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If you were to be a fly on the wall, you’d have been a very entertained fly on the wall of the Compass Records Recording Studio this past summer as Karan Casey and John Doyle are making an album together. The pair were one-time members of Seamus Egan’s band Solas and this is their first collaboration since A Decade of Solas, the reunion album from that band.

Alison Brown of Compass records is excited about the recordings and has said, “It’s an album that is sure to thrill music fans as these two Solas alumni join together with multi-instrumentalist, Dirk Powell (banjo, bass, piano)”.

The album has been a goal for the past three years, during which time Doyle and Casey reunited with Solas for their 10th Anniversary project Decade, and have even toured together. Time has been short but the musical accord between the two is obvious and something special.

“It’s very hard to find someone who has the same kind of love for the same type of songs”, says Doyle. “A traditional song is a very idiosyncratic sort of thing and you can really get lost sometimes with the amount of stuff that’s there. When you collect songs and you’re trying to hone things in, I think it’s great to have that rapport with someone that you know, ‘okay if I do this, this is what’s going to happen’”.

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