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Joe O'Donnell's Shkayla

Joe O'Donnell

Joe O'Donnell

Show time: Sunday 9 July - 1:55pm-2:20pm

.In 1977 Irish violinist and composer Joe O’Donnell released Gaodhal’s Vision, his first album as leader. Fusing Celtic, Rock, Indian and other influences the album describes the migration of the Milesian people from Egypt to Éire in megalithic times. It was recorded with top musicians of the day, including the late, great guitarist Rory Gallagher, with whom Joe enjoyed a close musical friendship.

Joe worked in several top bands in the 1960s and 1970s including East of Eden, Headstone, the Woods Band and Thin Lizzie, before starting his solo career as leader of the Vision band.

Living in Coventry for the last 25 years, Joe has earned a national reputation as a fiery and inventive performer, especially supported by his dynamic band Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla. Shkayla features Martin Barter on keys and vocals, Coventry’s guitar virtuoso Si Hayden, Adrian Litvinoff on bass and fusion drummer Karen Milne.  Recently the band performed the whole of Gaodhal’s Vision to ecstatic audiences at the Belgrade B2, augmented by guest musicians, Indian and Irish dancers, and dramatic visuals.

Now Joe is completely re-working Gaodhal’s Vision, remixing the original tracks and adding new and previously unheard material. This is due for release on July 14th packaged with a live DVD of the Belgrade shows as Gaodhal’s Vision 40th Anniversary Edition. The band is looking forward to touring the album to Festivals and other venues later in the year.

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