Daniel O’Donnell: Back Home Again Tour

Daniel O’Donnell: Back Home Again Tour

Tue, June 13, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

PlayhouseSquare

Cleveland, OH

Reserved: $35, $45, $65 & $85 | $3 increase day of show

This event is all ages

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Daniel O'Donnell
Daniel O'Donnell
It's no surprise that Daniel O'Donnell is one of the best loved artistes of our time, both at home and abroad.He has had a remarkable career. He is the only artist in the world to score a hit in the UK album charts every year for the last 29 YEARS. In doing so, he has outshone everyone from Michael Jackson and Madonna to U2 and the Rolling Stones.Daniel has also achieved eight number one hits in the UK music video/dvd charts over that period. He makes regular appearances in the Billboard World Music Chart and has been voted Entertainer
Of The Year in Ireland three times - to mention but a few of the many accolades that Daniel has been awarded. And after more than 30 years in the spotlight as an engaging entertainer, he is still in love with performing and with audiences the world over.
ALTHOUGH he stepped back from touring in the last year,Daniel O'Donnell hasn't been idle.He also enjoyed recording the reality TV series called 'Daniel and Majella's B&B Road Trip for UTV Ireland during the summer - touring the B&B guest houses of Ireland with his wife, Majella."The B&B was a lot of fun because we were on the road together," Daniel says, adding that he got to see and experience many places in Ireland for the first time. "While I've travelled the length and
breadth of Ireland touring with the band, I never got to stop and really see the places and meet the locals," he points out. "We got a tremendous welcome in every B&B and I hope the show will convey to people how wonderful it is to stay in people's homes and to enjoy the Irish hospitality."There were charity shows and surprise guest performances, including serenading the 2015 Rose of Tralee live on TV and appearing on the 'Mary From Dungloe' Finale which was broadcast live for the first time in its 48 years on Irish TV, Sky Channel 191 and of course, the recording of that years album release - a tribute to the American country legend that was Hank Williams.The absolute icing on the cake though for Daniel was the offer to be a contestant in the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing, one of the BBC's top rated shows and one of Daniel's all-time favourite TV shows. "When the email came in I just couldn't believe it," he says. "As luck or fate would have it, this is the only year that I could have done it because normally I'm performing in Branson at that time of the year. "I was absolutely thrilled to get the chance to dance on Strictly," It's such
a huge show and the BBC have their pick of people, so I'm flattered that they asked me. It took me out of my comfort zone, but I had a lot of fun doing it."But back to the music: Daniel says he fell in love with his last single, Blue Moon Over My World, the moment he heard it. Written by Donegal singer-songwriter Shunie Crampsey, the song was inspired by the loss of a close friend."The first time I listened to it I was touched by the words," Daniel says. "Shunie told me that he wrote it about a friend who was a father figure to him. "He was left distraught by the man's passing and wrote the song a day later. "Sometimes when you know the story of a song it
resonates more with you. It's a song that can relate to the loss of anyone. "When you lose somebody, as I did when my mother died, it's even more relevant to your life.
"I'm delighted Shunie sent it to me. When I heard You Raise Me Up for the first time, I knew it was going to be a huge hit. I felt the same about Blue Moon Over My World.Daniel's 2015 album release, The Hank Williams Songbook (Release in Oct last year), was also a personal favorite. "I've always been a fan of Hank Williams," he says. "Down through the years
I've sung many of his songs in different situations and different shows. "Anybody who has a bit of country blood in their veins has been touched by the songs of Hank Williams at some stage. "I find them fantastic songs to sing. The ones I chose for the album were my own personal favorites. "I didn't pick some of his big songs that people might expect. I just selected the ones that I loved myself."They included the love song, Half As Much. "I love the sentiment in that song, particularly the
line, 'if you love me half as much as I love you.' It's such a great love song," Daniel says. "Another song I recorded for that album was My Son Calls Another Man Daddy. I used to sing it
years ago, but this was the first time I recorded it. "I recorded Your Cheatin' Heart differently to the way Hank Williams sung it – we did it a little slower and I just love singing it. "Kaw-Liga is a
song that brings me back to the Wembley Country Music Festival in1979. I remember standing at the side of the stage that year watching Charley Pride singing it. When I was recording the song it brought me right back to that moment."
Hank Williams also wrote gospel songs under the pseudonym Luke The Drifter, and Daniel has included I Saw The Light on his new album.He says: "Hank Williams was incredibly talented. When I was recording the songs and listening
closely to him singing them himself, I found it hard to believe that he did all of that before the age of 29 when he died of heart failure. You'd think they were the work of somebody who had lived a long life and had all the experiences that go with that. I know he had a very hard life, and sometimes it's out of those backgrounds that great songs are created."Daniel has made record breaking chart history (yet again) by becoming the first recording artist in the history of the UK Artist Albums Chart, to have charted at least one new album every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 29 year span.He accomplished this with his latest album 'The Best of Music And Memories', released in February this year, it charted on the midweek chart at No. 7, the third highest new entry on that weeks' UK Artist Albums Chart.In total, Daniel has now reached the UK Artist Albums Chart with more than 35 albums and has now amassed TWENTY-NINE Top 30 albums over the course of his career.
As for the future, Daniel is looking forward to returning to touring later this year with a revamped band. "We're introducing some new musicians and some different instruments in the band because I think it's time for change and I'm really excited by what's to come," he adds. There is no doubt but that Daniel intends to continue touring around the globe with his unique, life affirming shows of music, song and laughter.
Mary Duff
Mary Duff
Mary Duff has been at the top of the European Country music tree for more than three decades, enjoying the appreciation of audiences worldwide as part of Daniel O’Donnell’s show (now in its 24th year). She is a very familiar voice and face from Norway to New Zealand!
Mary first got the chance to showcase her talent at just 12 years of age when, quite by chance, her father heard her singing on a home tape recorder, he invited Mary to sing with his band at weekends and once Mary finished school she became a regular musical figure around the County of Meath in many bands including a three year stint with the busy “Jukebox”.
Later, Mary won The Sunday World Nationwide Talent Competition, attracting the attention of Sean Reilly who became her manager. Soon after, Mary signed to Ritz Records and was offered the special guest slot on Daniel O’Donnell’s first UK concert tour. 23 years and many album and DVD releases later, Mary remains Daniel’s special guest and this August she embarks on yet another world tour.

Despite having received multiple music industry awards over the years, it is the 1990 Meath Person of the Year accolade which Mary is most proud of amid an array of highlights including a 2004 Live broadcast with Daniel O’Donnell recorded as a PBS Special in America with a registered audience of 66 million viewers!! In 2011 Mary fulfilled a lifelong dream performing at the Ryman Auditorium a.k.a. ‘The Grand Ole Opry’.

International stages have beckoned with several solo tours of Australia, New Zealand and the USA. In 2013 Mary celebrated 25 years in the music industry and was awarded ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ at the prestigious Sunday World Irish Music Awards and was also honoured as ‘Grand Marshall’ at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Drogheda, Ireland.

Mary performed for the first time in Sri Lanka in 2014 and returned in 2015, to sell out shows. A hectic schedule is already underway in 2016 with an Irish and UK Spring tour with Special Guests Kathy Crinion and Jordan Mogey and a brand new label (ISG Records) and a brand new all original album "Changing Lanes" out in May 2016. Mary then rejoins Daniel O’Donnell once again as his special guest when he returns from his sabbatical to commence a massive year-long, world tour in August.
Venue Information:
PlayhouseSquare
1519 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH, 44115
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