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, The Jam or Elvis Costello. 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 Appearing at DC Music Festival Rhode Island Avenue Main Street's Porch Fest 2019 on Saturday, April 13, 2019
Invited back to perform at this great and growing music festival in Washington, DC that annually sounds the beginning of spring as the cherry blossoms come into bloom, Craig Donovan will be appearing at the District's 2019 Rhode Island Avenue Main Street's Porch Fest. Craig will be performing a set of original songs at 1903 Jackson Street NE 20018 from 2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. and will share the porch with the singing and songwriting talents of Rosie Cima and What She Dreamed and Megan Uko.
The list of performers, performance locations, schedules and other details may be found at:
Craig Donovan Announces Performances in Hollywood, CA with Songwriter Stephen Bannon in May 2019
As part of a jam-packed week of events and an upcoming interview, Craig will be traveling to Los Angeles, CA to appear and perform songs from his recent release "SKYSHINE" at the intimate singer-songwriter venue of Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood, CA on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. He also will premier two new compositions that will be featured on his new album, which is currently being recorded. Craig will be sharing the evening with Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Stephen Bannon.
Craig Donovan Completes Recording of First Track for Forthcoming New Vinyl and Digital Release
On September 15, 2018, Craig has recorded and mastered a new track at Shab Row Recording in Frederick, MD for his forthcoming vinyl and digital release. The new song, "Rise" is a departure in style from his earlier work and constitutes a more minimalist composition style engendered by his love for songs like Elton John's "Skyline Pigeon" or Japanese songwriter and Radwimps' lead vocalist, Yujiro Noda's "Shūkan shōnen jyanpu". The song is inspired by the story of Yuzuru Hanyū, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in men’s figure skating, who overcame personal adversity and whose skating provided hope for those affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, Japan. Craig's new album is planned for early 2020.
Craig Donovan Returns to Recording Studio to Begin Work on Song Arrangements for a New Album
Coming off an inspiring trip to the land of fire and ice-Reykjavik, Iceland, and performing in East End, London, England, Craig returned to Shab Row Recording (Frederick, MD) on Saturday, September 15, 2018 to begin demoing and recording arrangements of original songs for his forthcoming new album. Craig has previously worked with recording engineer Doug Smith on the tracks of "Thick and Thin" and "Lotus Bridge II" from his album, SKYSHINE, released on April 1, 2018.