Joe O’Donnell’s ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’ Turns 40


Labelled as ‘One of the finest violinists playing in the Celtic tradition’ (Living Tradition), Joe O’Donnell is reissuing his highly acclaimed album Gaodhal’s Vision which turns 40 this year.

Along with his band Shkayla, Joe creates a world-encompassing mix of celtic, folk-inspired music that draws in elements of jazz, rock and orchestral styles too.

Gaodhal’s Vision received critical praise upon its release in 1977 mainly because of Joe’s never-heard-before style, but also because a number of tracks on the album featured guitar virtuoso of the day, Rory Gallagher. The pair became good friends because of their love of creating music and they combine with astounding chemistry and dynamics on the record.

Although Gallagher passed away in 1995, this musical friendship will be resurrected in part when Joe and his band play two live shows at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry on March 31st and 1st April. Obviously, Joe will be playing live, but the show will include original recordings of Gallagher’s outstanding solos, thus providing the full effect of Gaodhal’s Vision. As well as this, Joe will be joined by Indian and Irish dancers and narration too, making for a multi-sensual live experience.

Gaodhal’s Vision tells the story of the Milesian people leaving Egypt and setting out for the island, foretold to them by Moses, called Eire (Ireland). The album displays Joe’s fascination with the esoteric and celebrates the origins of the Celts and many distinctive aspects of their famed culture.

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