On McKinney Music, “the best independent music magazine in the UK“, Berry Donmark, a musician from Minneapolis, pays tribute to the Canadian folk and singer-songwriters who have influenced his work with his latest release, “Rain Drenched Sparrow”.

“Rain Drenched Sparrow”

Cover art for Berry Donmark's "Rain Drenched Sparrow"
Cover art for Berry Donmark’s “Rain Drenched Sparrow”

The single “Rain Drenched Sparrow” was released by musician and songwriter Berry Donmark from Minneapolis. The folk-rock song is a tribute to the talented Canadian folk musicians and singer-songwriters. Donmark stated that he has been drawn to Canadian singer-songwriters and their amazing library of songs since his childhood, when he became infatuated with radio and music. The artistry’s depth and quality speak directly to his soul. “Rain Drenched Sparrow” is a true love letter to a genre and is full of subtle references to Canadian songwriters.

Donmark’s Love of Canadian Songwriting

Donmark became more and more enamored with Canadian musicians after hearing artists like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell on the radio and attending the Winnipeg Folk Festival in the early to mid-1980s. Donmark also talked about the time he went to Winnipeg as a fan of folk music, and came home as a fan of Canadian folk music. He learned a lot about himself as a musician and music lover from those festivals, and there was something about Canada’s dedication to music that really stuck with him.

The rundown of Canadian specialists that Donmark refers to as impacts is long, and it incorporates Bruce Cockburn, Leonard Cohen, Ferron, k.d. lang, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson/The Band, Stan Rogers, Garnet Rogers, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ron Sexsmith, Ian Tyson, and Neil Young, among others.

On the Recording of Rain Drenched Sparrow

Berry Donmark wrote, sang, played guitar, and played keyboards on “Rain Drenched Sparrow.” Harry C. Wilkinson Jr., a drummer from Nashville, TN, is his musical collaborator. Harry is well-known for his work on the classic album “Blue Sky – Night Thunder” and the smash hit single “Wildfire” with Larry Coryell, Terri Gibbs, and especially Michael Martin Murphey. In 2022, another of Donmark’s projects, The Other Hit, released two re-mixes on which Harry played drums: “Up on the Street (Swede Hollow)” and “I Don’t Live in Colorado (Anymore)”.

More About Berry Donmark

Photo of Berry Donmark
Photo of Berry Donmark

Berry Donmark began performing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the middle of the 1980s. He got going performing unique society melodies that went from verifiable narrating to effective tunes. He made numerous appearances throughout the campus town, the most famous of which was an impromptu appearance at the infamous Mr. Flood’s Party.

Berry’s History in Music

Following a few years playing in Minneapolis cover groups in the last part of the 1980s and mid 1990s, Berry put out two original records – 1995’s “Secrets & Lies” and 2002’s “Midway Angels.” With the exception of a few scattered cassettes and burned CDs, both predate digital distribution and have been lost to time. Berry made an appearance in 2022 on the release “DIEGO” by The Other Hit, which featured ten of his original songs and gave him credit under the name Patrick Courtemanche. He started releasing music on his own as Berry Donmark in 2023.

Find “Rain Drenched Sparrow” and Connect Online

As of April 18, 2023, all major streaming services will have access to “Rain Drenched Sparrow.” On his website, you can find links as well as additional information. Find The Other Hit on Instagram.