Shadow And Light CD (2011)

Artist: John Doyle

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Product Overview


Label Compass Records/naxos
SKU 224122549
UPC 766397456225
UPC 14 00766397456225
Format CD
Release Date 9/27/2011
Author John Doyle
Associated Artist/Work Carroll, Liz
Associated Artist/Work Casey, Karan
Technical Info
Producer John Doyle
CatalogID 745622
Lable Name Compass (USA)
Released 09/27/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 59m : 58s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00766397456225
Album Notes and Credits
Raised in the Irish tradition, it's not something that guitarist and singer John Doyle can easily leave behind -- nor does he want to. The vast majority of the pieces here might be original compositions, but in their own way every one is tethered to Ireland, even "Clear the Way," set during the Civil War. You can hear Ireland in the inflections and the chord changes, and in the two instrumentals with their lulling melodies. There's a touch of country here and there -- hardly surprising, since country and Celtic are closely linked and some of this album was recorded in Nashville. The vast majority of the disc is given to songs, and it's apparent that Doyle has been busy, not just writing but growing in stature. So, alongside "Little Sparrow," written for his daughter, there's the pure ache of "Liberty's Sweet Shore" and the family history of "The Arabic," featuring just Doyle's voice and guitar, a song that plays to his strengths and also shows some of his remarkable instrumental technique. "Wheel of Fortune" is a song that begs to be covered by a traditional singer. The surprise comes with the atmospheric "Selkie," which sees Doyle switch to electric for something more mystical that seems a little closer to Mark Knopfler territory. He's a wonderful musician and his career continues to grow. ~ Chris Nickson
Disc 1
1 Clear the Way
2 Little Sparrow
3 Killoran's Church/Swedishish
4 Liberty's Sweet Shore
5 Arabic, The
6 Wheel of Fortune
7 Farewell to All That
8 Tribute to Donal Ward/The Currachman
9 Bound for Botany Bay
10 Bitter Brew
11 Selkie
Product Attributes
Artist Doyle,John
Label Compass Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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