Toronto-based Singer-Songwriter Terry Donaghue Releases Shades of Blue

Article Contributed by Sarah French P… | Published on Friday, February 10, 2023

Terry Donaghue’s newest release, Shades Of Blue (February 24, 2023) is a collection of 13 original blues and blues influenced songs reflecting a range of styles encompassed in the blues genre.

From his early encounters with the country blues of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Lead Belly and others during the ‘60s folk revival to the electric sounds of Howlin’ Wolf, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Paul Butterfield Blues Band the blues in its many forms has long been a major musical influence. He has gotten to hear and know a variety of contemporary Canadian performers some of whom have contributed to Shades of Blue. The new album features a myriad of guest musicians, including Al Cross, Rick Fines, Paul Reddick, Jenie Thai and others. “I’m particularly proud of this recording from the quality and range of the songwriting to the terrific musical talent that brings the songs to another level", says Donaghue. "I think it’s the best work I’ve done."

Terry began playing music in his teens in the ’60s first playing folk and bluegrass on the banjo in a couple of different groups in his hometown of Sault Ste Marie. Later he took up the guitar and more recently the mandolin. He has been writing songs for the past 20 years or so in a variety of styles: folk, bluegrass, roots rock, rockabilly, blues, R&B influenced and reggae influenced. He currently resides in Toronto; is the founder of the Olde Stone Cottage Songwriters’ Circle and for the past 18 years or so has been playing guitar and mandolin in the band Vintage Debris, adding vocals as well over the past five years.  He has released two previous solo recordings of original material: Songs of Love and Longing in May, 2020 and Northern Reflections in January 2022.

Track List

    Rosa Lee

    The Well

    Unlucky In Love


    Ain’t Got You

    Mr. Blue

    Nobody’s Fault

    Mellow In My Mind

    Don’t Need No Sugar

    Paradise Road

    I Need A Bed

    Asking for Light

    Why Won’t You Be Kind