John Donoghue Profile

aka Timberjack Donoghue
Andrew Schmidt
20 May 2013

“Come to the sabbat, Satan’s there,” the John Donoghue-led Timberjack implored in 1971, as they spun their version of Black Widow’s dark, possessed rock-out ‘Come To The Sabbat’ to the NZ populace, scoring a surprise hit on Wellington indie Ode Records and a Loxene Golden Disc finalist spot.

Even better was ‘Dahli Mohammed’ credited to Timberjack Donoghue as an alias – a seriously striking piece of eastern-sounding psychedelia (also on Ode) and another Loxene Golden Disc finalist in 1972. Guitarist-vocalist Donoghue was solo by then, having shed Timberjack.

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Cheshire Katt band performing at the Bowl Niteclub, Queen Street, Auckland, July 1969
L to R: - John Donoghue, guitar, Colin McClean, drums and Doug Reid, bass.
Photo credit: John Donoghue collection
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John Donoghue
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John Donoghue performing solo at Waitangi Treaty Grounds on Waitangi Day, 2015
Photo credit: John Donoghue
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The Warratahs in 1988. John Donoghue second from left.
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Timberjack in 1971 with Steve McDonald, Frits Stiger, John Donoghue and Stu Johnstone
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John Donoghue, 1972
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John Donoghue 1975
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The Human Instinct in 1974: John Donoghue, Glenn Mikkelson (Zaine Griff), Maurice Greer and Martin Hope
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The Bandidos Streetband at Waitangi Treaty Grounds on Waitangi Day, 1997. From left: John Donoghue, Richard Rua Mason, Peter Rihia, Adrien Ruka.
Photo credit: John Donoghue
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John Donoghue and Martin Hope, 1973
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John Donoghue (right) in The Bandidos, 2001
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band original line-up, 1972. Back, left to right, Kevin Findlater, Paul Curtis, Richard Egan, Brien McCrea. Front, John Donoghue and Neil Worboys.
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Wayne Mason (left) and John Donoghue (right) performing at the 2014 Ngapuhi Festival
Photo credit: John Donoghue collection
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Timberjack – Come to the Sabbat
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Poster for Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band's 1974 single 'Television Mama.' A song written for the band by John Donoghue (bottom of photo) as a sequel to 1973's 'Miss September'
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The Northland Titanics, 2018. From left: Alex Simeti, Billy Kristian, John Donoghue, Dave Gorrie.
Photo credit: John Donoghue
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The 1974 Human Instinct album The Huster featured Maurice Greer, Martin Hope, John Donoghue and Glenn Mikkelson (aka Zaine Griff) with the latter writing five of the nine tracks
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Cheshire Katt, 1967: Dennis McCann, Doug Reid, John Donoghue and Colin McClean
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The Hustler album photo shoot with John Donoghue, Glenn Mikkelson (Zaine Griff) and Martin Hope
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John Donoghue, 1974
Photo credit: John Donoghue
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John Donoghue in the 1960s
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Trivia:

It was Donoghue who came up with the name The Warratahs, taking it from Footrot Flats