Sunday, October 16th, 7:30pm
John Doyle in Concert with Duncan Wickel
a co-production with Crossroads Music
– Irish Edition
This Concert will be at the Commodore Barry Club (aka The Irish Center) 6815 Emlen St. Philadelphia, PA 19119
Online Tickets are no longer available
Tickets still available at this time and may be purchased at the door (no membership discount) if seating is available
John Doyle‘s gifts as a guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and producer have played an essential role in the ongoing renaissance of Irish traditional music. While preserving the tasteful simplicity of tradition, Doyle adds a contemporary edge, finding fresh life in even the most well-worn of tunes. His playing encompasses hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicings, precise single-note runs, and powerful rhythmic effects borrowed from traditional instruments such as the bodhran and fiddle.
Born in 1971 in Dublin to a family of musicians and singers, John was surrounded by traditional music from his earliest years. His father Sean is a remarkable singer and collector of songs, with a vast repertoire of traditional ballads committed to memory. John’s grandfather, Tommy Doyle from County Sligo, taught him his first instrumental tunes.
As a member of Irish-American supergroup Solas – and a highly sought-after session player – Doyle pioneered a rhythmic, sophisticated approach to Irish guitar accompaniment, setting a new standard for the instrument. When the original members of Solas parted ways, Doyle embarked on a solo career, producing albums for other artists and touring as a sideman as well as recording his own material.
Violinist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Duncan Wickel is a “Considerable talent…[he] is as persuasive in a traditional Irish ballad as he is country fiddling or ripping through cascading classical flourishes or atonal double stops” –The Boston Globe.Duncan’s studies began with classical violin training at age 4 and was soon after introduced to Irish fiddling “the early introduction of the challenge presented with juggling between two musical disciplines was really the key for my development in making creative musical choices while respecting and honoring tradition” He says. “I was neither forced to stay true to my classical studies nor spread so thin that I would lose direction or discipline, and because of that, I got the best of both worlds.” Duncan continued to balance classical studies and gigs while honing his skills as an Irish fiddle player for the next ten years of his life. At age eleven, he began seriously learning to play the uilleann pipes (a sophisticated type of bellows blown bagpipe, native to Ireland), which he quickly mastered over the next few years. Today, Duncan still considers the pipes to be an important part of his musical identity and career. Duncan’s love of traditional Irish music at a young age led to collaborations with some of the finest Irish musicians in the US and abroad. He played his first gig with the legendary Irish guitarist and singer John Doyle at age 14, followed by years of sporadic touring and studio collaborations with John. These opportunities opened doors for Duncan to work with such greats in the field as Liz Carroll, Mick Moloney, founding member of Solas accordionist John Williams, Sean Doyle, Compass records founders Alison Brown and Gary West and acclaimed singer songwriter Danny Ellis to name a few. In 2006, John recommended Duncan as a fiddler, uilleann piper and whistle player to the renowned Irish-American singer Cathie Ryan, for her band, who he preceded to tour with for the following three years.
And don’t forget PCG’s monthly 1st Wednesday Singers Session (on hiatus for the summer), 1st Friday Traditional Music Session with a slow session hour for beginners; and, the 4th Friday Ceili Dance. Click Here For More Info