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Canada Red Cross 2017 NL Humanitarian Of The Year, November 2016 George Street Festival Regatta Roulette Rock Star, August 2016 Winnipeg Folk Festival, Show with Oysterband, the East Pointers and Matt Byrne, July 2016 I'll tell you right from the... Continue reading
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Even though this is a post-Christmas Tale, I really wanted it under the tree before the stroke of 12 am on Christmas Day. I just (barely) made it, Newfoundland Time. You're Miracle Enough A Christmas to remember, Jacob thought, sighing... Continue reading
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This is the Face that tells the Story. This is the Boy and the Man, the Boy in the Man. This is You. Love the Face, love the Story. Love the Boy and the Man, the Boy in the Man.... Continue reading
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A Wish For Every Star Jacob was tired. As much as he tried to tell himself this was a "good" tired - the weariness that comes from hard work which has resulted in solid success - he was having a... Continue reading
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Yes, I went with your St. Kevin's overbite. And with Kitchener. Not one bit surprising. Ordinary Day, So Let's Go Tour, Kitchener show A bit of a transition year for me as the GBS Mothership tied up the hiatus dock... Continue reading
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Got on a lucky one Came in eighteen to one I've got a feeling This year's for me and you So happy Christmas I love you baby I can see a better time When all our dreams come true When... Continue reading
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There was once a boy who lived in a tiny fishing village on an island in the middle of an ocean. That boy is me. This is my story. Available October 14th This blog entry is meant to be a... Continue reading
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Even for a man who's accomplished as much as Alan already has in his brilliant career, this is an auspicious August, a month which finds him headlining the George Street Festival's closing Regatta Roulette Tuesday night with his own Alan... Continue reading
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If for no other reason, because only the blog has the capacity to show the Beautiful to its Best Advantage (be sure to click and view Full-Gorgeous-Size): Awesome Alan Doyle, Rock The Boat Fest, Tyne Valley, PEI, Alan Doyle Band... Continue reading
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Alan Doyle, Sea Of No Cares, Truro For those wondering what to expect at an Alan Doyle Band show, I usually play a mix of tunes from my Boy on Bridge CD, The Great Big Sea catalogue, along with a... Continue reading
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Long past surrender... Where The Nightingales Sing, Alan Doyle Trio show, Truro This is, admittedly, a tease. Or if you're a bit more charitably minded, you could call it a Preface. I'm still writing about the two deeply impressive and... Continue reading
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Deeply Loved Petty Harbour Boy GBS XX, Charlottetown "Where I Belong" book sleeve (upcoming) At your Bravest GBS XX, Rochester GBS XX, Moncton NYE At your Sweetest Vanier Fundraiser, St. John's AD Band, Peterborough At your Dearest Jack Hand Legacy... Continue reading
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Mr. Write - beautiful and brilliant. Alan Doyle, Mallard Cottage Also (and always) the incendiary Rock Star Guitar God. Oh Yeah. Company Theatre fundraiser In his own words: Some exciting touring dates announced over on the tour page. To name... Continue reading
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The Man who can do Anything. And do it all so well. Alan Doyle, Vanier Fundraiser There’s a whole pile of stuff I’d love to do. I’m looking forward to putting the book out. I’m very curious to see if... Continue reading
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Alan Doyle, aka The King Of Hearts, Vanier Fundraiser Very few words this time out. I hadn't planned on doing anything at all here for a bit longer - with all that's been going on, it has seemed of late... Continue reading
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Perfect. Alan Doyle, "I'm A Rover," Great Big Sea XX, Stowe VT Perfect in your arms, my love Present in your mind Welcome in your life, my love When I was perfect in your eyes - "Perfect In Your Eyes,"... Continue reading
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That's the face. That's the Boy. That's the Man. Alan Doyle, receiving well-deserved applause for a tour-de-force "Where I Belong" OZIGP #1 (Almost) The Full Cast of the Australian Indoor Garden Parties, taking bows at the close of OZIGP #1... Continue reading
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The Sweetest, Dearest Face to welcome in all that's yet to come: Happy New Year, Alan! Alan Doyle, Great Big Sea NYE XX show, Moncton ETA: The plan was to write and edit on the plane. Didn't happen (with the... Continue reading
Countdown to the New Year and the closing song of the final Great Big Sea XX Tour. Which is also the first show of the brand New Year. The perfect Goodbye. The perfect Hello. I'm on my way to the... Continue reading
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"It's a double-edged knife, but there's always Tomorrow..." Alan Doyle, Ordinary Day, Stowe Vt. Great Big Sea XX show Here we are in Moncton, and I can't sleep. I'd been thinking of today as "'Twas the night before the Great... Continue reading
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This year's Christmas Story is my own continuing tradition. Same characters, same setting, same situations. Same dreams, same hopes. Same love. Same tree too. If You Must Cling To Someone - A Christmas Dream Come True Jacob woke gradually from... Continue reading
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Sweet River Driver: The Face that tells the Story Alan Doyle, Great Big Sea XX Tour-Ending show, Kitchener Last time here, I said "soon," genuine soon and not Me-soon, for the next blog. That was a month ago, not soon... Continue reading
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Beginning with the Nearest and the Dearest. (Screen captures from Boy On Bridge) This Friday night (November 8th), any and all Canadian residents who get the CMT Canada channel have the opportunity to see this thoroughly impressive documentary film about... Continue reading
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That's the Face, right there. Oh yes, it is. Alan Doyle, Vernon GBS XX Show, Elvis Encore More of that same Face in this Wave Over Wave video from the Bellingham XX show. Lovely in sight and sound throughout, but... Continue reading
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I've got a soft spot for Vancouver GBS shows, especially their outdoor Summer gigs. The second time I ever saw GBS live - which was the first time I went to see them with the beginning of an understanding of... Continue reading