John Doyle Shows:
Saturday October 6thTaste of the Festival – Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion
Sunday October 7thWhycocomagh Gathering – Whycocomagh Education Centre
Monday October 8thSongs of Sea and Shore – St. Matthew-Wesley United Church
Wednesday October 10thThe Island Sessions – Strathspey Place
Thursday October 11thGuitar Summit – Judique Community Centre
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Born in 1971 in Dublin to a family of musicians and singers, John Doyle was surrounded by traditional music from his earliest years. His father Sean is a remarkable singer and collector of songs, with a vast repertoire of traditional ballads committed to memory. Tommy Doyle, John’s Co. Sligo grandfather, taught him his first instrumental tunes.
John was playing professionally by the age of 16, and soon moved to New York City, where he began playing with Eileen Ivers and Seamus Egan. He first rose to international prominence with Solas (Gaelic for “light”), the all-star Irish/American band whose emergence heralded the arrival of a new generation of bold, inventive traditional musicians.
As a member of Solas - and a highly sought-after session player - Doyle pioneered a rhythmic, sophisticated approach to Irish guitar accompaniment, setting a new standard for the instrument. When the original members of Solas parted ways, Doyle embarked on a solo career, producing albums for other artists and touring as a sideman as well as recording his own material.
Preserving the tasteful simplicity of tradition, John's playing encompasses hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicings, precise single-note runs, and powerful rhythmic effects borrowed from traditional instruments such as the bodhran and fiddle. He continues to innovate, finding the seeds of his contemporary approach within the tradition itself.
We are very excited to have John as one of this year's Artists in Residence and look forward to the musical depth he will bring to the festival as a singer, songwriter, collaborator and, of course, as a guitar player of extraordinary talent.