John Doyle, known by his stage name Amo, hails from County Roscommon in the north west region of Ireland. With a career that spans over two decades, Amo has become a seasoned performer, primarily based in the bustling metropolis of New York City.
During his late teenage years, Amo’s high-energy solo shows drew crowds throughout the north-west of Ireland, earning him a significant following. His reputation soon spread across the Atlantic and caught the attention of New York City bar owners in heavily Irish-populated neighborhoods, such as Yonkers. In 1994, Amo embarked on his first US tour, which included a standout performance for the Irish World Cup Soccer team in Orlando, Florida. Over the following years, Amo split his time between Ireland and New York before finally making the permanent move to the Big Apple in 1997.
Amo’s talent as a performer has not gone unnoticed, with The Irish Voice lauding him as an artist who “rocks it and twists it.” His live performances are a testament to his unwavering commitment to his own vision, leaving audiences captivated and energized. From resident performances at popular Irish bars in Times Square to special events throughout the North East, Amo has continued to showcase his talents in front of enthusiastic crowds.
In early 2022, Amo’s reputation began to spread beyond North America, as he began performing in the sun-drenched Canary Islands. However, his fiery performances are not without their risks. A recent show at the Seaview, a popular Irish bar in Lanzarote, was shut down by local police in the middle of his encore due to overcrowding and unlicensed dancing!
Despite the unexpected challenges that come with performing live, Amo remains committed to entertaining his audience. His ability to read a crowd and adjust his expansive setlist has become a hallmark of his performances. His renditions of well-known Irish ballads infused with hip-hop beats or an unorthodox use of an empty pint glass are just some of the surprises that Amo has in store for his audience. As The Irish Voice aptly notes, “It’s rare to see a solo performer throw himself headlong into his songs the way Amo does.”
With two critically acclaimed albums under his belt and an unwavering commitment to his craft, Amo is a performer who continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with a guitar and a drum machine. His performances are an unforgettable experience, leaving audiences with a newfound appreciation for the power of live music.