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Country girl Dolly Parton is at home in the mud as a Glastonbury star

By Maureen Coleman

Queen of Country Dolly Parton dazzled the Glastonbury faithful last night with her debut performance at the festival – despite being accused of miming.

The Tennessee superstar drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend to the Pyramid Stage, telling the fans: "I've been waitin' a long time for this."

Even though she admitted earlier she was nervous about her debut Glastonbury set, the 68-year-old looked right at home with a blend of country, gospel, bluegrass and pop song.

As the sun came out, the legend performed some of greatest hits, while the audience sang along.

There was some debate on Twitter over whether the country star was miming onstage.

Sky News presenter Kay Burley wrote: "Oh, Dolly is miming. How disappointing."

But her spokesman denied it, saying: "No, she sings live. Some people don't know an amazing singer when they hear one."

Dressed in a white and silver rhinestone-embellished trouser suit, Parton kicked off the show with a rendition of Burnin' Love, before treating the fans to tracks such as Jolene, Coat of Many Colours, 9 to 5 and Islands In The Stream.

She also sang a medley of songs which included Banks of the Ohio, Old Flames, Think About Love and Here You Come Again.

Parton weaved tales of her Tennessee mountains upbringing through her performance, talking about her family, her happy childhood and former boyfriends.

Telling the crowds she had grown up on a farm, she unveiled a short song she had penned earlier that day, called Glastonbury Mud.

"This mud ain't nothing new to me – and it ain't nothing to you either," she said.

The multi-instrumentalist also played guitar, fiddle and saxophone to loud cheers. She joked: "After good sax, it's normal to smoke a cigarette. I don't smoke, so let's all try singing instead."

She reserved her big tear-jerker ballad I Will Always Love You for last, dedicating the song to her fans.

A clearly emotional Parton said: "I appreciate every ticket you've bought, every record you've bought, every film you've gone to see that I have been in. This has been a thrill and a joy today."

Parton also received a surprise award at the festival, to mark sales of 100 million albums worldwide.

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