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Donkey Island is the brainchild of Austin-based musician C. MacLoughlin (Mac). Originally from New Orleans, Mac has been making music in both cities since 1980, playing in such bands as Aces 88, Whiskey Bone, and Absinthe Minded. After Katrina, Mac made Austin his permanent home and soon brought in other Austin artists Rick Nuñes (Beverly and the Orbits, The Shamen) and Adam Donovan (Madison, Matter of Fact), and classically-trained singer Carrie Stephens. After a few months jamming as a quartet, Carrie met David Rosenbaum (DA Foundry improv troupe) through an improv theatre production and the band was finally complete. The band mostly does original music influenced by their various backgrounds in punk, rockabilly, heavy metal, blues, jazz, alternative, and rock, bringing a unique sound to each song while still keeping its definitively Austin flavor.