Alan Doyle

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Alan Doyle
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Alan Doyle 2017 at the blacksheep festival, Germany
Background information
Birth name Alan Thomas Doyle
Born (1969-05-17) May 17, 1969 (age 49)
Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada
Genres Folk-Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, songwriter, actor
Instruments Singing, acoustic guitar, bouzouki, electric guitar
Years active 1993–present
Associated acts Russell Crowe, Great Big Sea

Alan Thomas Doyle CM (born May 17, 1969) is a Canadian musician and actor, best known as the lead singer of Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea.

Life and career

Alan Doyle was born to Thomas and Regina Doyle in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador. His mother was a piano teacher. Doyle attended St. Kevin's in Goulds, NL just outside Petty Harbour. Doyle has a brother, Bernie, and two sisters, Michelle and Kim. He was raised Roman Catholic.[1] He attended Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. It is also there that he met Séan McCann, Bob Hallett and Darrell Power with whom he formed Great Big Sea. He primarily plays electric and acoustic guitars, and the bouzouki for live performances, but he has been known to play mandolin and banjo.

Before Great Big Sea, Doyle played in a duo with John Brenton called Staggering Home. As a teen he played in his uncle's band, the New Sandells.

Doyle's wife, Joanne, gave birth to their first son, Henry Thomas Doyle – whom Alan calls 'The Prince' – in July 2006.

Russell Crowe & Alan Doyle

Doyle has also been involved with a handful of stage, television and film productions. As a child, he appeared as an extra in the movie A Whale for the Killing, based on Farley Mowat's book of the same name, which was filmed in his hometown. He has also hosted regional arts awards shows in Atlantic Canada, appeared as a presenter on the Juno Awards and done a turn onstage in his hometown's "24-Hour Musical" performance of Grease. In 2005, he composed music for the CBC comedy Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, which stars Mary Walsh. In 2006, he worked on scoring the film Young Triffie's Been Made Away With, directed by Walsh. Doyle has also produced an album for his sister, Michelle Doyle.

Doyle has been linked to Russell Crowe and his bands 30 Odd Foot of Grunts and The Ordinary Fear of God, having produced and co-written several songs on Crowe's album, My Hand, My Heart, and played several shows with Crowe. In 2011 they released The Crowe/Doyle Songbook Vol.III with 9 songs in both acoustic demo and finished format, for 18 tracks total. This friendship also led to Doyle's casting as Allan A'Dayle alongside Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Kevin Durand, and Scott Grimes in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, released May 14, 2010.[2] He played Dingy in the film Winter's Tale, also with Crowe and Durand, as well as Will Smith and Colin Farrell.

He collaborated with Law & Order music composer Mike Post and wrote and performed a song named "Middle of Nowhere", written for the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Broad Channel".[3]

Doyle has guest starred on three episodes of the CBC Television series Republic of Doyle as the character Wolf Redmond. Season 2, episode 2 introduced him as an inmate sent to prison on charges of B&Es and a few robberies. Doyle guest starred with Russell Crowe, Kevin Durand, and Scott Grimes on the first show of Republic of Doyle 's third season after the four had costarred on Robin Hood. His third appearance – the second with Grimes – was on season 4, episode 6. He appeared in an episode of Murdoch Mysteries' tenth season[4]

Alan Doyle and band at the 2017 blacksheep festival
Alan Doyle and band at the 2017 blacksheep festival

In 2012, Doyle released his first solo album, Boy on Bridge. The title is a nod to Doyle's credit as the "boy on bridge" in the movie A Whale for the Killing, when he was a young boy. The first single from the album is "I've Seen a Little" and the album features collaborations with Canadian musicians Hawksley Workman, Jim Cuddy, Ron Hynes, and actor-musician Russell Crowe, among others. The video for the second single, "Testify", was nominated for a 2012 Juno. The creation of the album was captured by a film crew, resulting in a documentary also named Boy on Bridge[5] directed by Joel Stewart and John Vatcher.

Doyle, with Great Big Sea, was featured on Canadian country artist, Dean Brody's 2012 album titled Dirt. Singing on the track "It's Friday".

In 2014, Doyle released a book entitled Where I Belong, about his youth growing up in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Doyle's second solo album, entitled So Let's Go, was released January 20, 2015.[6][7]

In 2017, he guest stars in a Murdoch Mysteries episode, "A Murdog Mystery".

On June 30, 2017, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada,[8] with the citation "For his contributions to the musical traditions of his home province and for his commitment to numerous local charitable initiatives."

Doyle's third solo album A Week at the Warehouse, was released on October 13, 2017. His second book titled A Newfoundlander in Canada: Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home, was released on October 17.



Title Details Peak chart positions
US Heat
US Folk
Boy on Bridge 11 37 20
So Let's Go[6]
  • Release date: January 20, 2015 [7]
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
A Week at the Warehouse
  • Release date: October 13, 2017
  • Label: Universal Music Canada


Year Single Album
2012 "I've Seen a Little" Boy on Bridge
2014 "So Let's Go"[7] So Let's Go[6]
2015 "The Night Loves Us"
2017 "Summer Summer Night" A Week at the Warehouse
"Bully Boys"

Music videos

Year Video Director
2012 "I've Seen a Little"[13] Margaret Malandruccolo
2013 "My Day" Shehab Illyas
2015 "So Let's Go" Margaret Malandruccolo
"The Night Loves Us" Shehab Illyas
"1,2,3,4" (with Ed Robertson)[14] Sean Smith/Joel Stewart
2017 "Summer Summer Night"
2018 "Beautiful To Me" Steph Young


  1. ^ [1] Archived June 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ [2] Archived March 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" episode, "Broad Channel" (9.3, originally aired April 13, 2010)
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Boy on Bridge (2013)". IMDb. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "So Let's Go". Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "Alan Doyle - So Let's Go". YouTube. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "Governor General Announces 99 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". Governor General of Canada. June 30, 2017. Archived from the original on June 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Alan Doyle Album & Song Chart History – Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  10. ^ "Alan Doyle Album & Song Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  11. ^ "Alan Doyle Album & Song Chart History – Folk Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  12. ^ "P!nk and The Hip Dominate The Albums Sales Chart This Week". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  13. ^ "I've Seen a Little". Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  14. ^ "1,2,3,4 – Alan Doyle". Vevo. Retrieved October 7, 2015.

External links

  • Alan Doyle on IMDb
  • Photo portrait Alan Thomas Doyle on retrieved November 23, 2011
  • Official Biography
  • Official site for the album My Hand, My Heart
  • INTERVIEW: Robin Hood's Merry Men | Rip It Up Magazine
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