ASLAN singer Christy Dignam amazed VIP guests when he turned up unannounced to perform three numbers at charity event over the weekend.
Cast members of RTE drama Love/Hate, legal eagle Gerald Kean, rock band The Coronas and the Dublin team were among those on their feet when the 52-year-old, who is battling cancer, walked out on stage at a gala charity ball organised by boxer Bernard Dunne (right).
The seriously ill rock singer wore a black suit as he gave one of the most emotional performances of his life (above), singing his heart out in a short set of Aslan hits This Is and Crazy World, and Bowie cover Angie.
"Christy has been very sick but you would never have guessed it. In his black suit and new hairstyle, he looked like Bryan Ferry. It was so incredibly emotional," one guest told the Herald.
The 700 attending the Bernard Dunne's Celebrity Soccer Classic & Gala Ball had no idea they would witness the comeback.
His daughter, rising singer Kiera Dignam, announced her famous dad on-stage.
"I had sang two songs and then thanked everyone for the support they had given our family in the past few months. I then said someone else would like to thank them, and that was when Christy walked out.
"To say the place went crazy was an understatement. When they saw dad everyone got to their feet and started cheering, they cheered him all the way through," Kiera told Herald.
Her father was backed on the night by Kiera and her band, including fiance Darren Morgan on guitar.
The performance by Dignam came just months after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Sources say that the singer continues to make progress as he undergoes chemotherapy for two blood cancers – amyloidosis and myeloma.
Kiera (26) will have a chance to sing with her dad again, alongside some of the biggest names in music when they both perform at A Night For Christy, a fundraising concert to help pay his medical bills, at the Olympia Theatre on June 21.
But an even more important event for the father and daughter comes on June 29 when Christy will walk Kiera down the aisle.
Even the members of Aslan were shocked by Dignam's comeback appearance.
"We had no idea Christy was performing. If we had, we would all have been out there in City West to see it happen. We head the news this morning and we're both stunned and thrilled," guitarist Billy McGuinness told the Herald.