Pat Donaldson


1943 –


Who is Pat Donaldson?

Pat Donaldson is a bass guitarist.

The 2i's Coffee Bar in Old Compton Street, Soho was a legendary hang-out for early rock artists of Britain. It was here that Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard and Terry Dean played. Albert Lee and Pat Donaldson played here while they were members of Bob Xavier and the Jury. They recorded one single, "All of Me" / "I'd Steal" in 1962. They met once more, as members of Head Hands and Feet in 1971.

Donaldson joined Zoot Money's Big Roll Band and played on the album It Should've Been Me, also appearing with the reformed Dantalian's Chariot.

In 1970 Donaldson became a member of Sandy Denny and her husband Trevor Lucas's short-lived Fotheringay. On many occasions in the 1970s he was paired with the band's other two members, drummer Gerry Conway and lead guitarist Jerry Donahue and described as "the Fotheringay rhythm section". Of the group's five members he is the only one never to have been a member of Fairport Convention.

Donaldson moved to Canada in the 1980s, where he recorded with Kate and Anna McGarrigle and Canadian hard-rockers Mindstorm. He returned to Europe in about 2000. He currently lives in France as a neighbour to record producer Glyn Johns. Donaldson and Johns had met while recording Nanci Griffith's Storms, and worked together again on This Time Around by Green and Red. Most recently Donaldson has recorded with Joel Zifkin on the album Zifkin and with The Bliminals. They had met while they were recording with Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

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Also known as
  • Donaldson, Pat
  • England
Lived in
  • Edinburgh

on July 23, 2013


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