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Gabriel MacDonnell
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  • New York, NY
  • United States
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Chad Fette and Gabriel MacDonnell are now friends
Jun 23, 2013
Gabriel MacDonnell replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"Oh you got the Bourgeois! Congrats, brother, and enjoy!"
Sep 30, 2010
Gabriel MacDonnell updated their profile
Jun 28, 2010
Vinny Baker left a comment for Gabriel MacDonnell
"I do indeed come to the States on a regular basis Gabriel, mosly each year for the CMA Festival in Nashville, I am a big fan of Brad Paisley and my wife and me came over last year for his end of tour concert in Nashville. I love Nashville a lot but…"
Jun 23, 2010
Gabriel MacDonnell left a comment for Vinny Baker
"P.S. As far as those Irish roots, my ma's family left in Depression to come to the states, but only after my great-grandfather was Eamon de Valera's driver for some of his countryside tours! We have some funny pictures of them having a…"
Jun 22, 2010
Gabriel MacDonnell left a comment for Vinny Baker
"The Bourgeois Country Boy is definitely a fantastic guitar. If you're ever stateside, in the NE, check out Acoustic Music. Their website, http://www.acousticmusic.org/, only lists a few guitars, but it's one of the best acoustic guitar…"
Jun 22, 2010
Vinny Baker left a comment for Gabriel MacDonnell
"Hi Gabriel, thank you for your welcome, yes of course with a name luke McDonnell you have to have of some kind of Irish roots, as I learn more and more flatpicked bluegrass fiddle tunes the more I recognise as versions of old Irish and Scottish…"
Jun 20, 2010
Gabriel MacDonnell left a comment for Bob Minner
"End of the year for the new album? Sounds great, can't wait! Keep up the incredible picking!"
Jun 18, 2010
Gabriel MacDonnell replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"Yeah, those Takamine BG series are pretty darn impressive guitars for flatpicking. They're making some fantastic acoustic guitars, and that's not counting the great pickup/preamp they've got. I still love Martins, etc. but Takamine…"
Jun 18, 2010
Bob Minner left a comment for Gabriel MacDonnell
"Thanks Gabe for the kind words! My solo CD will be done by years' end, so I hope you check it out. Be safe."
Jun 17, 2010
Gabriel MacDonnell replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"I've been through a lot of guitars. My first good guitar was an old Guild, and later I went on to a late-70's Martin HD-28. But recently I found the Takamine Flatpicker series, and I haven't looked back. Brad Davis turned me onto them…"
Jun 12, 2010
Gabriel MacDonnell left a comment for Tim Stafford
"Congratulations! Absolutely can't wait to read the book, and see you perform this summer! Keep up the fantastic work!"
Mar 29, 2010
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Favorite Flatpickers
All of them! I started playing because of my childhood heroes: Clarence White & Doc Watson.

My other biggest influences would have to be Tony Rice, Russ Barenberg, and Django Reinhardt.

Other favorites include Charles Sawtelle, Dan Crary, Norman Blake, Merle Watson and Jack Lawrence, plus legends like Riley Puckett, Baro Ferrett and Eddie Lang.

From the "new school" I love David Grier, Tim Stafford, Bryan Sutton, Kenny Smith, Beppe Gambetta and John Moore.

And the two Incredible players, who are great teachers as well as pickers, Steve Kaufman and Brad Davis. Without them, their would be many confused and hopeless pickers out there!
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Swing '42, Shady Grove, Shady Grove, Black Mountain Rag, (of course!,) Monroe's Hornpipe, Wildwood Flower, Jerusalem Ridge, Nuages, and so many more!
Favorite Guitars
Best I've played? A '40 D-28, a '36 Gibson AJ, a Henderson D-28 and most any Gallagher. I've got a Martin that I just love. But I'm saving up to buy a Gallagher Guitar of my very own, just like my hero has. And Takamine Flatpickers are great for tone unplugged and amplified.
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
My dad had a great record collection, and I grew up listening to some fantastic musicians. My interest in guitars was sparked by Doc Watson and Clarence White. Ever since, I've tried to accomplish what I can in music, with the gifts and abilities given to me by God.

I'm a songwriter/guitarist/singer, just starting out my professional solo career. I've spent years playing in honky tonks and rock bands, and backing up singers. I'm working on my first recording as a leader, and will keep you posted when it's done!

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 8:30pm on June 17, 2010, Bob Minner said…
Thanks Gabe for the kind words! My solo CD will be done by years' end, so I hope you check it out. Be safe.
At 12:38pm on June 20, 2010, Vinny Baker said…
Hi Gabriel, thank you for your welcome, yes of course with a name luke McDonnell you have to have of some kind of Irish roots, as I learn more and more flatpicked bluegrass fiddle tunes the more I recognise as versions of old Irish and Scottish tunes, but strangely I prefer the American/bluegrass versions of those tunes. Yes Lowdens are lovely guitars and I am very happy with my 032 but I have hopes of getting a Bourgeoise Country Boy next year...thanks again Gabriel for your comments. Vinny.
At 4:53am on June 23, 2010, Vinny Baker said…
I do indeed come to the States on a regular basis Gabriel, mosly each year for the CMA Festival in Nashville, I am a big fan of Brad Paisley and my wife and me came over last year for his end of tour concert in Nashville. I love Nashville a lot but am hoping to make the Merlefest in North Carolina next year at which time I am hoping to find a Bourgeois Country Boy. I usually hire a car over ther so I can get to as many Bluegrass/Country/Jazz gigs as I can with the time available so yeah maybe we might get to meet up for a few tunes next year. Best wishes Gabriel, hope you get your dream Gallagher soon. Vinny

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