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Alan Doyle

Alan with a fan after a performance in London, Ontario. March 2009.
Background information
Birth name Alan Thomas Doyle
Born May 17, 1969 (1969-05-17) (age 40)
Origin Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada
Genres Folk-Rock
Occupations Musician, producer, songwriter
Instruments Singing, acoustic guitar, bouzouki, electric guitar
Associated acts Russell Crowe
Notable instruments
Takamine guitar with self-cartoon on the bottom

Alan Thomas Doyle (born 17 May 1969) is a Canadian musician and actor, best known for his work as one of the lead singers of Celtic band Great Big Sea.

Born to Thomas and Regina Doyle in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, his mother was a piano teacher who taught him. Doyles has a brother, Bernie, and two sisters, Michelle and Kim. Doyle 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 which he helped to form Great Big Sea. He primarily plays electric and acoustic guitars, and the bouzouki for live performances, but he's 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.

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.

Alan Doyle with a local St. John's fan

Doyle has been linked to Russell Crowe and his former band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, having produced and co-written several songs on Crowe's latest album, My Hand, My Heart, and has played several shows with Crowe's new band, The Ordinary Fear of God. This friendship also led to Doyle's casting as Allan A'Dayle alongside Crowe, Cate Blanchett, and Scott Grimes in Ridley Scott's upcoming Robin Hood, due out May 14, 2010.[2] Doyle has also produced an album for his sister, Michelle Doyle.

Doyle and his wife Joanne gave birth to their first son in July, 2006.

Doyle and Great Big Sea, are working on their tenth recorded album. Great Big Sea headlined Newfoundland-Labrador Night at the 2010 Winter Olympic Victory Ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 26, 2010.


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  2. ^ Great Big Sea's Doyle lands role in Ridley Scott film,

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