CD The Best of Sean Tyrrell [5019396185920] (CD 1217861), Audio Other
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The Best of Sean Tyrrell [5019396185920]

  • 1. Mattie
    2. Sweet Ballyvaughan
    3. Lilia's Crush/The Humours of Aine
    4. John O'Dreams
    5. Side by Side
    6. Isle of Inisfree
    7. Rising of the Moon, The
    8. One Starry Night
    9. Man for Galway, The
    10. Wild Mountain Thyme
    11. Cap & Bells
    12. Marian's Song
    13. Skin the Goat
    14. Cry of the Dreamer
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1859

  • Credits
    ProducerColin Boland; Davy Spillane; Matt Purcell; P.J. Curtis; Sean Tyrrell
    EngineerColin Boland; Ciaran Byrne; Paul Dooley; Matt Purcell

    Personnel: Sen Tyrrell (vocals, tenor guitar, banjo, tenor banjo, mandocello, mandola); Shane Holden, Johnny Mulhern (guitar); Fergus Feely (acoustic guitar, mandola); Stephen Flaherty (electric guitar, nylon-string guitar); Paul Dooley (harp); Liam Lewis (fiddle); Davy Spillane (tin whistle, Uilleann pipe); Brendan Mulligan (harmonica, Jew's harp); Johnny Mullins, Josephine Marsh (accordion); Steve Hanks (saxophone); Colin Boland (piano, keyboards); John Moloney (bodhran); Jimmy Cubbard, Padraig Stevens (percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Colin Boland; Paul Dooley; Matt Purcell.
    Liner Note Author: Sen Tyrrell.
    Recording information: Burrenstone Studio; Callura Sound Studio, Ennistymon, Co. Clare; Harmony Row Studio; Sean Tyrrell's Home, The Burren; Sullane Studio.
    Introduction by: John O'Regan.
    Arrangers: Liam Weldon; Sen Tyrrell.
    Although he spent time in the U.S. in the '60s and '70s, Tyrell has never found any renown as a singer outside his native Ireland. On the basis of this compilation, one has to wonder why. He's a magnificent vocalist who truly inhabits a song, as the cuts on this compilation (including four previously unreleased songs) show. He's perfectly at home with the tradition (such as with "One Starry Night"), interpreting the work of other songwriters ("Mattie" and "John O'Dreams," for example), or with his own material ("Lila's Crush/The Humours of Aine"). He's part of the great history of Irish singers, for whom meaning stands above all else, and his delivery is measured with a beautiful delicacy, yet the underlying strength is never far away. Covering a ten-year period (Tyrell was never in any rush to get into the studio, obviously) from 1994 on, this shows one of the Emerald Isle's best-kept secrets, and one who truly deserves to be out of the box. ~ Chris Nickson

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