Tir Na Nog

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s


Without drawing on traditional sources, there was, nevertheless, an indelible Celtic tincture in the mainly acoustic music of the Dublin, Eire-based Leo O’Kelly (guitar, violin, vocals) and Sonny Condell (guitar, percussion, vocals). Condell had previously entered the Irish Top 10 with ‘Tram Car 88’ when a member of his cousin’s group. With O’Kelly, his commercial prosperity was not as conspicuous but less transient. Formed in 1969, the duo’s early 70s output for Chrysalis Records, including a Melody Maker Single Of The Week in ‘The Lady I Love’, gilded a cult reputation that remained strong enough to sustain a comeback on the folk club circuit 11 years after a 1974 disbandment that had been prefaced by an experimental augmentation with a drummer, electric bass guitarist and the keyboards of Matthew Fisher. Still touring intermittently into the new millennium, the pair’s repertoire includes items from obscure post-1974...

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