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Wee Daniel brightens up dark day Down Under

Eoin McGarvey

Published 06/09/2010 | 05:00

Daniel O'Donnell uses a megaphone to speak to fans in Adelaide, Australia, on Saturday after a power outage interrupted his concert for two hours
Daniel O'Donnell uses a megaphone to speak to fans in Adelaide, Australia, on Saturday after a power outage interrupted his concert for two hours
O'Donnell with band member Ronnie Kennedy

SINGER Daniel O'Donnell refused to leave his fans in the dark when a power cut hit a live show at the weekend.

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O'Donnell was due to perform at the Barton Theatre in Adelaide, Australia, at 7pm on Saturday but a power outage that hit the city at 4pm threw the concert plans into chaos.

However, the Kincasslagh, Co Donegal, man insisted the fans had to get value for their money and announced that the show would go on with or without power.

The 2,000 fans, who paid $89 (€63) for their tickets, were admitted to the theatre using torches. By this time the emergency lights were starting to fail.

Fierce 100km-per-hour winds had earlier brought down power lines in Adelaide, leaving some 59,000 homes and businesses without supply.

But O'Donnell and his band, joined by country singer Mary Duff, took to the torch-lit stage and sang using a handheld megaphone for two hours until a generator was put in place.

O'Donnell's niece Tricia Doogan, who travels with the star, said: "The show had to go on. He was going to give the fans what they paid for."

She said they were just a few minutes into the sound check when the power went.

"The electricity company was giving regular updates, saying power would be restored in 30 minutes. This went on for hours and finally Daniel went outside to speak to his fans, who had queued for hours, to say there was no guarantee power would be restored in time for the concert."

The only amplification available to the band was a megaphone owned by the theatre. A generator arrived just before 10pm, two hours after the show started.

Within a short time O'Donnell had the concert under way with full light and power and treated the fans to a further two hours.

Five minutes into the generator-powered show, the full electricity supply was restored in Adelaide.

"The fans were great and their patience was amazing. When we got the power back Daniel decided to do a further half of his arranged show. It was a night to remember," said Ms Doogan.

Irish Independent

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