Renowned Irish musician, Joe O'Donnell, is reissuing his 1977 concept album 'Gaodhal's Vision' in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
Along with his band Shkayla (Gaelic for 'stories'), Joe creates a unique amalgamation of folk inspired celtic-rock, with influences from jazz and orchestral styles as well.
'Gaodhal's Vision' tells the fascinating story of the Milesian people who set sail for Eire (Ireland) on the word of Moses who foretold their destiny. The album displays Joe’s fascination with the esoteric and celebrates the origins of the Celts and many distinctive aspects of their famed culture.
The album was met with strong critical acclaim upon its release due to its innovative musical stylings and Joe's ability to tell a story through his quality compositions. However, further esteem was added to the album due to the involvement of legendary guitarist, Rory Gallagher, who featured on 'Gaodhal's Vision'. Joe and Rory enjoyed a warm musical friendship and this was reflected through their dynamic chemistry when they performed together.
Joe was classically trained but from his early experience working in rock bands, he quickly grasped the affinity between Celtic modal and Indian Music, and now his band Shkayla bring together aspects of these, mixed with jazz, rock and classical orchestral styles. Shkayla generate great energy and excitement through their music, channelling the sensitivity and delicacy needed to keep Celtic music faithful to its roots.
The Special 40th Anniversary Edition of 'Gaodhal's Vision' is set for release 28th April and the band are celebrating by playing two live shows at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, on 31st March and 1st April.
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