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Obit: Al O'Donnell Sept 2015

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MartinRyan 03 Sep 15 - 04:41 PM
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MoorleyMan 04 Sep 15 - 07:59 AM
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Subject: Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: MartinRyan
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 04:41 PM

Al O'Donnell, who was a fine singer with wonderful diction, has passed away. I'll post some more links as I find them, but here's one to start with, dating to 1966:

Click here

Regards


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Subject: RE: Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 04:43 PM

that's beautiful,, thank you Martin.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 05:03 PM

Very sorry to hear this. A great singer, whom we never quite heard enough of.
Archie Fisher wrote a poem for him, which was quoted on the back of his first LP sleeve :

"The Ballad Singer"

I watched a piper take the wind that blew around his hair,
And with the supple leather lead
The hard black wood and brittle reed
A dance into the air.

I watched a boy that stood with men
A whistle at his tongue
Breathe the old and smokey air into his breast,
Then with his careful fingers,
Make it young.

I saw a chin rest on a fiddle
And watched the fingers dance
Letting the notes slip from the strings
Into the wind that takes all things,
That music leaves to chance.

I heard the singer read the wind
And listened to his song,
That told of all the wind had known
And when and where the wind had blown,
And why he'd been so long.

To Al O'Donnell, 1968, by Archie Fisher

R.I.P., Al.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: akenaton
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 05:37 PM

Great performer, loved all his spots on Ryan's Fancy Show



Ryans Fancy with Al


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Subject: RE: Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: Stewie
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 10:51 PM

Sad news indeed. He was a very fine performer of traditional and folk idiom songs. His first two albums were as good as anything that came out of the 'folk revival' - they will always remain treasured items in my collection.

Vale, Al.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: GUEST,Niamh
Date: 04 Sep 15 - 05:45 AM

Very sad news indeed. Al was the first guest at the Howth Singing Circle, and remained a friend throughout, a great singer and performer, generous and supportive friend to fellow singers, he will be sadly missed.


https://youtu.be/LY7zoF2Ehgs


RIP Al.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: GUEST,Liberty Boy (sans cookie)
Date: 04 Sep 15 - 05:58 AM

Sad news indeed. One of the seminal influences in O'Donoghues in the sixties. Rest in Peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 04 Sep 15 - 07:31 AM

Very sorry to hear this sad news. His LP 'Al O'Donnell 2' had some brilliant songs on it. Condolences to his family and friends.

Matthew


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Subject: RE: Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 04 Sep 15 - 07:52 AM

Al made lots of friends during his college days in Nottingham during the early part of the folk revival and he was always keen to come back to see them. This always gave us the opportunity to offer him a booking at our place when he was over and I have fond memories of his nights at Tigerfolk (or Traditions at the Tiger as it was called then).
Condolences from everyone at TATT


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Subject: RE: Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 04 Sep 15 - 07:59 AM

Sad to hear this. Another underrated singer departed.
Al O Donnell2 is indeed a fine record, one that by coincidence I returned to only the other day.
Condolences.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: GUEST,Derek
Date: 04 Sep 15 - 08:26 AM

True gentleman, truly missed, but will be remembered with a smile at every breath of song.

One memory is of his crafting of one of the final paragraphs of Joyce's Finnegan's Wake into a song. He used to preface it by saying it was an example of the lyrical nature of Joyce's writing:

'Forgivemequick, I'm going! Bubye!
And you, pluck your watch, forgetmenot.
Your evenlode. So save to jurna's end!
My sights are swimming thicker on me
by the shadows to this place.
I sow home slowly now by own way, moy-valley way.
Towy I too, rathmine.

Ah, but she was the queer old skeowsha anyhow,
Anna Livia, trinkettoes!
And sure he was the quare old buntz too,
Dear Dirty Dumpling,
foostherfather of fingalls and dotthergills.
Gammer and gaffer we're all their gangsters.

Hadn't he seven dams to wive him?
And every dam had her seven crutches.
And every crutch had its seven hues.
And each hue had a differing cry.

Sudds for me and supper for you
and the doctor's bill for Joe John.'

Forgivemequick I'm going, bubye

See ya Al and thanks for being an inspiration.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: GUEST,Martijn Kaal
Date: 05 Nov 15 - 03:35 AM

Sad to hear about Al's passing away. He was a great inspiration, his incredible guitar playing (as if you were listening to two players at the same time) and beautiful, haunting songs like Slievenamon, The Bunnan Bui and James Connolly. He performed in the Netherlands several times in the seventies, my new born son gave him his first smile in life! A true gentleman gone, rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Sept 2015 Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 05 Nov 15 - 07:29 AM

Sad news indeed. My condolences to all who know and love him. I have added his name to the "In Memoriam" thread.

RIP

Peter


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Subject: RE: Sept 2015 Obit: Al O'Donnell
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 05 Nov 15 - 07:22 PM

Gosh he was good. I had read of him in books about the folk revival but never heard him play. He had a very distinctive style as a guitar and banjo player and as a singer. RIP


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