The spirit of Newfoundland

Singer Alan Doyle, best known for his 20-year career with Newfoundland and Labrador folk rock group Great Big Sea, is coming to Prince Albert for the first time this coming week. © Submitted photo

Alan Doyle to perform first Prince Albert show on Remembrance Day

When Alan Doyle first left Newfoundland and Labrador to tour Canada with his band Great Big Sea in the early ’90s, he felt at home when he arrived in the Prairies.

“The group of people that reminded me the most of Newfoundlanders was people from Saskatchewan. There’s just a great survivalist mentality and they worked hard and Friday night came, man they turned it on,” the singer said by phone on Friday.

“In the strangest kind of way I felt really close to home in Saskatchewan even though the two places — Newfoundland and Saskatchewan — almost have physically nothing in common at all… It’s just so nice to have that connection with people that at first glace you feel that you would never have.”

For the past year and a half, Doyle has been touring in support of his second solo album, So Let’s Go, with his band, Beautiful Gypsies. On Nov. 11 Doyle performs for the first time in Prince Albert when he takes to the stage at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre.

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