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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like this CD Liz Carroll is great and John Doyle is very good,they blend well. I'm a fiddle music fanPublished on December 12, 2013 by Francis R. Hashii
Passion combined with excellent musicianship, plus a variety of great melodies and rythmns, result in a CD that more than lives up to the high level of musical output you'd expect... Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by Scruff
This album is just ridiculous. Here is some of the finest playing you will ever be privileged to hear. It just never lets up. Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by GSK
This CD is great. There's a nice mix of mostly instrumental, some vocals, a few slow songs, and a lot of energetic ones. Really good music for this genre.Published on May 7, 2009 by Barbara L. Wood