Between 1972 and 1975 record producer Terence O'Neill-Joyce and NZ singer/songwriter John Donoghue recorded and released two 12" albums and four 7" singles of Donoghue's original compositions on the NZ Ode Record Company label.
Some of these records were originally released under John Donoghue's own name, but these days they all get lumped together in the Timberjack Donoghue basket.

All Timberjack Donoghue recordings from the Ode years are available on Spotify.




The Timberjack Donoghue Singles were released one per annum in 1972, 1973, 1974 & 1975.
Set out below are the four A sides listed in their chronogical order.

For information including videos, lyrics, recording session details and press reviews, see click-ons below.

  • The First Single 1972

    "DAHLI MOHAMMED" - The Ode Single that started it all. Originally written for the band "Timberjack," the song became a finalist in the "Loxene Golden Disc Awards" of 1972.

    For more, click on "The First Single 1972" above.

  • The Second Single 1973

    "SPIRIT OF PELORUS JACK" - The second Ode Single and the title track of the award-winning Timberjack Donoghue debut album. The song was inspired by and dedicated to "Pelorus Jack," a world famous New Zealand Dolphin.

    For more, click on "The Second Single 1973" above.

  • The Third Single 1974

    "REQUIEM FOR COUNTY GAUL" - The first New Zealand recording to protest French Nuclear Testing in the South Pacific, The release of this third Timberjack Donoghue single coincided with New Zealand protesting at Mururoa Atoll.

    For more, click on "The Third Single 1974" above.

  • The Fourth Single 1975

    "THE INSURANCE MAN" - The fourth and final single of the Ode period. With it the Timberjack took one last swipe of his axe at the global corporations before exiting his solo recording career in 1975.

    For more, click on "The Fourth Single 1975" above.


The Timberjack Donoghue Overground period produced two Albums.
These were released in 1973 & 1975.

 For further information on each album, see click-ons below.

  • Spirit of Pelorus Jack 1973

    "SPIRIT OF PELORUS JACK" - Winner of NZ Album of the Year Award 1973. The Timberjack Donoghue debut album now occupies a unique place in New Zealand's folkrock history.

    For more, click on "Spirit of Pelorus Jack 1973" above.

  • Donoghue 1975

    "DONOGHUE" - Since its release in 1975, the vinyl version of the critically-acclaimed "Donoghue" album has become an international collector's item.

    For more, click on "Donoghue 1975" above.





Many of the groups listed over in the history section released records, but the two bands below were the only ones to produce albums while John Donoghue was a member.

For further information on each album, see click-ons below.

  • The Hustler 1974

    "THE HUSTLER" - The Human Instinct's 1974 Concept Album. "The Hustler" was the band's first attempt at an all-original rock opera and was set in the prohibition days of the 1930's.

    For more, click on "The Hustler 1974" above.

  • The Only Game in Town 1987

    "THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN" - The gold-plated debut album from NZ's most loved country band. "The Only Game in Town" spawned two hit singles, went gold and won "NZ Country Album of the Year Award."

    For more, click on "The Only Game in Town 1987" above.





For further information on these albums, click here

  • Loxene Golden Disc 1972

  • A day in my Minds Mind vol 2

  • The Warratahs Collection

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