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Wayward Son

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  • Audio CD (July 19, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0009WFFN6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...wow. Sorry for the platitude, but this record defies any honest response save for shear wonder. For years, Doyle has been an absolute rhythmic powerhouse, developing a staggering vocabulary for Irish rhythm guitar playing whose influence was immediate and pervaisive. I emplore you to go straight to the first two Solas records and bask in the unrelenting drive and thrust he brings to their sound. But before you go there, BUY THIS RECORD. For while Doyle's rhythm and lead guitar chops remain in impeccable form, what astonishes most about WAYWARD SON is his singing. His first vocal forays (on later Solas projects and his solo debut album on Shanachie) seemed a wee bit timid and hesitant, despite the obviously attractive timbre of his voice and his assured phrasing. Here he emerges fully as a vocalist, even taking on Nic Jones's arrangement of "Captain Glenn" with no trace of being intimidated by that great man's definitive (until now) version.

Doyle is accompanied by an amazing array of musicians -- including Danny Thompson, Alison Brown, Tim O'Brien, Stuart Duncan, and old Solas mates Seamus Egan and John Williams. Doyle's driving guitar makes drums somewhat unneccessary, so master percussionist Kenny Malone chooses instead to color the songs with tasteful splashes and subterranean accents.

I could go on and on, but frankly, this is one of the absolute finest albums of the year. Don't miss out. Buy two and give one to a friend. No one will walk away disappointed.
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Recently (Jan'06), I went to see a favorite band ("Lunasa") and was irked to have to wait through a warm-up act--it was two people I'd never heard of: Liz Carroll and John Doyle. By the second number, I was ashamed of myself. Doyle flashed incredibly proficient, high-energy guitar work, and connected well with his audience. After the show, I bought his CD.

In the studio, his guitar work recedes (comparatively), and its the singing that moves to the fore. His voice offers a warm, gentle baritone that carefully articulates the lyrics of some gruesome ballads. (This is a whole album of wayward sons!) The net effect is an album that's ends up being all about nuance and wry humor--it wears very well.
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As best as I can figure, John Doyle is the greatest Irish rhythm guitar player ever. Check out his instructional video from Homespun, or any of his early albums with Solas --- he provides a bass line, chordal accompaniment, countermelodies, and percussion, all at once. Outstanding stuff --- and it really makes Irish music more accessable for modern listeners.

But in his two solo albums, you get a broader view of the man's talents. He is a fine singer, particularly on the old ballads, a great fingerstyle player, and flatpicks some excellent tunes on guitar and bouzouki. And he has some mighty talented friends pitching in here. "Wayward Son" is Irish music at heart, but you can also hear other Celtic and Appalachian roots music in here, and John's ear for rhythm gives some of his songs a Middle Eastern or jazz feel.
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I have waited patiently for this second release of John Doyle as a vocalist. John's exiting and insistant rhythm guitar playing is an indelible signature that can't be missed by any afficionado of Celtic music. It's not only there in the instrumentals but adds a wonderful background to a vocal like "Jack Dolan". Add a change in the melody and it makes this song covered by many sound brand new just as he did with "Crooked Jack" on his first album. His song selections fit his voice very well and this album continues to present songs seldom heard before. His version of "Little Sadie" can stand well with versions done by native vocalists who interpret Southern mountain music. Living in Western N.Carolina's mountains has had a very positive and welcome effect on his repertoire. For a man who has established himself as probably the premier Irish rhythm guitarist and picker, John's singing is

becoming more assured. The majority of the songs on this and his earlier recording "Evening Come Early" showcase John's vocal talent and will help establish him as one of Celtic music's finest vocalists. Treat yourself to his earlier release as well. If you're thirsting for more of John's exciting guitar playing get his collaborations with Liz Carroll on "Lake Effect" and "Lost In The Loop". If you ever have a chance to see him perform, don't miss it.
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Again, I love every bit of music I have heard from this gentleman. I had the pleasure of meeting him, last year, when he performed at a small venue outside San Francisco. He is as good live as he is on recordings. Also, a nice fellow.
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John Doyle is an authentic sounding and very talented Irish folk entertainer. Let me tell you - His accompaniment is also among the best I've heard. His 'Jack Dolan' is, while a bit long-winded of a tale, without a doubt worth buying the entire album by itself. If you are into celtic or folk music, this is a must-have.
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There are 12 tracks and 4 are instrumental tune sets. 3 of the four feature Doyle flatpicking the tunes. He is the best I've ever heard and hearing him pick is worth the price of the album alone. The 4th tune set has John Williams on concertina and Seamus Egan on the low Eflat whistle. Another great track!

The songs are all trad folk songs played to John's unique style. He singing is much more confident than on his previous recordings and the arrangements could not be better. He has various guest on the album and they are all placed brilliantly in the mix.

This album is a keeper!
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