Alan Doyle Interview – Beyond a Song

Alan Doyle

Alan attended Memorial University of Newfoundland, and recieved a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English. It was there he met with future bandmates Sean McCann, Bob Hallet, and Darrell Power who formed the great Canadian band Great Big Sea. He’s also been involved in many stage, television, and film productions beginning as a child as an extra in “A Whale For the Killing’, filmed in his hometown. Doyle’s voice has been introduced to many new ears during the past TV season, as Great Big Sea’s song “Oh Yeah” has served as the theme to the CBC’s hit detective drama The Republic of Doyle. In 2012, Alan joined his friend Russell Crowe onscreen, utilizing his acting skills in the role of troubador and archer Allan A’Dayle in the new Universal blockbuster Robin Hood. Though Great Big Sea has formally retired, Alan continues performing in his own solo career. Before we get into the interview, let’s hear some of his music. This is Alan Doyle.
Even as a young child in the small Newfoundland fishing village of Petty Harbour, Alan Doyle was holding up a sign that said “Look at Me”.
Just a teenager when he left home and moved to Newfoundland’s capitol, St. John’s, Doyle pursued a BA in English and religion at Memorial University and honed his musical skills as a solo artist in dozens of pub matinees. It was in the city’s infamous dockside music pubs that he developed the thick skin and iron larynx needed to go with his natural talent. In 1993, he joined forces with fellow musicians Sean McCann and Bob Hallett, and together they started Great Big Sea. Now 17 years later, they’re still fusing Newfoundland traditional music with their own pop sensibilities.
In his spare time, Doyle is much in demand as a producer, arranger and general musical catalyst, having produced albums for actor Russell Crowe and JUNO Award winners The Irish Descendants, among others, and furnished soundtracks for the movie Young Triffie’s Been Made Away With, the television series Hatching, Matching & Dispatching, a best-selling Nintendo DS video game and an episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Doyle’s voice has been introduced to many new ears during the past TV season, as Great Big Sea’s song “Oh Yeah” has served as the theme to the CBC’s hit detective drama The Republic of Doyle. In 2012, Alan joined his friend Russell Crowe onscreen, utilizing his acting skills in the role of troubador and archer Allan A’Dayle in the new Universal blockbuster Robin Hood.

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