Joe Doyle (musician)

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Joe Doyle (born 8 May 1977) is the bassist and backing singer for Irish rock band The Frames[1] and The Swell Season. He has been a member of The Frames since 1996, appearing on six albums to date. In addition to appearing on Frames albums, he has also plays bass and contributes backing vocals to two Swell Season albums: the soundtrack to "Once" and "Strict Joy." He is currently touring as a member of the Swell Season, which also includes Glen Hansard (vocals/guitar), Marketa Irglova (vocals/piano), Graham Hopkins (drums/backing vocals), Rob Botchnik (lead guitar/backing vocals) and Colm Mac Con Iomaire (violin/backing vocals). Doyle originates from Allenwood, County Kildare, Ireland.

He left school in 1994, aged 16, to join Kilkenny band My Little Funhouse in 1993, alongside school friend Graham Hopkins. After signing a recording deal with Geffen Records, the band toured their debut album Standunder for about a year, mainly in the United States. Tours included support to Guns N' Roses and The Ramones amongst others. The band then lived in Los Angeles and recorded a second album for Geffen before imploding. Doyle then went on to join The Frames after bassist Graham Downey left the band.


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: The Frames". AMG. Retrieved 18 May 2010.