Farewell to Evening Dances
Colm O'Donnell, Farewell to Evening Dances Colm O'Donnell, outstanding singer, gifted musician, lilter, and music composer, was born in the parish of Kilactigue, Co. Sligo in 1962. With the release of Farewell to Evening Dances, a trip to Sligo will not be required to experience the music of this All-Ireland artist. 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 Spincin, composed by Colm The heartfelt slow air) An Tonn Amplach (The Hungry Sea) is another O'Donnell composition. Colm's songs are suffused with a ring of authenticity. The title Farewell to Evening Dances, is taken from the song The Hill of Knocknashee, a sentimental and lyrical ballad of exile. Colm's singing style is sweet, tuneful and full of soul. His songs could be described as nicely understated, yet full of warmth and feeling. His flute and whistle playing is lively, bouncy, and varied, ornamented in the great North Connaught tradition.