Exposé Online banner

Tír na nÓg — I Have Known Love
(Fruits de Mer Crustacean 49, 2014, 7")

by Henry Schneider, Published 2014-06-26

I Have Known Love Cover artTír na nÓg is the Irish folk duo of Sonny Condell and Leo O’Kelly. They were one of the first progressive folk bands, recording three albums in the early 70s: Tír na nÓg (1971), A Tear and a Smile (1972), and Strong in the Sun (1973). Their early songs combined Celtic folklore and acoustic music. In fact their name refers to the Gaelic land of faerie. Over the course of their three albums they moved from folk to folk rock, kind of the same path as Donovan. Since then, their recorded output has been low, just a handful of live albums. Now they have joined the list of Fruits der Mer artists, releasing their first vinyl in 40 years. It would not be an FdM release without at least one cover tune, and in this case Tír na nÓg covers Silver Apples’ “I Have Known Love.” At first blush, this may sound odd, given that the Silver Apples were a duo of electronics and drums and their 1969 recording of this song is minimal and a bit sterile. But there were folk elements present in the original that Tír na nÓg used to breathe new life into this song, making it their own, and at the same time capturing what made them great in the early 70s. The other three songs are original compositions in a similar vein: “You in Yellow,” “The Angelus Song,” and “I Pick up Birds.” This is an excellent slice of progressive folk-psych music that is not a trying to mimic the 70s, but is genuine. FdM made quite a coup snagging Tír na nÓg for a vinyl release!

Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Silver Apples / Simeon Coxe, Tír na nÓg

Latest news

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Jade Warrior - Elements: The Island Anthology – To start off with, we have four albums on two compact discs, a wise choice in consolidating this band's major works together in one bundle for your hungry consumers. The set comprises the...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues