Celtic Thunder Singer George Donaldson Is Dead

Celtic Thunder Principal Singer George Donaldson Is Dead

Celtic Thunder fans the world over are in mourning today after hearing the announcement that the principal singer of the internationally successful singing group, George Donaldson, passed away this past Wednesday March 12 at his home in Scotland. It has been reported that the cause behind his death was from a massive heart attack. Donaldson was a self-taught musician who joined the group nearly seven years ago after he performed for producer Sharon Browne. He had been considered the group’s principal singer ever since that time and was one of the original members.

Donaldson was also remembered as a talented guitar and flute player whose deep love of Celtic music came to him from his late father Bernard. George had stated that one of his utmost achievements in life was getting to play for the elder Donaldson at the Celtics opening football match back at the beginning of the 2000 season at Celtic Park which is also located in Scotland.

Although George’s inspirations came mostly from his homeland, he also found much appreciation in different sources and styles of music. At one time, on his personal website, there had been a paragraph or two written that stated he had a great love and affection for meeting people all around the world. He loved to find out what their life stories were and he enjoyed talking with them. He believed there was a song in everybody that he met. On George’s numerous musical journeys all around Europe he found that he had a great affection for Germany, the culture and also the people living there. While he spent many nights there in discussions with the locals after shows were over, he had found himself becoming an eternal struggling student trying to learn the German language.

Donaldson helped take Celtic Thunder to international fame. The group had sold-out shows all over Europe, and the United States. They had played in venues such as the St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York City, Chicago and Boston. The group had also performed for the President and First Lady Michelle Obama at one of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations which were held at the White House.

However, George’s work was not restricted to only Celtic Thunder. He also had an extremely successful solo career and had won numerous Irish Music Awards in both 2011 and also 2012. When the news of his death hit the Internet, fans from around the world were at first stunned and grief-strickened, but then began to show an outburst of support and sympathy toward his family.

Donaldson was in the midst of making plans to join the rest of Celtic Thunder in a tour of Australia in May. That was something he was very excited about and was looking forward to. Because of this, Celtic Thunder has decided to respect their principal singer’s wishes and will go forward with their pledge to tour Australia. Celtic Thunder will be paying homage all through the tour to George with their fans as they do the tour. They acknowledge it will be the hardest thing any of them have ever done but know that Donaldson would want them to go on.

George leaves behind a wife, Carolyn, and also one daughter, Sarah, age 13.

Celtic Thunder fans the world over are in mourning after hearing the announcement that the lead singer of the internationally successful singing group, George Donaldson, died this past Wednesday March 12 at his home in Glasgow, Scotland.

By Kimberly Ruble


The Inquisitr

Broadway World

34 Responses to "Celtic Thunder Singer George Donaldson Is Dead"

  1. Charles Busha   August 13, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I was listening to public tv today and celtic thunder who I like very much was on. I listened to the whole show and so excited it was on. but then at the end it had about dedicating the show to George Donaldson 1968-2014. I was immediately shocked and sad as I did not know that he was gone. I really liked him. My condolences to his wife and daughter. He will always be remembered. RIP George.

  2. Elaine Babineau   June 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I listen to Celtic Thunder in my car over & over again. George was my favorite of the group. I will never forget him. To his family, I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Fran Curran   January 31, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    I am devastated that one of the worlds best voices has left us. My husband and I were looking forward to going to one of Celtic Thunders concerts for our 35th anniversary in March and are very sad that one of the voices we were most looking forward to hearing is now silenced. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his wife and daughter. Rest in peace.

  4. Michael Finamore   December 14, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I am shocked, and deeply saddened to have only just learned of George’s passing. My Celtic heritage will be, now, a bit less full with his loss. His voice and spirit will always be a part of us here. May GOD grant his family and friends peace and comfort.

  5. Thomas Parkinson   April 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I am so terribly saddened at this news. I enjoyed George’s interpretation of every ballad that he gave to us listeners. Peace and best wishes to his family.

  6. Tracey   April 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    An incredible voice sings with the ultimate choir of angels in Heaven.
    You will be deeply missed and all our thoughts and prayers go to his
    wife and daughter. God Bless from Tracey. ~ Burlington, Ontario, Canada

  7. M. E. Gaul   March 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Such sad news. My cousin and I have gone to both of the concerts they had here in NH and loved them and especially George. Last November he led the audience in “Ireland” and it was fantastic. It is a loss of a great Celtic soul and I hope that, when my time comes, that I can pick out his voice in the heavenly choir. Síochán leat!

  8. Kimberly Dockery   March 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    This is a terrible loss to George’s family, to The Celtic Thunder family and to all of everywhere. May the light of God shine upon him and may his family find comfort in this very difficult time.

  9. Keith Carter, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada   March 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    We will miss George in the next tour of America, we enjoyed his good humour and singing ability. Our prayers go out to his wife and daughter.

  10. Claude   March 16, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Claude from Montreal Qc Canada. My prayers will be with Carolyn and Sarah. The world will miss you, George. He will never be forgotten.

  11. Joanne Albright   March 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    What a shock to hear about George Donaldsons death, I watched there concerts on PBS TV, every chance I got, I am going to miss seeing George when they have another concert which I hope Celtic Thunder will keep on doing. It is going to be very hard for them to do because they were very close with each other. My deepest sympathy to his wife and daughter and his Celtic Thunder family, I cry whenever I think about his death,
    he was taken from all of us way too soon. May God put his arms around him and give him
    peace, may he rest in peace, and may God bless him.

