Irish singing legend
Daniel O’Donnell is to play at the Coventry Skydome on St
Partrick’s Day, it has been revealed.
It is the first big name
to be booked for the 4,000-seater venue since new management
pledged to put more music on.
The popular singer can
easily fill far bigger venues, and his appearance on17 March
next year will be a major coup for the arena.
Rod Gunner of TBL, the
company charged with bringing events to Skydome Arena, believes
the singer will create an atmosphere never experienced in
"To get Daniel O'
Donnell to perform in the city is wonderful given his immense
world popularity - to get him here on St Patrick's night is
"There is a large
Irish population in Coventry and the St Patrick's Day
celebrations here are always amongst the best in the country -
this concert will be the icing on the cake.
"When we showed
Daniel's management the quality of the Skydome Arena they
immediately wanted him to appear here."
O' Donnell, aged 39, who
will be supported by award winning country singer Mary Duff, has
enjoyed a string of successes since hitting the limelight with
hometown song 'My Donegal Shore'.
His crossover appeal has
meant that he has become one of the few country singers to
achieve success in the pop charts, including 14 top 10 singles,
11 top 40 albums and 11 top videos, with CD and video sales fast
approaching the five million mark.
Entertainment Personality of the Year on three successive
occasions, he is alongside Guinness and U2 at the top of the
Republic's finest export list.
The Donegal singer was
recently handed the ultimate accolade when he was given 'the big
red book' by Michael Aspel on This Is Your Life - a show which
shot into seventh place in the Radio Times Top Ten Chart.
Excited at the prospect
of appearing in Coventry for the first time, Daniel admits he
cannot wait for the date to come around.
"I have always
wanted to sing in Coventry and I was delighted when I heard
that a major new venue was being constructed.
"St Patrick's Day
is a very special occasion and the atmosphere should be
magical, I am really looking forward to it.
"I have been told
that I have a big following in the city and its surrounding
area and it will be great to sing for those people."
The concert follows the
release this week of O'Donnell's latest album "Faith &
Inspiration" which includes traditional favourites such as
Abide With Me and Let There Be Peace mixed with newer tracks.
Recorded at the Temple
Theatre Dublin backed by a sixty-piece orchestra and an
awe-inspiring choir, it has been described as a
"masterpiece" gospel album.
Duff, who is O'Donnell's
regular touring partner, has been voted Top Irish Female
Vocalist and won the Best Female Vocalist award at the British
Country Music Awards.
for the show will go on sale at the Skydome box office on
November 11 - further details will be announced soon.