Mike Donald - Yorkshire Folk Singer

Mike Donald R.I.P. was a folk singer who lived in Skipton, Yorks...hire.

Mike Donald began song-writing in the rhythm and blues idiom when at school in Hull. His first serious song, "Settle-Carlisle Railway," was inspired by reading "The Dalesman" book of the same title. It was so successful that he decided to develop the idea of writing songs that had an educational value as well as appealing to folk enthusiasts and lovers of Yorkshire. Mike Donald made many appearances at folk clubs throughout the North. He lived at Skipton, gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.

Mike Donald was one of the first to extol the glories of the Settle-Carlisle line in song. He wrote the first of several songs about the Settle-Carlisle in 1970. The song led to Mike's first television appearance. Soon afterwards, he was writing songs with a social context. Including Land of the Old and Grey. It told of young people who were having to leave the Yorkshire Dales through economic necessity. He composed that song while returning to Skipton from Appleby by train.

You can listen to quite a few of Mike Donald's songs in mp3 format here...