The former frontman for Newfoundland-based Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle was terrified of what life would bring after his longtime group’s disintegration. “Touring in a band in a van or bus with a gang of fellow fools is not just a musical passion of mine. It has become my way of life,” he writes, noting that he used to thank his lucky stars from the bus bunk each night. Doyle has hit a new stride, though, having recently released his second solo album, So Let’s Go — a collection of Celtic folk-rock brimming with optimism and pep. Touring that music with some of Canada’s most talented supporting musicians, he says, feels like a second chance. Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies perform at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Wednesday, March 16, at 8:30 p.m. $25/$30. isisasheville.com. Photo courtesy of the artist
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