John Donoghue is an award-winning New Zealand Guitarist best known for his associations with a long list of prominent NZ Folk and Rock bands.

"Timberjack Donoghue" was the name given to the early recordings of his own original material.

These releases were on the Ode Records (NZ) label and notable for containing themes that addressed social and environmental issues.

The first "Timberjack Donoghue" release, the single "Dahli Mohammed" was selected as a finalist in New Zealand's "Loxene Golden Disc Awards" (1972)

The following year, while a guitarist in reknown NZ rockband "The Human Instinct," he recorded a solo album of original folkrock songs for Ode, "Spirit of Pelorus Jack," which won "New Zealand Album of the Year Award."(1973)

In 1975 he recorded another critically-acclaimed album of original songs for Ode ("Donoghue") after which he retired from his solo recording career and returned to his life as a working musician (see history section)

Since 2010 he has been back making annual live concert appearances performing selections of his "Timberjack Donoghue" repertoire. (see History chapter 4 part 4)  These concerts take place on the Wakastage at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, each Waitangi Day. (Feb 6th)

This official homesite contains the Timberjack Donoghue story as told in his own words.


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