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Sean Doyle
The Light And The Half-Light
Compass

By Marty Lipp

Published September 9, 2005

Much of the attention in the traditional Irish music scene has been about young bucks mixing it up with instrumental tunes. So here is a disc of ballads from an older gent. Sean Doyle, though, is the dad of one of the best of those young bucks: John Doyle, formerly of the group Solas. Apparently, Doyle fils wanted pere to record his own disc to preserve his corner of the old world. Doyle's deep baritone has a lived-in quality and is not conventionally pretty, but it is soulful and matches the tunes he resurrects here. With John on guitar and several top-notch session musicians as a foil, Sean takes the tunes out of the smoke of the pub and preserves them in a lovely amber. One can see this as a labor of love, both of family and of heritage. It's not a brightly lit dance album, it's an album with the feel of sunset -- perhaps the "lhalf-light" of the title -- where the beauty is of darkening hues.

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