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"Best Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year!"
—Irish American News

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Erin Gra Mo Chroi (Ireland My True Love)
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The Battering Ram, The Besom in Bloom

Colm O’ Donnell -

"A wonderful collection of traditional song, flute and tin whistle music from a naturally gifted musician."
—Joe Byrne, Mid & North West Radio, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Colm O’ Donnell, outstanding singer, gifted musician, lilter, music composer and researcher, was born in the parish of Kilmactigue, Co. Sligo in 1962. He works now as a farmer, forester, shepherd and sheep dog trainer on the family farm which straddles the Ox Mountains (The Sliabh Gaimh). With the release of Farewell to Evening Dances, a trip to Sligo will not be required to experience the music of All-Ireland winner Colm O'Donnell. It contains a broad, interesting cross-section of material. Newer tunes in the traditional idiom include two lovely reels, The Road to Monalea and Up Spinc'n, composed by Colm. The heartfelt slow air, An Tonn Amplach (The Hungry Sea), another Colm composition, is dedicated to the memory of three young Sligo lads who lost their lives off the coast of County Sligo in May, 1998. The title Farewell to Evening Dances, is taken from the song The Hill of Knocknashee, a sentimental and lyrical ballad of exile that has become to some extent a type of Sligo anthem. Colm's songs are suffused with a ring of authenticity. His flute and whistle playing is lively, bouncy, and varied, ornamented in the great North Connacht tradition with the odd delightful individual fleck or turn. Colm's singing style is sweet, tuneful, and full of soul. Like his manner and soft-spoken voice, Colm's songs could be described as nicely understated, yet full of warmth and feeling. It says a lot for Colm's singing that it can cause a tingle in the spine and bring out the occasional goose bump in the listener! Like the clear, fresh-water springs of the Ox Mountains in his native Sligo, Colm O'Donnell's music flows pure and natural.


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