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Tickets: £15 on the door
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. Tir na nOg are a union of equals. 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 four decades.
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 Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who and Roxy Music in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following. In 1974 Leo and Sonny returned to Ireland and they went their separate ways. Fortunately, Tir na nOg resurfaced in 1985 with occasional shows on home soil, together with very rare visits to the UK. In 2010 a brief ’2 gigs and a festival’ tour triggered the decision to return more often – and this is what they’ve been doing! Fans of old are reliving the songs from the early days and marvelling at the newer introductions whilst newer fans admire, for the first time, the musicianship and pedigree of this duo.
‘..a remarkable band…. they deliver a stunning performance that underlines their reputation as being well founded…… the crowd utterly entranced.’
(Malcolm Dome – Prog – June 2012)
‘Otherworldly and indubitably wise.’
(Jim Wirth – Uncut magazine –December 2012)
‘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)
Special guests are The Portraits, husband and wife folk duo Jeremy and Lorraine Millington, who have been played on BBc national radio and performed at 2013's Glastonbury Festival.
FARNCOMBE: St John's Church
St John's Street
Shows are held in the Church or the attached Church Room which have unreserved seating for up to 300 and 120 respectively. The Church Room has a bar selling beers, wines, hot and cold drinks. Parking on street or at nearby Farncombe railway station.