The Lonnie Donegan Band ft Peter Donegan

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Rock n blues n country n gospel n folk n roll, electric skiffle that will rock your soul!

THE LONNIE DONEGAN BAND,
featuring PETER DONEGAN

Chris Hunt (drums) Sticky Wicket (percussion & washboard) Paul Henry (guitar) and Eddie Masters (bass)

Peter Donegan (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica & mandolin)

New album "Here We Go Again" available now

The surname is no doubt familiar to the thousands of fans of the late and great "King of Skiffle", Lonnie Donegan, whose musical influence shaped the careers of countless numbers of today`s top artists. Peter is Lonnie's son and he has inherited his father's musical talents,but -has his own unique sound.

Having played with his own band since 2006, Peter recently decided that he wanted to take a different musical direction and teamed up with the original Lonnie Donegan Band to tour and record the new album.

Another of Peter's talents is his song writing - which his father encouraged - and Peter also performs some of his own songs "live". The new album includes six new songs from Peter, two co-written by former LIndisfarne frontman, Billy Mitchell another with Alan Franks, plus three of Peter`s own compositions. The song "Duet` is written by Peter in tribute to Lonnie.

Peter`s musical influences perhaps not surprisingly, from his father, he explains: "He inspired me and in searching what inspired him, I found inspiration there myself. My father took songs from the likes of Woody Guthrie and brought them forward and funnily enough, we do that same thing for today's audience"

As if to underline the shared influences, the new album includes a storming opener - Woody`s "Vigilante Man" - and The Everly Brorthers` "Love Is Strange", alongside his father`s "Wreck Of Old 97" and Lonnie Johnson`s "Rocks In My Bed".

"Live", the band showcase several of the songs, alongside such Donegan Senior classics as "Have a Drink On Me", "Rock Island Line", "Puttin` On The Style" and "Pick A Bale Of Cotton". 

Peter's great love for music and his obviously developing talent led his father to include him in his band as keyboard player and vocalist. Peter went on the last tour with his father as part of his band, playing with, among others, the legendary Van Morrison.

At the sell-out tribute to Lonnie at the Royal Albert Hall, Peter performed and backed some of the greats of international music - Mark Knopfler, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltrey and Morrison, plus many more who were paying their musical respects to their great mentor.

Peter has performed to great acclaim, at a number of festivals and theatres including the Americana International Festival in Newark, Towersey Folk Festival, Polesden Lacey Proms in the Park, The Sage Gateshead, Portsmouth's Live at the Bandstand festival, The Mouth of the Tyne Festival in North Tyneside and the Snape Proms, Aldeburgh.

Peter's previous album, "Live at the Elephant" recorded in Newcastle, features 24 tracks of good-time rock n roll, country and folk blues and proves that not only is Lonnie's legacy moving forward, but that the timeless quality of so many of the songs is beyond doubt.

A review on Radio 2 Bob Harris' "Whispers" website glowed - "...a perfect companion CD to sit alongside Springsteen's recent Seeger Sessions outing".

Blues Matters! said: "...this debut delivers on all levels".

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