‘Storytellers’ featuring Rory Gallagher out now!

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Celtic music, Rock music

‘Storytellers’ featuring Rory Gallagher out now!

The new single version of ‘Storytellers’ featuring Rory Gallagher is out now! Joe and Rory recorded it shortly after completing ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’ as a trail for the album, although it was never released. The driving track is brightly remixed and features Joe and Rory in sparkling exchanges at the top of their form. Download it here or from iTunes and other...

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Gaodhal’s Vision – much work in progress!

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Celtic music, Dance, gigs, recordings

Gaodhal’s Vision – much work in progress!

We are getting very excited about all the work in progress on ‘Gaodhal’s Vision – From Egypt to Éire’! It’s coming to The Belgrade Theatre B2, Coventry on March 31st and April 1st, before the release of a Special Edition of the remixed album (plus other goodies) around the end of April. The band is of course rehearsing every week, and our wonderful dancers Sabrina,...

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‘Noel Nouvelet’, Shkayla’s single, gets first review!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Asian music, Celtic music, news, recordings, traditional music

‘Noel Nouvelet’, Shkayla’s single, gets first review!

“Unique take on a Christmas Carol” ‘Noel Nouvelet’ drops on 7th November and its already had its first review! This is on indie music blog Help Yourself Music. The reviewer clearly likes the blend of musical cultures and sounds on the track, that is also such a prominent aspect of Shkayla’s unique sound. It combines Asian vocals and percussion with English and...

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Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla – 40 years after the Vision Band

Posted by on Apr 23, 2016 in Celtic music, recordings, video

Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla – 40 years after the Vision Band

Almost 40 years ago Joe O’Donnell recorded his epic album ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’. The album draws on Celtic mythology and describes the Milesian exodus from Egypt through the Carpathian Mountains to Ireland. This parallels historical accounts describing the possible movement of early Celts from Asia Minor to Western Europe including Ireland. With Joe on ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’...

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New Photos by Chris Egan

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Asian music, Celtic music, Dance, Indian music, news, Performing arts

New Photos by Chris Egan

Irish Post photographer Chris Egan took some fine photos at The Albany Theatre on March 19th, during Joe O’Donnell’s ambitious production ‘St. Patrick Goes To The Punjab’. The event featured Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla of course, with Fine Lines World Music Ensemble, Sabrina (pictured), Aiden O’Brien, McHugh Irish Dancers and members of Comhaltas. It was...

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‘Number two Paddy’s Day attraction in the UK’ says the Irish Post

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Celtic music, Dance, gigs, Indian music, news, Performing arts

Six of the best St Patrick’s Day events that you don’t want to miss The Irish Post has rated ‘St. Patrick Goes to The Punjab” as number 2 in the top 6 Paddy’s Day events in  the UK! With three of the six in London, one in Glasgow and one in Manchester, this is really putting Coventry on the Paddy’s Day map. This is good because according to Coventry Irish Society,...

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Shkayla’s Spring Project Shapes Up!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Asian music, Celtic music, news

Plans are starting to take shape for a Celtic-Asian performance extravaganza in Coventry next March. Joe’s immersion in the music of South Asia and North Africa is as well known as his deep allegiance to Celtic music of all kinds. This event is intended to allow the opportunity for Joe to give expression to all these influences, together, in a really contemporary musical statement. Watch...

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‘O’Neil’s Lament’ – out now!

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Celtic music, news, recordings

‘O’Neil’s Lament’ – out now!

‘O’Neil’s Lament’, the new single by Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla, is out now! Available for download via iTunes or as a CD with bonus tracks, this is one of Shkayla’s most requested tunes at gigs, now in a new radio-friendly edit. Bob’s a fan “I loved it as soon as I heard it” said well-known broadcaster and musician Bob Brolly. He has been...

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