From swing to jazz to bottleneck blues to folk, Grammy winning acoustic guitarist Pat Donohue plays it all with a flourish of artistry and melodic inspiration. Chet Atkins called Pat one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today; Leo Kottke called his playing “haunting.”

Though he considers himself foremost a folk guitarist, Pat’s influences are rooted in bluesmen Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters and Miles Davis. Pat manages to blend jazz and blues with folk, and the mix is seamless. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies, including Sushi Yucki and Would You Like to Play the Guitar?

A NEW ERA. After wrapping up almost twenty successful years as the guitarist and songwriter on “A Prairie Home Companion” on NPR, Pat now turns to full time concert touring, presenting master guitar workshops and attending prestigious music camps.  

Pat Donohue's new CD: Blue Yonder


Blue Yonder features solo tracks, clever new original songs as well three new instrumental numbers. Pat is joined on some cuts by members of the “Prairie All Stars” who were also members of the “Guy’s All Star Shoe Band.”

Go to Pat's CD page for audio samples and more information.

Blue Yonder

“...In front of us is the Blue Yonder, reaching out like a promise. Here I am, trying to keep my end of the bargain. At times alone, at times with the help of some of the best musical buddies I have ever known. What a crew! Okay, buckle up and off we go, tomorrow is out there and it won't wait.” ~P.D.

Coming up

May 4 - May 8, 2016 Pat will be touring the beautiful state of North Carolina with shows in Asheville, Boone, Winston-Salem, Waynesville, Mooresville.

The centerpiece of the tour is Pat's CD Release Celebration, Thursday May 5th, 8:30 p.m. at the Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville, NC.

Go to the Tour Dates page for details.

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Pat plays his composition Stealin' from Chet at benefit concert for WSLR Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center. Tune in to Pat's official YouTube channel here.

Pat in performance

“Our live "Folkstage" performer was Pat Donohue who received a very rare standing ovation from our audience. His droll wit, great sense of humor, amazing guitar picking and perfectly constructed set really pleased our studio audience. He's been wasted all these years on PHC. He's a great solo artist.” THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL with Rich Warren – February 6, 2016

Go to the Tour Dates page for a listing of Pat's upcoming performances