Welcome to the music home base of Craig Donovan and my photographic diary of the travels where my music has taken me as well as the special people in my life, cultures, places, social causes and things that inspire me and feed my soul. I am a singer-songwriter, electric and acoustic guitarist, mandolinist and keyboardist (piano, synthesizer) originally from New York City, who now hails from the Washington, DC area.
The style of my original music has been described as if James Taylor crashed into Weezer, Elvis Costello or Asian Kung-Fu Generation. An eclectic mix of beautifully-crafted engaging harmonies, emotional lyrics and rhythmic flow with a professional, engrossing and energetic stage presence and prominent guitar arpeggios, hard-edged guitar riffs, and power chords.
Craig Donovan Performs Impromptu Set of Songs for the Bethesda Thai Community at Bangkok Garden, Bethesda, MD, Saturday, March 7, 2020
On Saturday, March 7, 2020, the Thai community of Bethesda invited Craig to perform an impromptu set of original songs for a private gathering at Bangkok Restaurant in Bethesda, MD. A student and speaker of the Japanese and French languages, Craig has recently undertaken the study of the Thai language, which has opened up new doors artistically, academically and personally in his life fulfilling his destiny. When asked about his experience and performance for the Thai community, "Had a blast performing this evening in Bethesda for members of the Thai community at this wonderful party. Thank you so much for being so kind and hospitable to me, which is something very beautiful and part of the pure nature of the Thai people and the great culture of Thailand. Plus I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to practice speaking Thai, too."
Craig Donovan's Message on Suspension of Los Angeles and Granada Hills Performances with Groovy Judy and Stephen Bannon in Light of Covid-19 and Future Rescheduling
Due to the situation around the world and in Los Angeles and other cities, and out of concern for our fans and respective families and loved ones, it is with great regret to inform everyone that our performances at Kulak's Woodshed on Thursday, April 2, 2020 and the private house concert in Granada Hills on Friday, April 3, 2020 will be cancelled. We all think this is the right decision based on the health and safety of the community and not ourselves, and in light of the circumstances and projected surge that may be coming in Covid-19 cases in the next weeks in the United States. Hopefully, these performances will be rescheduled in the near future. Thank you everyone. We love you all. Please stay safe and help others through this precarious and unknown time. Craig
Craig Donovan Performing at Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA with Special Guest San Francisco and LA Songwriters, Groovy Judy and Stephen Bannon, Thursday, April 2, 2020
Just coming off a three-month hiatus studying and passing the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and undertaking a period of personal reflection and achievement, pop-rock and J-rock influenced singer-songwriter Craig Donovan from Washington, DC will return to Kulak's Woodshed, North Hollywood, Los Angeles to perform a night of his original songs joined by special guests: rock singer-songwriter with a positive vibe from San Francisco, Groovy Judy, and L.A.-based Americana-blues singer-songwriter and the oneyoulike#, Stephen Bannon. Craig will be performing several new original songs including the pop vocal duet, "Took a Chance on Me" and "Us?" from his forthcoming new release. $10.00 cover with free give away of each artist's CD.
Craig Donovan Takes Break from Performing to Study and Successfully Passes the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Administered by the Japanese Government at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, December 1, 2019
After taking a three-month hiatus from recording and performing music to study for the challenging Japanese Language Proficiency Examination (Nihongo nōryoku shiken), Craig received the wonderful news in January 2020 that he successfully passed this difficult examination, administered by the Japanese government's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology (Monbu-kagaku-shō) at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Craig now plans to study for the extreme challenge of the final advanced levels.