Saturday 16 December 2017

Dolly denies 'miming' as she wows Glastonbury crowd

American country music star Dolly Parton performs on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. Reuters
American country music star Dolly Parton performs on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. Reuters
Festival goers watch American country music star Dolly Parton perform on the Pyramid Stage. Reuters
British pop artist Ellie Goulding performs on the Other stage at Glastonbury Festival. Reuters
Festival goers bathe in the sun as they wait for the music to begin on the Pyramid stage. Reuters
Festival goers in the mud, at the Glastonbury Festival. PA
Ellie Goulding backstage at the Glastonbury Festival. PA

Jennifer Cockerell

Country queen Dolly Parton ruled Glastonbury as she attracted the biggest crowd of the festival to the Pyramid Stage.

The 100,000-plus people who flocked to see her sang along to hits including 'Jolene' and 'Blue Smoke', while many paid homage by dressing up as the star.

But although she went down a storm with those watching, many viewing on TV questioned whether the singer was miming.

A spokesman for the star rubbished the claims, saying: "No, she sings live. Some people don't know an amazing singer when they hear one."

As promised, Parton appeared in white, dressed in a rhinestone-encrusted waistcoat and trousers, after saying previously that the colour went well with brown mud.

Parton told the adoring crowd it was "such an honour and such a thrill to be here at Glastonbury Festival.

"I've been waiting a lifetime for this and of course we want all of you to have the best time," she added.

The 68-year-old had been the most talked about act of the festival, with excitement building ahead of her taking to the Pyramid Stage for the Sunday Afternoon Legends Slot following artists including Ray Davies, Shirley Bassey and James Brown.

Parton, who said she had composed a special "mud" song in honour of her trip to Glastonbury, was joined by Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora for 'Lay Your Hands On Me'.

Irish Independent

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