Every Sunday Donnie's hosts brunch. This Sunday will feature acoustic folk music by Tom Irwin. We will be serving up a special brick oven Danish Quiche with a slice of Racine Danish Kringle. Vegetarian quiche will be available. Drink specials include Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Irish cream coffee.
Garnish your bloody mary with a cheese pizza! All food options on our daily menu will also be available.
Brunch served: 10AM-2PM
Live acoustic music with Tom Irwin: 11PM-2PM
For over thirty years Tom Irwin has been taking life experiences, turning them into songs and giving those songs life through performances and recordings. The 55 year-old singer-songwriter opened for Willie Nelson & Family at the 2001 Illinois State Fair Grandstand and has performed with many other popular artists. Readers of Illinois Times voted him Best of Springfield for musician (2007), solo musician (2004), male musician (2002), male vocalist (2001), and folk band (1994 & 1999).
Irwin works around 200 dates a year in diverse venues and various areas, known as one of the most visible and popular singer-songwriter-guitarists in central Illinois. He has released ten full-length recordings of original songs selling thousands of copies of his music. Sangamon Songs, his most recent recording, released in January of 2012 on Clyded Records was produced by Gary Gordon with an all acoustic lineup of mandolin, dobro, fiddle, cello, piano, guitar, autoharp, flute and standup bass. The acclaimed work chronicles through songs, the actual diary of Harry Glen Ludlam, a 16-year old boy in 1893 who lived on the farm now owned and occupied by irwin's family. The album reached number 22 on the Folk DJ radio charts and reached Best of lists for many DJs and critics for 2012.
His music has been described as "a cross between Buddy Holly and Frank Zappa" by Gajoob magazine, "brilliant and lasting" by the Tucson Weekly, "enduring" by the State Journal-Register, "updated John Prine," by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and “good enough to smoke” by Supe du Jour of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Irwin was the featured artist in the Arts & Entertainment section of the State Journal-Register, the daily paper in Springfield, Illinois on several occasions over the past 15 years. In 2013 he was given a Downtown Music Legend award from Downtown Springfield, INC., the only person to ever receive such an award in the history of the Springfield music scene.
Irwin also performs with a rock-n-roll combo nearly every Sunday at the Brewhaus in downtown Springfield, Illinois, celebrating 20years of continuous shows in 2014. For nearly fifteen years he has penned a weekly music column called Now Playing for Springfield's newsweekly, Illinois Times.
The singer-songwriter performs in a variety of combinations with diverse musicians, sometimes as a solo acoustic act, other times with country-folk influenced combos, and often with His Hayburners, an electrifying 5-piece rock & roll group. Original songs in his live shows range from the bucolic hilarity of "I'll Be Your Bull (If You'll Be My Heifer), to the life study of "Diggin' in the Dirt", from the heartfelt sincerity of "Thank You for Loving Me" to parental loss in "I Called Him Dad." Irwin time-travels to the 1880s with the tale of his "Uncle Fud," talks about hard knocks in "The Bottom of the Hole," laughs at trouble in "What Else You Gonna Do," and brings it all back home with "Where the Earth Meets the Sky"
In 2010 Irwin received a Master’s of Art degree from the University of Illinois in Springfield in Liberal and Integrative Studies with a focus on songwriting and folk music producing the Sangamon Songs as a master's thesis/project. He teaches as an adjunct professor in the Liberal & Integrative Studies department for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
You might laugh and cry, chuckle and squirm, tap your foot and nod your head, but you won't ignore or walk away untouched by this talented teller of stories through words and music.