Greg McDonald is an English singer-songwriter and acoustic musician whose hard-hitting songs have drawn comparisons with Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen, and seen him called "a genius songwriter" by Rolling Stone.
Following a collaboration with Phil Beer of Show of Hands on Greg's Tomorrow England album, Greg is currently recording a new record with Phil and Show of Hands frontman Steve Knightley.
The stylistic breadth of Greg's songs has seen them described as "brilliant folk music" (fRoots), "captivating ballads redolent of Leonard Cohen" (Q Magazine), and "Springsteen-esque anthems that remind you why you got into music in the first place" (BBC 6music).
In recent years, Greg has explored English folk music, playing in an acoustic duo with violinist Gemma Gayner, with whom he recently appeared at Cambridge Folk Festival.
Greg has been a professional musician since setting out playing the sometimes unforgiving London pub circuit in 2009. Since then he has gone on to work as a song-writer, film composer, producer, arranger, programmer, mixer, singer and multi-instrumentalist session musician, principally playing guitar, mandolin, accordion, cuatro, harmonica, mandola, dulcimer and piano.
McDonald cut his teeth as songwriter and frontman of indie band The Dawn Parade, the title track of whose first EP, Hole in my Heart, written whilst Greg was still at school, was named Single of the Year in Rolling Stone, and led to John Peel declaring the band "East Anglia's gift to the world".
Since then Greg has gigged everywhere from Cambridge Folk Festival to BBC Maida Vale Studios, had songs played on Radio 1, Radio 2 and MTV, had rave reviews from Rolling Stone ("genius"), The Times ("inspired"), Q ("captivating"), NME ("beautiful") and fRoots ("brilliant"), won international awards, written and recorded with Show of Hands' Phil Beer and Steve Knightley, shared festival stages with Frank Turner and The Pogues, and written for films including Alan Partridge.