Humble beginnings

I began holding small jam sessions at my home on Wednesday nights. Bailey, Brian, Keith and Martin were some of the guys who came over on a regular basis. As our friendships grew, the notion of starting a band came up from Brian. We had so much fun while playing at RnG showcases and various open mics around Calgary, it seemed to be a natural next step.

Brian came up with Doran House Band, from the fact that we practised at my house most of the time. I wasn't sure about using my name, but everyone supported the idea. Brian also created the icon dHb, which I love. After the guys were on board and ready to move forward, we felt a female vocalist was needed. Dulcy was our first choice, and she happily agreed to join our merry band of misfits.

Our plan is to play music we enjoy, entertain where we can, and do some good in the communities where we live. It was a unanimous decision to support our local food banks whenever possible.

We play a little rock 'n roll, a bit of country, some Americana, and a few originals. We're far from perfect, but we enjoy what we do. I hope you will, too.

Thanks for listening,
Randy

Bailey Smith
Bailey Smith

Born into a musical family, Bailey started with piano lessons as a youngster, and switched to playing guitar when he was 14. It was then, he gained valuable experience collaborating with other budding musicians. His major influences include Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, but he's more than willing to play just about anything.

 
 
Brian Yorke
Brian Yorke

'Yorkie', as his high school buddies called him, is our drummer, or as he says, "the wall flower hidden behind our awesome guitar players". He's been drumming for only a couple of years, however, music has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. Yorkie's musical path began with plucking away at a steel guitar at the age of five. Later on, like many people, he played various instruments in high school. Originally from the east, Alberta has been his home for the last dozen years or so. Yorkie's musical tastes are diverse and the number of artists that influenced over time, is too long to list. He says the only thing better than playing drums, is singing while doing it. That's something Yorkie does every chance he gets.

 
 
Carl Bentler
Carl Bentler

A musically challenged individual who cannot clap in time, Carl developed a deeper appreciation for music late in life. His wife got a new guitar three years ago and started jamming with friends, ultimately forming the Mesa based rock band, Usual Suspect. When they purchased a PA system, Carl recognized a chance to contribute to the band. Because his attempts at learning the guitar and singing turned out to be unrecognizable noise, he turned his energy elsewhere. Carl’s support comes in the form of doing sound, equipment set up and maintenance, as well as computer work. As a child, he grew up listening to the older country music of his parents' days. When he was finally earning his own way, he rebelled and went straight to the classic rock music of the 60s and 70s. His musical influences are still classic rock and earlier country music to this day.

 
 
Dulcy Bentler
Dulcy Bentler

She was given a guitar at sixteen, and played for a short while. Eventually, the guitar (gently weeping) was put into a closet and moved from home to home never to be used again. Fast forward fifty years, and Dulcy was given another guitar, and has enthusiastically embraced learning to play all over again. Joining jam groups, going to band camps and playing at open mics has been an incredible experience. Still exploring, and loving to sing, her musical influences range from jazz to blues, from rock to country, from classical to folk and anything in between.

 
 
Keith Lee
Keith Lee

A native Albertan, Keith has been playing guitar since working in seismic camps in northern Alberta in the eighties. He has an innate ability to memorize lyrics with an uncanny accuracy, considering the depth and breadth of his repertoire. Keith's musical tastes are eclectic, ranging from obscure to mainstream, Tim Hus to Pink Floyd. His major influences are folk/roots musicians who feel the story is as important as the music it is scored to. Keith feels that life is nothing more than an unending stream of song lyrics being played out in real time.

 
 
Randy Doran
Randy Doran

Randy played guitar and sang in his basement for many years. Even his closest friends never knew he owned a guitar, let alone played or wrote music. He produced songs during that creative period in his basement, and continues to write and arrange today. Fans are happy that he took a chance, came upstairs and shared his talent. After joining a meet up group, Randy met and jammed with some very talented artists. It was then, he decided to form a band to continue to grow as a musician by doing what he loves. Randy's influences in music come from country music artists such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Wille Nelson, Merle Haggard and some Americana artists like Guy Clark and Mary Gauthier. Randy loves performing with his band members/friends and he's having a blast!

 
 
Shawn Veno
Shawn Veno

A multi-talented musician on various instruments, Shawn finally found his true passion in 2013. He picked up his first acoustic bass that year, and never looked back. Born in the Maritimes, Shawn had a lot of deep country and rock influences. Some of his diverse Influences include: The Eagles, John Prine, Matchbox 20, Van Morrison, Headstones, Alice Cooper, Tom Petty, Buddy Holly, Guns N' Roses, Stompin' Tom, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. Shawn been modestly quoted as saying: "Most times I just think of myself as a translator between the guitars and drums".

 
 
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