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Focus On: Karan Casey & John Doyle

Irish vocalist Karan Casey and guitar virtuoso John Doyle were founding members of traditional supergroup Solas, a band known for rousing, furious tunes and striking renditions of traditional songs. In 2011, the two former bandmates reunite for a new CD and concert tour that showcased the power of those songs. Since Solas, each has carved out a unique and acclaimed place in contemporary Irish and folk music.

Karan Casey has recorded five solo albums, has won Best Irish Female Vocalist twice, Best Irish Folk album and a GRAMMY for her collaboration with Paul Winter. She has been nominated for the BBC Folk Awards and has performed with Peggy Seeger, Liam Clancy, James Taylor, and Tim O'Brien. On her 2008 CD Ships in the Forest, Casey's evocative, haunting, and often imitated voice was accompanied by piano and cello. USA Today has called her work "shiver-inducingly excellent."

John Doyle's rhythmic guitar chops and effortless harmonies make him much in demand as a musical partner. He currently tours with Joan Baez as her musical director, and with virtuoso fiddler Liz Carroll. Doyle and Carroll played for President Obama in March 2009, and their CD Double Play received a 2010 GRAMMY nomination. Doyle also received a nomination for the 2009 "Tommy Makem Award" by the Irish Music Association. He's played with Kate Rusby, Alison Brown, Mick Moloney and Linda Thompson, among others, and worked as a producer for Billy McComiskey. Irish Edition calls him a "dream guitarist."

This concert was recorded live at Evans Amphitheater in Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, Ohio by contributing producer Craig Adams.

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Posted by John NewcombJ on May 17, 2012.

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