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Exiles Return

Karan Casey , John Doyle Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 2, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0030EWBE6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...shiver-inducingly excellent. --USA Today

Product Description

Irish vocalist Karan Casey and guitar virtuoso John Doyle were founding members of traditional supergroup Solas, a band known for its striking renditions of traditional songs. On EXILE'S RETURN, the two former bandmates reunite to create a stripped-down CD that showcases the power of the songs. Since Solas, each has carved out a niche in the folk world: Doyle's rhythmic guitar chops are in demand as producer and sideman; he's played with Kate Rusby, Linda Thompson, Joan Baez and Liz Carroll.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very very good album...however.... February 18, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An excellent paring is Karan Casey and John Doyle.
However - beware - all is not equal!

John takes the vocals on only 3 of the 12 songs (Sally Grier, Madam I'm A Darling, The Shipyard Slips). Karan takes the vocals on 7 and they duet on two. Not to comment negatively on Karan's singing (which is, as always, first rate) but for those John Doyle fans out there, you will probably feel short-changed here.

All told, the 12-song selection is excellent and John's guitar playing remains the best there is.

With the one proviso, as mentioned, this is a recommended album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of 2010 already! April 18, 2010
By C. Funk
Format:Audio CD
While I will agree, that there could have been more vocal representation of the great John Doyle in Exiles Return, I still think that this may be the best traditional Irish album to be released this year! If John is not taking the vocal lead on quite as many tracks, he certainly is letting his elegant guitar work speak for him. Karan Casey is wonderful as always, and the whole album is a true delight!

If you are looking to buy an album of traditional material, sung and played by the best in the not hesitate! Buy this!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! February 8, 2010
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Phenomenal! Really great duo. I remember when they performed with the band Solas so this is a really exciting and long awaited CD. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Folk Duo February 22, 2011
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Actually ****1/2 because, like other reviewers, I wanted more singing by John Doyle. There was a time when I was immersed in folk songs, but with the passing decades I had moved on to other musics. This lovely recording of Irish and Irish-American tunes may take me back to the art. Doyle and Casey chose their songs well and the album has an unusual unity. Their pleasing Irish lilt support their first rate performance by voice and guitar. On some tracks they are supportd by Dirk Powell on banjo and bass and by Michael McGoldrick (formerly with Lunasa) on flute and whistle. The sound is close in and bright. If you are a fan of traditional Irish music, this spare, back to basics album will bring delight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Celtic ballads and duets April 7, 2010
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Karan Casey & John Doyle
"Exiles Return"
(Compass, 2010)
An outstanding collaboration between singer-guitarist John Doyle and vocalist Karan Casey, two of the founding members of the Celtic-trad supergroup Solas, who reunite here for a gloriously rich, stripped-down acoustic set. Casey takes the lead on most of the songs, with Doyle singing lead on three tracks (while harmonizing on several others, and providing typically strong, sympathetic accompaniment throughout...) The repertoire is a fab collection of traditional and traditionally-oriented songs, delivered with the soulfulness and depth of understanding we've come to expect from both these artists. Old-timey scholoar Dirk Powell and flautist Michael McGoldrick add subtle support on a tune or two. Beautiful stuff: you can't go wrong with any of these artists. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To World Music)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 of the best at their peak March 25, 2012
By Weiss
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Just ordered this CD after seeing Casey and Doyle on a brief West Coast St. Paddy's tour. I can be very picky about what songs I listen to on a particular CD, but this is one of those albums where, once I start, I tend to let the whole album play. A great mix of good uptempo pieces featuring Doyle's remarkable rhythmic strumming and slow ballads alternating between Karan Casey and Doyle on lead vocals. It's also an album that gets better the more I listen--both of these musicians bring so much to their performances that it took me a while to fully appreciate just how good this album is.

Just saw someone's comment that Doyle fans might be disappointed that JD only has 3 lead vocals, so I will just point out that I am a huge John Doyle fan but I love this album, and the thought that there are not enough Doyle lead vocals never crossed my mind, which is not surprising since Karan Casey is one of my favorite vocalists anytime anywhere. But there's no doubt that Doyle is a strong singer, and he seems to keep getting better as he becomes more confident. HIs singing style does remind me of Bert Jansch's vocals at times.
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