Tir na nOg have been described as Alt Folk, Prog, Folk, Psych Folk, and even Space Folk! But the duo, formed by LeoO’Kelly & Sonny Condell in 1970, transcends 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. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. Songs like Condell’s ‘Our Love Will Not Decay’, ‘Eyelids Into Snow’ and ‘Two White Horses’, and O’Kelly’s ‘Piccadilly’, ‘So Freely’ and ‘Looking Up’ are as good as anything Ireland’s produced in the past five decades.
The early 70’s saw them tour extensively in Europe, and beyond, with Jethro Tull. As well as headlining their own tours the pair found themselves gigging with some of their own heroes – Procul Harum, The Who, Cat Stevens, T Rex, Roxy Music, Elton John, The Velvet Underground and Hawkwind to name but afew. Three albums were produced during these heady years before Leo and Sonny returned home to Ireland. Over the ensuing decades Tir na nOg played occasional gigs in Ireland until 2010 when they recommenced their tours of the UK. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the coming together of Leo and Sonny as Tir na nOg.
2015 saw the eagerly awaited release of a new studio album, ‘The Dark Dance’ – their first since 1973! Classic Rock magazine listed this as their 3rd best prog album of 2015! It has received glowing reviews across the music press.
‘….oozes with prog-folk magic’ (R2 Magazine)
‘The Dark Dance is an acoustically mounted piece of great refinement, on a record often embellished by strings and moments of eastern promise’’ (Prog Magazine)
‘Each of these deceptively serene songs has an underlying mysticism, an arcane quality that cannot be denied’ (Classic Rock Magazine)
Book a table for pre-concert dining
Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.45pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here. To book a table online, select the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left. Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.
PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE RELIES ON THE INCOME FROM DINING TO ENSURE WE CAN BOOK ALL THE GREAT ACTS PERFORMING.
- All seating at tables must purchase a pizza - so please do not book a table if not eating.
- Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the time slot allocated to order your pizzas prior to your booking time.
- Tables not seated within 15 minutes of the allocated time may be lost and allocated to other audience members wishing to order pizzas.
- If you wish to book a table for 8 or more please email email@example.com
Please note that all of our pizzas are made fresh to order and cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. It may take up to 45 minutes to be served during busy periods.