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Main » 2006 » July » 30 » Tir Na Nog - 1971 - Tir Na Nog
Tir Na Nog - 1971 - Tir Na Nog
Tir Na Nog - 1971 - Tir Na Nog

Tir Na Nog, whose name  translates from the Gaelic as "Land of Eternal Youth," hit a Zeitgeist with  their first album. The pairing of Sonny Condell and Leo O'Kelly caught the same  softness as, say, Nick Drake, but more open and engaging, with just enough  lilting Celtic influence to offer plenty of charm (although, it must be said,  very little of the Irish tradition is evident in their music). The acoustic duo  could be sweetly romantic, as on "Time Is Like a Promise" and "Our Love Will Not  Decay," but they could also offer a crowd-pleaser like the singalong "Aberdeen  Angus." "Picadilly" is especially poignant, a touching tale. Condell brings a  few exotic touches to the disc, adding tabla, Moroccan drum, and jew's harp, but  that hardly turns them into a version of the Incredible String Band -- their  writing simply isn't quirky enough. That's not to imply there isn't a strength  to it; there is. They can pen a good, memorable tune with an affecting chorus,  and the relatively straightforward arrangements, fleshed out by Barry  Dransfield's fiddle and Nick Harrison's arrangements, are never overdone.  Pleasant without ever being startling, this is '70s folk-rock, with the emphasis  on the folk more than the rock.
~Chris  Nickson, All Music Guide

Tir Na  Nog :
Leo  O'Kelly Dulcimer, Guitar, Bass (Electric), Vocals, Violin, Tin  Whistle
Sonny Condell Guitar, Vocals,  Moroccan Drum, Tabla, Jew's-Harp, Percussion
Barry Dransfield Fiddle

Tracks :
01 Time Is Like a Promise (2:56)
02 Mariner Blues (4:12)
03 Daisy Lady (2:21)
04 Tir Na Nog (5:20)
05 Aberdeen Angus (1:50)
06 Looking Up (4:51)
07 Boat Song (3:24)
08 Our Love Will Not Decay (3:04)
09 Hey Friend (3:01)
10 Dance of Years (3:50)
11 Live a Day (3:04)
12 Piccadilly (5:35)
13 Dante (2:56)

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