The Gathering

By • Oct 1st, 2008 • Category: Blues, Folk, Music, Rock

I was checking out the Fairport Convention site recently and noticed a mention of The Gathering, I mean let’s face it any band that has Jerry Donahue playing guitar is automatically worth a look. The band is comprised of members of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Lindisfarne, Magna Carta, The Albion Band, Jethro Tull, and Pentangle.

I am going to be slack here and just whack up the various members bio’s but before I do I suggest you pop over to and have a listen.

Lets start with…

Jerry Donahue – Guitars
From his early days in such bands as Fotheringay and Fairport Convention, to notable performances and/or recordings with Gerry Rafferty, Robert Plant, Joan Armatrading, Johnny Hallyday, George Harrison, Cliff Richard, Chris Rea, Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Hank Marvin, Roy Orbison, Nancy Griffith, The Yardbirds, and The Hellecasters, Jerry epitomizes the consummate guitarists guitarist. Jerry has combined the Celtic folk music of his adopted home in the UK with his American rock, blues and country roots to arrive at his own, unique, unmistakable style.

Rick Kemp – Bass/ Vocals
As a member of Steeleye Span for over twenty years, Rick Kemp earned a great deal of admiration from more than just the folk fans. Kemp’s intrepid, melodic bass playing is admired greatly among bassists for his ability to step outside the folk-rock genre to incorporate slap techniques and the use of a fretless bass in his work. In addition to Steeleye Span, Rick Kemp has played bass on a number of Maddy Prior recordings, and was a member the Maddy Prior Band in the 1980s.

Clive Bunker – Drums
It was as a drummer of “mix and match” description that Clive Bunker joined the fledgling Jethro Tull at the end of ’67 to accompany Ian Anderson, Mick Abrahams, and Glenn Cornick in the early, heady days of the post blues-boom years of Brit-rock. Never the self-professed technical drummer, Clive made his impact, based on his throbbing, gritty engagement with the essence of blues and rock and roll, moved by the work of Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell et al.

Ray Jackson – Mandolin/ Harmonica/ Vocals
Ray is a founding member of Lindisfarne, formed in 1969, which in turn evolved from Brethren, his first professional band. Lindisfarne had a very successful recording career with Ray as front man, beginning with the album Nicely Out Of Tune, continued with the ubiquitous Fog On The Tyne, and includes their hits Meet Me On The Corner, Lady Eleanor, All Fall Down and Run For Home. In The Night, a solo album, was released in 1980.

Doug Morter – Guitars/ Vocals
Doug Morter launched his music career in 1969, playing with Hunter Muskett, supporting a young David Bowie, and went on his first major tour supporting Ralph McTell. Following, he had many gigs in UK and Europe, with partner Richard Digance, with major tours supporting Jethro Tull, Joan Armatrading, Elkie Brooks, Richard Thompson, Supertramp, Sutherland Brothers, Kinks, and Steeleye Span. After playing with Richard, Doug recorded and toured as part of the Maddy Prior Band, and as part of the Michael Chapman Band, and, in 1979, went on his first tour as part of the Albion Band. Doug then joined Magna Carta full time in 1980, after guesting on an earlier record. After three albums and a lot of foreign tours, Doug left in 1983 to re-join the Albion Band until 1985/6.

Kristina Donahue – Vocals
Daughter of legendary guitarist Jerry Donahue, and granddaughter of the late 1940s/50s Big Band leader Sam Donahue, Kristina is a natural talent; singing and dancing before she could walk or talk. She made her rock and roll debut at the Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 1999 singing to an audience of more than 20,000 people. She was invited back the following year, performing a full set for both nights of the festival which garnered rave reviews from MOJO Magazine for her stage presence and versatility as a vocalist. “(She made) an immediate impression over the loudest band of the weekend, seemingly un-intimidated by such an extraordinarily difficult song or backing that bore the might of musical history.” She most recently sang “The Battle Of Evermore” with Robert Plant and Fairport Convention at the 2008 Cropredy Festival.

Not everyone’s cup of tea but I enjoyed it. Recommended

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