DANIEL O’DONNELL: STAND BESIDE ME
Sunday, March 16, 7:30pm (6:30 MT)
Tuesday, March 18, 7pm (6 MT)
DANIEL O’DONNELL: STAND BESIDE ME is a concert celebration of Irish, country, gospel, rock, movie tunes and long-time fan favorites. The brand-new special was recorded before a packed house in metro Detroit.
The title of the popular singer’s 13th special for PBS reflects his belief that fans have been standing beside him throughout, making his career a success. Joining O’Donnell on stage are his six-piece band, back-up vocalists, and longtime singing partner of 26 years, Mary Duff.
The concert is filled with notable classics including the popular 1956 sing-a-long “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be”), introduced in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much starring Doris Day and James Stewart; and Dean Martin’s signature song “That’s Amore,” performed in the 1953 movie The Caddy with Jerry Lewis. Sprinkled in the mix are songs such as “Hey, Mr. Moon,” “Flying with Angels,” the heart-felt “Our Anniversary,” the lively “Erin Tennessee,” and Marty Robbins’ “A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation”), just to name a few.
Singing and traveling together since 1988, Daniel, Mary, the band and the vocalists invite the audience to join the party. The fun begins with the beautiful “My Father’s House,” written by the band’s multi-talented guitar and mandolin player, Kevin Sheerin. Mary Duff performs “Dear God,” and accordionist Ronnie Kennedy is on deck next with a polka favorite, “Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out the Barrel”), “Silver Wings,” performed by vocalists Leon McCrum, Rionagh Allen and Nigel Connell and “It’s Hard to Be Humble,” a funny tune sung by Daniel and guitarist John Staunton, keep the audience going, and the band ends the set with the crowd-pleaser “Blaze of Glory.”
Inviting the audience to join him as they have for the past 12 years, Daniel performs a reprise of “Stand Beside Me” as the audience rises to their feet and sings with him. When he asks the audience if they’re ready, fans recognize the question as the introduction to the resounding “Rivers of Babylon” and know that the end of the concert is near. It concludes with Daniel’s signature hymn of praise, “How Great Thou Art.”
DANIEL O’DONNELL: STAND BESIDE ME features these performances:
- “Stand Beside Me”
- “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”
- “Hey, Mr. Moon”
- “Flying With Angels”
- “Our Anniversary”
- “Erin Tennessee”
- “My Father’s House”
- “Dear God”
- “Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out the Barrel)”
- “Silver Wings”
- “It’s Hard to Be Humble”
- “Blaze of Glory”
- “That’s Amore”
- “God’s Plan”
- “A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)”
- “Stand Beside Me” (Reprise)
- “Rivers of Babylon”
- “How Great Thou Art!”
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