Seán Tyrrell is an authentic modern-day troubadour. Seasoned by decades of sessions and touring, his rough-hewn, honest voice is respected throughout Ireland. Seán is perhaps best known for setting Irish poetry to music, giving new life to writers and works that have been unfairly neglected.
A compelling live performer, Seán favors out of the ordinary instruments like the tenor banjo, tenor guitar, mandola and mandocello. His vocal style and arrangements render even the most well-worn songs fresh and even the most obscure ones familiar. The Vital Record is proud to offer his 2013 release, Walker of the Snow, a beautiful and haunting collection of songs.
REVIEWS FOR "WALKER OF THE SNOW"
The Irish Times: “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 is as unquenchable as ever.” Reviewed by Siobhán Long
Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange: "Tyrrell's voice, plaintive but firm, moves aside the manhole cover to let the ghosts out and howl." Reviewed by Mark S. Tucker (Read full review here)