Over a 30 year period Dan Donovan has recorded 12 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 has been performing and recording as King Kool, a two piece garage sounding electric band. With 4 albums from this project under his belt he now returns, embracing his acoustic roots. A new album featuring 12 songs from his 12 albums recorded this year is a retrospective project with gritty blues, folk renditions from his back catalogue.
The album is simply titled ‘Dan Donovan 12_12, Acoustics Sessions’.
This year 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 offers new twists that compliment Donovan’s latest musical offering titled The Dan the D.
20th Doc Mason radio show
22nd Punk for the Homeless, Thorney UK
19th Randall Rootz Fest, Peterborough UK
27th Greenbelt Fest, Kettering UK
16th Cosmic Nozems Fest, Zwevegem, Belgie