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Donohoe to Entertain with Song and Story

March 15, 2012

Kitty Donohoe will entertain with ‘Songs of Michigan and the Great Lakes’ in a folk song and story-based program that focuses on several unique cultural and historical elements of the region, including lumbering, the early fur trade and voyageurs, mining and lighthouses. Donohoe was born outside of Detroit and was raised in a large, Irish American family.  Creativity was encouraged in the Donohoe family and with a mother who was an aspiring opera singer and classical pianist, Donohoe began making up songs when she was very young.  She played piano at age 5 and guitar at age 16.

Donohoe discovered the traditional sounds of fiddles, whistles and pipes when she ventured to Canada as a young teen and all of those sounds resonated with her. Since her first recording in 1987, Donohoe has integrated those instruments into her own songs and tunes, infusing Midwest sensibilities with her Irish heritage.  Donohoe has recorded five acclaimed CDs and is working on her 6th.

Donohoe was recognized with a Michigan Emmy in 2002 for a song she wrote in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  Her song called “There Are No Words” was recognized nationally and included in a film called “A Nation Remembers: the Story of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial”.

Donohoe’s tour in Montgomery County will start on Monday, March 26th at the Coffeyville Meal Site, Sycamore Landing and Windsor Place Assisted Living before arriving at the Spencer/Rounds Theatre on the CCC Campus at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27th. Donohoe will continue her tour of Coffeyville with Windsor Place, Windsor Place SCU and the Medicalodge of Coffeyville on Tuesday.  Wednesday, she will entertain residents at Pickwick Place, Asbury Village and the Dale Apartments followed by the students at Caney Valley High School on Thursday and the Caney Nursing Home and Guest Home Estates in Caney on Friday. 

The public is invited to the 10:20 a.m. Tuesday Humanities performances at CCC.  The performances are free and held in the Spencer/Rounds Theatre.  For more information, call 620-251-7700 ext. 2145 or 2038.