John Doyle – 28th May

Irvine Folk Club has John Doyle as its special guest on Wednesday 28th May and by all accounts this is an immensely talented man and it would be foolish not to be in the audience to hear for yourself.
Dublin born John is a Grammy nominee, has played for President Obama in The White House and his musical partnerships include the likes of Andy Irvine, Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Kate Rusby, Mick McGoldrick & John McCusker…to name but a few. He was a founding member of the world–renowned Irish/American band Solas and toured with them for four years.
His self–taught, left–handed guitar technique produces a driving, dynamic sound and this powerhouse rhythmic guitar means that John is in impossibly high demand as a session musician. He appears on 27 compilations that are known of, with artists such as Johnny Cunningham, Cathal McConnell, Linda Thompson, Julie Fowlis, Joannie Madden…..and so the list continues.
This multi-instrumentalist, arranger and tenor singer also writes songs and records on Compass Records. His songs are on the themes of war, oppression, love and emigration. Given the scarily high demand he is in, it is little wonder that he has recorded only two solo albums. For aspiring guitarists, John’s DVD Irish Rhythmic Guitar: Accompanying Celtic Tunes is recommended to anyone wishing to learn Irish trad music on acoustic guitar.
Therefore, to hear John Doyle, get yourself along to Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 28th May for 8pm in Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road. Remember, it’s BYOB.
Nearly finally, tickets for the concert in Irvine’s Harbour Arts Centre by Salt House on Thursday 12th June are now on sale at the venue. And finally, the weekly sessions at The Ship Inn at the Harbourside in Irvine are proving very popular with musicians, singers and audience members of all ages. The sessions start at 8pm.