Daniel wows his fans with Christmas album
Daniel O'Donnell this week launched a new Christmas album, running to 39 tracks over two compact discs.
A highly seasonal Christmas with Daniel was filmed at the Dublin’s National Convention Centre and it features his regular singing partner Mary Duff and several choirs.
The tracks include popular inspirational carols like Silent Night, When A Child Is Born and O Holy Night and tinselly, Santa-themed numbers like Jingle Bell Rock, I’ll Be Home With Bells On and White Christmas. Daniel’s Christmas albums are always highly marketable and, with so many tracks on this latest offering, it will also be a winner.
Daniel, who recently was awarded the prestigious 2017 IBAM award at a presentation evening in Chicago for his life-long contribution to Irish music and culture globally, has just returned from the United States after another three-week concert run at the Welk Theater in Branson, Missouri.
There, up to 50,000 people travelled from all parts of the States for a show by the Donegal man and his band that has become an integral part of the entertainment scene in the picturesque Ozarch Mountain region for 25 years. Daniel returns to the United States in mid-February for seven shows at venues in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin, running through to early March.
* The annual Grammy Awards, due for selection in New York on January 28, always stimulate intense debate in the various strands of American country music and, this year, some interesting selections appear among the nominees.
The big Nashville names Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and Alison Krauss (in Bluegrass) are expected among front-runners for awards. However, posthumously, the late Glen Campbell could be a winner in the best American Roots performance category with his Arknsas Farm Boy album, while fiddler Michael Cleveland, who appeared at the Ulster-American Folk Park festival, nominates for his Bluegrass album Fiddler’s Dream.