O’Donnell was born and brought up in the village of Kincasslagh, County Donegal, in Ireland’s rugged and isolated northwest coast. As a youngster, O’Donnell performed in the local religious choir. After a short stint studying business, O’Donnell joined his sister’s Margo’s band.
After trying his hand at performing as a solo artist and with a couple of more bands, O’Donnell came to the attention of manager Sean Reilly, who still oversees his musical career.
By the mid-1990s, O’Donnell had become a household name across Ireland and Great Britain. He appeared on the biggest television shows in both countries, and won countless awards. Among the accolades, O’Donnell was named Donegal Person of the Year in 1989, which he still rates as the best award. He was given the Irish Entertainer of the Year award in 1989, 1992 and 1996. O’Donnell’s first chart hit single in the UK was in 1992 with “I Just Want to Dance With You” (later covered by George Strait). This also led to his first ever appearance on BBC’sTop of the Pops.
O’Donnell has three dozens full length albums in his discography. His smooth blend of country and Irish folk music has sold over 10 million records to date.
Famous for his rapport with his fans both in Europe and North America, O’Donnell has a meet-and-greet session after almost every concert and hosts a huge tea party for his fans outside his Donegal home every year.
Tickets for the Centre 200 show are $72.50 (Tier 1) and $67.50 (Tier 2).