All Together Now: A Newfoundlander's Light Tales for Heavy Times

December 1, 2020
All Together Now: A Newfoundlander's Light Tales for Heavy Times

One of Newfoundland's funniest and most belovedstorytellers offers his cure for the Covidblues.Is there a more sociable province than Newfoundland andLabrador? Or anywhere in Canada with a greater reputation forcoming to the rescue of those in need?At this time of Covid, singer, songwriter and bestselling authorAlan Doyle is feeling everyone's pain. Off the road and spendingmore days at home than he has since he was a child hawking codtongues on the wharfs of Petty Harbour, he misses the crowds andcompanionship of performing across the country and beyond. But mostof all he misses the cheery clamour of pubs in his hometown, whereone yarn follows another so quickly "you have to be as ready as anOlympian at the start line to get your tale in before someone iswell into theirs already." We're all experiencing our own versionof that deprivation, and Alan, one of Newfoundland's fineststorytellers, wants to offer a little balm.All Together Now is a gathering in book form—a virtualNewfoundland pub. There are adventures in foreign lands, includingan apparently filthy singalong in Polish (well, he would have sungalong if he'd understood the language), a real-life ghost storyinvolving an elderly neighbour, a red convertible and a clown horn,a potted history of his social drinking, and heartwarmingreminiscences from another past world, childhood—all designed toput a smile on the faces of the isolated-addled.Alan Doyle has never been in better form—nor more welcome. As hesays about this troubling time: "We get through it. We do what hasto be done. Then, we celebrate. With the best of them."