Exposé Online banner

Tír na nÓg — The Dark Dance
(TNN 002, 2015, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-09-20

The Dark Dance Cover art

Encouraged by the success of their first new recordings on FdM last year, Tír na nÓg launched their first album since 1973 on May 24, 2015. For those of you who were not able to obtain a copy of the FdM limited edition single, all four tracks appear on Dark Dance, along with “Ricochet” from their new FdM single. Since I have already reviewed these five songs, I will focus on the remaining five: “Andrea,” “Sympathetic Love,” “The Gangway,” “Time Is Gone,” and “The Dark Dance.” What I find remarkable about the entire album is that you would no idea that Sonny Condell and Leo O’Kelly are 66 years old. They sound just as fresh and young as they did in the early 70s, though their playing is more polished. “Andrea” is a song that does not seem to fit in with the rest of the acid-folk / prog-folk songs. This is a jazzy song similar to what they started exploring on their third album in 1973. “Sympathetic Love” is a singer-songwriter type song about unrequited love. “The Gangway” is another bucolic acid-folk song about seafaring. “Time Is Gone” is another beautiful love song with its feet firmly planted in 60s folk. And the closing song and title track says it all. This is the only instrumental track on the disc and the music is a danse macabre with drone and violin. Dark Dance is somewhat limited as well, but it should be much easier to obtain a new copy. Highly recommended!


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Tír na nÓg

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Gentry - Sweet Gossip TV – Sweet Gossip TV is the second full official recording by the duo of Steve Taylor and Gino Mari, heavily influenced by The Cure and the Psychedelic Furs. The band has come a long way since their first...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues