Don Morrison

 
 

   Don Morrison is a songwriter, singer, guitarist, story teller and guitar maker. He has shared the stage with many of the biggest names in Australian music, like Midnight Oil, Hunters and Collectors, Billy Thorpe, Joe Camilleri, Men At Work and a hundred more in more than thirty years in music game.
    He has worked with Bo Diddly, Joe Cocker, Rodriguez and even Billy Ray Cyrus, He was brave enough to stand next to Shakin' Stephens in a urinal and nearly killed by Willie Nelson in Austin, Texas.

    He’s done gigs from Melbourne to Margaret River, from Perth to Penrith and from Sydney to San Antonio. He’s been made an Honorary Citizen of Texas  and released fifteen Albums and CDs of original songs under his own name and that of his many bands such as The Bodgies, The Ghetto Blasters, The Lonely Cosmonauts and now Don Morrison’s Raging Thirst.

Don is also a luthier who makes the world renown Donmo Resonator guitars.  More that 500 of these hand made, metal bodied instruments are being played around the world and the two guitars that Don uses on stage are constructed from remnants of his family history. One guitar is made from material found in a pile of rubble that is all that is left of his fathers childhood home in the now abandoned semi-desert town of  Perponda in the Murray Mallee. The other guitar is from the dusty remnants of his mothers now derelict tin and timber miners cottage in outback Broken Hill.
      He’s written all about it in a rollicking autobiography “This Could Be Big"

  Don has a powerful and engaging stage presence and captivating narratives in his songs. Dubbed the Larrikin Troubadour Laureate of Adelaide, he is playing, singing and writing songs better than ever. His songs tell our story with humour, irony and compassion. He makes his own guitars, writes his own songs and sings them himself.                                     

 

I’m convinced that Don Morrison really is one of the finest songwriters this country has produced. Why isn’t he a household name like that Kelly fellow, Don Walker, Mark Seymour, Deborah Conway, Shane Howard and so many others that we could name?

Stuart Coupe

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