Nov 29th 2013, November Update
I’m writing to you from Branson Missouri. We’ve been here since the beginning of November and I’m glad to say our shows have been going well. We still have another 7 shows to do then I will go to Detroit to put together a pledge show for our new PBS special “Stand Beside Me”. It will be aired in the Detroit viewing area live on December 8th and in all other regions in the New Year. Check with your local PBS station for details.
The last time I wrote to you we had just stated our tour in the UK. I was looking forward to seeing so many of you there, little did I know that the tour would be cut short owing to the death of Majella’s father, Tom RIP. It has been a very difficult time for everyone and on behalf of myself, Majella and all of her family I would like to thank you for your condolences. It was a great shock for everyone as Tom had been in good health and had planned to spend the 5 weeks in Branson with me while Majella’s mother Marion stayed with Majella while finishing her treatment. However God’s plan was different to ours and we have to accept what He sends us. Tom was a great character and had a huge interest in everything that I was doing. Before he passed away he was looking forward to seeing would our album “A picture Of You” make it into the charts in the UK, making it 26 years in a row to have an album in the charts. He would have been very annoyed to think that his passing caused me to cancel all the promotion that was planned for the album as well as the remainder of the shows left on the UK tour!!! The album did make it into the charts so thanks to all of you who bought it. We have been able to reschedule 6 of the 8 concerts that were cancelled. Unfortunately the 2 shows in Norwich were the only ones we could not reschedule but we will return to The Theatre Royal in the future.
I am looking forward to our Christmas shows in Dublin at The Convention Centre. We have been rehearsing here on our days off as its 3 years since we did a Christmas show. For those of you in Ireland I will be on The Late Late show on Fri 13th of December. I was meant to do it in October so I am grateful that they were able to reschedule my appearance. Over the next few weeks the tickets for the shows in the UK in April / May & Kilarney in August go on sale. I believe some of you are already camping for the tickets that go on sale this Saturday so I hope the weather will be kind to you. I am always humbled by your loyalty.
I am pleased to tell you that Majella has finished her chemotherapy treatment and she is beginning to feel as she says “normal again”. We will be spending Christmas at home and then we plan to go to Tenerife for a month in the New Year. We are both looking forward to some quiet time.
Well I think that’s all the news I have for now. In case I don’t get writing before Christmas I would like to wish you all A Very Happy & Peaceful Christmas Season.
Take care & God Bless