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Tír na nÓg — Live 1970-71
(Mega Dodo NOGCD1, 1971/2022, CD / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2022-04-02

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The Irish duo of Sonny Condell and Leo O’Kelly formed Tír na nÓg in 1969. They released three albums in the early 70s and then went dormant until Fruits de Mer Records helped to revive their career in 2014, releasing a couple of singles and LP, followed by Mega Dodo releasing a live performance LP and a various artists compilation. Now Mega Dodo has unearthed some early live recordings from both concert and Top of the Pops shows, Live 1970 - 71. The bulk of the sixteen songs are from their debut self-titled album, Tír na nÓg, while they were still in their folk days. The sound quality is good, but the best you can expect from early 70s technology. There is some repetition of songs, there are three versions of “Daisy Lady” and two of “Looking Up,” plus a haunting cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” and an acid folk cover of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm.” There are  some previously unreleased songs, “Let My Love Grow,” “Mill Pond,” and possibly “I’m Happy to Be (On this Mountain).” The BBC recordings contain some banter and joking between the songs. The tapes were remastered for compact disc and are a mixture of mono and stereo recordings, the stereo tracks having a cleaner sound. This release is a must for fans and captures Tír na nÓg at their earliest. However, these live recordings are not the best place to start for new listeners. Instead I would encourage you to seek out their studio albums, which are still available on CD, and there may be some limited copies of their newer stuff available from Fruits de Mer or Mega Dodo records.

Filed under: Archives, 2022 releases, 1971 recordings

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