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ALAN BOYLE is an Irish singer-songwriter who now calls Australia home.
As a Brisbane-based emerging artist he's been building a reputation as a powerful live performer at the Woodford Folk Festival, Greenfest, Queensland Multicultural Festival, The Planting and has supported great Australian acts like Diesel, Wendy Matthews, Ian Moss, Dragon, Daryl Braithwaite, James Reyne, Busby Marou, Mark Seymour (Hunters and Collectors), Ben Salter (Gin Club), James Blundell plus international touring artists The Saw Doctors, David Kitt, Aslan and Paddy Casey.
Beginning in Dublin he fronted Keith Walker's (Power Of Dreams) Tapestry, performing at the legendary White Horse and Eamonn Doran’s underground, then solo in venues like the International Bar and Vicar Street, alongside Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and the late Herb Dade. He spent an entire winter busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street, earning cigarettes from students, abuse from junkies and a tenner from Bono (once) and played on stages in Rome, Venice and at the Festa Della Musica in Florence.
In the winter of 2005 he produced an EP called SHALLOW HEART with three tracks recorded in Pulse Studios, Dublin augmented by delicately austere recordings of two others in their shivering bones.
In contrast, his 2009-released OXYGEN EP came together over two sticky Brisbane summers with producer Andrew Kennedy and is a dense and emotive work, drawing on a rich celtic music heritage, incisive lyricism and a unique vocal style that is at once warm, worn, jagged and intimate.
He received the 2009 Billy Thorpe Scholarship Award following the EP's release and has since had songs nominated for a QSong Award, shortlisted in the 2009 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition, and was a 2011 Category Finalist in both the International Songwriting Competition and Queensland Music Awards.
In 2010 he released a film clip for the title track from OXYGEN and became a Finalist in the Telstra Road To Discovery, a journey that was nationally televised and culminated in a performance to a packed Entertainment Centre during the 2011 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
On returning to his adopted hometown of Brisbane following the devastation of the floods, he recorded a single called “The Ground On Which I’m Standing”, with all proceeds going to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal and performed it to 30,000 people at the Spirit Of The Country gala event held in Toowomba, a QLD town worst hit by the natural disaster.
He is currently laying the foundations of his debut album with Aria Award-winning producer Magoo (Gin Club, Powderfinger, Kate Miller-Heidke), and has nationally toured the first single, "Highway Of Dreams".
The album is due for release in mid-2012.