The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly welcomes the return of Newfoundland’s Contemporary Celtic musician Alan Doyle to the Concert Hall on Sunday, March 20, 2016. Alan Doyle previously opened the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s inaugural concert season on February 13, 2011 with his band Great Big Sea. Tickets for Alan Doyle Band are on sale today at 10am.
Alan Doyle, actor, producer, newly-minted best-selling author, and best-known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea these past 20+ years, released his second solo album, So Let’s Go, in January of 2015. Title-track lead single So Let’s Go is a rousing rallying cry that’s only further proof of Doyle’s ability to draw the listener under his banner. Equally adept at drawing a crowd, Doyle will be embarking on a North American tour upon in support of the album release.
Made in collaboration with Thomas ‘Tawgs’ Salter (Light, Walk Off The Earth), Jerrod Bettis (Adele, Serena Ryder), Gordie Sampson (Keith Urban, Willie Nelson), and Joe Zook (OneRepublic, Katy Perry), the album follows Doyle’s first solo outing, Boy On Bridge, released in 2012. “If there’s an overarching theme on this record, it’s one of optimism… not that this is in contrast to my previous doom-laden songs!” laughs Doyle, who says this album is freer than Boy On Bridge in the respect of being open to all influences. “On my last solo record I wanted to explore musical backyards of friends of mine in different parts of the musical world. It was as much a physical as a musical journey away from home. On So Let’s Go, folks will hear much more stuff from my backyard and all the traditional and Celtic influences I grew up with, married with the most contemporary collaborators out there.” A nontraditional marriage for Doyle was writing his first book simultaneously with the album, the bestselling memoir Where I Belong, released last month.
So Let’s Go’s eponymous song is consistent with Alan Doyle’s ethos: we’re lucky to be here so let’s make the most of it. This spirit also infuses the heartfelt ‘Take Us Home” while “Sins of a Saturday Night” celebrates a come-what-may approach. The album also gets reflective in moments, such as the plaintive “Laying Down To Perish,” inspired by a visit to Fogo Island. As a whole, So Let’s Go remains consistent with Alan Doyle’s enthusiasm for the wider world combined with a love for the comfort of home.
Alan Doyle hails from Petty Harbour, NL, and formed Great Big Sea in 1993 with Sean McCann, Bob Hallett, and Darrell Power, in which they fused traditional Newfoundland music with their own pop sensibilities. Their nine albums, double disc hits retrospective, and two DVD releases have been declared Gold or Platinum and have sold a combined 1.2 million copies in Canada. So Let’s Go continues to cement Alan Doyle’s reputation as one of our country’s most treasured musicians and storytellers. “I always want people to have the greatest night of their life when the house lights go down.” Tickets for Alan Doyle Band will go on sale today Friday, December 4 at 10 a.m. and will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
SHOW: Alan Doyle Band
DATE: Sunday, March 20, 2016
TIME: Doors 7:00 p.m. / Show 8:00 p.m.
TICKET PRICE: $25.00 – Advance Reserved Seating $28.00 – Day of Show Reserved Seating WEBSITES: www.alandoyle.ca; www.pvconcerthall.com
MEDIA CONTACT: Dianya Markovits, Marketing and Community Relations Manager / (904) 209-3751