• ‘Pon the Wireless NZ

    September 20, 2015

    Just back from a great trip to New Zealand’s South Island where I gave a masterclass and concert in Christchurch. Christchurch got leveled by an earthquake some years ago, and it was very affecting to see the city still in recovery. We also enjoyed a tsunami warning while there following a quake in Chile–it did ...


  • Cassettes and Radio

    June 22, 2015

    When I was a high school kid, I used to make cassette recordings of two shows on WCMU–our community public radio station. I first got in to African music by taping those earliest Afropop shows, back when it had intern Ira Glass. The other show came on Sunday nights at midnight: “Destination Out”. It was [&...


  • New classes, concert series and Hoot Night!

    June 11, 2015

    I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new event on the second Sunday of each month: The Sydney Folk Guitar School and Hoot night. Each month I am programming of music study and collaboration. It begins with a one hour lesson at 6p, followed by a short concert by a featured performer, followed by […]...


  • Thoughts On Koo Nimo

    April 22, 2015

    My Ghanaian guitar teacher recently asked me to write some thoughts for inclusion in his memoir. A great honor, and difficult to accomplish in a way that held all of my feelings for him. Here’s what I got, and I am happy: To write about Koo Nimo is a humbling experience–what can I say that […]...


  • African Roots & Americana CD

    February 25, 2015

    I’m pleased to announce the release of an album of instrumental fingerstyle guitar music called African Roots & Americana. This music pulls from the repertoire of my extended solo sets, and all of these tunes are in my teaching repertoire. Mali, Congo, early American parlour tunes, and more. Check it out! It was ...


  • Skype Lessons Now!!!

    October 14, 2014

    My Skype lesson practice is live, and going great with a growing number of students. Please contact me if you’d like lessons in African styles, fingerstyle guitar, songwriting, or modal music! Check the “Teaching” Tab for more info....


  • On Recording, and Doing It Live

    August 21, 2014

    I had the good fortune to be interviewed this year by the great musician Chris Presscott of Pinback and other projects about the first Occidental Brothers record which we did live to tape (no overdubs) at Steve Albini’s great Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. Our buddy Kris Poulin was at the sound desk, of course. [...


  • A-Song-A-Week

    August 7, 2014

    I’ll begin a project posting a new song each Sunday evening to Soundcloud. If you’re registered with SoundCloud, you can follow me here, but I encourage you to sign up for a separate email blast I’ll be doing on a weekly basis announcing the upload. There’ll be a mix of new and old music I’ve [...


  • Lots coming on two continents

    July 22, 2014

    Please check the calendar page for lots of new performance listings for solo guitar, Steve Doyle duo, trio with Moussa Diakate, and Trio Mokili in both Sydney and N. America. Also, I’ll be in residency at Chicago’s Old Town School for a week in September. Watch for the workshop and masterclass listings on the ca...


  • Dateline: Sydney

    April 21, 2014

    This Chicago boy is excited to announce that I’ve relocated to Sydney, Australia.  We got here about a month ago, and I’m really inspired by the musicianship and culture in this amazing city.  I’ll still be coming back to play and teach in the States–look for me in Chicago and New Orleans in Septem...