Gavin Coyle
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Gavin Coyle was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. His parents raised him and his four sisters amid the fallout from the troubles. Gavin credits his parents with keeping them from harm and encouraging their interest in music. He first came to America when he was 14 years old as part of a peace project involving youths from Northern Ireland. Similar to the Ulster Project, the goal was to help teens from Northern Ireland build friendships that would otherwise not be possible with the social and religious divisions existing at home. He continued his commitment to such peace projects when he joined the Ulster Project in 1992 and came back to the States as a counselor and chaperone. When he returned home, he graduated from St. Mary's College in Belfast in 1994 with a double major in Education and Art. In 1995, he returned to the States and has been here ever since performing to sold out crowds throughout the area.

An accomplished singer and songwriter, Gavin's musical range covers both pop and folk music as well as traditional music from his homeland. His performances often reflect this versatility as he mixes traditional and original compositions. In addition to being an excellent guitarist, he plays several other instruments including the bodhran (an Irish drum) and the flute. Gavin's musical influences are a varied lot: Elvis, Patsy Cline, Beethoven, U2, The Velvet Underground, and John Williams.

Gavin started competing as a young boy, winning many local competitions including the Derry Feisanna - one of the largest talent contests in Ireland. At the age of 14 he won the title of All-Ireland Singing Champion. He went on to perform in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem, The Siege Pageant, and Noye's Fludde. He has also performed on the BBC both in Northern Ireland and in England. Locally, in addition to charity concert/performance work (Ulster Project DuPage County IL, DuPage IL Habitat for Humanity, Community Outreach Center Carol Stream IL, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation IL, The People's Resource Center Wheaton IL, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, Irish Children's Fund, Irish Sisters of the Assumption Missionaries in South Africa, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Bridge Communities, Misericordia), he's been featured on WGN radio, performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, and performed the National Anthem several times for Chicago Cubs games at Wrigley Field-  at a Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field -  and at several Chicago Bulls games at The United Center. Gavin sang the National Anthem and "God Bless America" at "A Rally for America"-  a fundraiser at Northern Illinois University for Speaker J. Dennis Hastert where Vice President Dick Cheney was the guest speaker. Gavin also sang at the Bipartisan Congressional Prayer Service for the New Congress in Washington D.C. in January of 2005. The Prayer Service was televised on C Span and Gavin was shown on "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings".

His first CD Whisper of the Waves was released in 1999. In November, 2000 he released a live recording of Christmas songs. His Cd, "Half a Chance", was released at the end of 2002 and was produced by Jerry Yester who is a member of The Lovin' Spoonful, a recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. His Christmas Cd, "Gentle Christmas" was released in 2004. Gavin's new Irish Cd "Three" was released in March 2007 and his latest cd "Footlights" (songs of stage and screen) came out in February 2009.

Gavin lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife and daughters where he performs and teaches music.


Gavin's TV and Radio Performances / Interviews

Gavin's visit to "Joy in Morning" on WETN - Wheaton College radio station
Listen to the Interview (2006, Windows Media Player format)
WETN web site


UPCOMING PERFORMANCE DATES

Tues. March 11th  CBS - 2 News TV, Gavin performs during the morning news from 5am to 7am. Gavin's first segment will be about 5:45am.

Tues. March 11th  WGN TV Channel 9 Mid-day News 11am to 1pm.
Gavin will be appearing briefly to promote Siamsa na ngael, Appearance will be between 11:30am and 1pm.

Tues. March 11th  St. Patrick's Concert at St. John Fisher,  10234 S. Washtenaw Ave.  Chicago IL,  7:30pm

Weds. March 12th Celtic Celebration, Siamsa na ngael, Symphony Center in Chicago at 7:30pm presented by Old St. Patrick's Church, details and tickets here

Fri. March 14th  8pm St. Patrick's Concert at St. Raphael
1215 Modaff Rd. Naperville IL.  A free will offering will be collected for Little Friends Center for Autism, Naperville IL

Sat. March 15th  The Kerry Piper, 7900 Joliet Rd., Willowbrook IL
11am to 2pm 
Sun. March 16th -  Gavin will be doing his usual Irish Session at the Kerry Piper, but it will be until 8pm instead of 7pm. (Note: Gavin performs on most Sundays at Kerry Piper from 5pm to 7pm). 

Sat. March 15th  Muldoons  133 W. Front St. Wheaton IL
5pm to 8pm. 

