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Grammy winning fingerpicker and Pat Donohue has been the lead guitar player and songwriter for The Guy’s All Star Shoe Band on the NPR favorite “A Prairie Home Companion” for over twenty years, making him one of the most listened-to fingerpickers in the world. In addition to traveling with the show and performing on the weekly radio broadcasts, Donohue plays concerts and teaches workshops at the country’s most prestigious theaters and festivals. A versatile guitarist’s guitarist, Donohue enjoys entertaining fans with intricate fingerpicking, easy wit, and nimble interpretations of old blues, swing, R&B and original tunes. His original tunes have been recorded by Chet Atkins, Suzy Bogguss and Kenny Rogers.
Donohue started out playing drums in a garage band, but at age 12 he picked up guitar, learning simple chords and melodies from a Pete Seeger instructional book. The St. Paul native immersed himself in the Minnesota coffeehouses and blues venues where he could hear the guitar legends. “I was very lucky to see some of the old-timers that aren’t around anymore,” says Donohue. Taking what he learned from these blues guitar greats, Donohue has gone on to make a name for himself, releasing many albums and instructional videos. He also has joined a legendary list of notables, getting his own signature guitar model made by Martin Guitars. Don’t miss this legend in the making at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins on September 15 at 8:30 p.m. For tickets visit: avogadros.com/box-office or call 970-493-5555. For more about Pat Donohue, visit his website at patdonohue.com.