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Ann Doyle

 

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people, and relationships.

Ready to Move showcases the qualities that have long earned Doyle the affection of loyal fans and the respect of fellow musicians; finely crafted songs, inventive guitar playing, and an agile, highly expressive voice. The expert touch of her arranger and pianist, Doug Howell, is evident throughout. Featuring Danny Cox on drums, John Dunn on bass, and Robert Tye on guitar, the quartet's support is so right that you notice them only when you should. They will back Doyle at her CD release concert at the Ark on Saturday, February 7. In addition to the impeccable musicianship, expect a hearty dose of Doyle's trademark humor and genuine spontaneity in interacting with her audiences.

The new album takes off with "Northwest Flight 332" — "I've come to know / no matter how far I roam / I love my home" — and the second song, the title track, introduces the tension that pervades the entire album: "I don't know how I wound up / with an empty nest / in midlife, in limbo / in love again."

Doyle's songs always spring from the personal, even when she writes, as she did on her first album, of Tiananmen Square or homophobia, but they are never public self-therapy. Molding the material of her life, her songs are mirrors that reflect familiar yet surprising images of our common humanity.

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