Taught classically on the violin from the age of 11 by Granville Morris at Sedbergh school, Dónal quickly began to develop his alter-ego with traditional and gypsy-style fiddle, drawing on Irish – American family roots. Moving to the Isle of Arran in Scotland at 14, he merged into the thriving folk scene and became adept at improvising accompaniments to songs and tunes of all genres, blending Scots, Irish and American influences. Dónal has been heavily involved in the Arran Folk Festival since its inception and a mainstay of the pub-based sessions around the island. Whilst at Arran High School, Dónal played with popular folk trio Cairdeas and toured with the Ayrshire Junior Fiddle orchestra. On moving to study in Glasgow, he joined bluegrass outfit the Moonshiners – playing regularly in Glasgow and on several tours of Scotland. His return to Arran with Nicola Jane Swinton, saw the Angels’ Share record their album Island Homes at Dippen Studios, before playing at the L’Orient festival in 1994, incorporating Nicola’s Cape Breton-style stepdancing to great effect. Dónal’s apprenticeship in Ceilidh bands came with his later association with Terry Stevens, Earthworks and the ever-popular Boguillie Band; playing for years at weddings and social gatherings around Arran, including numerous mainland events . Most recently, Dónal’s collaboration with Cams Campbell gave rise to the Saggy Bottom boys: a bluegrass lineup with a truly trans-Atlantic flavour. The Arran Ceilidh Band is Dónal’s latest venture, bringing good friends together to put on a great programme of tunes, songs, stories and dancing!