Don McAvoy & The Great Whatever (R)
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Don McAvoy & The Great Whatever (R)

Collegeville, PA | Established. Jan 01, 1992 | SELF

Collegeville, PA | SELF
Established on Jan, 1992
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What do you get when you mix…

1)  An Irish/Polish/Catholic, prolific singer/songwriting, multi-instrumentalist, son of a US Marine,  AND

2)  An agnostic, sarcastic, politically incorrect, bespectacled, Italian/German, bass player AND

3)  A newlywed drummer with an encyclopedic memory and a huge collection of Star Wars memorabilia 

You get Ribsy Records recording artists Don McAvoy & The Great Whatever® that features the talents of:

* Don McAvoy (songwriter, lead vocals, various instruments, husband. father, dog owner, legal eagle): Has written approximately 2,500 original songs and has won numerous songwriting awards.  Influenced by the classic rock of The Beatles, The Kinks, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen and also by the 1970’s era of singer/songwriters. He had dial up internet up until 2010 and just got his first smartphone last year.  Thus, the reason the band calls him ‘’The Analog Man in a Digital World”!

* Marc Arot (bass guitar, vocals, husband of a school teacher, annoying uncle, project manager): Raised by a father who was a Philadelphia firefighter who introduced him to Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel on their long car rides to Atlantic City. Influenced by the obscure 1980's music he discovered at a small insignificant college radio station, he self-taught himself the bass by mimicking the lines of Mike Mills of REM, Jonette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads and many other ''left of the dial'' artists that helped him invent his bass playing technique and created a music addiction he has to this day!

* Mike McAvoy (drums, percussion, vocals, newlywed, movie and music aficionado, memory of an elephant): Our answer to the Muppets “Animal” and the long lost twin brother of Bevis.  He was the TV character “Monk” before the show ever existed and is always joined by his personal “Sharona”  Betsy who is now his wife! His drumming is influenced by all the greats like John Bohnam , Keith Moon, Buddy Rich, Charlie Watts, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, Alex Van Halen and sometimes Ringo.  He can remember, in vivid detail, what he did (and what YOU did!) 20 or more years ago. Drum solos ARE NOT optional!

PLUS a revolving door of family and friends who guest star in the studio and on the stage and put the ''Whatever'' in ‘’The Great Whatever®’’, including: Joe McAvoy (Guitars, Vocals) & Felix Fitzsimmons (Guitar, Bass, Vocals) from the band Germany Hill (,, John Harris (Vocals and guitar), Don McAvoy, Sr. (Don’s father on vocals), Jim Walsh (Guitar and vocals) and many other talented local and regional musicians (a violin here, a piano solo there, sprinkle in a horn section and some stunning backing vocals as required!). 

Their latest release, "There's Time Between The Bridge & The Water" contains (23) well written, accessible, and well produced original songs, in varied genres, that started in the studio back in 1999 after the regional success of their first two releases “Sometimes The Characters…”  (26 songs / 2 CD’s) and “Peace, Love  and Scrapple”  (4 song EP).  The songs are a mixture of many different styles, tempos and instrumentations that appeal to all ages and musical tastes.  Since most people flip from station to station when listening to their radios, DMCGW’s music captures that need for the variety, melody and accessibility that people are longing for  in this era where mostly all music sounds the same.

"There's Time Between The Bridge And The Water”  is available for sale for $10 at WWW.DMCGW.COM, CD Baby, i-Tunes, Amazon and many other digital outlets and music stores as are “Sometimes The Characters…” and “Peace, Love  and Scrapple”. Please check out our web site WWW.DMCGW.COM, and/or our Facebook page to find our live performance schedule!  Please watch our You Tube page (Great Whatever Videos) for all of our music videos!  

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