Gary MacDonald

Gary MacDonald


I have recently begun to write and record my own songs.I am an experienced musician interested in playing gigs in & around the GTA.I am also willing to travel. At this point I am playing as a solo acoustic performer as I do not have a band.I prefer to do originals but play covers too.


Gary MacDonald - Biography

Gary has been playing guitar and singing since he was 15 years old. First inspired by the music of The Beatles and Elvis Presley he developed a strong love for rock, pop and also traditional country music. Since the age of 18 Gary has been playing with various bands and he has traveled extensively through eastern Canada. After taking a break from musical performance he has recently returned to playing and singing with an emphasis on writing his own original material.

While the list of artists that have influenced him would be far too long to include in this information package, a short list of some of his biggest influences include artists such as: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Walylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Marty Robbins, Roy Orbison, The Who, The Kinks, The Byrds, The Shadows, Blues greats like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf as well as country and bluegrass greats such as Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Ernest Tubb and virtuoso western swing players like Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant. More modern influences include groups such as The Rheostatics, The Tragically Hip, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Matthew Sweet, Tom Petty, The Clash, Bruce Springsteen, Dwight Yoakam, Big Country, The Mavericks, and many others too numerous to mention.

Gary really prefers to do his own original music but he has a large repertoire of songs that range from traditional country and bluegrass right up to modern rock and pop songs of the 2010’s. He is a fan of “Authentic” music and enjoys playing songs that are sincere and express honest emotion. His warm voice, strong and clean rhythmic guitar playing and his easy going and humble personality have endeared him to many people over the years. He believes that the best music speaks directly to people’s hearts.

Gary is interested in playing shows around the GTA. While he prefers to play his own original material he can also play many popular cover songs. Feel free to contact us though this website for availability and booking information.

Set List

Gary prefers to play his own original music which you can listen to here and at

He can also play many great rock and traditional country covers in his own unique style as listed below.

Gary MacDonald - Partial Song List

Above and Beyond - Buck Owens
All I Gotta Do - The Beatles
Always Late - Lefty Frizzel
Angie - The Rolling Stones
Baby Its You - The Beatles
Before The Next Teardrop Falls - Feddy Fender
Begging To You - Marty Robbins
Big Iron - Marty Robbins
Black Velvet Band - Irish Traditional
Cathys Clown - The Everly Brothers
Close Up The Honky Tonks - Buck Owens
Crazy Arms - Ray Price
Crying In The Rain - The Everly Brothers
Crying Time - Buck Owens
Days Go By - Dirty Vegas
Donna - Ritchie Valens
El Paso - Marty Robbins
Every Little Thing - The Beatles
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
Everybody Hurts - REM
Flaming Star - Elvis Presley
Follow That Dream - El