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Newfoundland celtic singer Alan Doyle joins the merry men of "Robin Hood"

 Alan Doyle of Newfoundland's "Great Big Sea"

Alan Doyle, front man of Canadian celtic band Great Big Sea, stars as one of Sherwood Forest’s legendary merry men in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, which opens today in theatres nationwide.

The film stars Russell Crowe as Robin Hood, and Cate Blanchett as Marion. Doyle plays Robin Hood’s comrade, Allan A’Dayle, who has some musical moments on screen with fellow merry men Will Scarlet (Scott Grimes) and Little John (Kevin Durand).

When not acting, Russell Crowe himself is also a musician. He and Doyle first met in Toronto while Crowe was filming Cinderella Man, and the two struck up a friendship. They have since written songs together and performed with each other’s bands.

Says Doyle on landing the part in Robin Hood, “He [Russell Crowe] called me up one night two years ago and asked me if I knew how to play the lute... Next thing I knew, I was on a plane to Los Angeles to read for Allan A’Dayle.”

The Robin Hood saga has undergone various cinematic treatments over the years. This latest version may be considered unique in its grittiness, visual scope, and more historically-informed approach. Says Doyle, “I think we’ve finally done justice to one of the coolest figures in English literature.”

Watch the trailer here:

NBC Today Show interview with the merry men at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival (via

Alan Doyle with Great Big Sea singing, "The Old Black Rum":


  • wtfinsf 4 years ago

    Thanks for the post. Great Big Sea was wonderful at the Palace of Fine Arts last October! Canada's best kept secret.


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