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14 May 2017

John Donoghue(member of Dizzy Limits,Timberjack, Human Instinct)“Spirit Of Pelorus Jack"1973 + "Donoghue” 1975 + singles New Zealand Prog Folk Rock

Cheshire Katt, 1967 Dennis McCann, Doug Reid, John Donoghue and Colin McClean

John Donoghue in the 1960s

John Donoghue, 1972

John Donogue and Martin Hope, 1973

The Human Instinct in 1974

The Hustler album photo shoot with John Donoghue, Glenn Mikkelson (Zaine Griff) and Martin Hope

John  Donoghue(member of Dizzy Limits,Timberjack, Human Instinct)“Spirit Of Pelorus Jack"1973 + "Donoghue” 1975 + singles New Zealand Prog Folk Rock 
Singer guitar player John Donoghue started out as a youth in the Wellington area playing in skiffle and rock and roll bands. In 1970 he joined Dizzy Limits as they got a gig travelling to London on The Northern Star, coming back on the Southern Cross. On their return Dizzy Limits renamed themselves Timberjack and released "Come To The Sabbat" a song by Britain's Black Widow which made it to #7 on the charts. The band seemed set for glory but soon disbanded. 

John continued to perform in the 1970s as Timberjack Donoghue and also performed with Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band and Human Instinct. His "Album The Spirit of Pelorus Jack" won the Rata Award for New Zealand album of the year. In 1984 he was a founding member of The Warratahs and later would play with The Puha Bandidos.............

While many of our 1960s rockers faded into the mainstream in the final stretch of the 20th Century, Donoghue just kept on rolling. He started out in early 1960s Miramar skiffle group The Vultures, which became The Crescendos, then The Strangers (with future Avenger Eddy McDonald) and Cheshire Katt. Then he headed to London in 1970 with The Dizzy Limits, who changed their name to Timberjack on the return journey. Donoghue kept on playing guitar and bass in a long progression of groups, and won awards for classical and jazz works. 

After a brief stint in Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band, where he wrote the hit 'Miss September', Donoghue joined the Auckland-based Human Instinct from 1972 to 1975, producing three albums: A Timberjack-Donoghue solo release and New Zealand Album of The Year, Spirit of Pelorus Jack (1973); Human Instinct’s The Hustler (1974) and Timberjack Donoghue from 1975, backed by Wellington’s Redeye. 

In 1986, Donoghue formed country rockers The Warratahs with Barry Saunders and Wayne Mason and stuck around long enough to record their first album Only Game In Town, before departing in 1988 to work as a studio engineer in Wellington....Audio Culture............

John Donoghue "Spirit Of Pelorus Jack"1973 New Zealand 


Song for a Princess 
Regrets and Things 
Like an Old Time Movie 
Hardly Been Worthwhile 
Spirit of Pelorus Jack 
Be My Friend 
Song for Vanda 
A Worm's Eye View of Blackpool 
A Pretty Song 

Timberjack Donoghue "Donoghue" 1975 

A1 Insurance Man 
A2 Gypsy Dream 
A3 Sea Of Dreams 
A4 Lullaby 
B1 Riverboat Lately 
B2 Requim For County Gaul 
B3 Turn On De Light 
B4 Empty Rooms



1971 Timberjack: Come To The Sabbat/Epilogue - Ode ODE 18 #7 
1972 Dahli Mohammed/Song For Vanda - Ode ODE 29 
1973 Sprirt of Pelorus Jack - Ode ODE 56 
1974 Requiem For County Gaul/Regrets And Things - Ode ODE 575 
1975 The Insurance Man/Gypsy Lady - Ode ODE 584 


1973 Spirit of Pelorus Jack - Ode SODE 40 
1975 Donoghue - Ode SODE 66 


1973 (7") Bulldogs All-Star Goodtime Band: Miss September (Donoghue)/Bulldogs - EMI HR-508 #2 
1974 (LP) The Human Instinct: The Hustler - Zodiac ZLP 1051 
1973 (7") Bulldogs All-Star Goodtime Band: Televisi0n Mama 
1988 (LP) The Warratahs: Only Game In Town - Pagan PAL 1032 #14 - Pagan PAL 1032 #14 
1993 (7") Bulldogs All-Star Goodtime Band: Tokyo Rose

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