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Tir na nOg / Folk, Live Music

Fri 30Aug
7:30 PM

Note: This event has finished


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. After a long absence they are once again touring in the UK.


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.

The duo’s reputation for entrancing audiences with their magical live performances, whether festival or club, goes before them, resulting in sell-out shows during 2012. Each show is distinctive – different songs find their ways into different set lists! The ‘Live at Sirius’ album captures the intimacy and exhilaration of just one of these performances. Sonny and Leo have recently recorded some new songs for the highly anticipated album, to be released in 2013.

‘..a remarkable band…. they deliver a stunning performance that underlines their reputation as being well founded…… the crowd utterly entranced.’

(Malcolm Dome – Classic Rock presents Prog – June 2012)

‘Otherworldly and indubitably wise.’

(Jim Wirth – Uncut magazine –December 2012 – album review)

‘Tir na nOg blew me away – that mix of Irishness, folk and Led Zeppelin.’

(David Kitt – Mojo Magazine)

‘Sonny Condell and Leo O’Kelly continue to defy real time.’

(Siobhan Long, Irish Times)

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