George Donaldson - March 13, 2014

In Memory of George Donaldson 1st February 1968 - 12th March 2014
"When starting Celtic Thunder, I wanted to cast a mature, dependable Man as one of the characters. Over the 7 years since, I learned that George Donaldson was the embodiment of such a Man.A kind, loving, gentle giant, George was as affectionate as he was professional.  A pleasure to work with, an amazing family man to his wife Carolyn and his daughter Sarah, an important and loved friend to myself and everyone in Celtic Thunder. I am devastated at his sudden and untimely death. Rest in Peace with your parents George, you will be sorely missed." - Sharon Browne

"Always looking to laugh, joke and see the best in things, no matter how dark or dreary the situation. A big kid at heart, the fatherly figure that never stopped breathing, eating and sleeping Sarah and Carolyn. George was a good man, a hard worker and one of the best people to have on the road, both on and off the stage. I'm sure you’re playing music with the angels now George, I am going to miss you man. This is one of the hardest things I have ever had to write. RIP George Donaldson." – Keith Harkin

"Today I lost a colleague, a Celtic Thunder original brother, but, more importantly, I lost a very good friend. From the first day I met him at the audition for Celtic Thunder in 2007, we became "thick as thieves" and shared so many great times together - on and off the stage. I know he's looking down now on the two most important people in his life - Carolyn and Sarah - and on the rest of us holding them up for him, with his guitar strapped around his neck and a pint in his hand with that big smile of his. As he always sang Phil's words, in his own inimitable way: "though he may be gone, memories linger on, and I'll miss him... My Old "Bro"... Rest in peace Big Man. Those of us in what you deemed "Celtic Thunderland" will miss you more than you'll ever know..." – Ryan Kelly

"To a dear friend, my days spent with you have been some of the happiest days of my life. Always remembering the countless inspiring stage performances we shared and, more importantly, the confidences and laughs. Holding you close to my heart for the rest of my days, my friend George" -  Neil Byrne

"I really don't know what I can say to either sum up how I feel, or how to pay tribute to one of my best friends. George wasn't just an incredible friend from my first second in Celtic Thunder, but a role model. He constantly looked out for me. The two things I know more than anything in the world are firstly how much he loved Celtic Thunder; he really had his dream job and his love for everyone in the company was contagious. Secondly, more importantly, is how much he loved Carolyn and Sarah. They were the 7th and 8th members of our group because of how he included them. He loved them both more than anything else and was so proud of both of them. I’ll miss you so much G, always. RIP Big Man." - Colm Keegan

"George you were a wonderful friend to me. I can only look back on my memories with you and laugh to my hearts content. You were a true gentleman. A gentle giant. You have left a great legacy behind you and most of all, you were a wonderful spirit. I will miss you so much bro. Rest in peace Big G." - Emmet Cahill

"George was the first member of the group I met at the auditions, and from day 1 he made me laugh. He had a great sense of humour and made working away from home a hell of a lot easier. I have many great memories with the big man. He will be sorely missed but I know his musical legacy will live on in many hearts and minds. Till we meet again George, May you rest in peace." - Paul Byrom

"George was a man who brought light to peoples Lives. An incredible talent. Working with him from a young age, he was always the man to make all the Celtic Thunder gang laugh. He had such joy for life. I am deeply saddened by his loss, and my heartfelt condolences go to his family at this time. RIP George. Love," - Damian McGinty

"A wise man once said, when a friend dies it's like a library burning down. Today my life is poorer for the loss of the man who never failed to call me 'brother' and I never failed to feel like he meant it. Goodbye brother and I'm happy to say there are no regrets. I was proud of you every single time I had the pleasure of hearing you tell your stories." - David Munro
Celtic Thunder are deeply saddened to announce the loss of principal singer George Donaldson, who passed away Wednesday, 12th March 2014 at his home in Glasgow, Scotland. The cause of death was a massive heart attack. Born February 1st, 1968, Donaldson was 46 years old. His wife, Carolyn, and his daughter, Sarah, 13, who he described as the “light of my life,” survive him.
Born and raised in Glasgow, George Donaldson was a self-taught musician, accomplished on both guitar and flute, with a lifelong passion for Celtic music inspired by his late father Bernard. One of George’s greatest thrills was performing for his Dad – and 65,000 other fans – at the Celtics opening match of the 2000 season at Celtic Park in Glasgow.

