HE’S BEEN a member of lots of bands and performed on both sides of the Atlantic after emerging from Ireland.

But it’s alone that Dan Donnelly will perform on December 7 as he headlines the latest gig at Cruck Barn in Appletreewick.

The gig organisers, local acoustic duo Plumhall, will be the support act in the venue next to the Craven Arms.

Singer-songwriter Donnelly is currently part of the Stockton-on-Tees pub-based male voice choir Infant Hercules.

In 2014 he became the newest member of long-established alternative rock band The Wonder Stuff.

Donnelly began his career in Belfast, where as a youngster he played in a number of local bands, eventually finding success with four-piece acoustic folk-rock band Watercress.

During that time, the Donnelly-penned Candlemaker reached the number one position on the Irish indie chart.

After Watercress disbanded in 2001, Donnelly moved to New York to pursue a solo career, releasing albums Bootleg and Yearning a Living.

He played as a session musician with artists including Joy Zipper, then returned to the UK in 2009, releasing the album Country & Northern in 2011.

Oysterband, Seth Lakeman, Damien Dempsey, and Duke Special. He has also performed as part of the live bands of The Levellers, Oysterband and Joy Zipper. He has a recording and touring band, Sonovagun.

Donnelly has become a popular act on the UK summer festival circuit. He this year became lead singer and guitarist for French super-group Celtic Social Club.

The long-awaited follow up to Country and Northern has been slated for release this autumn, entitled Are We Having Fun? and following on from the singles Time of Our Lives and I Don’t Care.

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