5 thoughts on “Derry – November 3rd

  1. A long journey up from Dublin brought us to the beautiful walled city of Derry and the Millennium Forum, a great hall where I have been previously, but new to Don. Any worries about the sound were quickly dispelled as it was superb and from the first moment this highly charged and vocal audience showed they were really up for Don McLean and his appreciation showed.
    Most of the big hits came out and his tributes to Josh White and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Don paid a heartfelt tribute to his wife with “If I Hadn’t Met You”. The mix went on with “There Was A Lover And His Lass”, which went down surprisingly well with this raucous audience. Then he shocked the band and the audience when, after relating how he had worked with the Clancy Brothers, Don sat down and launched into a fabulous version of “Johnny McAldoo”. I will never forget the amazed expression on David Smith’s face as Don got faster and faster and ended the song like an express train. Another example that the band don’t know what he will sing next.

    We got an absolute treat here tonight, and I have never seen Don do this before in all the many many concerts I have attended. His wonderful support act “Mairead” is a Derry girl and Don said how much he had enjoyed her singing and tonight they would perform a duet.
    A nervous and awe-struck “Mairead” joined Don on stage and they did a wonderful duet of “Scarlet Ribbons”, with Don singing a perfect harmony to her beautiful voice. This was pure magic and the audience was ecstatic and very moved. I sincerely wish they could record this as it would be a surefire number one Christmas hit. Simply wonderful and I feel very privileged to have heard this.
    As if this wasn’t enough, later in the show Don said he was bringing on a young lady who would teach us a song. This young girl turned out to be the daughter of local man John McIvor who is managing Don’s 2012 tour. His little 8 year old was beautifully dressed and came out and joined Don in “American Pie” with the audience in raptures! Don McLean, you never cease to astonish, it is just great to see Don in all his various moods and styles.
    After the big rocking 20 minutes the band left the stage and Don came back alone and did a very moving version of “Vincent”, so much sincerity and raw emotion in this performance and the audience loved it so much that Don finished up with a great rendition of “Travellin Man”

    That could have been for me, next adventure will be Belgium and I can’t wait!

  2. Many thanks Bill for the terrific reviews. What a weekend in Ireland it sounds to have been. Don and band are now en route by land and sea to Amsterdam. I wish I was able to catch a flight out for tomorrow’s show in one of Don’s favourite cities.

    Alan

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