Ronan's support act for the evening was Sharon Corr. Sharon performed a wonderful mix of Celtic tunes and some songs she had written when she was part of The Corrs. Sharon remarked how happy she was to be back in Australia and reminicised about how The Corrs had toured Australia almost annually. She was also full of good humour reminding the very skilled and multi instrumental band members to "stay away from her violin". Frances and I were lucky enough to meet Sharon on the night and get a photo with her. She commented on our good taste in attire as all three of us were wearing a red dress!

In Irish the name Ronan means seal and true to form Mr Keating gave us a performance that was sleek and smooth as a seal swimming through water.

Ronan began the evening with some catchy tunes from his individual albums including the country favourite 'If tomorrow never comes'.

Ronan introduced his new song that will feature in his upcoming movie Goddess, a movie that sees his acting debut and was filmed here in Australia. The movie has Tassie connections but I am not sure if any of it was filmed in our state. In the movie Ronan plays a man whose wife is pursuing a music career and he finds himself playing the role of house husband. There were howls of approval when one of the scenes showed a topless Ronan, later when the audience encouraged him to take his shirt off, with good humour he said "I think we have seen enough of that tonight".

But by the end of the concert judging by the approving comments of patrons I think most would have loved to have seen more of this wonderful performer who has made Australia his second home.

Ronan sang two songs from his latest album of Burt Bacharach tracks for which he was invited to take part by the great songwriter himself. Ronan sang 'Walk on by' and 'Arthur's theme', which has a particular resonance with Australian audiences as our own Peter Allen was one of the co writers. Ronan then sang another theme song, the one which propelled him to notice as a solo singer, 'when you say nothing at all'.

The poignant moment of the evening came when Ronan sang another track 'One More Song' from the album 'Brother' in tribute to band member Steven after he passed away.

The evening was rounded up in a joyful rendition of Ronans first solo song and in a way his signature tune 'Life is a Roller Coaster'. This song perhaps sums up Ronan's life perfectly. He has truly had a roller coaster ride, many ups with his early success in Boyzone and many downs too but Ronan showed in this concert that his positiveness and love of his craft brings joy to both himself and his adoring audiences and should do for years to come.

- Photos from this show are in the gallery.

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