USHER'S ISLAND - John Doyle, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin, Mike McGoldrick, Donal Lunny

Jan. 5, 2015
John Doyle part of true "Supergroup".  
That name - 'Supergroup' - gets bandied around very often but in this case, Usher's Island -  John Doyle, Andy Irvine, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and Donal Lunny represent three generations of groundbreaking Irish music and truly deserve the name.  With members of Planxty, Sweeney's Men, Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Solas and Lunasa all together, it is a truly a 'Who's Who" of the greats in traditional Irish music.  One would be hard pressed to concoct a better combination of instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, performer and with more miles, years and musical accomplishment under their collective belts than these five.   Usher's Island performs their very first dates Jan. 10 and 11, 2015 in Ireland and then moves on to Glasgow, Scotland on Jan. 27, 2015 for a performance at the all star Celtic Connections Festival.  Plans are for a recording later in the year.  Stay tuned here for the news and further scheduling of dates.  

Following on the heels of the Usher's Island dates, John will be in Glasgow as a regular part of Celtic Connections '' Transatlantic Sessions".  Invited to join as part of the all star 'house band' some 11 years ago, every year John has made his mark alongside co-directors Jerry Douglas/Aly Bain and bandmates Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, James McIntosh, Danny Thompson, Phil Cunningham, Russ Barenberg, Tim O'Brien and special guests this year to include Rodney Crowell, Patty Griffin, John Smith, Sara Watkins and Kathleen MacInnes. 

John Doyle, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker Trio to tour UK Feb/March 2015
Three of the leading stars of Irish music performing today - John Doyle, Mike McGoldrick and John McCusker - gather together once a year for a grand tour of their high powered tunes and songsmithing.  While the U.S. and other countries clamor for a taste of this trio, the UK is the lucky recipient of pretty much all their rare tour dates.  With each member having tour schedules beyond crazy (both McGoldrick and McCusker tour regularly with Mark Knopfler, among other projects) and John Doyle is a proverbial one armed paper hanger of musical commitments - Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Alt, solo, John Doyle band, songwriter, producing, teaching - Celtic Connections is the impetus for these three to convene together and that has luckily led to arranging their individual schedules for a tour.  Those wishing to see these three mighty musical men at work need to hop on a plane to the UK.

John Doyle to teach at famed JORMA KAUKONEN'S FUR PEACH RANCH, MAY 22-25, 2015 

August 12, 2014

It's been a busy Spring and Summer - had a great and successful solo tour in the UK, (many thanks to UK representative Franck Bechofer) and got to see so many of my favorite spots there.  Looking forward to returning in 2015.  Am just landed in Milwaukee, WI for a few days of teaching with the Milwaukee Irish Festival and then performances there with The ALT - our new trio with myself, and musos extraordinaire Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O'Leary.  And...we'll have our brand new inaugural self titled recording there. We ordered a boatload of them so we're hoping they'll sell like Taytos.  We head off to Alaska at the end of the month and then embark upon our first genuine tour starting in Asheville and ending in Vermont.  Check out the Tour page - we're bound to be somewhere you are!  

I've got a couple of other very exciting projects and announcements coming up in the next few weeks so keep checking back's all on the down low for the moment.  


May 20, 2013:

Harken!  Harken!  Glad to announce the I will now be represented in the U.K. by the Frank Bechofer Agency.  For those interested in John Doyle availability in the U.K., please contact Frank Bechofer at:
The Bechhofer Agency
51, Barnton Park View

Tel: (0131)-339-4083
Fax: (0131)-339-9261

April 17, 2013:
Well after a few weeks of hanging at home, fishing, eating my wife's fabulous cooking, taking long walks - I'm ready to head back out.  This time with the Teetotallers - Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford and myself.  Heading to Chicago and Pittsburgh and DC area and New England - check out the Tour page to find all the dates.  Gonna be great craic and great music.  For those of you who are fans of my dad's singing, you'll be pleased to know that I've just started recording another batch of songs with him.  Don't have any idea how long it will take to complete but it's sounding gorgeous so far.  In other news, I'm pleased to announce that myself, the great Nuala Kennedy and old friend Eamon O'Learly have concocted a new trio called The ALT.  We've spent some time already this year working on material and plan to debut the group properly in the States sometime later this year or beginning of next.  There will be a smattering of dates before then so keep checking back for the schedules.  I'm really excited about this because Nuala is such a gorgeous singer and Eamon is one of my oldest friends and favorite singers, guitarist/bouzouki players.  This will be a song heavy group which is just the way we like it.  

