Celtic Thunder will perform at the Brolga Theatre on January 26.
Celtic Thunder will perform at the Brolga Theatre on January 26.

Celtic Thunder to roll into Maryborough as part of tour

GEORGE Donaldson was working in a factory and performing musically part-time when he decided to audition for a new group that was being formed called Celtic Thunder.

He was accepted and can remember that while no one knew the success the group would be at the time, there was a definite air of expectation and excitement.

It was justified.

The group performs in front of sellout crowds across the globe and they are now heading to Maryborough to perform at the Brolga Theatre on January 26.

"There's been a phenomenal response," George said.

"It's just getting stronger and stronger."

George said he had not done much sight-seeing since touching down in Sydney earlier this week, as he was experiencing some jet lag.

But he was looking forward to the tour.

"I can't wait to get the whole thing on the road," he said.

George said he copped a bit of teasing from the four other soloists over the fact that he was the only Scotsman in the Irish group.

But he said he gave it back to them as good as he got it.

He said the tours were fun because although it was great to watch the show on DVD or TV, there was a special feeling that came with seeing a live show.

George said he saw himself as the more classic folk-style singer.

But he said there was a pop texture to the show as well.

George said the mood on the stage can vary greatly during the show.

He remembers performing a song that made him think of his father who had died, bringing tears to his eyes.

But other times there is a lot of joking and laughter, he said.

He said when the group went on tour and had to leave their families behind, the group really became its own family.

The members of the group had a lot of fun together offstage as well as on stage, he said.

"We really are five buddies on stage," he said.



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