Doyle & The Fourfathers - in session - Marc Riley 2011

Doyle & The Fourfathers - Unlikely name, unjustified obscurity - thoroughly enjoyable - story with a sad ending.

Doyle & The Fourfathers – In Session – 2011 – Past Daily Soundbooth

Doyle & The Fourfathers - in session - Marc Riley 2011
Doyle & The Fourfathers – Unlikely name, unjustified obscurity – thoroughly enjoyable – story with a sad ending.

Doyle & The Fourfathers – in session for Marc Riley – March 1, 2011 – BBC6 Music – Dave Driscoll Collection –

Doyle & The Fourfathers in session for Marc Riley at BBC 6 Music on March 1, 2011. When Dave Driscoll first posted this on his Youtube page I was hesitant at first to hit the play button to have a listen. Very often, bands and artists often adopt strange names as a way of letting you know they aren’t taking it seriously and you shouldn’t either. Not in the case of Doyle & The Fourfathers. Despite a somewhat perplexing name, the music emanating from this band is very enjoyable and nicely crafted. Which makes their story all the more frustrating. With several singles and ep’s to their credit; one album which was self-distributed and has been reissued just recently and is available via Bandcamp – the band had a remarkably short life-span, breaking up a little over a year after this session was produced for Marc Riley, who was also a very staunch supporter of the band during their tenure.

As with most bands who splinter and go in different directions, the same happened with members of Doyle & The Fourfathers. But sadly, Ben Clark who was a founding member, guitarist and co-writer, died of an aneurysm in 2019. Making the story of Doyle & The Fourfathers a rather poignant one.

If you didn’t know any of that going in, you would just enjoy them as a good, solid band with excellent song-writing skills, giving spirited, committed performances. And I am sure they would appreciate you doing the same.

So forget the back-story, hit the play button and enjoy the music.




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