Hello it’s me again with more bad news about the US tour. I thought I would be able to fly out and do the last of the US gigs but that now is not possible. The visa has been approved but still no sign of the form. I still have to go for an interview with the embassy in Dublin and then wait for at least 48 hours for that process to go through and my thanks to the embassy in Dublin that would have been a rush job it is usually 4 days. As I said before I have never missed a gig in my life and now through no fault of my own I am missing a whole tour. I was really looking forward to the solo performance of the Midnight Court in Dover NH I have been in rehersel since December. I was delighted with myself after a run through earlier today when i thought it was still possible. My apologies from the bottom of my heart to all of you that have been let down. I will try and make it up to you in the autumn tour. The Canada part of the tour is still on and I fly out to Toronto on the 4th my first night on the 5th The Midnight Court will be in session.
Very rare endangered vinyl - Apples in Winter
Here is a rare Christmas offer. Back in 1975, Jack Geary and I recorded an album in Methuen Mass with a great supporting cast of musicians entitled “Apples in Winter”
Long out of print it is a collectors item, much sought after by my supporters. For those of you out there who I am told would sell their Mammies to get their hands on a copy, no need for such drastic measures, you can hang on to her for another while.
As a special Christmas Gift. A digital copy is now available (FOR FREE!) to anyone who purchases – Any three of the CDs for $28 from the website or The Total Collection of six CDs consisting of Cry Of The Dreamer. The Orchard. Belladonna. Rising Tide. Sean Tyrrell Live. Belladonna Solo mix + a choice of Walker Of The Snow or Message Of Peace Priced $60 mail included.
Upon purchase, you will receive by email a link and password to the page with a link to the album the art work back and front cover.
This is a limited offer so get it while you can!
‘Moonlight On Galway Bay’ is finally here!
“Sean has always been changing and growing in his artistry and in the way he approaches it. Now comes this masterpiece. I suspect strongly we are looking at Male Vocal Album of the Year here. Words fail us, but we can best state our opinion of it as being almost impressionistic. This is all classical music in the Irish vein and all completely new. Sean does what we love so much when great artists are at work. He does not soar vocally and try to impress us with the magnificence of his voice. He has done that in other albums. All of these songs are sung quietly and with deep emotion. This allows us to really hear and focus on the lyrics. No male Irish singer interprets lyrics better than Sean Tyrrell. So many of these songs in Sean’s hands come across as a revelation”. Bill Margeson. Live Ireland.
It’s especially welcome because even though the material is really quite familiar, it delivered in a way that would never suggest a “come-all-ye” style. Rather, the focus lay squarely on Tyrrell’s (as the liner notes rightly say) “unmistakable, forlorn voice.” Indeed, there is something in his delivery on the album’s best tracks that is very reminiscent of Johnny Cash’s work with American Records, in that its depth, space and intimacy helps winnow away the well-forged expectations about what many of these songs should sound like.
This is especially true on tracks like “Star of the County Down” (which includes a hidden track: “Wild Mountain Thyme”), “Dan O’Hara,” “Down By The Glenside,” “Galway Bay” and “The Mountains of Mourne.” Take “Star,” for example. Tyrrell phrasing is lovely – it’s like he’s singing it in a small room, just for you – but it’s his shift in meter between the verse and chorus that becomes the track’s signature. It not only gives it a more personal feel, but it makes it feel like much more of a story with musical accompaniment than a traditionally delivered “song.”
“Dan O’Hara” is more straightforward, featuring Tyrrell’s own gentle accompaniment on tenor guitar, Tommy Keane’s uilleann pipes and the sarod playing of Mattu Noone. The instrumental backing is light and fits the song’s tone, but Tyrrell’s delivery is again the attraction. His easy yet doleful style projects an intimacy often absent in other renditions and again turns what is a familiar song into a captivating story.
Some of the other tracks have more of an “epic” feel. The album’s radio hit will surely be “Isle of Innisfree,” the Bing Crosby/“Quiet Man” favorite to which Tyrrell brings a sense of accessibility. He is joined by an all-star cast that includes Tommy Peoples, viola; Liam Lewis, fiddle; and Davy Spillane, pipes & low whistle, among others. It’s a formidable group that has come together on this track in a very crowd pleasing way.
With so many great old songs, “Galway Bay” will surely thrill the throngs of people who still feel a great sense of nostalgia for this repertory. However, by making an effort to understand what made these songs well loved in the first place and then finding the right music to fit the poetry, Tyrrell has reframed them in a most welcome and stylish way and made them feel new again…it’s fascinating stuff to hear!
EchoArts & lifestyle. Irish Echo. Dan Neely.
“Ballroom of Broken Dreams”
“I’ll take you home again Kathleen”
This is what Little John Nee had to say upon hearing the album.
“A most beautiful collection of songs. Seán has reclaimed them as only he could, allowing them to be great again; going to the essence and rekindling the fire that once burned so brightly in them, giving them a relevance and resonance that is as potent today as ever it was.
It is a very rare treat to hear a song for the first time and be able to sing along with it. Any changes have been made with great care and I think Seán shows a loyalty and respect to these songs that has been sorely wanting. Let you listen yourself”.
“Sean has always been changing and growing in his artistry and in the way he approaches it. Now comes this masterpiece. I suspect strongly we are looking at Male Vocal Album of the Year here. Words fail us, but we can best state our opinion of it as being almost impressionistic. This is all classical music in the Irish vein and all completely new. Sean does what we love so much when great artists are at work. He does not soar vocally and try to impress us with the magnificence of his voice. He has done that in other albums. All of these songs are sung quietly and with deep emotion. This allows us to really hear and focus on the lyrics. No male Irish singer interprets lyrics better than Sean Tyrrell. So many of these songs in Sean’s hands come across as a revelation”. Bill Margeson Live Ireland. “Moonlight On Galway Bay”
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The road less traveled has been the favourite stomping ground for Seán Tyrrell and this journey with ‘The Walker of the Snow’ which has been more than five years in the making takes us on another extraordinary musical journey. Its title track is based on a poem by the 19th century Dublin poet Charles Dawson Shanley a mesmerising, ghostly tale set in the Yukon presented in a sparse acoustic style, as are the other songs on this new CD, including Seán’s version of the Tom Paxton classic ‘Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound’ and a hair raising rendition of ‘She Moves Through The Fair’. It was the imagery of Batt O’Connor’s ‘Seal Tamall Ar Strae’ and Seán’s love of the Irish language and his ongoing desire to improve his command of it that has brought this song to the album. He has brought a new lease of life to another old gem ‘You Are My Sunshine’ which will have you dancing around the kitchen.
In the words of Eamonn MC Cann “No other writer or singer in Ireland would have apprehended the shadow much less made substance of this cycle of songs. This is an album to be listened to gently for the enjoyment of its gusto. It deserves the widest possible audience”.
Siobhán Long Irish Times Review “Tyrrell wanders through vastly different landscapes, from the suitably wayward and Wildean Reading Gaol to the bittersweet ambivalence of the timely closer, I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound, borrowed from Tom Paxton’s songbook. Tyrrell’s plaintive vocals have come into their own on this collection, possessing a spare, echoic quality that recalls Ry Cooder’s in Paris, Texas. Tony Trundle partners Tyrrell’s lilting mandola with a perfectly throaty fiddle on The Lark in the Morning – reinvented by Seán’s indefatigable optimism. Here be folk music as it was meant to be: pugilistic at times, all embracing at others. Tyrrell’s appetite for telling it like it is is as unquenchable as ever”.Siobhán Long Irish Times.
Taking its name from a poem by 19th century Dublin poet Charles Dawson Shanley, “The Walker of the Snow” is an album diverse in character but unified in direction. Tyrrell’s voice, of course, takes center stage; its raw “growl” both conveys the album’s thematic cues and complements well its tendency toward sparse, atmospheric arrangements. Tyrrell’s selections – some original, others taken from the traditional repertory, adapted from poetry or borrowed from songwriters outside the tradition – all revel in story and metaphor, often injected with a bracing (and disarming) directness that impels listeners to understand the messages in them.
The album’s musical arrangements are built on Tyrrell’s mandocello and tenor guitar, but many also include acoustic, electric & slide guitar, Hammond organ, and even synthesizer. With this palette of instruments, all the tracks are able to retain a sense of bardic familiarity typical of Tyrrell’s style, but it allows in an occasional folk-rock sensibility that moves the album beyond the typical borders of Irish traditional song.
For example, his version of the traditional “She Moves Through The Fair,” echoes Fairport Convention’s 1968 folk-rock recording in tone. However, Tyrrell’s unmistakable delivery and phrasing make the composition his own. The same can be said of his take on John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” a song that few can adapt effectively, but one on which Tyrrell excels.Led by Tyrrell’s powerful voice, “The Walker of the Snow” is an excellent album that explores the corners of existential meaning. It will surely appeal to trad fans, especially those interested in ballads and vocal music, but Tyrrell’s style is hard to pin down and can therefore reach out across genres – hopefully, people “out there” will hear him.
Daniel Neely Irish Echo
This show maps the amazing life and incredible work of one of Ireland’s lesser known heroes. Through the medium of song and story it paints a vivid picture of John Boyle O’Reilly’s journey from his boyhood in Dowth, enlistment as a Fenian, his imprisonment and great escape from the penal colony in Fremantle on board an American whaling ship . He settled in Boston and became one of the most important Irishmen in America of his day.
It’s theatre, great songs ranging from Oscar Wilde to John Lennon. Storytelling, history, its now, relevant, humourous, tragic, heroic the life of a majestic visionary soul. A poet, rebel, courage of a freedom fighter and commitment of a civil rights activist.