Bio

Don Sparks & Dan Bonis

Don Sparks learned guitar at the age of ten when he was taught by his Samoan godfather who had a popular San Diego band called "The Polynesian Serenaders."  Don played with the band throughout his teens and also joined two rock bands, "The Jupiters" and "The Other Four". The latter released a single on the Decca label but soon disbanded because they had to go back to high school!

Don joined the drama dept and fell in love with the theater. After high school he apprenticed with the nationally respected Old Globe Theatre for three years and made his professional debut at twenty in "Beyond The Fringe". Don has been a working character actor ever since appearing at Tony-winning regional theatres throughout the U.S. and in Canada and on Broadway. He has over fifty TV & film credits and currently plays the recurring role of Portia Doubleday's dad in the Golden Globe-winning series MR.ROBOT.

Don is a Nashville published songwriter and now divides his time between TV & film work and writing, recording and performing with Dan Bonis throughout the New England area.

 

Dan Bonis is a tunesmith and multi-instrumentalist. When he was 12 years old, his Italian-born grandmother, a descendant of the Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli (according to family legend), gifted him with an accordion purchased on a trip to her homeland. After one year of traumatic lessons, Dan decided to trade in the uncool accordion, for the allure of the guitar. Since that time, playing the guitar and any other string instrument that captures his curiosity has been an enduring passion.
Dan plays guitar, resonator guitar, mandolin, banjo, lap steel, Weissenborn guitar, accordion, and suitcase. His playing has a balance of simplicity and elegance.
Constantly seeking out new musical adventures, Dan plays solo, in groups, as a sideman, and as a studio musician. He enjoys the opportunity to play with like-minded musicians.
Dan has recorded two solo albums and appears on the albums of Terence Martin, Open Book and others. Solo, he won the Towne Crier Invitational Open Mike in 1997.
Additionally, he was the long-standing sideman to the late and renowned singer/songwriter Terence Martin. They toured extensively throughout the U.S. until Terence's untimely passing a few years ago.
A current adventure is teaming up with Don Sparks— writing songs, recording and performing.


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