Guitar legend John will take Ardgour concert by storm
HE second of this season’s Watercolour House Concerts, in Ardgour on Sunday September 6, plays host to one of the finest guitarists on the planet – the Irish-American musical legend, John Doyle.
John’s signature bass- driven sound and elegant song-writing has graced stage and studio in the company of Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John McCusker, Donal Lunny and Mary Black, as well as being at the heart of the greatest of the Irish bands of the American diaspora, Solas.
John visits Watercolour in the wake of a regular musical partnerin- crime, old-time fiddler, Bruce Molsky, and the audience promises to be as busy as for Bruce’s highly popular gigs. From a musical family in Dublin, Grammy-nominated John’s influences include well known English folk singers, Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, and The Watersons;
cottish singers, Dick Gaughan and John Martin; and fellow Irishmen, Paul Brady nd Al O’Donnell as well as his father, Sean Doyle - probably the biggest influence of all.
John went on the road as a pro at 16 with the group, Chanting House, and went on to form the highly acclaimed supergroup, 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 powerhouse rhythmic guitar style and innovative arrangements.
As a member of Solas, John performed to sold- out audiences nationally and internationally as well as appearing on many national TV and radio programmes, including Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’. A Celtic Connections regular and frequent guest on the hugely popular, ‘Transatlantic Sessions’, John has also performed for US President, Barack Obama, along with regular fiddle partner, Liz Carroll.
In recent years, John has focused primarily on writing based on the experiences of Irish emmigrants to the New World – and the songs on Doyle’s current release, ‘Shadow and Light’ have been said ‘to be destined to be classics in the Irish folk music songbook. His talents as songwriter are rare and exquisite.
The House Concert starts at 3pm on Sunday September 6. Booking is essential for this very special gig – email mak@ watercolourmusic. co.uk or telephone 01855- 841320. Admission by donation.