A musician, singer, actor, businessman, philanthropist and golfer, Donie is famous on both sides of the Atlantic.
- He began his musical career in Cork City, Ireland, during the great ballad boom of the 1960s.
- One of Donie's first regular gigs was playing for thirty bob a night in Bridgie Halloran’s pub in Ballygarvan in the company of Liam Beale and big bearded Tom Moore. The fee, of course, was for three musicians with a few pints thrown in. Bridgie’s was to become a great launching pad for young balladeers, and as the scene got stronger he found himself meeting and learning from other musicians
- The 1970s was the decade Donie did most of his solo work, playing annual residencies at seaside resorts and small festivals before getting involved in the Cork folk scene more fully.
- There, he met people, like his good friend Jimmy Crowley, and opened shows for some of the big acts of the day.
- After a few years playing the pub scene with friend Noel Delaney, Donie teamed up with the well known Cork folk group Finnegan’s Wake, and so began a decade of touring extensively to all parts of Europe.
- Donie arrived in New York in the early 1990s and soon took up at Kate Kearney’s with box players Gus Murray (Leitrim) and John Ford (Galway), and New York fiddle great Andy McGann. The late Joe “Banjo” Burke and the late Johnny Cronin (accordion) were other musicians who often complemented Kate’s sessions. A change of ownership at Kate Kearney’s brought an end to one of the great session in New York,
- Donie took a rest from the music to pursue an acting career. His off-Broadway debut was in John B. Keane’s play Sive, in which he not only acted but did a nightly pre-show concert where he performed some of the songs on this recording. He is presently a member of the New York City-based Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra, led by Dr. Mick Moloney. This is Donie’s first solo recording. Donie is joined on this recording by Gabriel Donohue, Don Meade, Mattie Connolly, Joanie Madden, Liz Hanley, Tony Horswill, Kate Bowerman, Jimmy Crowley, Heather Martin Bixler, Daniel Neely, Joey Mullen, “Tuba Joe” Exley and Marian Makins.
The Man & His Music