Kitty Donohoe performs at JustGoods Nov. 2

Staff Report

Kitty Donohoe will perform in the JustGoods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St., at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2.

An Emmy recipient, Donohoe draws from her Irish heritage as well as her American roots to produce rich, earthy and compelling music and storytelling.

Donohoe captured the nation’s heart when she sang her famous “There Are No Words” at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony.

Her musical accomplishments include the following:

Farmer in Florida, her first album, produced by Michigan musician Joel Mabus and includes some of the area’s most talented players.

Bunyan and Banjoes — In 1987, she “had just started working in elementary schools so I could stay off the road and be with my family. I put together a collection of mostly original songs about Michigan, put out the word, and started working two schools a day, five days a week, month after month for a couple of years.” People still remember the songs, with subjects about lumberjacks, pasties … and in 2004, she added five new songs and released it as a CD.

As Sparks Fly Upward — A collection of 10 original songs, plus one by songwriter Dick Siegel and one traditional Irish song, co-produced by Kitty and Joel Mabus.

Northern Border – This is her fourth CD, about which she says, “The title has more to do with a feel than an actual songwriting theme.” She lives a stone’s throw from the Canadian border, and her music is strongly inflected with the accordions, fiddles and pipes that are common sounds in their music.

This Road Tonight — Produced by Donohoe and Davud Mosher, this CD is a collection of songs that reflects her Irish heritage and includes uillean pipes, whistles and accordion in addition to bass and keyboard.

All Music Guide describes Donohoe as “A true treasure — a rare songwriter with tremendous range.” Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago has included her on his list of the “50 most significant songwriters in the last 50 years.”

Learn more about Donohoe at Seating is limited at the Nov. 2 concert. JustGoods can be reached at (815) 965-8903.

Posted Oct. 31, 2012

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