Don Brennan is another one of the many musicians who begged his parents for a guitar after watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. This mostly self taught player learned many different styles by lifting tunes off of records and then eight track tapes produced by his favorite artists ranging from America to Emerson Lake and Palmer. Though his first love is the acoustic guitar, he also enjoyed performing as bass player in the band “Audio” during the early eighties at venues such as The Troubadour, Starwood, Cuckoo’s Nest and many others.

Fingerstyle soon became the tool for his expression with influences from greats like Chet Atkins and Leo Kotke. It wasn’t until he heard the late great Michael Hedges that he knew his acoustic path was laid out. He began composing and covering pieces of music drawing on the unique “tap and slap” style.

Don partnered up with Michele Thomas in 1997 and formed the band “The Naked Eye” who has released three CDs on which includes some of his acoustic solo work. They have performed at The Coach House, BB Kings, The LA Music Awards, local colleges, and on The Poorman’s PTV television show. Don has just released his first solo acoustic instrumental CD entitled, “Well, to begin with...”.

In 2004, Don won the grand prize for his solo guitar work at the First Annual Gathering of Artists and has been nominated three times at the Orange County Music Awards and twice at the Inland Empire Awards for Best Instrumental. In 2008 he performed on the television show “DayBreak OC” which can be seen on YouTube and he won Best Acoustic Artist and performed at The First Annual Star Music Awards at The Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood.



Here's a partial list of places I have played:

The Coach House

The Galaxy Theater

The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

The Henry Fonda Theater

The Claremont Folk Music Center

Coto de Caza Country Club

Vellano Country Club

The Blue Cafe

LA Wine Fest

OCWS Wine Exraordinaire

Bistro 400

OC Custom Wine

Two 40 South

Planes of Fame Museum

Baachus Secret Cellar

Riverside Grill

Martini Blue

Napa Valley Wine Bar

and more.



Song List

    • Taxi (Bob James)
    • Mood for a Day (Steve Howe)
    • The Christmas Song (Mel Torme)
    • Christmas Time is Here (Vince Guaraldi)
    • Classical Gas (Mason Williams)
    • All my Loving/Blackbird (The Beatles)
    • Gymnopedie (Erik Satie)
    • Mr. Bojangles (Jerry Jeff Walker)
    • Since We Met (Tommy Emmanuel)
    • Diary (David Gates)
    • God Only Knows (Beach Boys)
    • Here Comes the Sun (Beatles)
    • Linus and Lucy (Vince Guaraldi)
    • It Never Gets Easier (Muriel Anderson)
    • Bouree (Jethro Tull)
    • Touch This  (Don Brennan)
    • Time After Time (Cindy Lauper)
    • Human Nature (Michael Jackson)
    • Rock On (David Essex)
    • Go to Sleep Already (You Brat) (Don Brennan)
    • Every Little Thing (Police)
    • Cast Your Fate to the Wind (Vince Guaraldi)
    • Weeds in the Bluegrass (Don Brennan)
    • Imagine (John Lennon)
    • Kiss the Girl (The Little Mermaid)
    • My Little Drum (Father Xmas) Vince Guaraldi/ ELP
    • Baker Creek (Don Brennan)
    • Amazing Grace (John Newton)
    • Little Martha (Allman Bros.)
    • Let the Sun Fall Down (Kim Richey)
    • Message in a Bottle (The Police)
    • Seasons of Wither (Aerosmith)
    • Phantom (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
    • Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
    • To Sir With Love (Black, London) Lulu
    • Goodbye To Love (Carpenters)
    • The Court Jester Suite
    • George (Don Brennan)
    • Eleven Small Roaches (Michael Hedges)
    • But Not Forgotten (Don Brennan)
    • I Can’t Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt)
    • The Flower Duet (Delibes)
    • Road Trip (Don Brennan)
    • Rickover’s Dream (Michael Hedges)
    • The Magic Farmer (Michael Hedges)
    • Bron- Yr-Aur (Jimmy Page)
    • The Rain Song (Led Zeppelin)
    • Ritual Dance (Michael Hedges)


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