March 18. 2013:
It's been a busy few weeks and now looking forward to a breather, some fishing, hanging with my family, and long walks.  Had another great time at Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow back in January and early February....the gigs as always were great fun and the tour dates were a blast.  Just wrapped up the filming of Transatlantic Sessions 2013 for the BBC last week actually.  4 great days in Scotland with Jerry Douglas, Aly Bain, John McCusker, Mike McGoldrick, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Andy Irvin, Donal Lunny and many other who are such great musicians and singers.  A real treat and am really glad to be part of it.  It'll be broadcast later in the year so check back here for broadcast dates.  Will post them as soon as I know them.  I'm in Rennes, France getting ready to head to the airport after a fabulous one off gig with the brilliant flutist Sylvain Barou for St. Patrick's Day.  Brittany is always terrific and even the better for Paddy's Day!  Thanks to Sylvain and the lads for having me....
Things kick back up again in April and May when I head back out with the Teetotallers.   These are mostly in northeast U.S. dates I believe and will likely sell out so if you haven't gotten your tix yet, you might want to check it out.  You can find all the details on the Tour page.  We're also going to be at the Baltimore Fiddle Fair in Baltimore, West Cork - one of my favorite events altogether.  

Jan. 9 2013:
Well we had a terrific holiday in Sweden this year.  Some snow.  Some pickled herring.  Lots of chat with family.  Very nice and cold.  But now the new year beckons with new projects (soon to be announced), tour dates (check the calendar) and my always-in-progress recordings which hopefully will see the light of day in 2013!  A couple of great things on the near horizon - am heading out with the lovely Karen Matheson (Capercaillie) for two symphony shows in Belfast and Derry.  Details will be on the calendar soon!  And then one of my favorite events of the year - Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.  This year I'll be performing with the inimitable Kate Rusby; with the fabulous Teetotallers; as part of the Transatlantic Sessions which this year includes Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aoife O'Donovan and Teddy Thompson; and last but definitely not least in a fun duo I have going with good friend and oldtime musician extraordinaire Bruce Molsky. Lots more to come in February and March as well so keep visiting!   

Nov. 25, 2012:
Am in Dublin on my way back from a few days in the UK with Kate Rusby, which was just fantastic, and then two solo dates and a duo with Kris Drever which was really great craic.  Such a fabulous singer and player.  Got four days at home with my family now and a belated Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings awaiting me and then I head over to N.C on Nov. 29th for the start of 2 1/2 weeks of dates in the South.  A bit of sun hopefully too.  Looking forward to seeing friends and having some fun gigs.  
Check out the calendar and Facebook for updates....

Nov. 11, 2012:
I'm heading out in a few days for some much anticipated shows with the inimitable Kate Rusby.  What a voice!  I was fortunate to record with Kate on a couple of her albums and these shows are in celebration of her 20 years as a performer, hence the name of the tour: 20!  
I'll be doing a few of my own solo shows (and one with the great Scottish singer Kris Drever) also in the U.K following the Kate Rusby dates. 
And then I'm off to the States for what has become almost an annual swing through of southern dates...I love doing these.  House concerts and venues all fairly close together. It'll be lots of great old songs, a bunch of mine - old and new, and probably a bit of the 'oul holiday cheer thrown in.  Check out the schedule and you can probably make it to more than one if you want to!

This past October I was in Cape Breton again for the wonderful "Celtic Colours" festival, this time as their "Artist in Residence".  What a terrific place and great group of people! Several days of fabulous concerts and sessions and chat and more sessions and more concerts and more chat.  Exhausting but great craic!

The last few years have a been a whirlwind.   2 1/2 years of world-wide touring with the legendary Joan Baez as her tour Music Director/ Guitarist, 10 years of great tours and 2 duo recordings with my long-time friend and collaborator, Chicago-fiddler, Liz Carroll, one of which "Double Play" garnered a Grammy nomination for "Best Traditional World Music Recording" for 2010.  Liz and I also had the honor to perform for President Obama and members of the House/Senate on St. Patrick's Day in 2009.  I had the great pleasure of recording "Exiles Return", a lovely duo effort between myself and my former Solas bandmate Karan Casey and we continue to include tour dates together.  There was another solo recording for me released in Sept. 2011, "Shadow and Light".  

Every year I spend part of January and February in Glasgow, Scotland performing at the one of my favorite festivals, Celtic Connections.  This year I'll be there with "The Teetotallers" - myself, Kevin Crawford and Martin Hayes.  Not much to say about that except ....Wow!  We'll be recording in the coming year as well and have some tour dates to follow.  Keep an eye on the Tour page for info.  As you can imagine, it's a juggling act to nail down tour dates for the three of us.  Part of Celtic Connections for me is always the "Transatlantic Sessions" - a big-hall cocktail of Americana/Bluegrass/Celtic.  I get to help hold down the rhythm section and throw a few vocals in as well.  This year's mix includes Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aoife O'Donovan, Jerry Douglas, Aly Bain, and a host of Celtic and Americana music greats.  Check out for details.