Donaldson joined Celtic Thunder in 2007 after auditioning for the show’s producer Sharon Browne and was invaluable in helping to establish the show’s trademark celebration of Irish and Scottish heritage.Known in Celtic Thunder as the “steadfast” one, Donaldson carried the distinction of being the sole Scotsman in the show, as well as the only married family man of the group. He appeared in all nine Celtic Thunder concert specials and on all of the show’s CDs and DVDs released to date, the most recent being last year’s Mythology. A hugely successful touring act, Donaldson and Celtic Thunder performed to rapturous audiences around the world, with highlights including St. Patrick’s Day parades in Chicago, Boston, and New York City, as well as President and Mrs. Obama’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the White House.
In addition to his beloved work with Celtic Thunder, Donaldson was a well-established artist in his own right, acclaimed as one of the finest singer/songwriters in the ever-vibrant Glasgow folk scene. He won the Irish Music Awards in both 2011 and 2012. His first solo CD, entitled The White Rose, was released to critical acclaim in 2011, as was last year’s follow-up, The World In My Mind.
Celtic Thunder request that their Fans respect the family’s devastation and privacy at this time and restrict their comments and messages for the family here
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You can make a contribution for the ongoing, and future education, of his daughter Sarah here


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A Precious Soul , George Donaldson.

I never saw George in person nor have I met the rest of the lads . Havel only known about Celtic Thunder for three or four months. I discovered you on you tube and I am so happy that I did. I had reached a low in my life and had lost interest in many things that I had loved. Music has always been a significant part of my life since my Dad had a country band in Cincinnati , Ohio many years ago called the Green Valley Entertainers. Something changed in my life after hearing Celtic Thunder. Those beautiful voices and heart warming smiles just renewed all the joy that I always had felt when I was around music. Anyone can see and feel the love the Celtic Thunder group puts into their performances. I fell in love with each and every voice but 'there is something about George's humble smile and beautiful voice thatf really touched my heart. I cry every time I realize that he's not with us anymore and my chance of seeing him perform in person is gone. Any one can tell just by looking at George that he loved what he did and it seemed that he looked after the others in the group like a big brother. So heart warming to see that in this day when it seems everyone is out for themselves. My heart goes out to his wife and daughter and the Celtic Thunder gang. Just can't wait to see you all in a concert in the U S this next year. So sorry I have missed so much.So glad that Sharon had such a wonderful vision and I hope the originals stay together and keep up the wonderful work. Neil, Keith, Ryan, Damian,Colm and Emmett. May God be with you and keep you safe in your travels. God bless you Sharon for the care you give to the fans of Celtic Thunder. Would love to see you all some where in or near Knoxville, Tennessee in the future.

I discovered Celtic Thunder

I discovered Celtic Thunder when a friend posted your Amazing Grace link on her Facebook: I was instantly hooked by you all. I started listening to your music on You Tube, and was shocked to realize you George had passed away last year. My deepest condolences go out to your family, Celtic Thunder and all who knew and loved you.

You have and will continue to bring me and mine much pleasure with your music and I can only imagine how much you will be missed by your family and friends. I have enjoyed with sadness watching some of the 'In Memory' of you George on You Tube.

You, your music will live on through your family, Celtic Thunder and in so many ways.I live in The U.K. My Daughter lives in Canada and when we visit next year we are hoping to see Celtic Thunder whilst the band is touring Canada.

It is with great sadness that we will never get to see you up on that stage. However we are truly blessed to have the memories of you to watch on You Tube, to buy your DVD'S and to beable to go and watch Celtic Thunder you were and always will be a massive part of.

RIP George

I discovered Celtic Thunder

I discovered Celtic Thunder when a friend posted your Amazing Grace link on her Facebook: I was instantly hooked by you all. I started listening to your music on You Tube, and was shocked to realize you George had passed away last year. My deepest condolences go out to your family, Celtic Thunder and all who knew and loved you.

You have and will continue to bring me and mine much pleasure with your music and I can only imagine how much you will be missed by your family and friends. I have enjoyed with sadness watching some of the 'In Memory' of you George on You Tube.

You, your music will live on through your family, Celtic Thunder and in so many ways.I live in The U.K. My Daughter lives in Canada and when we visit next year we are hoping to see Celtic Thunder whilst the band is touring Canada.

It is with great sadness that we will never get to see you up on that stage. However we are truly blessed to have the memories of you to watch on You Tube, to buy your DVD'S and to beable to go and watch Celtic Thunder you were and always will be a massive part of.

RIP George

Great loss for us all

So very sorry of read of George's passing - will always be grateful for the smile he brought to my face when listening to him sing and watching him perform. He'll be missed but never forgotten

New Fan

I was on facebook and saw a video of yours and I just fell in love with you guys and thought I'd check your website out. I had no idea George had passed away. I only wish I had discovered Celctic Thunder long ago. I am so sorry for your loss.

