Aoife Doyle’s unique, expressive voice is equally at home with jazz, folk, country, bluegrass or blues, and her singing can evoke memories of the sophisticated, velvet tones of Ella Fitzgerald, the earthy, sweet lyricism of Patsy Cline or the straight-up country clarity of Alison Krauss. Backed by Johnny Taylor’s subtle piano, Andrew Csibi’s inventive bass and Dominic Mullan’s sensitive percussion, the band has won much deserved critical acclaim.
Aoife Doyle has been singing from as far back as she can remember. Growing up in a musical family, she also learned traditional violin and tin whistle. At thirteen, her interest in jazz singing was sparked when she heard Billie Holiday, and later, when she was introduced to Ella Fitzgerald, she began to practise Ella’s scat style. Aoife went on to study music at Newpark Music Centre and was awarded a diploma in Jazz Performance from the London Guildhall School of Music and a B.A. in Jazz Performance from Newpark.
She was selected to represent Ireland at the annual IASJ meeting in Krakow in 2005. The Aoife Doyle Band, having played together in different combinations for a number of years, officially formed as a group in 2010 and have since performed around Ireland to critical acclaim. While continuing to perform with her own band, Aoife has also recorded and performed with many prominent Irish musicians, including Tommy Halferty, Phil Ware, Hugh Buckley, Louis Stewart, Brian Dunning and Cormac Breatnach. She has also performed with Irish singer Sinead O’Connor.
Aoife Doyle primarly performs with the Aoife Doyle Band as a quartet. featuring Johnny Taylor (piano/keyboards), Andrew Csibi (double bass), and Dominic Mullan (percussion).
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The Irish Times“Doyle’s singing is coming from a deeper, more natural place too, with a feeling for the blues learnt from Billie Holiday and the rare ability to improvise vocally…Her swinging quartet includes some of the best young players on the Dublin Scene. ”
Irish Independent“Aoife Doyle is up there with the best of them. ”