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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B001PXYH0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Double Play picks up where 2005's In Play, Liz Carroll and John Doyle's first critically acclaimed album left off.

Demonstrating continued maturity and invention with a selection of new compositions by both Carroll and Doyle, Double Play also features Doyle's take on a Dick Gaughan song, "A Pound a Week Rise", which, in it's original incarnation, paid tribute to the miners of Scotland and England who were involved in a 1984 strike. Classic John Doyle material!

The original tunes on the CD range from tributes to Irish musical greats such as The Irish Tradition (Billy McComiskey, Brendan Mulvihill, Andy O'Brien) and Tommy Makem (The Clancey Brothers and Tommy Makem), to more personal tunes, named for influential family members. Many of the sets include tunes by each of the musicians, who have seamlessly brought them together in the way that only like-minded artists at the top of their game can.

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Really good music for this genre.
Barbara L. Wood
I like this CD Liz Carroll is great and John Doyle is very good,they blend well.
Francis R. Hashii
Most of the tracks are very fast and very technical.
Michael Streeter

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Streeter on July 31, 2009
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This is the most amazing fiddle music I have ever heard! I bought "In Play" a week ago and loved it. I hoped this album would be as good, and to my surprise it was even better. Most of the tracks are very fast and very technical. This isn't music to relax to. It keeps you engaged. I think the best way to describe it is that Liz Carroll really "rocks out" on the fiddle.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leda D. Schubert on May 22, 2009
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Brilliant playing, inventive settings, gorgeous tunes (original and traditional) and songs. What more can you ask?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. TIMMERMAN on March 22, 2009
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Fiddler Liz Carroll and guitarist John Doyle have been playing together for a long time, including appearances in the Irish-American group Green Fields of America. They played together for President Obama on St Patrick's Day 2009.

I haven't heard their "In Play" of 2005, but I'm very familiar with their solo and group recordings. Here they strut their stuff alongside percussionist Kenny Malone and organist John R. Burr, in an exhilarating display of Irish traditional and original songs and instrumentals. The sound is remarkably full despite the few instruments, and Doyle's fine voice is in good form.

The instrumentals range from fiery sets like Carroll's The Chandelier/Anne Lacey's to more lilting numbers like the traditional Castle Kelly/Galway Rambler to slow laments like Carroll's Lament for Tommy Makem. The songs include a sweet ballad Down At The Wakehouse and a song of oppression and injustice A Pound A Week Rise.

Carroll's solo "Lake Effect" of 2002 was a disappointment from a melodic invention perspective, and although some original compositions here may also sound a little contrived or less gripping than traditional ones, there is still a variety of fine melodies overall. Importantly, they are lifted by infectious camaraderie, sheer professionalism, good fun and true Irish spirit. An enjoyable experience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SplitEdit on May 14, 2009
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Liz Carroll & John Doyle do wonderful things on this CD. Terrifically listenable, engaging, simple and beautiful. They are amazing musicians and if you're into Celtic music this is a must-have.
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Irish-American fiddler Liz Carroll (of Cherish The Ladies) and singer-guitarist John Doyle (formerly of the band Solas) are two of the finest instrumentalists in the Celtic-trad scene today. They've worked together a lot over the years, and this is their second album of duets, another stunning set that should make a lot of folks sit up and take notice. Something special is going on here. The opening track -- "The Chandelier/Anne Lacey's" -- will absolutely blow your mind: the nimble, restlessly inventive guitar picking and fiddling are stunning in their speed and innovation, and for the fervent, musicianly joy which radiates out for listeners to hear. Carroll and Doyle aren't mere technicians, they are collaborators and celebrants, riding a wave of excitement and discovery that few artists get the chance to achieve. This record is easily one of the best Celtic-trad releases of the decade, and sets the bar for any albums that follow in its wake. Most of the tracks are instrumentals, although Doyle sings several songs, which is also a delight. I know I'm gushing, but -- wow! -- this record really pays off. Check it out! (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue World Music Guide)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GSK on September 17, 2010
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This album is just ridiculous. Here is some of the finest playing you will ever be privileged to hear. It just never lets up. We all know how sometimes celtic music can get a bit monotonous. Not this one. Here, every note is interesting and played with powerful emotion. I think that's the thing that stands out most for me with this album - nothing seems mechanical. As technically impressive as these players are, they manage to keep the soul of the music alive. Please, if you have clicked on this CD then you're thinking about buying it....DO. Now. Right now. What are you still reading this review for? Click "Buy Now."
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