Fuelled by five instrumentalists, Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla blend Celtic, jazz and Indian musical influences to form a completely unique sound for their single ‘Noel Nouvelet’ released 7th November.
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In 1996 O’Donnell moved to Coventry where he became aware of the Coventry Carol and whilst touring Brittany learnt the traditional Christmas carol ‘Noel Nouvelet’. He decided to blend the two.
Joe O’Donnell is famed for his 1977 violin led concept album with Rory Gallagher, ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’.
Shkayla (Gaelic for ‘stories’) blends traditional Celtic melodies, rock and jazz, creating an entirely unique sound.
Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla is now a power-house five-piece able to generate great energy and excitement, and also capable of the sensitivity and delicacy needed in keeping faith with Celtic music