There are two artists with the name Alan Doyle: 1. Singer for the band Great Big Sea.Newfoundland's Alan Doyle learned piano and drums as a child, soon moving on to guitar (and eventually mandolin, bouzouki, and pretty much anything with strings).
He joined his uncle's rockabilly-meets-traditional-Newfoundland band the New Standells at the age of 15, and while attending St. John's University, he was one half of a duo (with John Benton) called Staggering Home.
Following a series of informal jam sessions with members of the Celtic rock band Rankin Street (Sean McCann, Bob Hallett, and Darrell Power), Doyle joined forces with them and Great Big Sea were born.
Mixing traditional Newfoundland music with a fresh pop sensibility, and with Doyle handling lead vocals, the band released a self-titled album independently in 1992, and then signed with Warner Canada, which promptly reissued the debut.
Some ten studio albums followed as Great Big Sea grew into one of Canada's biggest and most respected bands. Doyle issued a solo album, Boy on Bridge, in 2012, followed by his second solo effort, So Let's Go, in 2015.
2. Alan Doyle is an Irish singer-songwriter. He recently released the EP “his words left fatal wounds – demos”, a work in progress of his second LP and his first important release in Ireland. Alan was previously based in Spain for six years where he formed part of Madrid's emerging independent music scene and where he launched his debut LP “Places”.
All of the music which Alan has released to date has been completely written, performed and produced by Alan himself.
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