Some sideways snow and a slightly delayed flight affords a quick moment here in St. John’s Airport.  I am hoping an airplane lands here shortly and ferries me back to Toronto to rejoin the Barenaked Ladies Tour in Hamilton tonight.  Me and The Beautiful Gypsies have been having a ball on the road with Ed, Jim, Kevin and Tyler and all the crew.  We’ve been treated like family since Day 1 and I’ll be forever grateful to them for this opportunity to play some old and new tunes for a bunch of new people.

I’ve been missing playing longer full shows and I have not done an honest to God opening tour since GBS opened for Runrig in Europe in 2002, I think.  But I have to say, I’ve enjoyed the chance to warm up the crowd and get it all done quickly.  Its also been very gracious of Ed and the boys to ask us back for a song or two in the BNL set, which I have described as follows…cool new tune, hit sing, hit song, hit song you forgot about, some charmingly honest improvised rap about the day we’ve had in the town, cool new tune, hit song, hit song, cool guest spots, hit song, hit song, really big international hit song, Canadian classic, Canadian classic, sing along, something funny, goodnight.  It is awesome.

When Ed asked me to sing Lovers in a Dangerous Time with them, he wondered if I knew it.  I answered honestly.   ‘Ed, I figure I’ve been singing that song about two weeks less than you.’  I started singing that song in pubs the moment I heard it first.  One of my fav covers of all time.

When GBS went into record our first blue cassette in 1993, we brought in the BNL Yellow tape as inspiration and guidance.  We figured if one of the biggest bands in Canada could make a living singing acoustic driven music, then maybe we could too.  It has been positively surreal some nights to stand on stage with them and be treated like and equal and a pal.  I am a Lucky Bastard.

The tour continues tonight in Hamilton.  Very happy to report a plane has emerged from the snow and we are boarding.

Love to see you at the last few shows this week.  All the info on the tour page.



Canada is a big country. I have said this before, I know, but today I hope you don’t mind if I repeat it. Today I will spend about 11 hours in airplanes and when I land I’ll still be in the same country. There are very few domestic routes that can boast such duration, but when you start in St. John’s and fly West to Toronto, then to Vancouver and North to Prince George, you understand the mass of land that is Canada.

Perhaps this will help illustrate the size of this Nation, and how far to the East of it I am starting my journey. When I stand on the street in Prince George later today, I will be further away from my house than if I was standing on a street in Berlin. About 200 kilometers closer, as the crow flies. And that would be some kind of crow.

But I’m not complaining. Quite to the contrary. Super excited to head West today to start a tour with The Beautiful Gypsies and sharing the stage with Barenaked Ladies. It been a while since I did an opening gig. Back in 2002, I think, GBS opened for Runrig in Scotland, England, Denmark and Germany. What a time we had. I’ve known Ed and the BNL guys for over two decades and they have always ben great supporters of me and other Canadians. So grateful to them for the invite to join up with them on this run. Looking forward to it all.

And it all is laid out on the website. Love to see you at the gigs. I’m happy to sign CDs, Books, or whatever at the Intermission so come on down. Full tour Info is here.

You might notice I’ve release a Deluxe Tour Edition of SO LET’S GO. It includes a studio version of I am a Sailor featuring Beautiful Gypsy Paul Kinsman on Piano and the most awesome string arraignment of Keith Power. There’s also a live version of a previously unreleased track ‘Dream of Home’ recorded at the Rebecca Cohn Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. And, you’ll get the 1,2,3,4 remix with Ed Robertson from BNL and the wicked video for the same.

In other news, the Paperback and Audiobook versions of Where I Belong are available. So you can hear me reading me. Could be great or awful, depending on if you can stand to listen to my voice for 7 hours. All that stuff is available here.

Alright. Flight #1 awaits. SO LET’S GO



Had an amazing weekend in Halifax, or I suppose I should say, yet another amazing weekend in Halifax. The CCMA (Canadian Country Music Assoc.) had an awards weekend and I had a blast at the show and at a few parties, but the biggest thrill was a wonderful return to the best music pub in the world, The Lower Deck. Beautiful Gypsy, Cory Tetford hosts a regular happy hour there and was nice enough to let me and Kendel Carson crash the gig. We played some of my tunes, some of Cory’s tunes, some fun covers and even brought some old Great Big Sea songs back home to where they were first played on that Holy Stage. What a time. Thanks to all for joining.

Just a quick note here about next week as me and The Beautiful Gypsies are about to play a few places for the first time. We roll to

Albany, NY, September 23
Fall River, Mass, September 24
Hartfort, CT, September 25
Barre, VT, September 26
Concord, NH, September 27

All the details are on the tour page.

As it will be our first visit, I just wanted to give folks a heads up as to what to expect. The band is made up of me, and some of my serious gun slinging friends.

Kris MacFarlane-many folks know him as GBS drummer for over a decade
Shehab Illyas-mighty Nova Scotia bass player
Todd Lumley-the famous Mr. Lonely from Hawksley Workman’s troupe on accordion, and other keys
Cory Tetford-monstreous guitar and mando player, and quite possibly the most gifted singer ever from Newfoundland (and yes, it hurts a little to say that)
Kendel Carson-fiddle Goddess who tours with us, and sometimes John Prine and Spirit of The West. She’s otherworldly on the fiddle and sings and plays guitar and uke almost as good.

We’ll be doing two sets in most or all of the shows. You’ll hear tunes from my solo CD’s, the mighty GBS catalogue, some Newfoundland traditional tunes and usually a fun cover or two. All of this designed to make the greatest kitchen party in the history of Planet Earth.

So if that sound appealing and you can make it to one of the gigs next week, I’d love to see you. I’m happy to sign a CD or book or take a pic, or whatever you might want after the show.

Spin down and Spread the Word.



Frequent readers of this blog have heard me rave about September in the past. About how I love the Fall and the month that ushers it in. About new beginnings and getting back to what we do when we are not on vacations. About how September 1, not January 1, is my New Years Day.

A couple of nights ago me and The Beautiful Gypsies cued up a grand summer of touring. Since my last post here, where we discussed Germany and France and Thunder Bay amongst others, me and the gang have had great nights in Toronto at the CNE, Cavendish, PEI and Elora and Haliburton and a bunch more.

Really looking forward to all the gigs that lie ahead this Fall. Over two months of shows are up at www.alandoyle.ca/tour. Some are full Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies shows and others are support dates for us on the most awesome Barenaked Ladies Tour. Love to see you out there. Happy to say hi and take a photo and sign stuff at these shows whenever possible.

Very excited about the release of the next single from SO LET’S GO… 1,2,3,4 featuring co-writer and BNL front man Ed Robertson will be released later this month. It will surely be a worldwide smash. For sure. The video is pretty fun, as well, I must say. It has practically everything anyone could want. Ever.

It features a Rocking Band in a few Rocking Concert settings.

Really good looking talented people.

Really good looking talented and famous people.

Cory kissing people.

And Republic of Doyle fans might even get to see what Jake and Leslie have been up to.

So, clearly the entire 1,2,3,4 single is bound for international success. But just to be safe, please request it on your fav radio and video stations.

That’s probably enough awesomeness for one blog. Keep you posted here, and on Twitter and Instagram.

Happy New Year everyone.