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Dan Donovan

Alternative Rock / Folk Rock / Garage Rock
Fenland, England, United Kingdom

Dan Donovan is a British singer, songwriter, and guitar player. Born in 1960 to a Welsh preacher, he produces music which uses metaphor extensively to draw on spiritual themes.

His music career began with a band called Back to Jordan which recorded one EP and one album. Then he founded the band Tribe of Dan, described on the King Kool website as “cult greb goth outfit” and elsewhere as “swamp rock”. The band split after recording only one studio album, and their US label folded shortly after their first release. Following this event he released albums independently, and his sound shifted toward an acoustic feel.

Donovan has also been involved with bands such as The Swamp Cranks and King Kool. King Kool is described as baseless blues - the band features Donovan and a drummer, but no bassist. The original drummer was Matt Middleton, who had worked with Donovan in several bands, including Tribe of Dan. Currently, Donovan is recording music under The Dan The D.

Discography

1993 Dan Donovan Trashbone Thang Sticky Music
1995 Dan Donovan Dust Shaker
199? Dan Donovan Root
1998 Dan Donovan The Leaven Dell
2000 Dan Donovan The Hex The Ghears
2003 Dan Donovan Ga-rage
2016 Dan Donovan 12_12 Acoustic Sessions
2018 The Dan The D Mojave Session EP
2019 Mojo Del Rancho

Trashbone Thang

1993 Sticky Music (GUM24CD)

Dan Donovan - Vocals, guitar, bass, sounds [Mellow Moothie, Creaks, Moans’n’ Rattling And a Snach of Key Poking]

Matt Middleton - Drums, percussion
Steve Butler - Keyboards
Dot Reid - Keyboards
David Birss - Blues Harp
Charlie Irvine - Sounds [Water Breath Native Whale’n’Noise Loading Thang]
Drew McCulloch - Tambourine

  1. Moonchile (3:58)
  2. Big Enough … Baby (4:29)
  3. Broken and Bleeding (4:34)
  4. Tangletown (5:03)
  5. Sweet Crush (5:01)
  6. Dancing Bear (4:09)
  7. Rats Rule the Roost (3:34)
  8. Driftin' (6:41)
  9. Please Don't Lose Me Now (4:38)
  10. So Dance (4:06)
  11. Dangerous Moose (4:13)

Dust Shaker

1995 Independent

  1. Chant (0:28)
  2. Cooking Pot (3:51)
  3. Pretty Thing You (4:32)
  4. Snakes Alive (6:13)
  5. Snakes Sequel (0:35)
  6. Groovy Garden (4:51)
  7. Flower (3:54)
  8. Land of Nether (4:41)
  9. Bulldog Blood (5:55)
  10. Broose Again (4:05)
  11. Fragile Flame (6:42)
  12. Arms of Clare (5:12)
  13. The Song of the Jabbermoose (2:48)
  14. Shook Up (5:47)

Root

199? Independent

  1. Pretty Thing You
  2. Broose Again
  3. No Bad Dog
  4. Arms of Clare
  5. Things Jus' Is
  6. Fragile Flame
  7. Wild Eyed
  8. Moments Like These

The Leaven Dell

1998 Independent

  1. The Leaven Dell (1:58)
  2. Things Jus'is (3:51)
  3. Send in the Poets (4:32)
  4. Wild Eyed (3:34)
  5. Tick Tock Tim (5:40)
  6. Baby Boo (2:48)
  7. A Healing (3:23)
  8. Jinx of Job (4:44)
  9. Fingertips (5:07)
  10. Pushing Up the Rainbows (4:52)
  11. To Fly (3:40)
  12. What Is It? (1:57)

The Hex The Ghears

2000 Independent

  1. Sassy Punk (3:44)
  2. No One There (5:15)
  3. Froot to Boot (2:17)
  4. In Your Arms (3:13)
  5. Kiss the Star (4:09)
  6. Who Are We (4:53)
  7. Little Red Jag (3:41)
  8. Shiny King (4:33)
  9. Holy Bull (3:18)
  10. Bombay Mix (2:04)
  11. Moments Like These (6:16)
  12. So I Trust (7:51)

Ga-rage

2003 Independent


12_12 Acoustic Sessions

2016 Independent

  1. Root It Bag It (4:44)
  2. No Bad Dog (5:18)
  3. Skin Teeth (3:24v
  4. Blind Lead the Blind (5:14)
  5. Dirdy Day (3:14)
  6. Boot Beautiful (4:05)
  7. Tic Tock Tim (5:07)
  8. So Dance (4:47)
  9. The Voice (4:45)
  10. I Love (4:56)
  11. Fragile Flame (6:58)
  12. Sassy Punk (4:10)

The 12 songs from Donovan's 12 albums re-recorded in 2015 is a retrospective project with gritty blues, folk renditions from his back catalogue.


Mojave Sessions EP

2018 Independent

  1. Do Do Do It (2:34)
  2. Baby Bomb (3:44)
  3. Do Do Do It (acoustic) (2:28)
  4. Baby Bomb (acoustic) (4:02)

(note that this ep is no longer available except at a few streaming music sites)


Mojo Del Rancho

2019 Independent

(upcoming release scheduled for October 2019 - this will be the complete recorded session of Donovan's time in the Mojave Desert)