Tir Na Nog - Tear and a Smile (Music CD)

Release Date: 29 October 2012
Artist: Tir Na Nog
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Tir Na Nog expanded their horizons on their 1972 sophomore release by adding drums (Barry DeSouza) and bass (Larry Steele), as well as some effective string arrangements. Produced by the legendary Tony Cox (Caravan, Françoise Hardy, Family), A Tear and a Smile retained all of Sonny Condell and Leo O'Kelly's offbeat phrasing, playful melodic deviations, and pastoral balladry, while subtly turning an eye to the prospects of a little commercial appeal. The easy folk-rock of O'Kelly''s "When I Came Down" and "The Same Thing Happening" wouldn't have sounded out of place on the country-rock-heavy airwaves of U.S. radio, and even though Condell's lighthearted Noël Coward imitation on the bouncy "Bluebottle Stew" is like listening to a half-baked Monty Python skit, it works because -- like everything on A Tear and a Smile -- it's executed so sincerely. Tir Na Nog were more than mediocre, but a few songs shy of great, and fans of Ralph McTell, the Dransfields, and Cat Stevens will find common ground and much to love here. ~ James Christopher Monger
Release Date: 29 October 2012
Artist: Tir Na Nog

1. Come and See the Show
2. Down Day
3. When I Came Down
4. The Same Thing Happened
5. Bluebottle Stew
6. So Freely
7. Hemisphere
8. Lady Ocean
9. Goodbye My Love
10. Two White Horses
11. The Lady I Love
12. Heidi

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Catalogue No: EDCD334