From a musical family in Dublin, John Doyle’s influences include well-known English folk singers Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and The Watersons; Scottish singers Dick Gaughan and John Martin; fellow Irishmen Paul Brady and Al O’Donnell; and 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, which he formed with Susan McKeown and which eventually included such great players as Seamus Egan, Eileen Ivers and Donogh Hennessy.
John went on to form the highly acclaimed super group, 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 programs. As part of that critically acclaimed group, he also received three NAIRD awards and a Grammy nomination for the band’s self-titled first recording.