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Damhnait Doyle

Country of origin:


Type of music generally:



Most recent release "6 Feet Under" (single, 2020); most recent album, Liquor Store Flowers (2019)

See also:

Damhnait Doyle's Bandcamp site

Wikipedia's entry for Damhnait Doyle

AllMusic's info on Damhnait Doyle

Side projects include Shaye (band with Kim Stockwood and Tara MacLean) and The Heartbroken


Sarah McLachlan, Tara MacLean

Covers/own material:

Co-writes songs, some covers, occasional traditional material

General comments:

Her name is pronounced "Dav-nit", and she's from Newfoundland. She was recommended to me by someone who knows I like female singers. And not recommended by me to you. I find her songwriting weak and her vocals average at best. (

Damhnait Doyle has a pretty voice; unfortunately most of her material, while it's not actually bad is unremarkable and you can't remember the songs the instant they're over. There are moments where she sounds terribly Sarah McLachlan-ish. She's obviously got some vocal talent, but isn't great at writing or choosing material. I'd like to hear what she could do with some songs that actually had hooks—actually, I have: she does a great version of "As I Roved Out". Maybe she should do an album of traditional covers? (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Sounds like Hyperdramatic is the one to choose


  • shadows wake me (1996)
  • Hyperdramatic (2000)
  • Dav-net (2003)
  • Lights Down Low (covers, 2008)
  • Liquor Store Flowers (2019)
  • 6 Feet Under (single, 2020)

shadows wake me

Release info:

1996—Latitude Records—02 50422


Wide in Canada

Ecto priority:

Recommended only for lovers of pop/rock who will care more about her voice than the material

Group members:

Damhnait Doyle—lead vocals, background vocals

Guest artists:

Kathryn Rose—vocals
Toughie Lalande—vocals
Tim Welch—12 & 6 string electric guitars
Ken Myhr—backwards guitar, 6 string guitar, treatments, electric guitar, classical guitar
Jason Sniderman—keyboards
Alisdair Jones—bass
Andy Stochansky—drums, percussion
Rebecca Jenkins—background vocals
Chris Tait—acoustic guitar
Anne Bourne—cello, ambient cello, chamberlain
Gary Breit—hammond organ
Marcus Chonsky—congas
Jeff Bird—tambourine, shaker, octave mandolin, mandolin
Lenny Solomon—first violin & string arrangement
Vera Tarnowsky—second violin
Doug Perry—viola
Wendy Tummon—cello
Michael White—trumpet, conch shell

Produced by:

Ken Myhr


This is perfectly pleasant listening. Damhnait Doyle has quite a lovely voice and can belt it out when she needs to. The original song I like best here is "Jumping The Shadows", but the only song on this album that I really love is her cover of the traditional song, "As I roved out"—actually if not for that song I would probably never play this disc. (Neile)

on the whole pretty nice stuff that merits some sarah mclachlan comparisons; definitely ectofare. (


Release info:

2000—EMI Music Canada—7243-5-20836-2-6



Ecto priority:


Group members:

Damhnait Doyle—vocals
Kevin Fox—cellos

Guest artists:

Steve Webster—bass
Randy Cooke—drums
Tim Welch, Nick Hynes, Kurt Swinghammer, Mike Borkosky, Basil Chaisson—guitars
Brian West—guitars, solo on "Learn To Crawl"
Dave Hodge—programming, trombone, piano, background vocals, arrangements
Dave Bennett—additional programming
Paul Brundtland—percussion, congas
Tim Foy—viola, violin
Eric Anest—programming
Sarah McElcheran—trumpet
Tuku, Saidha Baba Talibah—background vocals
Dayna Manning—background vocals
Erin Donovan—piano on "Maybe a Son," background vocals

Produced by:

Dave Hodge


I like this album quite a bit, and it gets stronger as it goes along. It's pretty straightforward pop/rock, with some e(le)ctronica thrown in. Still, her voice and the atmosphere set it apart from other pop artists, and there are some really catchy songs. Reminds me somewhat of Tara MacLean. I can't compare it to her first album, which I haven't heard, but I do like it enough to look for her debut. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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