Dennis Doyle, Celtic Harp and Song
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Dennis Doyle, Celtic Harp and Song


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His published material includes 10 recordings, 2 books and contributions to several other artist's recordings. His television work includes performances on the old series Murder, She Wrote, and research and artwork material for programs on the History Channel.


Celebration 2012
Harp pieces of joy and celebration, traditional Irish including several by O'Carolan.

Irish Blessings

Irish Songbook 2011
Songs of peace and reconciliation along with airs about lost love..Includes "Lady of Knock" and "The Red Haired Man's Wife" and many more.

Be In My Heart
Inspirational Irish hymns and airs conveying the passion, holiness, wisdom and hospitality of the Irish. A lovely mix of instrumentals and vocals. Originally released by Ave Maria Press, now updated and re-released by the Doyles

Irish Blessings 2008
Lovely peaceful all instrumental Celtic Harp with fiddle, oboe, tin whistle and guitar. Traditional Irish airs including "She Moves Through the Fair", "Wild Mountain Thyme", the "Wild Geese" and many more.

Peace of Christmas 2008
All instrumental Celtic Harp with guitar and other instruments. Traditional lovely, meditative Christmas pieces.

Irish Meditations 2006
All instrumental Celtic Harp with fiddle, oboe, tin whistle and guitar. Traditional lovely, meditative Irish airs including some by Turlough O'Carolan, Thomas Moore and many more.

The Minstrel Boy 2004
All-instrumental Celtic harp, beautiful tunes, jigs, reels and hornpipes, gentle music that will get you through the day including some by Turlough O'Carolan, Thomas Moore and many more.

Hibernia 1990
All-instrumental Celtic harp, beautiful tunes, gentle music, Mr.Doyle's first CD, includes the Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), pieces by O'Carolan and many more.

Saint Patrick
Celtic hymns and songs about St.Patrick, the "Apostle to Ireland". With this lovely recording, Dennis and Paula Doyle reflect the passion of Celtic Christianity to experience the holiness, wisdom and hospitality of the Irish.

Saint Brigid Abbess
Celtic hymns and songs about St.Brigid, the "Protector of Ireland". With this lovely recording, Dennis and Paula Doyle reflect the feminine aspect of Celtic Christianity with most pieces about Irish women saints.

Faces of the Harp
This Narada Collection is a series of contemporary harp artists performing the finest harp pieces. Mr. Doyle is featured on the first track. The entire recording is uplifting, soothing and energizing. This is a best seller .

Irish Harp Music Music Book Mel Bay Publications
This is a collection of easy-to-play Irish pieces suitable for classical or lever harp, piano, or solo instrument. These are based on Mr.Doyle's popular recordings.

Songs of Celtic Christianity Song Book Mel Bay Publications
A collection of traditional Celtic hymns, songs about St.Patrick, St.Brigid, and many others. Easy arrangements of music from the Abbess and St.Patrick recordings. Suitable for liturgical use, some SATB arrangements. .


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He is a graduate of St.John's College (Philosophy/English) and holds an MA degree in Education from California State University, Los Angeles. Currently a tenured college professor, Dennis teaches at Glendale Community College in Southern California lecturing in English, Humanities and Irish History & Literature.

He's brought his harp music, stories and songs in Gaelic and in English to feasts and festivals, wakes and weddings. In addition, he has presented concerts, programs, and weekends on Celtic Spirituality throughout the USA, working alone and with others since 2002. He also plays keyboards, and mandolin. Over the years, he has been the opening act for Clannad, the Dixie Chicks, and DeDannan. He has worked in Southern California with the band Innisfree, a band he helped form over 25 years ago with his wife, brother and friends.

I have played for your event a few times over the years:

Dennis Doyle
Celtic Harp, Song & Stories

What can Dennis Doyle do for your Event?

Dennis plays the Celtic harp beautifully while he sings and tells stories about Irish culture. More than a harp concert, the presentation is an entertaining glimpse into Ireland's history and people. This type of program is best on an intimate stage, in a cultural tent, a "hedge school", or a harp or "folk" stage.

Dennis can also do small workshops in various areas of Irish culture. He is a tenured college professor of Humanities who teaches a course in Irish History and Literature. Sample programs among others might be:
-the Celtic Harp
-the bards and Irish history
-Irish Saints and Scholars
-Celtic Spirituality
-Intro to James Joyce
-Intro to the Irish Language

If a Catholic Liturgy is featured at the event, Dennis is an experienced liturgical musician who can plan, lead, cantor, or participate in the Liturgy in any way required. In addition to harp, Dennis is also a singer and a pianist.

If a cultural program is scheduled in prelude to the festival (as is done in Milwaukee and Goderich), Dennis can teach week-long programs in Celtic Harp, Irish History, Irish Literature, Celtic Spirituality, and Introductory Irish Language.

The Harp has been the symbol of Ireland since the time of Henry VIII, impressed onto coinage at the time, however representations of triangular harps have been noted on high crosses dating to the 8th century. If an Irish festival is to represent all aspects of Irish culture, the harping tradition should be present, as should the Irish-Gaelic language.

Dennis' fee is negotiable, but is generally quite reasonable and should include housing and shuttle to the fairgrounds and an opportunity to sell CD's. Unless you have sponsorship with an airlines, Dennis usually arranges his own transport from California.

Dennis Doyle 1135 Norton Ave Glendale, CA 91202 818-636-0912

Dennis Doyle
Celtic Harp, Song & Stories

Dennis is a Celtic harpist, singer and storyteller. He's performed in Ireland, Japan and throughout the USA and Canada, a veteran performer at most major Irish and Celtic festivals for over 30 years. He's appeared several times on television, including the show "Murder, She Wrote" and has consulted and performed background music for many others. He sings, too, in English and Irish. His family is originally from County Wicklow.
Dennis is a respected educator. He holds a MA degree in Education and has been a professor of English at Glendale Community College in Southern California for over 30 years. He has lead study tours to Ireland and teaches classes in Irish History, Literature, and Irish Music. At festivals he has lead workshops on the Irish Language, Irish Harp History, Irish Gaelic Song and Turlough O'Carolan. He is also a sought after presenter on Celtic Spirituality, with a book and three recordings on the subject. Dennis also plays keyboards, mandolin, and is a liturgical composer and musician.
Dennis Doyle's career has spanned three continents for over thirty years.
•Pittsburgh Irish Fest, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 1995-2012
•Minnesota Irish Festival, St.Paul, Minnesota, October 1988-94, '97-2008
•Irish Cultural Festival, Cleveland, Ohio, August 1991-2012
•Great American Irish Fair, Irvine, California June, 2005-2012
Los Angeles Music Center Winter Celebration, with the Colburn School, December 2007
•Irish Festival, Savannah, Georgia, February 2007
•City of Glendale Mayor's Annual Prayer Breakfast, Hilton Hotel, Glendale, California, March, 2005-2006
•Greater Los Angeles MENSA Regional Gathering, Los Angeles, California February, 2006
•Brothers of St.Patrick Celtic Reflection Day, Midway City, California April, 2005
•Farmer's Market, Los Angeles,March 1998-2009
Reception for Mary Robinson [President, Republic of Ireland]
•Palos Verdes Country Club Breakfast