April 2, 1925|
Conception Harbour, Dominion of Newfoundland
June 8, 2012 (aged 87)|
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
|Wilf Doyle and His Orchestra|
Wilf Doyle (2 April 1925, Conception Harbour -- 8 June 2012, St. Johns) was a Canadian folk musician, generally regarded as one of the pioneers of accordion music of Newfoundland. In 2007, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Doyle was born in Conception Harbour. He played accordion from the age of nine, and in 1944, started performing with his band, Wilf Doyle and His Orchestra. He was first recorded in 1956 and went on to make 11 records, being regular at TV and radio broadcasts. He performed mainly traditional Newfoundland songs, well known as well as less known.
From 1956