When Great Big Sea broke up in 2013, Greater Lowell fans shed a tear, knowing that an act that had appeared at Boarding House Park multiple times as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series was no more.
Those frowns will be turned upside down Friday, July 20, when the now-defunct group's lead singer, Alan Doyle, comes to Boarding House Park for a show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $135 for premium seating, and go on sale Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. at www.lowellsummermusic.org.
Doyle is touring behind his third solo album, "A Week at the Warehouse," which came out last October.
It's hard to think of Doyle as anything other than the lead singer of Great Big Sea, but he has been a solo act for five years now. The native of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, Doyle primarily plays electric and acoustic guitars, as well as the bouzouki for live performances, but he has also been known to play mandolin and banjo.
He produced and co-wrote several songs on Russell Crowe's album, "My Hand, My Heart," and played several shows with Crowe. In 2011, they released "The Crowe/Doyle Songbook Vol. III," with nine songs in both acoustic demo and finished format, for 18 total.
His friendship with Crowe led to Doyle being cast as Allan A'Dayle alongside Crowe, Cate Blanchett, and Scott Grimes in Ridley Scott's 2010 film "Robin Hood." He also played Dingy in the film "Winter's Tale," which also starred Crowe.
Crowe contributed to Doyle's first solo album, "Boy on Bridge," furthering their friendship and musical partnership.
This will be Doyle's first solo concert at Boarding House Park, but Great Big Sea played here in 2011 and 2013.
The 2018 lineup now features 16 concerts. Each of the past three years have had 18 concerts so there's room for more shows, and I've been given no indication that the lineup for this year is complete, so stay tuned!