Over a 30 year period Dan Donovan has recorded 13 albums. Derbyshire born to a Welsh preacher, Dan moved to Fenland, England in the mid nineties where he has rooted himself indefinitely.
In the late eighties Dan was invited to record a live session at the famous BBC Maida Vale studio with his then band the grebo goth rock Tribe of Dan. Much press, radio play, international touring and an album followed but in 1992 Dan folded the outfit to pursue a more intimate genre, embracing a stripped down sound inspired by his fondness for Tom Waits and Bob Dylan.
During the following years he recorded a number of albums, acclaimed in the press.
“earthy, moody... crafted by candlelight” Kerrang KKKK
“highly atmospheric” Raw Mag
“visionary Dan the snarling moaning man” NME
“Funky, sinister and impenetrable” MOJO
“sparse with sack loads of heart”
Since 2005 Dan had been performing and recording as King Kool, a two piece garage sounding electric band. With 4 albums from this project under his belt he returned, embracing his acoustic roots. A new album featuring 12 songs from his 12 albums recorded is a retrospective project with gritty blues, folk renditions from his back catalogue.
The album is simply titled ‘Dan Donovan 12_12, Acoustics Sessions’.
In 2017 Dan was invited to record at the infamous Rancho de la Luna, Joshua Tree, California. Accompanied by Jonny Quinn (Snow Patrol) on drums and Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal) this unlikely combo offered new twists that compliment Donovan’s latest musical offering titled The Dan the D. Plans to release the recordings are underway in 2018, watch this space.
13th January 2018
DOC MASON FEST
The Broadway, Peterborough
9th February 2018
THE DAN THE D & NEIL COUSIN
The Angles Theatre, Wisbech.