Pat Donohue Trio - The Dunsmore Room at Crooners6161 Hwy 65 NE Minneapolis,MN
01/17/2018 7:30 PM - 01/17/2018 9:30 PM
Pat has been obsessed with the guitar since he first picked one up at age twelve and began learning simple chords and melodies from a Pete Seeger instructional book. His background as a drummer in a garage rock band helped with the transition and he never looked back. As a youth, the St. Paul, Minnesota native pestered guitarists playing at Twin Cities coffee houses and blues venues, seeking tips on playing. Borrowing bits and pieces of the styles of finger picking pioneers he admired, he taught himself to play, building a repertoire flavored by Blind Blake, Django Reinhart and Chet Atkins.
Gary Raynor is a bassist best known for his appearances in the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band in the radio show "A Prairie Home Companion." He has also played with Sammy Davis, Jr.'s backing band, and a host of other jazz artists, including Count Basie. Although he plays a jazz pizzicato double bass, he specialises in arco solos. His arco work is featured on records such as the Janet Jackson hit single "Again." He teaches double bass at McNally Smith College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also has an impressive technique on bass guitar.
Peter has spent his entire career as a full time professional drummer/musician/songwriter. In the mid 70’s, he was a drummer and toured the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand for three years with Manhattan Transfer. He played on “Manhattan Transfer Live”, an album recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. He also played on the “Pastiche” Manhattan Transfer studio album.
He has written hundreds of jingles, songs and underscores for commercials, including composing and producing all the music for two “Sesame Street Live” shows, which toured the world.
Peter was the house band drummer for two American Public Radio weekly shows that were heard nationally: “Good Evening” and “First House on the Right,” where played with Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, and Harry Connick Jr., among many others.
Peter still exhibits his drumming versatility; in appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, he’s played Klezmer music with Doc Severinson, and jazz with Dave Brubeck. He plays often with “Synergy,” one of the elite variety bands in the Twin Cities. He is the principal percussionist with the Minnesota Sinfonia, a 26-piece chamber orchestra. He makes frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Peter has played with Michael Bolton, Sister Sledge, Freda Payne, Trisha Yearwood, Chuck Berry, David Gaines, and Donny Osmond, among many others. He also does recording sessions with local artists.