Eliza Doyle’s new album, It Ain’t What It Seems, takes a more serious and intimate approach than some of her past work as a high-energy banjo player. The songs on It Ain’t What It Seems have been written over a period of years, but didn’t really fit into Doyle’s stage show at the time. Now she’s taking the time to let these songs shine.
Elize Doyle plays banjo, guitar, dobro, and sings on the album, which has given her lease to explore the musical expression of some of the lyrical ideas on the album. Themes like personal struggle, the unknowns of travelling, and lost love. It Ain’t What It Seems looks through the eyes of someone taking on the world by themselves, celebrating the freedom and empowerment that comes with that bold task.
When Eliza Doyle’s car broke down in Nashville in 2015, she found herself happily stuck in Music City. The venerable Saskatchewan banjo player and singer/songwriter had stopped in to see a festival and ended up enjoying an extended stay, playing in bars and meeting all manner of talented musicians. Having been on sabbatical to follow her muse anyway, it seemed like fate urging her to keep on the well-worn path to musical fulfillment.
Doyle has had a fifteen-year career in groups, as a solo artist, and as a professional session musician, playing banjo, singing, and even performing with instruments like dobro or mandolin. She has released nine full-length albums, won numerous awards, and toured North America and Europe. Doyle has been a regional finalist in CBC’s Searchlight Canada competition and past winner of Bell Media’s contest, The Next Big Thing.
Whether creating a driving rhythm to hold a track together or shucking and plucking some leads to jump to the front of a song, Doyle has the versatility to go from beautiful and melodious songs to a full blast bootstompin’ hoe down. Her strong, but wonderfully frayed voice belts out captivating tunes and harmonies. Everything about Eliza Doyle’s music rings of an authenticity that takes you straight to the beating heart of folk and bluegrass music.
Upcoming Eliza Doyle Tour Dates:
October 11th - Swift Current, SK, The Lyric Theatre
October 12th - Nokomis, SK. Nokomis Centennial Hall
October 13th - Fort Qu’Appelle, SK, Fort Qu’Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts
October 14th - Regina, SK. The Artesian with Bob Sumner
October 15th - Regina, SK. Royal Saskatchewan Museum
October 18th - Lloydminister. AB. The Root Emporium
October 20th - Edmonton, AB. Sewing Machine Factory
October 21st - Williams Lake, BC. Arts Centre
October 22nd - Prince George, BC The Legion
October 23rd - Vancouver, BC. Cafe Deux Soleil
October 25th - Vancouver, BC. The Heatley
October 26th - Duncan, BC. Duncan Showroom
October 27th - Victoria, BC. Wheelies
October 28th - Victoria, BC, Private House Concert
October 30th - Parksville, BC, The Realm
November 2nd - Nelson, BC, Bigby Place
Novemebr 3rd - Kaslo, BC, The Bluebelle Bistro
November 4th - Nelson, BC, The Royal
November 5th - Calgary, AB, The Speak Easy Garage
November 18th - Winnipeg, MB, The Times Change(d)
December 10th - The Root Emporium, Llyodminister, AB.
December 13th - The Ironwood, Calgary, AB.
December 16th - The Bassment, Saskatoon, SK.
December 17th - The Church Series, Brock, SK.
Tel: (306) 774-5888
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Notable Awards and Distinctions:
2014 - SCMA Nomination- “Group of The Year, Rising Star of the Year, Roots Album of the Year”
2014 - SCMA Winner- “Rising Star of the Year”
2014 - Song "San Francisco Bound" featured on “Swift Current Centennial Film”
2014 - Top 10 Regional Finalist for “CBC Searchlight Canada”
2014 - Feature on “Sask Music 2014 In Tune Compilation”
2014 - Arranged 3 songs for “The Cypress Hills Massacre” musical theatre, Swift Current, Sk
2014 - Showcase for “Folk Alliance International”, Kansas City, MO.
2013- Featured on CBC 1 “The Grid”, Regina, Sk.
2013 - SCMA Nomination- “Specialty Instrument of the Year Award” (Banjo)
2013- Showcase for OSAC, Regina, SK.
2012 - Winner of SCMA “Specialty Instrument of the Year Award” (Banjo)
2012 - Winner of “The Next Big Thing”, Regina, Sk.
2012 -Opened for "Kellie Pickler" - Queen City Ex- Regina, SK.,
2006 - Toured Internationally Scotland, Holland, Sweden, and Norway
2016- Eliza Doyle; It Ain’t What It Seems (songwriting, banjo,mandolin, guitar dobro)
2015- Val Halla; Self Titled (banjo, dobro)
2015- Rosie and the Riveters; Good Clean Fun (banjo)
2015- Glenna Switzer; Long Time a Comin’ (banjo, dobro, vocals)
2013- The Midnight Roses; Say Darlin’ Say (songwriting, banjo, guitar, vocals)
2012- Kiera Dall’Osto; Self Titled (banjo, mandolin, vocals)
2012- Dave Cyca; One of These Days (mandolin)
2012- Lyric Theatre Compilation; Self Titled (songwriting, banjo, vocals)
2011- The Hard Ramblers; Way On Down The Road (songwriting, banjo, vocals)
2011- Joule Tallman; Since You Left Town (banjo)
2009- Homeless Cracker Maze; Self Titled (banjo, vocals)
2009- Heartstrings; In A World Far Away That Is Fair (songwriting, banjo, vocals)
2008- Heartstrings; Self Titled (banjo, vocals)
2008- Joey Lorer; Zivjeli (banjo)
2007- Virginia Scissons; Rough Cut (banjo, vocals)
2005- The Cracker Cats; Livin’ On the Run (songwriting, banjo, vocals)
2004- The Cracker Cats; Empty Bottles and Broken Hearts (banjo, vocals)
2003- Eliza Doyle; So Low (banjo, vocals)