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Donner Party was a San Francisco, California based folk revival band during the late 1980s. The band consisted of Melanie Clarin on drums and accordion (also of The Cat Heads), Reinhold Johnson on bass, and Sam Coomes on vocals, guitar, violin and banjo (later of Motorgoat, Heatmiser, Blues Goblins, Pink Mountain, Quasi, Crock, etc).

Donner Party released two albums, both self-titled; the first was released in 1987 on the Cryptovision Records label, and the second on Camper Van Beethoven's Pitch-A-Tent label in 1988. Their entire recordings are now available on "Complete Recordings 1987-1989."

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