Tired Dan still brings the blarney

Last updated 12:00 24/02/2014

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Daniel O'Donnell with Mary Duff.

The Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North.

Sunday, February 23.

Reviewed by Stephen Fisher

A most enthusiastic, near-capacity house welcomed Daniel O'Donnell back to The Regent last night as he presented another popular set list much to the delight of everyone in the theatre.

Opening with an instrumental medley accompanying vistas of the beautiful Irish countryside, O'Donnell proceeded to bring out that little bit of the blarney with his engaging and highly polished stage presence.

And, of course, the Daniel O'Donnell experience would not be complete without the ever popular Mary Duff who continued, in like manner, with her own charming set. She joined O'Donnell on the stage as soloist and in duets, providing the perfect contrast to the headline act.

With an onstage company, most of whom have stuck with O'Donnell for more than 20 years, the second half of the programme set out to emphasise the family feel of the company, allowing each person in the lineup to take their own particular spotlight.

Here one could not deny the outstanding ability of the backing artists whose Silver Wings simply stole the show.

Well known for his close relationship with his fan base, O'Donnell concentrates on establishing rapport in the theatre with a very laid-back performance of much appeal to the largely older female audience.

There is no doubt that O'Donnell can tell a great story in between the music, much to the delight of his audience, which is possibly a good thing because I felt there were times when O'Donnell's voice was sounding a little tired last night.

Certainly this may be because he was on stage for nearly three hours, a huge ask for anyone, but more particularly in the light of the fact that recent months have been most difficult for O'Donnell himself.

Daniel O'Donnell may be one of Ireland's most enduring entertainers and no-one can deny that he knows how to put a show together and capture the heart of a much admiring audience.

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- Manawatu Standard


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