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About Donal

Versatile drummer based in Glasgow. Versed in Ableton Live. Available for live gigs and remote recording.
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Donal is a drummer, producer and musical director from Glasgow. Since he first started playing drums in church at the age of 8 he has gone on to develop his skills and grow his passion for performing and creating music. His aim is to always bring an authentic and powerful edge to any performance whether he is behind a kit, leading a band as musical director or building an Ableton Live set for your performance. Donal is adept at integrating electronic elements into your set up to provide the sounds of modern music production in your live show. Using technology like the Roland SPDS-SX and Ableton Live, Donal can bring the unique sounds you've sculpted in the studio to your live show and even build new sounds to give your songs a bigger impact live. Whether you need a few signature sounds from your album or whether you need a full tracks rig that controls your production elements like lights and video; Donal has you covered. Donal has played with a myriad of different artists over the years spanning different styles. Including a tour with Ben Monteith (fetured on Emeli Sande's Street Symphony). Currently he plays live with singer-songwriter Zoe Graham. You can also finding Donal playing with function bands Baby Face and The Beltin' Boys, The Jiggers Ceilidh Band and The Brogues Ceilidh Band.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
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Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Motown, R&B, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Ambient pop, Contemporary Christian, Electronic, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1990s era music, 1940s era music, Ceilidh, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Gospel, Avant garde, Experimental, Originals, Rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, Scottish music, Christmas, Ambient, Acoustic, Easy listening, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Country, Traditional Irish folk, Heavy metal, Punk rock, Progressive rock, Hardcore
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Church service
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Producer, Sound technician, Drum technician, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Ableton Live, MC, Accompanist
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Song list

500 Miles
A little Respect – Erasure
All the small things Blink 182
Alright Now - Free
Brown Eyed Girl
Castle on the Hill- Ed Sheeran
Chasing Cars -Snow Patrol
Chelsea Dagger
Crazy little thing called love
Dakota – Sterophonics
Dancing in the Dark
Dancing on my own
Dancing on the Ceiling
Dignity – BT original Key
Don’t Look back in Anger
Folsom Prison
Galway Girl – Steve Earle
Get Lucky – Daft Pun
Ho Hey The Lumineers
Home ( Michael Buble)
I'm a Believer - The Monkees
Johnny be Goode
Karma Chameleon Culture Club
Learn to Fly Foo Fighters
Loch Lomond
Moves Like Jagger
Mr Brightside
Pompei – Bastille
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Stuck in the middle
Sex is on Fire
She’s Electric Oasis
Shut up and Dance
Sit Down - James
Small things – Blink 182
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Sweet home Alabama - Lynard Skynard
Take me out – Franz Ferdinand
The Gambler – Kenny Rodger
Thinking out loud - Ed Sheeran
Titanium - David Guetta ft Sia
Uptown Funk
Wagon Wheel
Don’t you want me baby - The Human League
Don’t you forget about me - Simple Minds
Chuck Berry - Johnny Be Goode
Smash Mouth - I’m A Believer
Smash Mouth - All Star
The Beatles - Twist and Shout
The Beatles - Saw Her Standing There
The Rolling Stones - Jumping Jack Flash
Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls
Queen - Don’t Stop Me Now
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
Michael Jackson - Black Or White
White Stripes - 7 Nation Army
Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Velvet Revolver - Fall To Pieces
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
See Lo Green - Forget You
Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
Chic - Good Times
Aerosmith - Walk This Way
Aerosmith - Dude Looks Like A Lady
Ed Sheehan - Thinking Out Loud
Marvin Gaye - Heard It Through The Grapevine
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Of
Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Bryan Adams - Summer of 69
Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive
Bon Jovi - Living On A Prayer
AC/DC - Back In Black
AC/DC - Thunderstruck
Chris Stapleton - Tennessee Whisky
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
The Eagles - Take It Easy
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
Journey - Don’t Stop Believing
The Killers - Mr Brightside
Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
Toto - Hold The Line
Led Zeppelin - Rock N Roll
The Commitments - Mustang Sally
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle
The Black Crows - Hard To Handle
The Darkness - I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Wheetus - Teenage Dirtbag
Green Day - American Idiot
Green Day - Basket Case
Guns N Roses - Sweet Child O’ Mine
Van Halen - You Really Got Me
Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
Scissor Sisters - Take Your Mama
Fountains Of Wayne - Stacy’s Mom
Foo Fighters - All My Life
Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Blink 182 - All The Small Things
Blink 182 - What’s My Age Again
Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right
Free - All Right Now
Tenacious D - Tribute
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Dani California
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication
24k Magic – Bruno Mars
Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Can't Feel My Face – The Weeknd
Sorry – Justin Bieber
Feels - Calvin Harris Ft. Katy Perry, Pharrell, Big Sean
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Budapest – George Ezra
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Pompeii – Bastille
Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Sugar – Maroon 5
Hold Back The River – James Bay
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne
What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber
Wake Me Up - Avicii
I Feel Good – James Brown
Respect – Aretha Franklin
I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor – Arctic Monkeys
Valerie – Amy Winehouse/The Zutons
Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Let’s Dance – David Bowie
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
Blame It On The Boogie – The Jacksons
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My energy, enthusiasm and professionalism.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Old Fruitmarket The SECC Armadillo King Tuts Wah Wah Hut The Classic Grand

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Steve Gadd Matt Garstka Matt Johnson Biffy Clyro Vinnie Colaiuta

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Headline UK Tour with Ben Monteith

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Just get in touch as soon as possible and we can work things out.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?


How much time do you need to set up?

30 mins

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

With enough notice I can learn whatever you need me to for your set.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I own and can transport of all my equipment needed for any gig

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely just get in touch and we can discuss whats possible


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£30
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250
Remote Recording
Multi-track recording with 8 mics of any genre you need. £50 per track with 2 revisions. 1 week turnaround.
Sound Engineer
If you need someone to transport, set up and operate a PA system for you're event I have plenty experience setting up PA systems quickly for events and running sound for bands.
MC/Ceilidh Caller
If you want me to MC and/call Ceilidh dances at your event I'm more than happy to help out. I have plenty of experience calling Ceilidh dances and I can guarantee everyone will have a good time while I am behind the mic. I am also very adept at playing instruments whilst calling, so if you need a drummer or guitarist that can call, don't hesitate to give me a shout. *£120 is over and above standard gig fee for playing an instrument


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Susan F, 1 year ago

“I wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much we appreciated your playing at the wedding, it certainly went well with so many folk up dancing… Thank you also for accommodating a last minute change to the first dance… Thank you again, we would have no hesitation in recommending you to others.”

Billy, 2 years ago

amazing musicians, top class talent, and what a fantastic range of music, nice guys too