Don Bray is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, recording engineer and producer from Ottawa Ontario Canada. He’s been playing guitar and writing songs longer than most of us have been alive.
In 1969 he saw Bruce Cockburn in concert and remembers thinking “That’s what I want to do with the guitar.” Of course he felt that way about Jeff Beck and Leo Kottke as well.
He grew up in a magic time in terms of songwriting. The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and many more all watered his seeds.
These days you’ll find him playing his songs on guitar, hollowneck lap slide and mandolin. To Don, songs are all about the emotion and he invites you to imbibe.
Over the years, Don has played numerous Folk Festivals such as Mariposa, Folk on the Rock, Trout Forest Festival. His favourite thing is House Concerts. His songs have been played on CBC and numerous other Folk shows.
Don’s 6th solo CD was released in February of 2020.
“A keen observer of the human condition, with sensitivity and wit. A brilliant songwritier... poetry married to an unsurpassed guitar style...lyrics clear as water.” - David Francey
“It's been 9ish years since Don's last Album and I can tell you, with great surety, that it was worth the wait! This is a solid, beautiful, sad and playful record with great singing, exceptional playing and some damn fine songwriting!” - Michael Wrycraft
Bray & MacLean
Indigenous author Richard Wagamese speaks of a broken ceramic heart that has been mended with gold filling the cracks. He says the beauty is not merely in the gold but in the cracks themselves.
It’s in the beautiful brokenness of being human that both these songwriters find their muse.
Bound by this common understanding, a 25-year friendship, and a deep appreciation for each other’s artistry, Chris MacLean and Don Bray are finally blending their hearts and talents to make music together.
The combination of Don’s stunning finger-style guitar chops, Chris’s bell like evocative voice and both their award winning song-writing serves up a powerful contemporary\roots experience.