Donnie & Max make guest appearance on new Jesse Madigan album

Somehow in all the busy-ness of Gang of Youths playing summer festivals, recording its own new album, and touring (twice) with Mumford & Sons, Donnie and Max have found the time to contribute to a new album from Australian singer Jesse Madigan.

Madigan just released his first album, Nothing Better Than A Journey To You, on August 14 and the 10-track release includes a guest appearance from both Donnie Borzestowski and Max Dunn. They perform on “Spring,” the album’s eighth track — a mellow song with a catchy groove. You can listen to it right here:

Madigan expressed his gratitude to Donnie and Max in a recent Instagram post:

Thanks @boughtajetski @mrmaxdunn for Bass & Drums on Spring. Legends. Especially @boughtajetski, thanks so much for your effort and generosity and for all the wise words of advice.

The full album is available for streaming on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, etc., and for purchase from all the places you’d expect.

More non-GOY Projects

That’s not the only project that Donnie’s been working on outside of Gang of Youths.

On Sunday night (August 25), he performed in Newcastle as part of the Adam Miller Trio — a jazz project he’s been working on for several years now. You can visit their official website for more background on the trio.

And Donnie himself recently announced on Instagram plans to release Blue Coloured Mountain, an EP of seven unreleased songs that his older brother, Szymon, worked on before his death in 2012.

Szymon’s album, Tigersapp, was released posthumously in 2015. Donnie and Dave joined the entire Borzestowski family at a special live performance of the entire album in 2016.

And finally, we can’t find any confirmation on this, but it seems that Donnie may have also contributed drums on Echo of Youth, a new album just released by the Australian duo Winterbourne. Andy Mak, the album’s producer, posted about it on Instagram (see below) and tagged Donnie in the post. Donnie then commented on it, and Mak replied to that with “drums 💯.”

That may not mean anything, but it sure seems like a nod to Donnie for contributing some drumming on the album. If we can track down something definitive on this, we’ll update this article.