  12. Sharon Cameron   March 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Shocked and so sad to hear about George,a truly gifted singer gone to soon.

  13. Ronald Szudy   March 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

    May God bless George Donaldson’s family. A man of and heartfelt presence. What a great loss to the many fans of Celtic Thunder.

  14. Dorothy   March 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

    My prayers will be with Carolyn and Sarah. The world will miss him and his wonderful music, but he was their world.

  15. judy gray   March 15, 2014 at 8:24 am

    As I am listening to my CT CD’s, tears rolling down my cheeks, thinking of the 3 times I saw them in person but mad that I didn’t make the Cruise tour (I think in January). Yes George was the rock of the group. The gentle smile, the wink while he was singing and looking so darn cool in those kilts at the end of the concert “Ireland” will stick in my mind forever. I honestly don’t understand why the good Lord needed him in his choir so soon. He had so much more to give us here on Earth. My sincere sympathy to his wife and daughter and everyone who loved him. I don’t think I could see another live concert without him without tears filling my cheeks. Will have to see the concerts over the t.v. with a big box of Kleenex at my side. He sang a song “the old man” that reminded me of my life with my dad and of course tears again. What a cry baby eh? RIP George from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    • Bonnie Baughcum   March 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

      I’ve been crying for days so don’t feel alone. This is such a huge loss. He will be missed and future concerts will be watched with heavy hearts. May he rest in peace in the arms of the angels.

  16. Henriette   March 15, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Heel veel sterkte gewenst ,een groot man is heen gegaan!

  17. lisa   March 15, 2014 at 5:34 am

    I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of George going home to HEAVEN to join the other ANGEL’S A true Earth Angle now with GOD and the other ANGLES,Heaven must have needed one of the best back,I send my deepest sympathy to GEORGE,S WIFE CAROLYN and SARAH and the CELTIC THINDER FAMILY. rest in peace GEORGE.

  18. joan maricola   March 14, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    love and prayers to george wife and daughter its going to be hard for the rest when they have to sing with out george its up setting for us too i am going to miss him

  19. Joyce   March 14, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    The world is poorer because he has left it and infinitely richer because he was here. My sincerest sympathies to his personal family and his Celtic Thunder family. The world will miss you, George.

  20. Marilyn O'Harrow   March 14, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Such a shock to hear of George’s passing. What a loss for Celtic Thunder and everyone who loved his wonderful voice. He will be deeply missed and my sympathy to his family, C.T. and his fans world-wide.

  21. Wanda Carver   March 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Our tears cannot begin to express our sorrow. We just saw the boys in Seattle in December and was by far the most fun of concerts ever seen….we enjoyed beyond belief…our hearts go out to George’s family and to Celtic Thunder members..too many too name but you know who you are through out the years…We will spend our evening listening to our P.B.S. recordings of the Best of George Donaldson,lighting a candle, and sobbing our guts out..as we are Irish/Scottish fellow women always and forever…from now and to eternity we miss you already George…Always and forever, The Carver Girls

  22. Irene mcqueen   March 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Shocked and saddened by the news of George . My thoughts heartfelt thoughts to his family and Celtic thunder brothers . Will see you in oz . Irene

  23. Linda Bertoncini   March 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Just watched again as he sang ‘I want to spend my life with you’ nodding to his wife and daughter in the audience. His music brought so much joy to the world. He will never be forgotten.

  24. J.A. Kraszewski   March 14, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I am so saddened by the news of George’s passing. I am a enthusiastic Celtic Thunder fan. May their memories of him comfort his wife and daughter. He brought music to the heart of this American of 100% Polish decent. May he rest in peace and in music.

  25. Kimberly Ruble   March 14, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I do not usually comment on stories I write but I must say this has broken my heart as well. Celtic Thunder was my favorite group and I adored George. May he rest in peace. Thank you all for caring so much.

  26. Erica   March 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    In pure shock. Caledonia was my refuge song. Heart broken George was such a person of grace. My deepest sympathies to his family especially his wife and daughter. May the get the strength that he was so loved.

  27. Richard   March 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    The group has lost their dad, from an Aussie fan.

  28. Christina   March 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I really hate to here this. He an the rest of the members of Celtic Thunders had much talent. I am saddened for his wife and daughter as well as for the rest of his daughter and the other members. May he rest in peace. 🙁

  29. gwen reardon   March 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    my heart is sad,for his passing and for his family. he will be missed by many.

  30. jeanne dennis   March 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    As a fan my heart is shattered. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain his family and his celtic. Thunder family must feel. He will truly be missed. Certainly, his being here made a beautiful difference in the world.

  31. James and Theresa stokes   March 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    We are so saddened of this great loss. God bless and give strength to his wife and daughter. Keep singing in the Great Beyond, George. Your life was well lived in giving your musical talents to us all

    Jim and Theresa Stokes, Newfoundland Canada

  32. Sandy Hargett   March 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    This was a terrible shock. George has always been a favorite of all CT fans. I always thought of him as the ROCK of the group.
    My deepest sympathy to his wife and daughter. He always recognized them in the audience when they were there, and said they were the joy of his life. That he truly could “not imagine his remaining years without them in his life.”
    He will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched with his beautiful voice and
    infectious smile.

  33. Jean Skitt   March 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Deepest sympathy to George’s family – terrible terrible loss for them, may He rest in peace xxxxx


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