Donna Creighton
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Donna Creighton

London, Ontario, Canada | INDIE

London, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter

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Dear Donna,

If you have a “Wake” for someone who dies, do you hold an “A-Wake” when they return to life?? If so, then your Friday night "Back From The Dead" concert at the Aeolian was a great one. A fun time was had by all – not the least of whom, it appeared, was you. What a great band you assembled! Such diverse talent with incredible creds! You all created some wonderful music together and as you said yourself, at times it was really “groovy”.
Your friend George Manury must be quite the remarkable person, devoting so much energy and time to Life*Spin. Congratulate him for me on a very passionate performance. Such a strong clear voice to communicate his message. A nice foil to open the show.

Your boots were really nice; everybody thought so. They were great for breaking any ice that may have been in the audience. And then you sang! What a great voice you have – and the guitar lessons really paid off eh!! Cool jazzy feel and the scat stuff was neat. The line about being a “master of self deprecation” if it applied to you, certainly should not. I like the bit about “Get on with your life the way you need to”. Good message for all of us who have self doubt. I’ll try to remember that.

Thanks for taking us on a varied musical journey through the evening. We enjoyed show tunes (Somewhere Over the Rainbow) and show-type tunes and jazz with great solos by Stephen Holowitz on piano and Paul Stevenson on trumpet – trumpet for Pete’s sake! I didn’t expect that. Dare I say without punning that he blew me away?? And I loved the way he played with the audience leading us in actions to physically spell L-O-V-E. I still have bruises to show for it!!

All the band, especially your amazing backup singers Judith Sparks and Louise Fagan, were having such a great time and were so together in the riotous 50’s R&R type song, “I’m In Love and I Hate It”. And Al Parrish’s last bass note was the icing! His bass playing throughout the “A-Wake” was nicely understated and complemented the subtle percussion of Bambalam, who in turn created some lovely world music feeling in his rhythms.

Oh, and then that thing with the cowboy hats! and the yodeling! Hah! What a way to end the set! You had to come back - for the encore - as well as “From the Dead”.

It’s good to have you back

Cheers – literally!

Bob Cunningham - The Beat Magazine


Discography

Sirens (self titled)
Smilin
Live at the Ugly Mug Cafe
Look (single)

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The Story of Donna Creighton: She was born mid February, the fourth of five kids in a family of Scottish/Belgian/English/French heritage. It was lunchtime at the Bancroft Red Cross Hospital: a surprise to the small nursing staff that delivered her. Her mother always said she was different from the other kids, this one announced her arrival singing Oh Canada!

With no TV to speak of, and only two snowy channels (and they were only for Hockey Night in Canada and Tiny Talent Time), she played along the dirt roads and leaned her back against trees while she learned to play the steady stream of instruments that came into the house with the older siblings. Siblings were an endless source for toys that made noise. She was given a few short instructions and then, she was on her own. But that’s life in a big family.

By age one she was already singing. She started playing the piano and whistling at 18 months old, recorder and Ukulele around age 8. By grade 9 it was the 70s and her listening world was an infusion of Chopin, Mozart, Bach, Mo Kauffman, The Pointer Sisters, Supertramp, Rush, Boston and Steely Dan. The flute became a primary focus, when she wasn’t skipping school to hang out with boys and catch the GO bus to Toronto to experience The Edge (a “New Age/Punk” bar at Church and Gerard) just another opportunity for her to absorb another musical genre.

She loved the raw simplicity of the Ramones and the pop edge to Blondie. Her punk rock boy friend at the time taught her to play the bass part on “Nice and Sleazy” by the Stranglers.

Between classical piano instruction, private voice instruction, high school choir, private girl’s choir, music festivals in elementary school (where her mother was the music teacher), high school bands, the drama club and the high school musical, there was no escape. The mark was made. She would be a wandering minstrel.

It would not be until her late 20s, in the middle of attaining her BA in English and Drama at UWO would she start skipping class to play the guitar and write songs. Completing both an Honours BA and a B.Ed was like pulling teeth.

After completing her degrees she embarked on her adult life in the performing, recording and song writing arts. Most of her bristles were filed smooth by marriages, divorces, children and a 12 year, Canadian award winning touring career with Sirens.

Her musical journeys lead her to mentors like Bobby McFerrin which enabled a unique creative freedom and musical diversity found in her work.

She sings in English, French, German, Italian, Korean and Ukrainian. She has shared the stage with Bruce Cockburn, Valdy, Bruce Guthro, Parachute Club, Fred J. Eaglesmith, Don Ross, Philosopher Kings and Lisa Loeb, toured in Canada, the U.S.A and Scotland and has been a featured performer with Orchestra London as Nora in the acclaimed production of Hearts Made Great.