He later went on to form a group called, "The O'Leary's & Michael Doyle," and released his first CD in 1997 called, "Music in the Air." Their album release was a huge success with guest performances by The Ennis Sisters & Jim Fiddler. NTV also covered the event. It received frequent radio play and several songs from the album were later released on compilation CD's such as, Irish Collection, Snow Down 98 & a promotional release from Tidemark Distributing called A Musicial Experience. They also received National coverage by TSN during the Winter Games with a live performance from O'Riellys Irish Pub.
In 1999 Michael moved to Iqaluit where he met Andrew Molloy & Rob Aube and formed a group called The Northern Ramblers. Jimmie Inch, a finalist in CBC's great Canadian Music Dream also joined the Northern Ramblers. To date they have performed many shows including a CBC radio show called, "Madly off in all Directions," The Artic Winter Games, Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife and a show called TV Frames on City TV.
While living in Iqaluit he traveled back to Newfoundland and recorded with Neal O'Leary on his album entitled, "Up All Night." It was recorded at Great Big Studios in St Johns, Newfoundland. On this album Michael played bass guitar, tenor banjo, mandola, sang harmony & helped produce and arrange several tracks. Songs from this recording are currently on two Home Brew compilations.
Michael is also known for his volunteer work and benefit shows in Iqaluit. He recently completed a project with the Iqaluit Youth Center where for six months he volunteered twice a week and gave the kids guitar lessons. He then recorded a 5 track CD with the kids consisting of 3 rock tunes and 2 traditional inuit throat singing songs.
He now has his own company and recording studio called Doyle Entertainment and when he isn't playing on stage you will probably find him working in his studio. He has worked on nine recording projects in the last two years and has two new releases of his own. There is an 18 track live off the floor recording by "The Northern Ramblers," and Michael just finished recording his first solo album called, "Keeping It Traditional." It was released in Oct, 2004 and he is busy playing live shows and promoting his new album.
1. The Gallent Forty Twa (trad.)
2. Three Drunkin Maidens (trad.)
3. The Hiring Fair (trad.)
4. The Keeper ( Frank Hennessey)
5. The Gravel Walk (trad.)
6. Henry My Son (trad.)
7. Molly Bawn (trad.)
8. The Musicial Priest, Jenny's Jig (trad. , Michael Doyle )
9. Coal Town Road ( Allister Macgillivray)
10. Road to the Isles (trad.)
11. Francis Colbert ( Patrick Doyle Arr. Michael Doyle )