b. Duckworth Bruce Andrew Donald, 18 August 1951, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, d. 22 April 1984, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A talented musician who taught himself to play guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, harmonica and Jew’s Harp but never to read music. He also wrote songs and poetry and found himself attracted to bluegrass music, which he felt added something to the normal country music on which he grew up. Initially his music was a hobby and a release from his daily job in a warehouse until he was invited to join the local Bobby Cusson trio, which played for local functions. In this role he met banjo player Cathy Fink with whom he formed a duo that specialised in bluegrass and old timey music. Between 1974, through 1979, they toured Canada and amassed a repertoire of approximately 600 old timey duets. In 1975, they made their first recordings for an album for Likeable Records, which proved moderately successful and led them to record for Flying Fish Records. A children’s album on Likeable followed. Between 1981 and 1983, they toured with their own band, which included Darcy Deville (guitar/fiddle) and Dave Harvey (string bass). Later Donald played for a time with Darcy, until he suddenly died from a brain haemorrhage in 1984.
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