American star Dolly Parton says that she has a special bond with her Irish fans because they ‘speak the same language’.
She wasn’t talking about English but instead something far deeper than mere words.
The singer songwriter says her fans appreciate that she gives everything to her performances and relives the same emotions on stage as she had when she was writing her classic songs.
She made the comments during an appearance on the Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy.
She told Tubs: “Well, I do believe that there is such a thing as really living something, feeling and knowing it.
“A lot of people have the gift to write and be poetic, but there is something, I think it is why the Irish have always loved me and I have always loved them, we speak the same language.
“They appreciate and know what it is like to live hard and to be brought up poor and I think that they know when I am singing it, I mean it.
“And I believe that they know that I feel that emotion that I have that is just built in my… I call it my Smokey Mountain DNA, but is from those old songs brought over from Ireland and England.”
The star joked that although she has had some cosmetic surgery during her life, underneath it all she is a real as they come.
She continued: “I sing those songs, I am living it again, I am feeling it, I am feeling it for myself and for everybody else.
“I think you know the real from the not real. I look fake but everything inside me is real.”
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— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) December 11, 2020
When Parton was on holiday in Ireland back in 1990, she went into a Co Kerry pub to unwind.
However, it wasn’t long before she was asked to get up on stage and give her fans a song – which she was happy to do.
The star is famously down to earth and recently turned down a chance to have a statue of her erected in her hometown of Tennessee as dealing with the covid pandemic must be the only priority for political leaders.
She said: “Given all that’s going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.”
During the height of the pandemic, the Jolene singer made a $1m donation to Vanderbilt University medical center to help fund research for the Moderna vaccine.
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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling