Two Songwriters: Carrie Bradley & Mark Donato

March 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Two Songwriters: Carrie Bradley and Mark Donato

Carrie Bradley
Upstate NY–native singer-songwriter Carrie Bradley moved to the Catskills in 2006 after long musical chapters first in the Boston area, where she co-founded college-radio cult faves Ed’s Redeeming Qualities and began her 30-year history as violinist for the Breeders, and then San Francisco, where she founded art-pop-rock band 100 Watt Smile and co-anchored alt-country band the Buckets. She has also performed and recorded with Tanya Donelly, Jonathan Richman, John Wesley Harding, the Red House Painters, Love and Rockets, and many others. Current projects include bicoastal acoustic duo the Great Auk (Burst & Bloom Records) with longtime collaborator Bernie Jungle, and her solo work. Her solo material fits her funny, phantasmagoric story-telling lyrics to sparse violin and acoustic guitar arrangements. Cookbook editor by day, she shares love of the mountain life with her husband, fiddles with a variety of folks, and elbows into the earthy drama of organic gardening at two thousand feet.

Mark Donato
At some point on most days, Mark Donato can be found in his West Shokan garage, making up songs. He recently released his sixth record, At the literal crack of dawn, on the SubFamily label — a collection of 15 melodic, funny tunes that pry joy from the darkest corners. Before wandering up the Hudson to settle in Olive, Donato bounced around New York City’s musical underground, working as a drummer and singer for John Linnell of They Might Be Giants, Flat Old World The Oswalds, Rosine, and Amy Allison and the Maudlins. Eventually he inherited a band from a friend and began performing his own material, which was piling up. It continues to pile up. Often performing with a band of some of Hudson Valley’s finest musicians, he also likes playing solo, when he can pull out selections from the dozens of songs that’ve been witnessed only by the walls of his garage.
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