John Donovan from Inistrahull was a major influence on the music in the Malin area. John was born 1914 and learnt his music primarily by ear John could read tonic solfa, and later his good friend Neil Toland taught him to read staff notation. John Donovan was a popular singer and entertainer recorded commercially in 1945 six songs accompanied by Mr Albert Healy. John was a fine fiddler but also used the fiddle like a ukulele to accompany his singing.