Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Liz Carroll & John Doyle: Double Play


Double Play



Liz Carroll is an Irish American fiddle player who has written and played with such originality and grace that many of her tunes have become standards for fiddle players around the world. John Doyle is an Irish born guitarist who now lives in North Carolina and makes the music of seventeenth and eighteenth century Ireland so vibrant it might have been written yesterday -- when he’s not touring with Joan Baez, playing with his old band mates in Solas, or backing up a roster of top talent in the studio and on the road..

Some years back, these two formed a musical partnership that has seen them lighting up stages across the world. Their musical conversation rages from the fiery to the contemplative, and their repertoire from the tradition to the newly composed. Double Play is the duo’s second CD together, twelve sets that keep on with that mix of old and new, and with that always stellar connection bewteen the instruments. Collaboration is one of the best and most graceful things about playing music, especially apparent here in the set Lament for Tommy Makem. Within a Hen’s Kick, and The Slippery Slope, all composed by Carroll, which goes from contemplative to reel in a way Tommy would have enjoyed. Another fine set is the fast paced mix of old and new in Paddy Glackin’s Trip to Dingle, On theLam, The waves at Dingle, and The Top of the Stairs, a musical trip from west Kerry to Chicago and back again. Every set is a keeper, though, in a well chosen program that allows them to unfold together and tell a story in that unfolding.

update, December 2009 ***congratulations to John, Liz, and all involved on the Grammy nomination for this album***

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