Daniel O'Donnell

Hello from Daniel

Hello there,

As I write this Majella and I are enjoying a few days in the Antrim Coast. It’s great to have some time together after such a busy few months. Our shows in America and Canada went really well and it was great to get to see everyone again. Before the tour started I went to New York to attend the picking of the New York Mary for the Mary from Dungloe festival in August. I had a fantastic night and it was great to see so many people from home that live in the New York area.

In March the first episode of the second series of the B&B roadtrip with Majella and myself aired on RTE television. As with the first series the reaction has been overwhelming. It really has amazed both of us at how popular this TV show has become. We have such fun travelling around Ireland meeting all the B&B owners who are just such great hosts and so proud of what they do in bringing people into their own homes and giving them a taste of the real Ireland. We also got to do some very fun and at times unusual activities. We danced in Tralee, we done a spot of bee keeping in West Cork, we then went pedal boating in Skibbereen, I milked cows in Waterford, we experienced falconry in Enniscorthy in Co Wexford, we had our first trip on ski bikes in Dublin, we done a bog run in Clifden (That took us to the limit), we sailed Galway bay on a Galway hooker which was amazing, Majella and I then followed in the footsteps of John Wayne and Maureen O Hara as we played the parts of Sean Thornton and Mary Kate Danaher from “The Quiet Man” in Cong, then it was on to Carrick on Shannon to cruise the river Shannon, we sang with the world famous Sands family in Co Down and finished off horse riding in a beautiful beach in Donegal. It is my wish that this show will be aired outside Ireland so fingers crossed this will eventually happen.

In April, I was delighted to be among the singers from the world of Country music that attracted an audience of almost 700,000 for the top rated Late Late Show Country TV special. It had the second highest audience ratings of any Late Late Show, second only to the annual Christmas Toy Show which always tops the TV ratings in Ireland. It was a resounding success and they had this great idea that all 24 artists on the show should perform Country Roads which has now been released as a single and video. It was a great event with Charley Pride flying in from the US to sing his hit Crystal Chandeliers which I got to duet with him on it. This was a great thrill and such an honour to sing with Charley again as I’ve loved his songs all my life. I’ve got to know him over the years and now he will say ‘I heard Danny was gonna’ be on the show and I like to sing with him.’ He always calls me ‘Danny’ – never Daniel. He is such a great man and when I introduced him, I said we were in the presence of Country Music royalty.

Over the last few months we done some shows in Ireland and before going to America we had our tour in the UK. We started in Llandudno and finished up in the London Palladium. It really was great to be back in the Palladium. It’s such an iconic stage that all the greats have performed on, the last time I was there was when I was surprised with This is your Life, so it holds many good memories for me. The atmosphere was terrific and overall the shows have been fantastic and it’s been amazing after all this time the enjoyment for me never dwindles. The overwhelming comments after the shows are about how much people are enjoying the new band and I too am enjoying the whole experience.  Steven Milne has done an amazing job, first of all selecting the musicians and then putting all the music together and everyone on stage seems to have just gelled together tremendously. Thanks to everyone who attended any of the shows in Ireland, the UK, Canada and America , I hope you enjoyed them as much as I have.

I will be attending the Mary From Dungloe festival which starts on 29th July and this is a very special year being the 50th anniversary of the festival. I will be taking part in a concert on the street on the 30th of July and if you are in the area we look forward to seeing you.  I am also looking forward to interviewing the Mary’s at the crowning Cabaret on the final night.

Our Irish tour starts in August then we have a Canadian tour in September, so all in all a busy time ahead. As I look back it’s hard to believe it’s over 36 years since I started this wonderful career and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support, without you my dream would never have become a reality.

Take care until the next time, God Bless Daniel