The following, in anticipation of seeing the duo this Saturday, is a brief review of their brilliant second album, written in May, 2011.
My first Top Fifty posting - itself interesting - I didn't expand much. In many ways this says it all: there was no need. But I could have, and still might, as individual songs will always be absolute favourites [as opposed to simply favourites]:
Tír na nÓg - A Tear and a Smile
A Tear and a Smile
is the Dublin duo's second album, released in 1972, and is a folk gem,
full of Irish lilt in the singing and fine guitar pluck and strum. The
self-penned songs are gentle, earnest offerings - melodic, occasional
harmony and simply sweet lyrically - and this album is indelibly mixed
into the tiedye of my growing up at the time.
Before forming in
Dublin, Leo O'Kelly came from Carlow and Sonny Condell from
Newtownmountkennedy. Though their next album and later releases included
more electrification, this is pure acoustic folk.
Wonderful songs are
The Same Thing Happened
Goodbye My Love
Two White Horses
That's 7 of the 10 and I am nitpicking the great from the good.