Follow your heart

Kristy Muir talks to an Irish singer who practises what he preaches.
Kristy Muir talks to an Irish singer who practises what he preaches.

IT is hard not to get emotional when you listen to Highway of Dreams, the new single by Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Alan Boyle.

His mellifluous voice and romantic, truthful and magical lyrics are an unbeatable combination.

Boyle practises what he sings about: living spontaneously, grabbing love with both hands and finding joy and beauty in the smallest of things.

It was this impulsiveness that led him to Australia some years ago, when he followed an Australian woman he met in Dublin across the other side of the world for love.

The free-spirited Irishman who now calls Australia home and this same woman his wife says he has always followed his heart.

“Every time there is the opportunity, follow your heart,” Boyle said.

“Step outside yourself and take a chance.”

He said it would be nice to think of people’s lives being romantic but in reality, usually they were mundane with glimpses of joy that kept us carrying on through the bad times.

“We all have a story,” he said.

“People are endlessly facinating.”

The storyteller said he loved nothing more than getting up on stage and connecting with an audience.

“Sometimes you are lucky enough to find an open, beautiful and magic connection,” he said. “As a musician, you are always chasing a connection – sometimes you get one, sometimes you don’t.”

Boyle said he was looking forward to his gig on the Coast at Sol Bar, Maroochydore, tomorrow and it would be a good night out with some “crackin’ musos”.

“There will be moments of love, sadness, happiness,” he said.

Coast musician Drew Wilson will also be pursuing a connection with audiences at the the show as he will be launching his new single, Fix.

Boyle said he thought Wilson was immensely talented and he couldn’t wait to catch up with him.

The two musos met through Wilson’s brother some years ago and although they are not close friends, they get on well.

Boyle will also be officially launching Highway of Dreams at Sol Bar.

He said Highway of Dreams was a ghost story, written from the perspective of a dead person.

“It is almost automatic writing from this perspective,” he said.

“The best songs come when you’re not thinking about them.”

The Irishman said he was in the early days of recording his album, which would be released next year.

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