|Galway Bay near County Clare. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The idea for the album was dreamt up back in the early ’90s by Davy Spillane, who suggested these classics tracks be covered. A chance request for ‘Galway Bay’ from an old lady at the Milwaukee festival many years later got Seán thinking. Once he read the lyrics, he was hooked.
Humbled by what he had ignorantly regarded as songs for the corned-beef and cabbage circuit, he set to work learning them. He has taken old gems and lovingly breathed new life into them, presenting them in his own unmistakeable style. These songs include ‘Danny Boy’, ‘Galway Bay’, ‘I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen’, ‘The Black Velvet Band’, ‘Come Back Paddy Reilly’.
No big symphonic manoeuvres here: For Seán it is always about the lyric and getting the story across. As luck would have it, all of these lyrics are married to the most beautiful melodies, and with the help of a small band of great musicians once again Seán Tyrrell has delivered a rare and beautiful album.
Seán has toured in the past with Tommy Peoples, Fergus Feely, Kevin Glackin, Ronan Brown, Liam Lewis, Steve Hanks Seán Potts, Paul Mc Grattan and Davy Spillane, as well as Three for the Ditch (Seán, Frankie Lane and comedian and actor Jack Lynch), The Shaskeen Céilí Band, Paddy Keenan, The Visit with Little John Nee and poet Mary O’Malley.
In recent times, Seán has been asked to be guest singer at concerts with the great Kilfenora Céilí Band.
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