The Light and the Half Light

The Light and the Half Light

by Sean Doyle

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Overview

The Light and the Half Light

The father of Solas' John Doyle, Sean Doyle is a good, accomplished singer, with a strong selection of songs from both sides of the Irish border. For the most part he prefers ballads, such as "Henry Joy McCracken," but he can bring plenty of life to "The Flower of the County Down" (a version of "The Star of the County Down") and humor to "Let Mr. McGuire Sit Down." The accompaniment is happily sparse, keeping attention focused on the song and the singer. At times it's simply Doyle and his son, a perfect, sympathetic combination. He's a casual, effortless singer, which works excellently in this context. Quite whether the poem "He Thinks of His Past Greatness When a Part of the Constellations of Heaven" belongs here is up for debate, as it breaks the rhythm. It leads into "The Shores of Lough Bran," a lovely closer whose tune is a dead ringer for "She Moves Through the Fair," but still a wonderful piece. Sean Doyle might have waited a long time to make his recording debut, but it's well worth the wait.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2004
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397438726
catalogNumber: 974387
Rank: 235398

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sean Doyle   Primary Artist,Vocals
Liz Carroll   Fiddle
John Doyle   Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals,Tenor Banjo
Kieran O'Hare   uillean pipes
Dirk Powell   Banjo,Bass
John Herrmann   Banjo
John Williams [accordion]   Accordion
John "Buddy" Williams   Accordion
Emer Mayock   Low Whistle
Rayna Gellert   Fiddle

Technical Credits

John Doyle   Audio Production
Dirk Powell   Engineer
Geraldine Doyle   Artwork
Traditional   Composer
Emer Mayock   Whistle
Steven Heller   Engineer
Sean Doyle   Arranger

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