Tír na nÓg on Friday 29th May 2020
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 five decades. The early 70's saw them tour extensively in Europe, and beyond, with Jethro Tull. As well as headlining their own tours the pair found themselves gigging with some of their own heroes - Procul Harum, The Who, Cat Stevens, T Rex, Roxy Music, Elton John, The Velvet Underground and Hawkwind to name but a few. Three albums were produced during these heady years before Leo and Sonny returned home to Ireland. Over the ensuing decades Tir na nOg played occasional gigs in Ireland until 2010 when they recommenced their tours of the UK. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the coming together of Leo and Sonny as Tir na nOg.
Music Genres: 70s, Folk
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