Posted by joeodonnell on Apr 10, 2018 in Celtic music, gigs, Rock music
Hot news! On 4th July Shkayla will be on stage at Robin2, possibly the outstanding Rock venue in the West Midlands. It will be the band’s first appearance there, and Joe’s first in over 40 years of performing! Mike of Robin2 said “It’s a quality show fusing Celtic, Rock and almost Prog Rock which I hope will appeal to the live music loving customers of Robin 2”. For full...
Posted by joeodonnell on Jul 14, 2017 in Celtic music, Interview, news, video
After playing the main stage at Godiva Festival 2017 Joe O’Donnell talks to the BBC about starting out, jamming with Thin Lizzie, developing the electric violin and more. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0589psx
Posted by joeodonnell on Mar 10, 2017 in Celtic music, Rock music
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...
Posted by joeodonnell on Feb 5, 2017 in Celtic music, Dance, gigs, recordings
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,...
Posted by joeodonnell on Oct 28, 2016 in Asian music, Celtic music, news, recordings, traditional music
“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...
Posted by joeodonnell on Apr 23, 2016 in Celtic music, recordings, video
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’...
Posted by joeodonnell on Apr 8, 2016 in Asian music, Celtic music, Dance, Indian music, news, Performing arts
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...
Posted by joeodonnell 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,...