Guitar leg­end John will take Ardgour con­cert by storm

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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.

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