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OriginWashington DC
  • Indie Rock
  • Progressive Rock
Years active2014-present
  • JR MacDonald
  • Brandon Williams
  • Pablo Anton-Diaz
  • Zach Martin
Past members
  • Brian Nelson-Palmer
  • Lawrence Proudfoot
  • Matthew Febles

Fellowcraft is an indie progressive rock band from Washington DC, formed in 2014 by guitarist and lead singer Jon Ryan MacDonald, and former drummer Brian Nelson-Palmer. Their style and sound has evolved over time, spanning genres like Grunge, Blues, Alternative Rock, Garage Rock, and Progressive Rock.


Formation and ...the Singles (2014-2015)

Fellowcraft was formed in the summer of 2014 by guitarist and lead singer Jon Ryan "JR" MacDonald and former drummer Brian Nelson-Palmer. In the fall of 2014 Matthew Febles, a veteran member of DC's local music community and Flashband, joined as the band's first bassist. Fellowcraft started as a cover band playing songs by Led Zeppelin, the White Stripes, Weezer and Radiohead in bars and small local venues in the Washington DC area. The band began writing original material in the fall of 2014. In the winter of 2014, in his own studio apartment, JR MacDonald tracked and self produced a series of songs. These tracks were mixed and mastered by a producer and engineer from Maryland, Noah Silver of Silver Jukebox Recording Studios. Of the five songs that were considered, "Long Gone", and "Learning to Love Again" were the only two that were mastered. They were released independently in March 2015 via Soundcloud, and as a DIY CD that JR MacDonald made on his personal computer. They were later uploaded to digital streaming platforms and Bandcamp. Following the release, Matthew Febles left the band to focus on other projects in the DC area. He was replaced by Lawrence Proudfoot.

Get Up Young Phoenix (2015)

in 2015, Fellowcraft began re working the same material considered for ...the Singles, and began working on a full length record. Before recording took place, Lawrence Proudfoot left the band and moved to the UK. Following his departure the band posted a wanted ad in Craigslist seeking a new bassist. Brandon Williams replied, and joined the band in the summer of 2015. That winter, the band recorded Get Up Young Phoenix, an 11 song LP, featuring re recorded versions of "Long Gone", and "Learning to Love Again" at Inner Ear Studios with Don Zientara, who had previously produced and engineered Bad Brains, Fugazi, John Frusciante, and Scream. The album was self-released on a limited run eco-friendly CD along with a four panel fold out insert. Only 100 copies were made. It was later released on streaming platforms and Bandcamp on New Years Day 2016[1]. Reviews noted the Blues, Grunge, and Alternative influences on the record[2], [3].

Three (2016-2019)

Immediately following the release of Get Up Young Phoenix the band began working on new material and played regularly at different venues and bars in DC[4], [5]. Over a period of roughly three years, they completed nine songs. The first recording session was in the summer of 2017, with Jason Mendleson at Undisclosed Location, a studio in Alexandria, Virginia. Five songs were tracked over a weekend. These tracks were mixed and mastered by Sean Gotkin, of Blue Hippo Recording Studios. Limited overdubs were performed at his personal studio in Centerville, Virginia. Roughly one year later, in the spring of 2018 a second recording session was added at Bias Studios in Arlington, Virginia, with producer and engineer Mark Reiter. Three local DC musicians were guest featured on the record: Ardamus joined as an Emcee, Gordon Sterling as a guest guitarist and singer, and Mitchell Bass on percussion. Three was unofficially released on Aug 18, 2018 with a co-headlining performance at the 9:30 Club, during the second annual DC Music Rocks Festival[6]. Roughly one month later, Three was made available on streaming platforms and Bandcamp. Following its release, Fellowcraft was nominated for four Washington Area Music Awards (also called 'The Wammies') in 2019, [7]. They went on to win in the Best Rock Song category, for their song "Hold the Line"[8]

Glimmer of Faith (2019-Present)

