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Sean Doyle: The Light and the Half-Light

Sean Doyle: The Light and the Half-Light (Compass 7 4387 2)

The Light and the Half-Light
Sean Doyle

Compass 7 4387 2 (CD, USA, 2004)

Recorded and mastered by Steven Heller at Upstream Recording Studio;
Mixed by Steven Heller and John Doyle;
Additional recording by Kevin and Brian Conlon at Rainbow Studios, Coolooney, Co Sligo, and by Dirk Powell at Tony Daveron#s house in Lousiana;
Photography by Cathy Peterson Doyle;
Artwork by Geraldine Doyle;
Package design by Griffin Norman at BOX


Sean Doyle: vocals;
Liz Carroll: fiddle [1];
Dirk Powell: bass and 5-string banjo [10];
Emer Mayock: low whistle;
John Hermann: 5-string banjo [4];
Ranya Gellert: fiddle [4];
Kieran O’Hare: uillean pipes;
Duncan Wickel: fiddle [5];
John Doyle: guitars, 12-string guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, tenor banjo, harmony vocals


  1. The Fiddler of Dooney (3.58)
  2. The Maid of Bunclody, and the Lad She Loves Dear (Roud 3000) (4.13)
  3. Let Mr. Maguire Sit Down (Roud 4249) (2.37)
  4. The Hawk and the Crow (Roud 747) (4.49)
  5. Henry Joy McCracken (Roud 3008) (6.16)
  6. Mrs McGrath (Roud 678; Henry H131) (3.24)
  7. Song of Repentance (4.10)
  8. The Flower of the County Down (Roud 4801) (3.00)
  9. The Yellow Bittern (Roud 5332; Henry H830) (3.23)
  10. Carmin Fair (4.52)
  11. A Cock and a Hen (3.38)
  12. The Flying Cloud (Roud 1802; Laws K28; G/D 1:44) (7.45)
  13. The Sweet Brown Knowe (Roud 562; Laws P7; Henry H84, H688) (2.26)
  14. He Thinks of His Past Greatness When a Part of the Constellations of Heaven (0.49)
  15. The Shores of Lough Bran (Roud 9658) (3.08)

All tracks trad. arr. Sean Doyle, John Doyle;
Tracks 1, 14 William Butler Yeats, The Wind Amond the Reeds (1899);
Track 2 trad., from Colm O Lochlainn, Irish Street Ballads (1939);
Tracks 4, 10 trad., from Liam Ó Conchubhair, Derek Bell, Traditional Songs of the North of Ireland (1999);
Track 5 words P.J. McCall, tune from the Petrie Collection, from Colm O Lochlainn, Irish Street Ballads (1939);
Track 6 translation of Eoghan Rua O’Sullivan’s B’fhearr Leifean Doibh, from Colm O Lochlainn, More Irish Street Ballads (1965);
Track 9 translation of Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Gunna’s An Bunnan Bui;
Track 11 translation of Cearc agus Coilleach from Donal O’ Sullivan, Songs of the Irish (1967);
Track 15 trad. ballad from Leitrim