Alan Doyle at the Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis (April 30, 2022)
canadian musician Alan Doyle is so grateful to finally return to the Dakota Jazz Club on Saturday night. He is in residence and will return today (Sunday May 1) to the Dakota, to finally finish his American tour. Why is Doyle so happy? This is because the series lasted two or three years. The original show, booked in 2019, has been delayed, rescheduled, revamped, and more. Every time he had to move the date, he thought people were going to want their money back – but they never did! So that was just a long time coming.
The opening of the show was Chris Trapper, who previously co-wrote some of Doyle’s songs. Trapper had many stories to tell. For example, “Minnesota” was inspired by when he fell in love with a girl from Minnesota…and they broke up the next day…or how “Skin” was his most requested wedding song. It’s a song about “staying in love”, not just about falling in love.
He finished his set with The stars pushed‘, “Keg on My Coffin”, which he described as an Irish death drinking song. If you haven’t figured it out, Trapper is in The Push Stars.
Alan Doyle began his set with a solo, a cappella version of “Dream of Home”, in front of his group, The beautiful band, joined Doyle on stage. The Beautiful Band featured Cory Tetford (former member of To crush) on guitars, Kendel Carson (of The Paperboys) on violin, Kris MacFarlane (of Great Great Sea) on drums, Shehab Illyas (of Mir) on bass, and Todd Lumley (of Waltons) on the piano/accordion. As you can see each member of the band are accomplished musicians, but combined together they are just amazing.
Doyle’s songs were about half Great Great Seawhich is fair enough, as Doyle is their lead vocalist and songwriter.
Midway through the set, Doyle asked Chris Trapper to come back onstage to play a Trapper song. According to onstage banter, Trapper never knows what song Doyle wants to play. For this night, it was “A day without you”.
Once Doyle released the Irish bouzouki, it was just what felt like a long shuffle of Great Big Sea songs, but with REMThe cover of “It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel good)” was added for good measure.
If you like Great Big Sea (one of the longest touring bands in the world), if you like Irish pub songs, if you like traditional folk songs… you’ll love a typical Alan Doyle show.
Alan Doyle will perform at the Dakota Jazz Club again on May 1.
Remaining tour dates:
May 1, 2022 Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota
June 14, 2022 Charlottetown, PE @ Confederation Center
October 24, 2022 Basel to Amsterdam @ Alan Doyle Trio
November 2, 2022 Dusseldorf, DE @ Savoy Theater
November 3, 2022 Hamburg, DE @ Fabrik
November 4, 2022 Rotterdam, NL @ LantarenVenster
November 6, 2022 Eindhoven, NL @ Muziekgebouw
November 8, 2022 Munich, DE @ Technikum
November 9, 2022 Aschaffenburg, DE @ Colos Saal
November 10, 2022 Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen Neuköelln
November 11, 2022 Worpswede, DE @ Musichall
November 12, 2022 Duffel, BE @ Cinema Plaza
November 14, 2022 Darmstadt, DE @ Central Station
November 15, 2022 Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg
February 15, 2023 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
February 16, 2023 Clayton, NY @ Clayton Opera House
February 17, 2023 Barre, Vermont @ Barre Opera House
February 18, 2023 Boston, MA @ City Winery Boston
February 19, 2023 Boston, MA @ City Winery Boston
February 21, 2023 Portland, ME @ Aura
February 22, 2023 Holyoke, MA @ Race Street Live
February 23, 2023 Concord, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire
February 24, 2023 New York, NY @ Sony Hall
February 25, 2023 Port Washington, NY @ Landmark on Main
February 26, 2023 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ City Winery
February 28, 2023 Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head on Stage
March 1, 2023 Washington, DC @ City Winery C
March 2, 2023 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theater
March 3, 2023 Richmond, VA @ Tin Pan
March 4, 2023 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
March 5, 2023 Asheville, NC @ Gray Eagle
March 7, 2023 Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Music Hall
March 8, 2023 Ocala, Florida @ Reilly Arts Center
March 9, 2023 Clearwater, Florida @ Bilheimer Capitol Theater a
March 10, 2023 Boca Raton, FL @ The Funky Biscuit
March 11, 2023 Bonita Springs, FL @ Centers for Arts Bonita Springs