Newfoundland music pioneer Wilf Doyle dies

Accordionist Wilf Doyle, 87, died in St. John's on Friday.
Wilf Doyle accepting a lifetime achievement award in 2007 at The 31st Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. (Rick West/NL Folk)

Newfoundland accordion pioneer Wilf Doyle, 87, died in St. John's on Friday.

The well-known musician began his career in 1944, touring the island as Wilf Doyle and His Orchestra.

His first recording of instrumentals was released in 1956. He went on to release ten more albums over the next three decades.

In 2007, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival presented Doyle with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his influence on the music of the province.

A funeral is scheduled today, Monday, at St. Anne's Church in Conception Harbour.