Sat. March 15th  Chicago St. Pub 75 N. Chicago St. Joliet IL
9:30pm to 11:30pm

Mon. March 17th   Tommy Nevin's Pub 9680 Lincolnway Ln, Frankfort, IL
11am to 2pm

Mon. March 17th  Tommy Nevin's Pub  3032 English Rows Ave, Naperville, IL
5pm to 8pm
 

The Bank, Wheaton,   123 W. Front St.,  Wheaton IL, Gavin performs on the following Friday nights: March 21st, April 4, April 18, May 23 from  8pm to 11pm   

Fri. March 28th  Paddy's Bar 362 Theodore St, Crest Hill IL
9pm to 1am




GAVIN'S CDs

Footlights < < < the new CD
Released 2009

Footlights - Gavin's New CD
Somewhere Some Enchanted Evening
On the Street Where You Live Johanna
Edelweiss For Good
Moon River
Younger Than Springtime
Close Every Door
Music of the Night
The Impossible Dream Bring Him Home
Somewhere, Over The Rainbow You'll Never Walk Alone

Till There Was You

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"Footlights" CD sold at these stores:

Irish Sisters Imports
312 S. Third St.
Geneva, Illinois, 60134
Phone: 630-208-9300
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Paddy's on the Square
228 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.
Long Grove, Illinois, 60047
Phone: 847-634-0339
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Three
Released 2007

Gavin Coyle - Three CD
Back Home in Derry She Moved Through the Fair
Galway Bay I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
Will You Go, Lassie Go Battle Hymn
The City of Chicago
video of this song
McAlpine's Fusiliers
The Fields of Athenry
video of this song
The Leaving of Liverpool
My Lagan Love In Your Arms (Wedding Song)
The Minstrel Boy The Voyage

The Town I Loved So Well
Simple Plan

Listen to sample tracks

Online credit card orders by CDBaby.com
or call them at 1-800-Buy-My-CD

or order by mail and pay by check

Now on iTunes
buy individual songs for 99 cents

"Three" CD sold at these stores:

Irish Sisters Imports
312 S. Third St.
Geneva, Illinois, 60134
Phone: 630-208-9300
map to this address (mapquest)

Paddy's on the Square
228 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.
Long Grove, Illinois, 60047
Phone: 847-634-0339
map to this address (mapquest)

 
Gentle Christmas
Released: December 2004

Gavin Coyle Christmas CD
Silver Bells Heaven's Wind
In the Bleak Mid-Winter The Little Drummer Boy
Silent Night O Holy Night
Mary Did You Know? It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Away in a Manger O Little Town of Bethlehem
Ave Maria (Schubert) The Holy City
White Christmas O Come All Ye Faithful
What Child is This? Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
I'll Be Home for Christmas Listen to sample tracks

Online credit card orders by CDBaby.com
or call them at 1-800-Buy-My-CD

or order by mail and pay by check

Now on iTunes
buy individual songs for 99 cents

Review of the new Christmas CD

 
The Gentle Christmas CD sold at these stores:

Irish Sisters Imports
312 S. Third St.
Geneva, Illinois, 60134
Phone: 630-208-9300
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Paddy's on the Square
228 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.
Long Grove, Illinois, 60047
Phone: 847-634-0339
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Half a Chance
Released 2003

Gavin Coyle Half a Chance CD
Half a Chance Invisible Man
Better Darkness in the City of Light
Angel The Road Alone
Chained Lemonade and Wonder
Cling Coming Home
Fallin' not Flyin' Half a Chance Again
Sense of Right Listen to sample tracks


Online credit card orders by CDBaby.com
or call them at 1-800-Buy-My-CD

or order by mail and pay by check

Now on iTunes
buy individual songs for 99 cents

Buy individual songs on eMusic

Half a Chance CD sold at these stores:

Irish Sisters Imports
312 S. Third St.
Geneva, Illinois, 60134
Phone: 630-208-9300
map to this address (mapquest)

Paddy's on the Square
228 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.
Long Grove, Illinois, 60047
Phone: 847-634-0339
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Whisper of the Waves
Released 1999


Gavin




                          Coyle Whisper CD
Whisper of the Waves   Coming Home
The Irish Rover  Roddy McCorley
Come Back Paddy Reilly  The Wild Rover
Cockles and Mussels Setanta
Whiskey In The Jar Jarrin' The Whiskey
Wild Colonial Boy The Last Rose of Summer
The Spinning Wheel Danny Boy
Mountains of Mourne Ag Criost An Siol

Listen to sample tracks

Online credit card orders by CDBaby.com
or call them at 1-800-Buy-My-CD

or order by mail and pay by check

Now on iTunes
buy individual songs for 99 cents

Buy individual songs on eMusic

Whisper of the Waves CD sold at these stores:

Irish Sisters Imports
312 S. Third St.
Geneva, Illinois, 60134
Phone: 630-208-9300
map to this address (mapquest)

Paddy's on the Square
228 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.
Long Grove, Illinois, 60047
Phone: 847-634-0339
map to this address (mapquest)

 

Gavin's Live Christmas CD (released in 2000, this CD is sold out)



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