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Dan O'Donnell
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Irish Pub Tunes! Freely rendered by Dan and his acoustic guitar.
I pound a guitar with wanton (ok, amateurish) abandon and holler Irish pub tunes, roughly, in time and tune with it. I came to the genre quite late in life and it's mostly recreational. Still, I do some gigs in local pubs in S. Florida. I record with the same gear I use for gigs and capture the noise through a sound card in my home computer. The recording is new and so's my website - both the offshoot of sanity maintenance while recently out of work at my day job. Like many a noisy critter, I play and sing simply because I feel like it. I do try to honor the occassional, "No Yodeling Zone!" postings I encounter.
Band/artist history
My band has disbanded and reconstituted with various players over a few years. I enjoyed them all and learned from most of them. Now, it's just me. Occassionaly, though, some of us get together - we did that for some gigs the week of St. Patrick's Day, 2004 (picture at itroubador.com). It's hard to get a pub band started and keep it together. If I ever have another, I'll call it Disband.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
It's that bad? I play at Irish Pubs in S. Florida when I can. I also play (quietly) at sessions and host open mics from time to time. I love playing music for a bunch of drunks. No, no. I like to look around and see body parts moving in time or folks singing along. It's special when music connects and I also enjoy getting folks up to play or sing with me or to do a few tunes themselves.
Your musical influences
Strong feelings within ... and this constant ringing in my ears. Aside from that, I've been influenced by acoustic folk, folk rock, Celtic or Irish traditional. And musician friends: Walt Rooney, Echoes of Erin, Tony Arcaro and others.
What equipment do you use?
I (ab)use Martin (HD28) and Carvin (C850) acoustic guitars, a Fishman Aura, Carvin and Peavey PA gear and Shure mics.
Anything else?
Visit my There are free mp3 downloads and lyrics and chords to Irish pub tunes. I'd like to put some of those mp3s up here ... but need to ensure no copyrights would be violated first.
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