Summer has officially passed, so we’re bringing the music to our (warmer, indoor) barrel room. Enjoy Mazza wine, a glass of Five & 20 beer, and food from our friends at Bird.
Old songs with new soul. New songs with old soul. Abby Badach Doyle (fiddle, vocals) and Pat Doyle (guitar, vocals) of Gem City Revival, an acoustic duo keeping honest, rootsy, Americana music alive in Erie, PA.
Abby Badach Doyle, a classically trained violinist and former concertmaster, grew up simultaneously practicing etudes and learning to harmonize along with her parents’ Simon and Garfunkel albums. She has performed and recorded locally with The Heliotropes since 2010, and as a member of Erie Insurance’s award-winning corporate band Above All in Volume, she played Nashville’s legendary Exit/In and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As Abby’s love and study of traditional bluegrass fiddle grew, so did her cowgirl boot collection – and she’s devoting the next phase of her musical career to developing them both.
Pat Doyle, a proud southpaw, grew up in Butler County playing his dad’s old acoustic strung upside down and backwards. Taking inspiration from the greats like Lindsey Buckingham and James Taylor, he taught himself to play long before the era of YouTube tutorials. Now armed with his own genuine lefty instrument, Pat has performed in clubs and living rooms across Western PA.
Happenstance made them friends, but hootenannies made them a band. Together, these young – but not gettin’ any younger – musicians bring a striking combination of talent, chemistry and deep respect for the greats in the folk and alt-country traditions they so love.