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Donovan Leitch is widely regarded as one of the most influential songwriters and recording artists working today. At his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 it was stated, “Donovan singlehandedly initiated the Pysychedelic Revolution with Sunshine Superman”. This masterwork album he created late 1965 at 19 years of age; influencing (his friends) The Beatles on their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and leading the way for many other artists.
It is now history that Donovan became the tutor of The Beatles on the famous trip to India, where he taught John, Paul and George the finger style guitar and many of his unique chord patterns that would create many of the best songs and styles of The White Album. Most notable Dear Prudence, Julia (which John asked Donovan to help him write), Blackbird, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and many others on The White Album. Donovan encouraged and nurtured George Harrisons songwriting. George in The Beatles Anthology said, “Donovan is all over The White Album”.
As highly influential and successful as Sunshine Superman album was, Donovan had already scored 4 Top Twenty singles, EP’s and two albums in his so-called “Folk Period” of early 1965. Donovan received the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for his very first song Catch The Wind at 18 years young.
Donovan in his songs of innocence, has been compared to Blake, his metaphysical songs to Donne and Herbert, his Celtic songs to Yeats, his children’s songs to Stevenson, his Nonesense songs to Carroll and Lear, his Yoga songs to the Vedic Hymns, his Jazz Classical compositions to Ellington and Lewis, his poetic public appeal to Auden. He also is attributed with writing the first ‘Green Songs’ highlighting the threat to the Ecosystem of our Planet Earth.
It is clear there is no such composer or artist like Donovan.
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Three powerful forces in Irish roots music in their own right; Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Joyce and Noriana Kennedy combine as The Whileaways to create a beguiling tapestry of harmonies, tradition and beautifully crafted original songs. All three write and sing, drawing on their own experience, and the result is captivating.
The band came to know each other’s singing over a number of years, playing in sessions in the folk melting pot of Galway city. Their recent highly acclaimed album Saltwater Kisses received four stars in The Irish Times and RTE Radio 1 Album of the week.
Prepare to be spellbound.
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