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29 Jul 2017

Tír na nÓg "Dark Dance" 2014 UK Prog Folk



Tír na nÓg  "Dark Dance" 2014 UK Prog Folk
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Irish duo TIR NA NOG came to prominence as a part of the Irish folk revival in the late ‘60s, and during some hectic years in the early '70s they established themselves as a popular and influential band as recording artists as well as a live band, opening for artists such as Jethro Tull and ELP in a hectic and ongoing tour schedule, and also developing their material to a more progressive rock oriented sound along the way. Some time after their third album “Strong in the Sun”, released in 1973, the project disbanded. While they would reform occasionally, it wasn’t until a few years ago that the band decided to reform as an ongoing venture again. “The Dark Dance” is their first studio album since that event took place, and was self-released by the band in 2015. 
A new studio album by Tir Na Nog is an event. Perhaps first and foremost for those with an interest in folk music and progressive folk music, but any band with a certain status '70s that release an album after a 42-year long pause from releasing new material will cause an interest from this as an event in itself. In this case it is a successful album as I regard it, with one half catering for those with an interest in the more advanced material of the band and one half with a stronger focus on the more purebred folk material, both sides coming across as well worked out and with a sustainable quality to boot. An album well worth checking out by those with an interest in the folk music-oriented part of the progressive rock universe…… by Windhawk ……… 


Tír na nÓg, the Irish songwriting duo of Leo O’Kelly and Sonny Condell, wrote and recorded some of the finest music to come out of the early 70s folk scene. After releasing three fine albums they separated to embark on new projects before recapturing their muse in recent years. 
Since then they’ve released tantalising snippets of new material and have now issued ‘The Dark Dance’, their first studio album in 40 years. It can stand proudly with their work on Chrysalis Records all those years ago.As before, this marriage of equals inspires the duo to their best work, with four tracks a piece and two covers. Sonny’s ageless folk melodies are treasured in Ireland and embodied here with the reflective ‘You In Yellow’ and ode to the Irish institution ‘The Angelus’.Leo mixes humour and wisdom with the instantly memorable ‘I Pick Up Birds At Funerals’ alongside the touching ‘Time Is Gone’. Leo’s ‘Ricochet’ also revisits their psych prog sound, and also heads up another great single on Fruits de Mer that also has an exclusive live version of their classic track ‘Tir na nOg’.Dipping back to the album we close with the set’s title track, the traditional sound of Elly Lucas’s ‘The Dark Dance’, a wonderfully gothic folk instrumental. A fitting end to a superbly strong set……..By Jason Barnard……. 

Line-up / Musicians 
- Sonny Condell / vocals, acoustic guitar, bongos, instruments 
- Leo O'Kelly / vocals, acoustic guitar, bongos, instruments 

With: 
- Garvan Gallagher / bass (7,9), autoharp (7) 

Tracklist 
1 You In Yellow
2 I Have Known Love
3 The Angelus
4 I Pick Up Birds At Funerals
5 Ricochet
6 Andria
7 Sympathetic Love 
Autoharp – Garvan Gallagher 
Bass – Garvan Gallagher 
8 The Gangway
9 Time Is Gone 
Bass – Garvan Gallagher 
10 The Dark Dance 

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