“Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish, English folk, Bluegrass and American folk and it’s a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them. Joan Baez; Jerry Douglas; Kate Rusby; Liz Carroll; Eileen Ivers; Tim O’Brien; Karan Casey; Solas; Mary Black; McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle; The Teetotalers (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle); and now Usher’s Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle) and the list goes on and on – a vertible who’s who of the greatest names in folk music. These are just a very few of the stellar artists for whom John Doyle’s signature guitar sound, singing or songwriting is essential.
From a musical family in Dublin, John’s influences include well known English folk singers Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, and The Watersons; Scottish singers Dick Gaughan and John Martin; and fellow Irishmen Paul Brady and Al O’Donnell as well as his father, Sean Doyle – probably the biggest influence of all. John formed the highly acclaimed super group, Solas, with Seamus Egan, John Williams, Karan Casey and Winifred Horan which took the folk and Celtic music worlds by storm, in no small part due to John’s signature powerhouse rhythmic guitar style and innovative arrangements. After leaving Solas, John has performed and/or recorded with an extensive list of greats in the Folk, Celtic and Bluegrass worlds – as music director for folk icon Joan Baez, guitarist for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eileen Ivers, Tim O’Brien (John was included on Tim’s 2006 Grammy-award winning CD, Fiddler’s Green), Linda Thompson, Kate Rusby, Cathie Ryan, Cherish the Ladies, and many others. His duo album, “”Double Play”” with renowned fiddler, Liz Carroll, was nominated for a Grammy and Acoustic Guitar magazine has said of John, “”Few rhythm guitarists demand the spotlight, but Doyle’s superpowered accompaniment in trad-music settings is a marvel.””
Producer, songwriter, evocative singer, influential guitarist – there are few artists in traditional music more respected or in demand than John Doyle.
“”Doyle on guitar has risen to a level occupied by him alone.No one in Irish traditional music is a better guitarist than him right now. His chops, always assured and adroit, have now entered a rarefied zone of inspired, instinctive, in-the-moment creativity that made me gasp in awe and for breath.””