Where I Belong

Where I Belong

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From the lead singer of the band Great Big Sea comes a lyrical and captivating musical memoir about growing up in the tiny fishing village of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and then taking to the world stage.

Singer-songwriter and front man of the great Canadian band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle is also a lyrical storyteller and a creative force. In Where I Belong , Alan paints a vivid, raucous and heartwarming portrait of a curious young lad born into the small coastal fishing community of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and destined to become a renowned musician who carried the musical tradition of generations before him and brought his signature sound to the world. He tells of a childhood surrounded by larger-than-life characters who made an indelible impression on his music and work; of his first job on the wharf cutting out cod tongues for fishermen; of growing up in a family of five in a two-bedroom house with a beef-bucket as a toilet, yet lacking nothing; of learning at his father's knee how to sing the story of a song and learning from his mother how to simply "be good"; and finally, of how everything he ever learned as a kid prepared him for that pivotal moment when he became part of Great Big Sea and sailed away on what would be the greatest musical adventure of his life.
Filled with the lore and traditions of the East Coast and told in a voice that is at once captivating and refreshingly candid, this is a narrative journey about small-town life, curiosity and creative fulfillment, and finally, about leaving everything you know behind only to learn that no matter where you go, home will always be with you.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Anchor Canada,, 2015
Edition: Anchor Canada edition
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9780385680387
Characteristics: xvi, 314 pages :,illustrations, map


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Oct 05, 2015

An excellent, amusing read from an amazing storyteller. Not surprising, since a good East Coast/Newfoundland/Irish song is a story. \\ Also a book full of history and love -- of family, friends, culture, and place. \\ From the prologue: "Spin the planet like a globe. Stop it... when you... spot an odd-shaped island. If you're lucky enough, you'll visit it one day." And the book goes on to reinforce that point.

curtip May 16, 2015

A great read about growing up in small town Newfoundland . Brings back a lot of memories from growing up in rural N.B. A very enjoyable book that I could not put down.

Feb 25, 2015

Really funny and heart-warming, as you'd expect from the lead singer of Great Big Sea. All about growing up in Petty Harbor, Newfoundland, and his friends, his family and his love for the place.

smc01 Feb 21, 2015

This is a pitch-perfect memoir by a talented Canadian. Full of charm, humour and great stories, I could not put it down. It's filled with the warmth of families and friends and the culture of Newfoundland. If one can't travel to Petty Harbour, Nfld, this must be the next best thing.

rowanquincy Feb 07, 2015

This author is great at storytelling. All about growing up in Newfoundland. I learned a lot about Newfoundland and enjoyed the entire book. Looking forward to the next one.

LaughingOne Jan 13, 2015

This is an enjoyable read, not just about the early life of Alan Doyle, but also about life in a small town in Newfoundland.


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Oct 05, 2015

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