Bend it like Jerry
Legendary guitarist Jerry Donahue is Phil Brown's star guest for a special two part programme 'Bend it Like Jerry'...
The Drift 8.00 pm Thursday 2 & 9 August 2007
New York born Jerry Donahue enjoys a highly regarded reputation on either side of the Atlantic. Known often as "The guitarist's guitarist" and "Bend Master of the Telecaster" his guitar style and technique is distinctive and he rightly deserves the respect bestowed upon him by many leading musicians and singer songwriters.
From his early playing days with seminal bands like Fotheringay & Fairport Convention through to performances or tours with Gerry Rafferty, Robert Plant, Joan Armatrading, Elton John, The Proclaimers, Johnny Hallyday, George Harrison, Cliff Richard, Chris Rea, Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Hank Marvin, Roy Orbison, Nancy Griffith, The Yardbirds, and The Hellecasters; Jerry has probably achieved all that there is to achieve with his career.
‘Bend it Like Jerry’ will be a two part feature on ‘The Drift’ on BBC Radio Lancashire with Phil Brown (2nd/9th August). Phil will be having an in depth chat with Jerry, discussing his career, whilst also focusing on the imminent release of Fotheringay 2. These two broadcasts also coincide with a concert in the county at the Darwen Library Theatre ‘The Legends of Folk Rock: The Gathering’ on Friday August 10th which will also feature Jerry.
Jerry’s parents had highly successful careers in the world of entertainment. His father, the late Sam Donahue was an auspicious 1940s/50s Big Band leader and his mother the TV and film actress, Patricia Donahue. Together they both encouraged Jerry in his music making - right from his early classical guitar lessons as a child.
Jerry has combined the Celtic rooted influences from his adopted home in the UK and fused them with US rock, blues and country roots to produce the distinctive and recognisable ‘Donahue’ style.
The band Fotheringay (and album of the same title, Fledg’ling Records 1970) featured the late highly loved and respected Sandy Denny. This recording is held in hallowed awe in the annals of folk history. During the making of the follow up album Fotheringay 2 late in 1970, Sandy left the band and the recordings have been left untouched for almost four decades.
For the past decade Jerry has spent much time in Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. It is here that he has recently been putting the finishing touches to this exceedingly special album – Fotheringay 2.
The content of the two broadcast shows will also include musical illustrations from the career of this highly talented, yet unassuming musician. Linking this with the excitement that surrounds the completion of Fotheringay 2 and the imminent tour date – they promise compelling listening.
last updated: 26/07/07
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