Jerry Donahue was born in New York, the son of big band saxophonist Sam Donahue and actress Patricia Donahue and grew up in Los Angeles. Encouraged by his parents, Donahue took classical guitar lessons as a child, but it was Gerry McGee (who later joined The Ventures) who made the biggest impression on him, when the 14-year-old Donahue witnessed him playing a behind-the-nut bend, emulating Earl Scruggs’ banjo technique. Donahue then took lessons from McGee. Regarding regular bends on the fretboard, Donahue cites Amos Garrett as a major influence. Other influences on his playing were Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, The Shadows and The Ventures, Clarence White, Danny Gatton, Albert Lee, Tommy Emmanuel and Robben Ford. After moving to England, Donahue became a respected member of the developing British folk rock scene, playing with Poet and the One Man Band, Fotheringay and Fairport Convention. In 1990 he founded the guitar trio The Hellecasters with Will Ray and John Jorgenson. Donahue has released instructional videotapes and more recently has produced solo projects including Sandy Denny’s Gold Dust (1998) and The Animals’ Instinct (2004) as well as finishing the second album by his short-lived Folk rock band Fotheringay in 2008. More recently, Donahue has been touring with the band Gathering â€“ Legends of Folk Rock with Clive Bunker, Rick Kemp, Ray Jackson, Doug Morter and daughter Kristina Donahue.