Flying Tomato Promotions presents…
Tir na nOg
Fishpond Ballroom, September 2nd 2011
Doors 7.30pm Tix £10 adv
Tir na nOg, the duo formed by Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell in Dublin in early 1970, caused somewhat of a sensation, both on the folk and rock scenes, almost as soon as they stepped off the boat train from Ireland. Even before signing with Chrysalis Records that summer, they already had established themselves in the London folk clubs, with their impromptu appearances and beautiful original songs.
They immediately started touring Britain and Europe with Jethro Tull and Procol Harum before releasing their first album for Chrysalis, entitled simply, Tir na nOg. The album was Melody Maker album of the month. They gathered followers of every musical persuasion from their appearances with bands as disparate as Hawkwind, The Who, and Fairport Convention and Roxy Music, while at the same timeheadlining their own college and club gigs.
Their music,which is often described as psychedelic folk, was championed by John Peel, resulting in many Peel sessions in the early 70s. They have remained a cult band since leaving their record company in 1974. This year marks the 40th birthday of their debut album “Tir na nOg”. They have recently released a new album, “Live At Sirius”, which features many of their timeless songs from the three Chrysalis albums, including their version of Nick Drake’s “Free Ride”, reputedly the only song of Nick’s covered in his short lifetime.
They celebrate 40 years since the release of “Tir na nOg” with some British dates, including an appearance at The Fishpond Ballroom, Matlock Bath on 2nd September.
Their latest album, “Live At Sirius”, can be found at http://www.leookelly.ie/ and on http://www.lifeandlivingrecords/ ,while their other recordings,Tir na nOg, A Tear & A Smile, and Strong In The Sun, are now all on CD.
With support by Elly Lucas
Elly Lucas and David Gibb were nominated for the Radio 2 Young Folk Musicians of the year for 2011. Recently touring festivals and with the release of their latest album, Leo and Sonny have asked Elly to support them on this amazing night.
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