Galway singer Don Stiffe has secured his place in the final of the All-Ireland Talent Show following an outstanding rendition of the Christy Hennessy ballad, “Roll Back the Clouds”.
Don is renewing his appeal to people in the West of Ireland to vote for him in the final of the live show on RTE 1 on Sunday March 20 at 6.30pm to ensure the West can continue their great success in The All Ireland Talent Show. Don beat acts from Kerry and Dublin in last week’s live semi-final programme on RTE 1 thanks to the overwhelming support from people around the region.
Commenting on his performance last Sunday night Don said, “I am delighted to have reached the final, I felt confident during my performance, the feedback from the judges was very positive and the audience was very supportive. I am very grateful for the huge support so far and ask everyone to lift the phone or text their vote for me on Sunday March 20 to help me achieve my dream of winning the show and do the West proud.”
A rising singer-song writer on the Irish folk scene whose musical talents have been favourably compared to the likes of Sean Keane, Sean Tyrell, Dolores Keane, and Dessy O’Halloran, the Galway singer released his debut album Start of a Dream to critical acclaim in 2006 it featured the masterful musicianship of Frankie Gavin, Carl Hession, Sharon Shannon, Cathal Hayden, and Arty McGlynn.
In between performing Don is a stay-at-home dad to their three children, Róisín, Eon, and Iarla and was encouraged by his children to audition for the programme. Don will be performing in shops and schools around the region over the next week to encourage continued support from the public to vote for him during the live final on Sunday March 20.
Don hopes to follow in the footsteps of the Mulkerrin Brothers who won the first series of the show under mentor Dáithí Ó Sé. The former TG4 weatherman is mentoring Don Stiffe for the third series of the show and Don is hoping his lucky streak will strike again.
Forty acts from five regions will be whittled down to six on Sunday March 20 all hoping to win the coveted title of All-Ireland Talent Champion 2011 and the life-changing prize of €50,000 in the third series of the show.