Sat 19 Sept | Doors 7.30pm | £13.00/£12.00 (£15.00 On The Door)
‘Sonny Condell and Leo O’Kelly continue to defy real time’ – Irish Times
‘..a remarkable band…. they deliver a stunning performance that underlines their reputation as being well founded…… the crowd utterly entranced.’ – Prog Magazine
Tir na nOg have been described as Alt Folk, Prog Folk, Psych Folk, and even Space Folk!. But the duo, formed by Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell in 1970, transcends all these categories. What is not in doubt is that they are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. Songs like Condell’s ‘Our Love Will Not Decay’, ‘Eyelids Into Snow’ and ‘Two White Horses’, and O’Kelly’s ‘Piccadilly’, ‘So Freely’ and ‘Looking Up’ are as good as anything Ireland’s produced in the past four decades.
They were signed to Chrysalis Records in May '70 within days of arriving in London, suitcases and guitars in hand! Tir na nOg recorded three timeless albums for the label, recently re-issued by Cherry Red/Esoteric Records. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following, which to this day still grows.
2014 saw the eagerly awaited release of a new studio recordings – their first since 1973! This has been in the form of a vinyl EP. A full album, 'The Dark Dance' is to be released in 2015. The EP, ‘I Have Known Love’, has received glowing reviews:
“It's little surprises like this that make the musical world such a joyful place to go for a spin’ Shindig Magazine
‘Time to dig out those old Chrysalis LPs and realise what we've been missing’ Record Collector Magazine
‘Talent this strong never fades away’ ‘It sends shivers down the spine and tears down the cheek. Soundblab
Please Click Here to visit Tir Na Nog's website
Venue: Malt Room – standing with some unreserved seating
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
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