Thirty years of Daniel O’Donnell


Thirty years of Daniel O'Donnell


Daniel O'Donnell: still going strong and still in the album charts



By David Hennessy


After celebrating 30 years in show business last year, Donegal country star Daniel O’Donnell has released a new album that will see him set a record breaking feat. One of the genre’s most consistent performers, Daniel has charted an album every year since 1988 and his new offering Songs From The Movies…and More will see an album of his in the charts for the 25th consecutive year.

“It’s a record I’m very proud of. It’s a record we weren’t setting out to achieve, it’s just something that happened. It’s fantastic really and it’s down to the great following that have supported me through the years.”

Daniel celebrated his 50th birthday last year. Can he believe he has singing for 30 years now? “Do you know what? It’s hard to believe that it could be 30 years. I suppose in one way, it’s a long time and in another way, it’s no time at all. It’s been an amazing time and experience for me and I’ve enjoyed it immensely.”

Has life on the road ever got tiresome for Daniel? “You know, I can’t say it has. I’ve never felt I didn’t want to be doing it.”

Given the title of his new collection, The Irish World asks what kind of films does Daniel enjoy? “I like light hearted movies. I’m not greatly into thrillers and that kind of thing. The songs that I have concentrated on here go back a way. The Sound of Music was something that impressed upon me greatly. There was so much music in it and I enjoyed it from that respect.”

Daniel has presented television. Did he ever consider acting like other musicians have? “It’s not something that I thought I would do. It’s not something that presented itself. I got asked a couple of times if I would do a part in Chicago but it just didn’t work. Recently, I was also asked to do something in Dreamboats and Petticoats but it didn’t work.”

The last time The Irish World caught up with Daniel, he was leading tributes to the singer and song writer Johnny McCauley. The scene has recently lost another legend in Larry Cunningham and Daniel was there to pay his respects at the funeral: “Larry got a great send off so it was fitting. I knew Larry. Margo toured with Larry in the seventies so I suppose I got to know him then. He’s not someone I would have seen an awful lot on a regular basis but certainly growing up Larry was one of the mainstays of country music and the first to cross over to the UK charts. He had so many great songs. He was still going until this year and voice wise still very, very good. It’s a great loss. There’s a lot of that generation of singers that have passed away: Joe Dolan was the first to go, there’s a few. You think these people will go on forever.”


For the full interview and to find out what Daniel really thinks about Eoin McLove in Father Ted after all these years buy this week’s Irish World


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