to my knowledge by Kevin MacAleer.
    As he learned Irish of course, he learned about himself. And, buíochas do chlann Antaine Phat Willie, got to witness an Irish-speaking, Irish-thinking community in Ceantar na n-Oileáin before it undergoes the seemingly-inevitable shift to joining Anglo-Americana.
    If Irish is to survive, it has to change radically, and learn how to inhabit this world of juggernaut cultural competition. It will need lots more smart, genuine, thinking people like Des Bishop.

  • susan

    “Thus Des does the Gaelic routine but still loves his NY street music and attempts, unsuccessfully in this case, to marry the two.”

    A thoughtful post, err, ersehole. But I don’t think the attempt was a failure, I think it was just the wrong audience. There’s several youtube clips of Des doing the same routine and having a roaring success with it.

    As ireannach Saolta pointed out, thebit fell flat in Armagh because of the average age of the audience — if you don’t immediately recognise it as a tranlation of “Jump Around,” if you’ve no memories of err, jumping around to “Jump Around,” the whole thing is just a head-scratcher.

    But if you have vivid associations with the song, the bit is funny, and vital. Sooner or later, one of the county associations will make it a staple of GAA matches, and before you know it Des’s ‘Léim thart’ will be as beloved and overplayed as some of Saw docs’ old hits.

    I think your conclusion is right on the money, ” If Irish is to survive, it has to change radically, and learn how to inhabit this world of juggernaut cultural competition. It will need lots more smart, genuine, thinking people like Des Bishop.” Of my six young nieces and nephews, five are fluent in Irish, three to the point where it would be fair to say they are completely bilingual, able to express themselves as easily in Irish as in English.

    Not one of them learned the language at home. As they leave school behind them, there have to be practical outlets and creative avenues to continue to use the language, or it will soon lie fallow. As you say, I think Des is on the right track.

  • susan

    here’s what is (i’m told) a more typically ecstatic reaction to the bit, with the crowd’s response so favourable Des sings it twice, at 1:50 and again at 7:27 in the nine minute clip:


  • Alan Law

    And who says American’s don’t understand irony…

  • scriobhneoir

    ní raibh sé ach ag magadh…

  • U been had

    It was a set-up planned by Bishop. He told the audience beforehand it was going on YouTube and to look shocked at the end. He got a standing ovation a few minutes later when he left the stage.

  • Mick Fealty

    Nice one Ubh. In a mitigating defence, I did use the words ‘seem’ and ‘seems’ originally. Surprised it took this long for someone to spot it.

  • scriobhneoir

    hey what about me?? that’s what i said

    níl se ach ag magadh…he’s only joking.

    bhí mé ann …i was there. it’s a pity all the booing got cut out. it was a great gig by the way. thoroughly recommended and this sketch shows that he doesn’t take himself too seriously!!!

  • Mick Fealty

    Okay scríobhneoir! Maith thú!

  • susan

    scriobhneoir and Ubh, I admit was completely fooled, to the point of being physically distressed for the poor fella. It was like finding a blind baby bird stranded in the ruins of a fallen tree. i was sick for him!

    Will you both head over to YouTube, where the comments seem about equally divided between those who swear they were there and it was cringeworthy and those who were there and swear it was a great gig?

  • scriobhneoir

    it was a set up, ive already seen the youtube clip. it was posted on the net on sat night after the gig. it was all a bit of craic instigated by bishop himself and the subsequent posts are trying to keep the thing going. you’d be hard pushed to find anyone who didn’t enjoy it.

  • susan

    well, it took me the better part of a week, but I get it, scriobhneoir, maith thú. Best subversive bit on the language since that Carlsberg ad.