Sonny Condell, the creative core and inspiration for the band continues to invent and innovate.
He is one of Ireland’s most enduring creative artists and with Robbie Overson and Philip King, creates the signature sound that is Scullion.
Scullion’s back pages include the anthems, ‘Down In the City’, ‘Eyelids into Snow’ and ‘John the Baptist’. Recent Scullion performances have sold out in a heartbeat, re-confirming their status as one of the best bands ever. Scullion grew from a chance meeting in the late seventies, of its two main founders, Philip and Sonny. As a band they started rehearsing and writing in a small apartment above a chip shop in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, which eventually followed with regular appearances at various Dublin haunts including the Meeting Place in Dorset St. Dublin, and on out into the world.
‘We have played in back rooms, front rooms, bar rooms and bedrooms, flat bed trucks, concert halls, The Albert Hall and everywhere else in between’ says Philip King. ‘The urge to sit and play in some of these rooms especially in the Ireland in 2018 is powerful. The exchange that happens when engaging live with an audience is more alluring and vital than ever in this age of virtual connection. We have an amazingly diverse musical language on this creative island and many of those strands are woven into Scullion’s musical DNA’.
Scullion has recorded six albums: Scullion (1979, produced by P.J. Curtis), Balance and Control (1980, produced by John Martyn), The White Side of Night (1983, produced by Enya’s producer, Nicky Ryan), Spin (1985), Longwave (2012) and Under The Moon (2015).
‘The band never stopped, we just have some periods of intense rest!’ Sonny Condell says. ‘Philip is a successful film-maker and broadcaster and produces Other Voices and I have my own band and recording career, Robbie plays the music the world over, so we come together when the time is right.’