In the fall of 2018 founding member and drummer Brian Nelson-Palmer left the band for personal reasons. The band solicited the help of a new drummer, and a second guitarist, and started an ambitious rebranding effort. Pablo Anton-Diaz, formerly of Hundredth Nomad and Black Dog Prowl, joined as a lead guitarist. Zach Martin, formerly of Hundredth Nomad and Whiskey Pull, joined on drums. The band immediately began working on new material, and also re worked older material to incorporate a new progressive rock sound[9]. In the summer of 2019 the band released "Glimmer of Faith", the first single to feature the new lineup. The song was tracked, mixed, mastered and produced by Tonio Ruiz, a Latin American rock producer and founder of Mexican rock bands Coda and Qbo. Following its release, Fellowcraft received another nomination for a Washington Area Music Award in 2020, this time for Best Hard Rock Band[10]. Fellowcraft completed a promotional tour for the single that included dates along the US East Coast and also Mexico City, where they opened for Qbo at El Plaza Condesa[11], [12]. In March of 2020 they played at the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest in Toluca, Mexico[13], where they shared the festival bill with Deep Purple, Manowar, Amon Amarth, Asesino, Phil Anselmo, Static-X, and others[14]. Fellowcraft and Tonio Ruiz are currently working on a new EP release that the band has planned for the summer of 2020.


List of studio recordings
Title Album details
...the Singles Single, B-Side

Released March 28, 2015

Format: DIY CD, digital download

Produced by: Fellowcraft

Get Up Young Phoenix LP

Released Jan 1, 2016

Format: CD, digital download, streaming

Produced by: Fellowcraft and Don Zientara

Three LP

Released Sep 18, 2018

Format: DIY CD, digital download, streaming

Produced by: Fellowcraft, Jason Mendleson, Sean Gotkin, and Mark Reiter

Glimmer of Faith Single

Released Aug 30, 2019

Format: Digital download, streaming

Produced by: Tonio Ruiz

Awards and recognition

Year Organization Title Award Result Ref
2019 Washington Area Music Awards Hold the Line Best Rock Song Won [8]
2019 Washington Area Music Awards Three Best Rock Album Nominated [7]
2019 Washington Area Music Awards Proliferation Nation Best Hard Rock Song Nominated [7]
2019 Washington Area Music Awards Three Best Rock Band Nominated [7]
2020 Washington Area Music Awards Glimmer of Faith Best Hard Rock Band Nominated [15]

In the media



  1. Get Up Young Phoenix - Fellowcraft | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2020-04-28
  2. "DC alt-blues rockers Fellowcraft play House of the Temple, 5/21". The Deli Magazine | nyc.thedelimagazine.com/. Retrieved 2020-04-27.
  3. "San Angelo inspires, gets love from D.C. band". San Angelo. Retrieved 2020-04-27.
  4. "Artist Interview: Fellowcraft". iCadenza. 2016-07-11. Retrieved 2020-04-27.
  5. "DC Music Rocks". 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "DCist - the DC Music Rocks Festival". DCist. Retrieved 2020-04-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "Archived - Wammie Finalists 2019".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Winners". The Wammies DC. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  9. McCarter, Mickey (2020-01-03). "Interview: Fellowcraft (@ The Pocket, 1/10/20)". Parklife DC. Retrieved 2020-04-27.
  10. "Public facing Wammie Nominations 2019". Washington Area Music Awards.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. Andre Dulche (2019-10-01). "Fellowcraft, la realidad de una escena subterránea de Washington, DC". Pólvora (in español). Retrieved 2020-04-27.
  12. "Revista Kuadro - Qbo, Fellowcraft, Atma and ETEL at El Plaza Condesa".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "LINEUP – Hell and Heaven 2020" (in español). Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  14. "10 años del Hell and Heaven: día 1" (in español). Retrieved 2020-04-27.
  15. "Wammies Public Facing Award Nominations 2020".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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