Exposé Online banner

Tír na nÓg — Live at the Half Moon
(Mega Dodo , 2016, LP/CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-05-31

Live at the Half Moon Cover art

June 6, 2016 sees the release of Tír na nÓg’s live performance from last fall, Live at the Half Moon. This acid folk duo were active in the early 70s and then on hiatus until Fruits de Mer helped to restart their career with a new and younger fan base. The 45 minute set presented on this album is a collection of ten songs evenly split between their early days and today. The concert starts with “Time Is Like a Promise” from their self-titled debut album in 1971. Next is “You in Yellow” from their 2014 FdM single I Have Known Love and also their fourth full length album, 2015's The Dark Dance. Then they step back to 1971 for “Looking Up,” followed by their new songs “Ricochet,” “I Pick up Birds at Funerals,” and their Silver Apples cover “I Have Known Love” from FdM and Dark Dance. They then perform a new song, “Eyelids into Snow,” followed by three songs from the early 70s to close the concert, “The Lady I Love,” “Free Ride,” and “Two White Horses.” Live at the Half Moon is quite a magical performance, mixing acoustic and electric guitars. Their performance of their early work is as vibrant today as 40 years ago and it interweaves well with their new songs. I particularly enjoy the live version of “Ricochet.” It may take some digging to find their early releases, I know that it took some effort on my part in 2008 to find them, so Live at the Half Moon is a great place to start for new listeners.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Tír na nÓg

Latest news

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

PFM - Serendipity – As most progressive fans know, Premiata Forneria Marconi was once one of the most renowned of the Italian progressive bands, only to eventually descend into a pop career that would be of little...  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues