Critical Acclaim ……

 

“Cry Of A Dreamer”. “The genuine article” Billboard (US) U.S. debut album by Irish troubadour Sean Tyrrell sounds like a long-lost gem from the vaults of an Irish folk catalog. In fact, it is a brand-new album by a current artist who happens to be profoundly steeped in the Celtic tradition and untempered by modern musical influences. The release-which was named Irish album of the year by Folk Roots-includes such lovely tunes as “Coast Of Malabar”, a traditional lyric with music by Tyrrell; a trilogy of ancient poems that Tyrrell also set to music; and such varied fare as “Isle Of Innisfree”, “Mattie”, and the title track. Featuring Davy Spillane on Uilleann pipes and low whistle and Mairtin O’Connor on accordion, among others, “Cry Of A Dreamer”, is a feast of traditional Irish music. The genuine article.

“The poem was given a dramatic presentation with all the boost and blast-off that song and music and topical allusion can provide. The psychosexual demons were no longer at bay but rampant and fully recognized. Orpheus had been re-membered in Ireland” Seamus Heaney – Nobel Poet Laureate.

“If you’re lucky you come across a voice like Seán’s once in a lifetime,” Oscar winning actress Brenda Fricker said. “When he sings I feel alive.” Brenda Fricker.

“Words are recruited by him (Tyrrell) from a kaleidoscope of eras, sources and writers, fed into the processor of his cranium, to be measured, tried on and fitted out with the singer’s forte – a fine tune”, The Irish Times.  Siobhán Long

“(Tyrrell) displays an assortment of indigenous musical styles from Cajun to Blues, to rock to Irish traditional”, held together by astonishingly accomplished musicianship, rooted in the heartfelt tradition of honesty” HotPress

“The man is a powerful and persuasive performer without any extraneous decorations” Folk Roots (UK)

“Sean Tyrrell displays a once familiar, now almost defunct and forgotten romanticism – the pure lyric and the solid but kind instrumental back-up” Folk On Tap (US)

“One of the country’s major folk voices” Irish Music Magazine

Cry of a Dreamer is unspoilt beauty that contains more passion than 1,000 Take That records, more soul than Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston” Jewish Telegraph (US)

“Sean has the ability to entrance and mesmerise” Magpie

Seán Tyrrell has fostered a reputation as a lover of language, of poetry, of words strung together in webs that capture moments and places. This reputation was confirmed by his first album (released in 1994) and is further strengthened by this latest CD. Froots.

Poetry, dreams and magic- Seán Tyrrell. Galway Advertiser

Rising Tide’ is a collective brilliant visual and aural narrative, full of fresh and inspired convictions, delivered in a self -assured and luminously distinctive voice. Irish Examiner.

 

“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. 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 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.  
With the 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. 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”. Dan Neely Irish Echo.

 

“Sean has always been changing and growing in his artistry and in the way he approaches it. Now comes this masterpiece “Moonlight On Galway Bay”. 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”