Tír na nÓg

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Tir Na Nog, whose name translates from the Gaelic as "Land of Eternal Youth," was an Irish band of the early 1970s, consisting of Leo O'Kelly and Sonny Condell.

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Tír na nÓg are an Irish folk band formed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1969 by Leo O'Kelly and Sonny Condell. They are often considered as one of the first progressive folk bands with other artists like Nick Drake or groups like Pentangle. Their music mainly consists of their own compositions, based on strong Celtic roots and typically featuring intricate acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing. In their early years, they toured the folk clubs of the United Kingdom or internationally as a support act for several rock bands. Today, they regularly give concerts, especially in Ireland.

From 1971 to 1973, Tír na nÓg made three studio albums which were highly acclaimed by critics but didn't receive a big commercial success. No recording of live performances had been officially released until 2000, with the publication of Hibernian. A compilation of some of their live tracks recorded between 1972 and 1973 for the John Peel's radio show, was also published one year later.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1972 A Tear and a Smile 1
1972 Strong in the Sun 1
1992 Tír na nÓg 1
2001 Spotlight (BBC Recordings 1972-1973) 1
2016 Live At The Half Moon 1
2016 Live At The Half Moon 1

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