Following his hugely successful shows, Danny Laverty returns to the Webster Memorial Theatre for an evening of nostalgic songs.
He is on stage on Saturday (July 20) for one night only, singing a selection of his favourite songs including Danny Boy, Black Velvet Band, Fields Of Athen Rye, Long Time Gone and Go Rest High Danny.
Danny is joined on stage by the fabulous top country and Irish band Broken Wing.
Danny was born on September 30, 1971 on a farm in Ballymena, County Antrim; he was the youngest of six children.
In the early seventies work brought Danny’s family over to Girvan in Ayrshire where his father worked as a shepherd. A few years later the family relocated to a farm on the outskirts of Arbroath. The only dark cloud that surrounded the family was the sudden loss of their father when Danny was five years old.
Danny was introduced to music from a very young age, where his home life consisted of gatherings around the piano with family and friends, and listening to the pop and country of that era.
Danny’s talent for music was spotted at a young age and he was found to be always leading from the front throughout his school years at musical festivals in and around the Angus area. He was encouraged to start singing lessons - this became the start of a long and lasting friendship with his singing teacher Ruth Powrie with whom he still continues to see 30 years on with Ruth being a grand age of 87.
By the age of 11 Danny was being approached to get up and sing with local bands and by the age of 16 he had joined his first band where he was directed to go down the road of cabaret. For eight years he performed all over Scotland and the North of England in pubs, clubs, dance halls, weddings, holiday camps, theatres and many other venues.
Whilst following his love of music, he also trained as a hairdresser.
He moved to Edinburgh to enhance his hairdressing skills, and a chance meeting with one of the vocal coaches from the Scottish Opera led him down the road of training in classical music, at the same time studying dance.
Two years later he returned to Arbroath and set up the business in hairdressing whilst raising his only son Josh. Danny continued with his classical training with Gordon Wilson and his wife Judith Howarth, two of Britain’s leading opera singers.
He held his first charity event for the British Heart Foundation in memory of his father; the show was a sell out. This is where Danny showcased his talent for classical music and over the years he has continued to support local and national charities with his singing, raising well over £50,000.
Danny’s proudest achievements to date are having the opportunity to sing on stage with Philomena Begley on several occasions’, playing Judas in the Jesus Christ Superstar production at the Webster Theatre in Arbroath and selling out over 1000 tickets over two nights.
He is truly an inspiration to others; nothing is ever too much for Danny, his energy is endless, and if he is bringing joy to others through his gift of song he is fulfilled. He loves to share his passion for music and truly sings from the heart.
So why now, does he wish to spread his wings? Sadly Danny lost his biggest fan - his mother Betty - in 2011. She followed him everywhere he went with his music and never stopped believing in him, encouraging him every step of the way, Danny has decided the time is right for him to go back to where his heart has always been and that’s with Irish Country Music. He is going back to his roots.