Danielle Doyle

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“an official debut album that captures Doyle’s penchant for little songs with big heart.”
James Reed, The Boston Globe

Newcomer Danielle Doyle has been garnering much attention among audiences and fellow musicians, since she first emerged on the scene at the beginning of 2009. Danielle has been named a 2009 Mountain Stage NewSong Youth Winner, a winner of the weekly Lizard Lounge Open Mic challenge and has earned some incredible supporting slots including opening for Loudon Wainwright III, Dawn Landes, and Heather Masse (of The Wailin’ Jennys).  A true performer, Danielle’s songs are best heard when she’s singing them live, when beautiful melodies, “sultry alt-country” vocals, and rich lyrics are interspersed with relaxed and comic banter that makes you feel like you’ve known the young songwriter forever. 


Danielle will be touring the Northeast throughout the spring in support of her debut album The Cartographer’s Wife.  The album is a collection of songs about love, home, longing, and a little bit of murder. While some of these stories were inspired by real life – a failed move to California (“Roots/Wings”), college years in Ohio (“Lake Erie”) –others were borrowed from imagined women – one who waits at home while her husband crosses the globe (“The Cartographer’s Wife”), one who’s fleeing from the apocalypse (“Pompeii”) and one who murders her lover when the going gets rough (“Salome”).


While the stories took years of crafting, The Cartographer’s Wife seemed to come together rather quickly. When it came time to hit the studio, Danielle enlisted friends and fellow Boston area up n’ comers to play on the album, including singer-songwriters Beth Colegrove and Meg Smallidge, members of Garlic & Moonshine, and John Nolan (of Flightless Buttress) who produced the album.  The ten tracks were recorded live over three days at the Hi n’ Dry Recording Studio in Somerville, MA.  The Cartographer’s Wife will be released at the Lizard Lounge on March 13th. 

"Doyle's vocal's are warm, dark, yet very smooth. There is no mistaking her signature sound. Not far from Natalie Merchant's sound and style, Danielle Doyle has a special, utterly unique voice that I could listen to at length. I stumbled across The Cartographer's Wife on Amazon and I knew at once this was somethng special, another good find that we bloggers live for. These ten original songs are intelligent and well-crafted (listen no further than the cover title), yet it's the overall soundscape that one is drawn to. The lyrics come around on repeated listenings. There is something about Doyles vocals, blending with the terrific acoustic arrangements; the listener is drawn to the mood set by the music. There isn't a bad track on this recording. Highly recommended." -Call it Folk

“I just stumbled upon Danielle Doyle, and she’s really good – smooth, sultry vocals in the alt-country style, with soulful and mysterious acoustic guitar and drums accompaniment… the music supports and enhances the vocals; never overshadows or obscures. Lovely… her songwriting seems to come from a deep, personal place...”

– Boston Survival Guide

"Although The Cartographer's Wife for a debut album remarkably homogeneous and balanced, there are five numbers above the already high jump. Opener My Bird (with the realistic and optimistic phrase "My bird, my bird has a broken thing / My bird, my bird's got broken wings / But it still flies'), title track The Cartographer's Wife, the fabulous and jazzy sounding Sky, The goose calling Roots / Wings and the beautiful Lake Erie are among the most beautiful thing I've heard in recent months. And given the many good CDs lately published, that alone is an achievement in itself.  A name to remember: Danielle Doyle.  A picture to love: The Cartographer's Wife."  -Alt Country Forum (The Netherlands)

"Danielle Doyle… is often as entertaining in between songs as she is when playing them...  Her quirky, quick-witted humor sets everyone at ease and then her songs, with brilliant imagery and soft-spoken honesty blew us away." – Tom Bianchi

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