Friends say they don't recognize him without a guitar strapped on, as Dan Doiron has been addicted to the raw energy of the electric guitar since he formed his first band at age 13 in Port Hood, Cape Breton, Canada. A blazing spitfire guitarist, Dan fuses potent guitar riffs and grooves with unique lyrics reflecting his views on everyday life, ensuring an emotional, thrilling musical ride at every band and solo show.
He’s profoundly committed to the music, crafting his own style that draws upon over forty years of his traditional and modern guitar studies and experiences as a musician, songwriter, music educator,(B.MUS.Ed from Dalhousie University with a major in classical guitar), National guitar clinician, (Roland Canada and Blues in Schools), and recording engineer. Dan is also dedicated to sharing that passion and knowledge and has developed a diverse variety of workshops and clinics that focus on guitar technique and improvisation, songwriting, and incorporating technology to assist musical growth. He’s experienced in presenting to all ages and levels and especially enjoys the opportunity to inspire the next generation of musicians through “Blues in Schools” presentations.
After many years as a sideman, in 2011 Dan stepped out as a solo recording artist, earning both East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia nominations for his debut CD, “Even My Guitar Is In Love With You”. A torrential body of work has followed and his fourth album “Livin’ Centre Stage” is being released in early 2018.
In October 2017 Dan and his band won the East Coast Blues Society’s “Maritimes to Memphis” competition for a second time, awarding them the honour of representing Atlantic Canada at the worlds’ largest Blues competition, the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis. “We are so pumped to be returning to this huge blues competition in the birthplace of the blues and are excited to introduce songs from the new album...”
The inspiration for that new album evolved from his Live Centre Stage project; an initiative to inspire others to follow their passion regardless of their age or stage in life. (www.LiveCentreStage.com).
"With his 2015 release, ‘Stand Back I Don’t Know How Loud This Thing Gets’, Nova Scotia's Dan Doiron serves up a blistering, funky, and melodic cocktail that proves once again, what Eastern Canada already knows - he is a Rockin' Blues force to be reckoned with!" Brent Morrison Host - The Rockin' Blues Show - Vancouver BC
"This is one hot, smoking album that sizzles with rockin’ blues.....This entire cd is packed with great tunes, great guitar work and great vocals. And oh yeah, great lyrics. Dan Doiron merits serious attention." Ken Wallis Host- Blues Blast Hamilton, Ontario Full Review
"Soulful, funky, blues-rock that showcases Dan's melodic sensibility, lyrical ability and instrumental versatility." Pete Feenstra - Radio Host- Set Ready To Rock Radio UK
Awards and Past Performances:
From playing intimate solo house concerts and blues clubs, to his band’s energetic performances at major festivals, Dan’s priority is to connect with the audience at every opportunity.
“At every show I realize that it’s a great honour to meet people, share music and stories and I never take that privilege for granted..”
Calgary International Blues Festival – Calgary Alberta
Halifax Jazz Festival – Halifax N.S.
Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival – Fredericton N.B.
Prince Edward Island Jazz and Blues Festival -Charlottetown PEI
Sydney Jazz and Blues Festival – Sydney N.S.
Two time winner of the Maritimes to Memphis Blues Challenge
Three time East Coast Music Award nominee for Blues Album of The Year
Three time Music Nova Scotia Award nominee for Blues Album of The Year
Dan Doiron management, music distribution and publishing administration by Earwig Music Company, Inc. 2054 W.Farwell Ave.,Chicago, IL 60645-4963 Tel: 773-262-0278 www.EarwigMusic.com info@EarwigMusic.com