Newfoundland’s Alan Doyle learned piano and drums as a kid, soon shifting to acoustic guitar (and finally mandolin, bouzouki, and just about anything with strings). He became a member of his uncle’s rockabilly-meets-traditional-Newfoundland music group the brand new Standells at age 15, even though going to St. John’s University or college, he was half of the duo (with John Benton) known as Staggering Home. Carrying out a series of casual jam classes with members from the Celtic rock-band Rankin Road (Sean McCann, Bob Hallett, and Darrell Power), Doyle became a member of causes with them and Great Big Ocean were born. Combining traditional Newfoundland music with a brand new pop sensibility, and with Doyle managing business lead vocals, the music group released a self-titled recording individually in 1992, and authorized with Warner Canada, which quickly reissued the debut. Some ten studio room albums adopted as Great Big Ocean grew into among Canada’s biggest & most respected rings. Doyle released a solo recording, Son on Bridge, in 2012.