Happy Fall

Happy Fall Everyone. Sounds odd, doesn’t it? But any regular readers of this blog, and folks who know me closely, know that the Fall is my favourite time of year.

I like the way it looks with the ever-changing colours. Hills that once were a mono blanket of green letting go and making way for oranges, yellows, reds, and browns. A little at first, then a full surrender to the variety and perfect randomness of the hills of Autumn.

I like the way it feels. The heat of Summer, slowly, or not so slowly in Newfoundland, retreating first in the early morning and late evening and gradually, or not so gradually in Newfoundland, disappearing all together and the cool breeze of September welcomes back my favourite hoodie.

Mostly, I like the way it makes me feel. I’ve long touted September, not January, as the dawning of the New Year. A time of new beginnings, new school grades, new University classes, new jobs, new places, new faces. And if you are a curious cat like me, nothing is more thrilling than seeing what comes next. Fall is like finding a new corner to look around. A new rock to look under. A new song to sing.

And new songs are a-plenty these days as me and The Beautiful Gypsies prep for a new album. I’ve been so grateful for the positive response to the one or two we’ve been playing live, especially Come Out with Me, which has become a bit of a concert fav even though it is not even on a record yet. Might slide a few more new tunes in the sets this fall. I’ve got about a dozen new tunes mapped out and demoed and need to get another 6-8 to choose from to make the final list. In a perfect world, we’ll get those tunes this Fall and record the new album in a few months. The plan is to get it in the can by year’s end, for a single release in the early Spring, and a full release in the Fall of 2017.

And in a most perfect world, I’ll drop a new book right around the same time as the album. So, I’ve got to get down to it and write the rough draft and submit it before Santa Claus comes. I’ve got about a third of the book on paper and so far the working title is A Newfoundlander in Canada, and will chronicle my first impressions of the world as it appeared to me out the Great Big Sea van window. Some road stories, some lessons learned the hard way, some encounters with famous people, and a whole lot of surprises for a young fella who’d never really been far from Home.

Looking forward to a bunch of live gigs this Fall as well, including stops in Vermont and Trenton, Ontario this weekend and Aurora, Ontario the next. As always, I would love to see you at the shows. All the info is at www.alandoyle.ca/tour. Come on. Come on. Come out with me.

There’s also a fun TV appearance in the works, where I suspect you’ll see me in some old period costume. Keep you posted.

Also, super excited to be helping Beautiful Gypsy Cory Tetford with the last brush strokes of his new album. He might be too bashful to brag, but I certainly don’t mind telling you that it is going to be spectacular. Can’t wait for you all to hear it.

As I type, it is fairly early on the Monday of Labour Day weekend. I got up early to make some coffee and breakfast for friends departing our cabin overlooking Placentia Bay. My own family are still sleeping and it is just me and the trees and the water. The sun is creeping over the hills behind me onto the hills in front of me across the bay. A slight breeze ripples the mirror of the harbour. This could be my fav seat in the world. On my fav day of the year. I am so, so lucky.

The Fall is upon us and all the new and exciting nexts that come with it.

So, lets go.

Cheers,
Alan

Summer shows announced

Hey all,

Excited for the Summer Gigs to get rolling in the SOO this Friday in a really cool new venue, the Machine Shop. Stoked to be joining the most awesome Arkells on Saturday for my first ever visit to Kirkland Lake. I’ll be doing a book signing in the afternoon as well. Details on the tour page. Come on out. Love to see you.

The Summer rolls on with a bunch of cool gigs in Canada and the US and the East Coast and West. Looking forward to them all, especially a grand hometown gig at the George Street Festival, easily my fav gig in Newfoundland.

Check out all the dates and stuff on the tour page. Spread the word and that. Appreciate all the buzz and support.

On the down days, I’ve been working away on writing a new album and a new book, both of which I hope to have in the can by the end of this year to be released in 2017. Lotta work, but the best kind of work.

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Thanks to all who’ve grabbed advance tix to upcoming shows. Grateful for it all.

See you out there in the sun.

Cheers,
Alan

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Hey All

A quick note about the details for a Roving Festival Downtown Festival we are pulling together to raise money to help the Red Cross help the victims of the fires in Fort McMurray.

Thanks for all the interest, buzz, and support. See you downtown, or if you can’t attend and would like to support, a quick and easy way to donate $5 is to text REDCROSS to 30333 and follow two simple prompts.

Thanks to all who volunteered their time, talents, and spaces.

Cheers,
Alan

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All of us here behind East to West – with Love are overwhelmed with the support flowing in, we can’t begin to express our gratitude to all for lending a hand for our friends in Fort McMurray who so desperately need it.

Here’s the details. Thursday, May 12, 2016. This will not be your traditional concert. It will run as a pop-up festival, a travelling circus of musicians moving throughout the downtown core in what is sure to be a one of a kind, intimate and collaborative effort for one cause. Three venues. Factory on McMurdos Lane, the home and origin of the fundraiser, starts it off early with doors at 3pm and music starting at 4. Erin’s on Water Street and O’Reilly’s on George Street are open regular pub hours with music starting at 5. Over 30 acts will play in one or more of these venues with the likes of Alan Doyle, Tim Baker, and Matt Mays making appearances at all three over the course of the evening. Full list below.*

Representatives from the Red Cross will be on hand at each venue to accept suggested minimum donations of $10 for entrance and encourage digital and texting contribution throughout the night.

As if that wasn’t enough we are pleased to announce that TD bank have agreed to match our door donations up to $10,000! Molson & Old Town Pizzeria are coming on to sponsor our group event.

Come early. Stay Late. All for a good cause.

*Confirmed Participants for the evening, appearing at one or more of the venues:

Alan Doyle
Analog Age
Andrew James O’Brien
Bob Hallett
Brothers in Stereo Unplugged
Ceiligh
Chris Andrews
Craig O’Reilly
Craig Young
Donnie Dunphy
Dylan &The Brown Eyes
Eddi King
Ennis Sisters
Fergus O’Byrne
Hot Proxy
Irish Descendants
Jeffery Quilty & Denver Drake
Jody Richardson
Jordan Harnum
Karla Pilgrim
Kelli Loder
Larry Foley
Mathew Byrne
Matt Mays
Matty Rose
Melanie Hutton
Paddy Daly
Port of Call
Sean Panting
Selina Boland
The Long Distance Runners
Tim Baker
…and more

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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.

Cheers,
Alan