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The Early Years

Don was born near the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. Together with his parents Art and Marie, his brother Dennis and his sister Lorri, he moved to the northwest suburbs when he was 9 years old. In his teens he took up the guitar. For the most part he is self-taught, although he did take some lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Music has always been a major part of his life, starting with the pop singers of the early 50’s to the rock ‘n roll singers of the late 50’s. As the folk scene unfolded in the 60’s, listening to and performing folk and bluegrass took up much of his spare time. Raising a family took priority over the years, but now as family commitments wind down, music again will play a larger roll in his life.

Don has been singing for most of his life. It has always been his passion. He took up the guitar at an early age and continued his dedication by enrolling in the advanced class at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

As a lead singer in Prairie Flyer, Don played coffee houses, county fairs, festivals, schools, concerts, saloons and private parties.

Recently

Fred, Marcia, Don, Mary
Left to right (above): Fred Bowen, Marcia Morman, Don Morman, Mary Honegger

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Solo or Group: Recently Don has performed as a solo act or with his wife Marcia and daughter Mary. Fred Bowen adds the stand-up bass to the mix, rounding out the sound. As a group they incorporate harmony-filled vocals, guitar, autoharp, mandolin, recorder and bass fiddle. Don specializes in singing songs that tell a story, which can range from Folk, Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and 50’s Rock & Roll.

Theme Concerts: The concept of having a specific theme for a concert has been quite successful. Such concert themes as: “Growing up in the 50’s & 60’s”; “Songs of Hope & Inspiration”; “The Folk Revival of the 60’s” and “Rockin’ ‘n’ Rollin’ in the 50’s” have been well received. Where it is appropriate, he likes to get the audience involved by including some sing-alongs.

Festival Performance: Most recently he was invited to perform for the second consecutive year at the Shawano Folk Festival in Shawano, Wisconsin.

Photo on right courtesy of the Shawano photo gallery).

Don at Shawano
First Album: August 2006 brought the release of his first CD, Songs That Tell a Story. It has been met with very favorable reviews by listeners, festival organizers and other performers alike.

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Second Album: In 2011 Don and his family band releaased a delightful collection of songs in Behind the Times. Stay tuned for more albums... Don has a lot of great material just waiting to be recorded!

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On April 19, 2007, The Antioch Review featured Don, Marcia, Mary, and Fred Bowen in a very nice article which you can download by clicking on the image below: