"This album is a culmination of all of my musical influences over the years which includes the sounds of country, gospel, pop, rock, folk bluegrass and of course ROOTS."
There are some songs on the album which are traditional folk and gospel that I took and arranged to suit my style." The album is reminiscent of Eva Cassidy, Loreena McKennitt or Duncan Sheik with a taste of Ben Harper. Where within one album you will hear varying styles of music.
It is the soulful music of the southern gospel Baptist church, the haunting melodies of Scotland, the simple Country Pop and Folk of the prairies of Canada and the uplifting Bluegrass mountain music of the 1930’s with a contemporary twist. " I love the sound of tribal drums, rhythm guitar, accordian and strings...that flavors most of the music on here."
"It's the music that influenced me over the span of my career. I always wondered why I couldn't get this album made for some reason. It wasn't time. I needed to have all those musical experiences, to have the privilege to work with those incredible musicians like Bob Foster (Jann Arden, Rock of Ages, We Will Rock You), Jester Hairston (Amen, Mary's Boy Child) and Tony Quarrington and gain the knowledge and respect for the artists and styles, first and foremost, then it just came to me."
Hailing from the wide open prairies of Saskatchewan, Duff has been singing and songwriting since the age of seven. He picked up the guitar at age fourteen and went on to win the Saskatchewan Search For the Stars at age 16. He also was a finalist in the Music City Song Festival in Nashville for his song “Dreamin". His first professional recording came on a CD Compilation entitled “Desolation Sound” . Duff received airplay for “If I Only Had the Time” and “In the Night” on CBC Radio Canada.
He spent most of his childhood singing Gospel and Pop music with the local church choir and from that formed a Pop Gospel Vocal group called "Just Friends", who subsequently were chosen to perform at the EXPO 86 World's Fair in Vancouver. After High School, he garnered a full scholarship to study Opera at North Dakota State University but soon found himself in Vancouver performing, writing and recording.
As a part of the wave of the African Relief efforts he was asked to perform on the Saskatchewan African Relief Recording/video entitled “Wheatheart” and on the recording/video of “Light a Child’s Life”(Toronto Sick Kid’s Hospital) on Canada’s Much Music in 1989.
Mr. MacDonald is a seasoned performer of the stage, radio and television, acting in over 30 musicals and plays across Canada and the USA. He has also appeared in several national and international commercials . You are sure to have seen him in film and television roles like Cinderella Man, Foolproof, The Music Man, Jane Doe, G-Spot and Once a Thief.
RECENT TV APPEARANCES: EP # 13 "The Being Frank Show" CHCH TV (www.beingfrank.com
), "Daytime" Toronto Rogers TV, "Scene and Heard" Mark Campbell/GLOBAL TV (Lethbridge, AB)
Official CD Release Party was held at Bread and Circus, Toronto. Opening Act: Dirty Dishes.
Appearing on stage with Duff in the band was Juno award winning Tony Quarrington (guitar/mandolin) and Canadian National Fiddle Champion Scott Woods along with Cathy Nosaty, Gary Justice, Ben Birchard, Bobby Prohaska, Craig Fair, Danny Williams and Michelle Berting.
Silver Lining Management
Contact: Beverly Delich (Vancouver)
released February 6, 2011
Album Produced by Duff MacDonald
Dedicated to Mom and Dad.
Thank You...Martin for his inspiration and constant love, support and talent. Lindsay Case @Indie Pool, The MacDonald Clan, Jean Warner, Maxine Oucharek, "Just Friends", Betty Wittig, Vern and Carol Gay Bell, Bev MacDonald for exposing me to so much music and many great artists, Bev Delich, Alex Mustakas and the Drayton Family, Robert Foster for teaching me how music is really supposed to sound, Michael Lerner, Michael Gabriel, Gary Justice at REVsound, Craig Arnatt at Desolation Sound Studio, Shauna MacDonald and "Cookie Pussy" and all those great artists who took a chance and inspired all of us on many levels.
All Music and Lyrics by Duff MacDonald except Will Ye Go Lassie Go (W. McPeake), Wayfaring Stranger, I Know I’ve Been Changed (C. Tindley), Muddy Water (from "Big River"/Roger Miller), Motherless Child and The Water Is Wide and Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (J.Burke/Al Dubin). All mechanical rights purchased.
Arranged, recorded, mixed and played by Duff MacDonald
except Water Is Wide (REVsound/Gary Justice - Gary Justice: Electric Guitar, Cathy Nosaty: Accordian) and Garden of Eden (Michael Lerner Studio/Michael Lerner: Guitar and Tambourine) in Toronto, ON. Canada.
All vocals and backing vocals by Duff MacDonald
All songs produced by Duff MacDonald 2010.
Album Design by Martin Kilpert and Duff MacDonald
© 2011 Duff MacDonald Music
SOCAN/BMI - Unauthorized reproduction, copying or rental of these recordings are strictly prohibited by law. All Rights Reserved. Made in Canada.
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