COMING UP: Tir Na nOg at Lantern Theatre, 17 March

Legendary Irish duo Tir na nOg
are returning to Liverpool after a gap of 40 years and are appearing at The Lantern Theatre on Sunday, 17th MarchSt Patrick’s Day

Tir na nOg have been described as Alt Folk, Prog Folk, Psych Folk, and even Space Folk. But the duo, formed by Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell in 1970, transcend all these categories. What is not in doubt is that they are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced.


They were signed to Chrysalis Records in May ’70 within days of arriving in London, going on to record three albums for the label (recently re-issued by Cherry Red/Esoteric Records). John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them.

They toured with bands as disparate as Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who and Roxy Music in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following.

After a lengthy absence of fifteen years, 2010 saw the return of Tir na nOg to these shores and more UK tours quickly followed. Fans new and old are revelling in the opportunity to see Leo and Sonny again. As quoted by the Irish Times – ‘Sonny Condell and Leo O’Kelly continue to defy real time!’




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