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2007-12-19 NCH Dublin

reviewed by Rianne

Writing to you from an Internet cafe in Dublin, and just wanted to let you know that the NCH concert was fabulous as always. I didn't copy down the entire list of songs this time (even if I did bring a notepad and pen - d'oh....), but I know another attendee does have a list of that, so I'm counting on her. All I'll say is that the evening's highlights included "The Holy City", a Christmas medley of among others "Adeste Fideles" and "Winter Wonderland" (with Donna), "Ave Maria" (with Donna), "An Cailin Rua", "The Irish Rover", "Song For Ireland", "Gaudete" (NEW song!!) and, as always, "Nessun Dorma".

A few little facts:
- During "Brindisi", when the tenors had come to the part where Donna was supposed to come on stage and join in.....no Donna in sight. James went in search of her, while Matthew and Daryl tried to fill the time by telling the audience about "Brindisi", and assuring us that "in all the years of touring, this has never happened before". A minute or so later James re-appeared, with Donna, and they continued with "Brindisi" where they had left off. I must say Donna kept a remarkably straigh face, even when the guys were grinning at her and Matthew tapped his watch while she was singing her part. I know I probably wouldn't have been able to stop giggling....

- They have added a few new things to the "Paddy McGinty's Goat" squabble, which is still hilarious no matter how often I've seen it by now!

- Donna's album was for sale in the foyer!!! I have it playing on the computer right now, and so far, it's wonderful. Songs include "The Cliffs of Donneen", "O Mio Babbino Caro" and "Katie". I don't know when it will be available to order on the site (I meant to ask, but forgot), but so far, it's well worth the wait!

As always, the M&G afterwards lasted very long, and was about as much fun as the concert. It was wonderful seeing everyone again and it was well worth the trip to Dublin - but I knew that when I got on the plane.

I'm flying home this afternoon, and will "speak" to you all again when I'm behind my own computer again.

Luv,

Rianne