Originating from Co. Roscommon in the west of Ireland, John Doyle, known by his stage name, Amo, has spent most of his solo career based in New York City. In his late teenage years he built a large following from his high energy solo shows packing out bars throughout the north-west of Ireland. The word spread and caught the attention of New York City bar owners in highly populated Irish/Irish American neighborhoods. In 1994, Amo embarked on his first US tour that included a highlight performance for the World Cup Irish Soccer team in Orlando, Florida. The following years saw him dividing his schedule between Ireland and New York. Amo moved permanently to NYC in 1997 and has since performed all over the world and released 2 critically acclaimed albums.
The Irish Voice describes: “Amo rocks it and twists it” … “Watching him play live is a case study of someone wholly committed to his own vision”. Weekly he performs in Irish bars along the North East, and maintains resident performances in the most popular Irish bars in Times Square – New York City’s tourist destination and entertainment center. Following the sunshine and the crowds, Amo hits the stage in bars all over Florida during the winter months and then the summer see’s him back in NY, predominantly in The Hamptons – a summer destination for affluent New York City residents.
Amo is committed to entertaining his audience and has honed the skill of reading an audience and accordingly adjusting his expansive set list ranging from today back to before he was born in the 70’s. There is always an element of surprise in the room when Amo takes the stage. Be it a Hip Hop version of “Danny Boy” or a jaw dropping upbeat version of Christy Moore’s ballad “Ride On”, he might find room for unorthodox use of an empty Guinness Pint Glass. “It’s rare to see a solo performer throw himself headlong into his songs the way Amo does, he makes a lone guitar and a drum machine sound like an entire band with his unorthodox strumming, slapping and tapping”. – The Irish Voice – Nationwide syndication, USA.