Sonny Condell

b. Ireland. Following the break-up of Tir nA nOg, Condell released his debut solo album, Camouflage, in 1977. With accompaniment from musicians such as Clannad, Davey Spillane and Nanci Griffith, tracks…
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b. Ireland. Following the break-up of Tir nA nOg, Condell released his debut solo album, Camouflage, in 1977. With accompaniment from musicians such as Clannad, Davey Spillane and Nanci Griffith, tracks such as ‘Down In The City’ traversed conventional folk and rock approaches to gain fervent critical reviews. Despite these good notices, he returned to a group format immediately after, completing five albums with eccentric Irish traditional band, Scullion. Similarly eclectic, Scullion’s self-titled 1979 debut album included abstractions from James Joyce (‘The Fruit Smelling Shop’) alongside radical reworkings of traditional material. Never constrained by expectations, the band later moved into complex electric rock. However, after Phillip King became a film director, Condell returned once more to a solo career, also playing occasional shows with Leo O’Kelly in the re-formed Tir nA nOg. His second solo album, Someone To Dance To, followed in 1994. This featured guest spots for several former Scullion members, as well as Cormac Breatnach and Máire Brennan. As the artist himself confessed, ‘A lot of the songs are quite abstract. It’s like a dream; not everything is a logical progression in them and hopefully the words and music go to build a picture of an abstract nature.’ It included his own version of ‘Forever Frozen’, a song which received wider exposure via a collaboration between Davey Spillane and Steve Winwood.