Dolly Parton rocks fans on return to Belfast
At the ripe old age of 62, the undisputed queen of country Dolly Parton made her return to Belfast as part of her Backwoods Barbie Tour.
The pint-sized singer may have had her knocks in the past, but on her current European tour she has oozed star quality and this writer is pleased to report this show was no exception.
It is almost impossible to prepare yourself for the campness that is a Dolly Parton performance.
She sings, she dances, she plays no less than six musical instruments and she also tells us stories of her childhood as if we were the first ones to hear them, though Dolly fanatics have probably heard them a million times before.
At times it was actually quite surreal listening to evergreen anthems such as Jolene performed with as much passion as if they were recorded only yesterday, and in many ways her show was a masterclass in traditional old school musical theatre.
At the moment the rumour mill is running rife with stories regarding the songbird's alleged lip synching at a recent gig in Holland, but this writer didn't pick up on any studio wizardry at this show.
Instead we were treated to lots of cheap, self-deprecating quips, a fantastic smile that could light up a room and a voice for the ages.
Of course being the true show girl that she is, Ms Parton kept her two big hits, Nine to Five and Islands In Stream, until the end, but in doing so, she ensured that he ever-loyal fans will always love her. I'll get me coat of many colours.
Dolly Parton fans look forward to the concert