Al O'Donnell is a folk singer, guitarist and banjo player from Dublin who began playing the folk clubs and festivals in the late 60s. He was also a short-lived member of Sweeneys Men during August and September of 1968, between their two albums. After Andy Irvine left the Sweeneys after the first LP, and the experiment with Heny McCullough came to an end, Johnny Moynihan and Terry Woods invited Al O'Donnell to join them, before choosing to continue as a duo (and ultimately splitting a year later).
Al played solo gigs in the clubs in Dublin regularly during the 70s and 80s (he was working for RTE at the time) and recorded two albums during the 70s.
Both albums are worth locating. While they may lack a little in variety or colour, they contain strong performances. The first album has excellent versions of many well known ballads including a version of 'Avondale' which is arguably definitive. Both LPs are not easy to locate.
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