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Random Manor is Don Short - lead vocal and guitars, Mark Mosholder - bass and backing vocals, Rick Bourgoin - drums, Ronnie Belaire - guitars, mandolin and backing vocals, and Mark Belaire - keyboards, harmonica and backing vocals, together performing songs written by Short and arranged by the band.
Short was a founding member of The Heats, the groundbreaking Seattle band that released the album "Have An Idea" in 1980 and the live album "Burnin' Live" in 1982. Their song, "In Your Town", written by Short and produced by Ann Wilson of Heart, became an MTV video running through the spring and summer of 1982.
Bourgoin joined Short in The Heats, playing from early 1982 until their break up on New Years Eve in 1983. A musical bond and life-long friendship was formed. When they added Mark Mosholder on bass, a new band and friendship was formed. That six-piece band, Avalon, performed throughout the Seattle area from 1984-1988. The band drew interest from several major record labels, including Ahmet Ertegun's Atlantic Records, who funded production of an eighteen song demo at Seattle's London Bridge Studios. In '88, Avalon stripped down to four members and became Luna Park. When Rick moved to L.A. in 1990, they continued as Living Out Loud. The band broke up in '91, though Don, Rick and Mark remained close friends.
While Mark and Rick continued to play music in various bands throughout the western US, Don took a hiatus from songwriting and performing. Happily, after twelve years, Don picked up his guitar and began playing and writing songs again with Mark and Rick; forming Random Manor.
Their self-titled EP, recorded at The Tank Studios was engineered/produced by friend and studio owner Tom Pfaeffle in the Summer of 2008. The band went on to play before national acts in the Pacific Northwest at Ste. Michelle Winery, The Concerts at Marymoor, and the Gorge Amphitheater. The extremely fortuitous addition of the Belaire brothers, Mark and Ronnie, in 2009 solidified the lineup.