chapter 2-part 4
"Timberjack Donohue" was the name given by Ode Records to the recording project that followed on after the sudden demise of the band "Timberjack."
is how it happened...
In late 1971 Timberjack (the band) had been booked into EMI Studios in Wellington to record a follow-up single to their hit record "Come to the Sabbat."
This recording was to be of my composition "Dahli Mohammed" and sung by Steve McDonald, who had been the band's vocalist on "Come to the Sabbat."
Just days away from the recording,
the band folded.
The band's Recording Manager, Terence O'Neil-Joyce suggested that, as the studio was already booked and paid for, I should complete the recording with session players.
This I did, although I had no heart to re-form a Timberjack lineup and no intention or desire to become a solo artist.
Terence announced that he would temporarily
name the project "Timberjack/Donoghue" until he could come up with a better idea. (We're still waiting..)
Ode released "Dahli Mohammed" as a single by "Timberjack/Donoghue" and
it was selected as a finalist in the Loxene Golden Disc Awards of 1972.
With the Loxene Golden Disc selection, Dahli Mohammed received extensive airplay and went on to become a substantial
radio hit. (see Ode Singles - Dahli Mohammed)
The next year while a fulltime member of The Human Instinct
I recorded a solo album of original Folkrock material for Ode entitled "Spirit of Pelorus Jack."
This album won the "New Zealand Album of the Year Award (1973)
A video for "Spirit of Pelorus Jack" was made by New Zealand Movie Director Roger Donaldson and became a finalist in
the Toronto Environmental Movie Awards the following year. (see Ode Singles - Spirit of Pelorus Jack) I began working
on a second album of original material for Ode in 1974/5 while a member of Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band.
This album was finally released in 1975 after I had moved to London. It
was during this second period in London that I was inspired to become an underground artist and forego my overground recording career. (see Discography - The Second Album)
FOR THE RECORD:
I released four singles and two albums for Ode during my "Timberjack Donoghue" period.
(see Discography) Some of these were released under my own name but over time they've all become lumped
together under the "Timberjack Donoghue" title.
Apart from a 1975 concert appearance in Auckland's Albert Park that's probably best forgotten, I never performed live as "Timberjack Donoghue." I did however make
several TV appearances under that name. Aside from the 1972 Loxene Golden Disc Extravaganza, (see Compilations) these were all "Live to Air" performances.
The final Overground performance by "Timberjack Donoghue" was on the NZ late-night TV Music
Show "Grunt Machine" which went live to air on 26th November, 1975.
Immediately following that TV performance I retired from my Overground Career and set out on my Underground journey.
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