George's Passing

My family and I heard about George while watching a PBS special (last year) and it was a major shock to us all (I cried all night). I wanted to get on here then and say something but I just couldn't do it. Today, my family and I watched the Mythology Concert on DVD and it made me cry, it is still so hard to see George and hear his voice knowing that he is gone. My twin boys (8 years old) love Celtic Thunder and when they here Life With You, they both sing it. It was one of their favorite songs; it is actually one of mine as well. We still listen (and always will) to our Celtic Thunders cd's, but, we are going to think of George and miss his every time we do. We are going to our first Celtic Thunder Concert this April in Atlantic City and we are so looking forward to it, we are looking forward to seeing Damian back, but, I can't help but think how hard is it going to be without seeing and hearing George on that stage. I am sure he is watching over the "Boys" and his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them always. RIP George and thank you for being a part of our world. We love you and miss you. Love, April, Shane and Sean Watson, Atco NJ

Passing of George Donaldson

I was very very sad to hear of G. Donaldson's passing. I have read the other posts about his kindness and sincerity and wanted to post this brief story for all. During the 2014 school year, my daughter had been attending Glasgow University. She and her mother were huge fans of Celtic Thunder. One night while at Ginty Maginty's near the campus, she saw George at the pub, approached him to say hello and they apparently hit it off. When he played at the pub while in town, she often attended and they had good conversations regarding potential songs about history (WWI, specifically). Later that year, he had invited her to join him and his family to attend a soccer match in town. He died the week prior to that match. However, knowing her interactions with him, as a father, it always made me feel comfortable that someone local in Glasgow had befriended her. In December of 2014, my wife and I visited Glasgow to see our daughter and the Campus. This visit was part of our 30th wedding anniversary. My daughter knew George was to be playing at the pub one night when we were in town so she got us to the pub prior to his arrival. Anyway, when George arrived, he recognized Emily and apparently he and her had a prior discussion regarding our 30th anniversary. George played several songs requested by my wife, had a beer with us, and gratiously allowed some family photos with him. To say the least, this was the highpoint of our anniversary celebration in Glasgow. Two months later, we heard of his sudden passing and were absolutely stunned. In the short time I had to visit with him while in Glasgow, he most definately indicated his goodness as a man, father and friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and colleagues and our short visit with him will be in our memories forever.
Bryan Kindiger
El Reno, OK

george rip

I just watch the Christmas special on PBS tonight[D
ec 15 2014] and decided to go to the website of Celtic Thunder and didn't know of George passing I was shock. So sorry for your loss Carolyn and Sarah. May he rest in peace may GOD be with you always love from a fan of celtic thunder carolync from Kansas.

George's death is our loss

Our paper indicated that Celtic Thunder was coming in February, so I went to their website to see if tickets were available. Imagine my utter dismay to discover that George had died. He was such an integral part of the group, and I always hoped his loving and stable influence would help these young men remember their values so they would not become like so many popular heroes, inflated egos who experimented with women and/or drugs. It was obvious that his love for his family and the others in the group mattered far more to George than fame and money. His wonderful music, but even more his caring personality, will be his legacy to all of us. God seems to call the best of us too soon. My sympathies to his family and all those who loved him.

RIP George

I have not been a long time fan but recently i have listened to a lot of Celtic thunder you were an amazing artist and the world will be a lot sadder without your talent rest in peace and my sincere apologizes to your band members and your wife and daughter i pray they will find the strength to find a way through these dark days weeks and months

We'll miss you George!

As the writer before me, I'm sitting here listening to Celtic Thunder on PBS. I cannot believe George is gone. He and the group are so wonderful - such awesome voices! I referenced the words from his song The Old Man at my father's memorial service. How difficult for his family. Know that many thoughts and prayers are with you both! RIP George - there is no one like you!

Chris, Collegeville, Pennsylvania


I'm sitting here watching Celtic Thunder Heritage on PBS in Kansas City and was just listening and typing away when I heard them say George had passed away. Instant tears. I am so sorry for your loss....his family and the group. I always enjoyed listening to him mother is from Scotland and I love hearing the accent. Smile My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

God's Peace For You All

I just recently became aware of George's passing, and my heart is broken for all who truly knew how wonderful he was. My husband and I were able to see Celtic Thunder last fall in Hershey, and I now know that God's timing is perfect. George was the star of the show, and I left having the utmost respect for his passion and talent. I am saddened to think about the group going on without his gentle leadership and pure heart. My prayers are now for his wife and daughter - may you rest in knowing his life was a testimony to us all <3

Alyssa, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

George's Passing

We want to offer our heartfelt condolences and wish the best to George's wife and daughter from Dallas, Texas, from long-time lovers of Celtic Thunder, and George in particular. We loved his performances, and will always miss him. We hope his passing will come to a time when you can accept his death and move on to your new lives.

Best wishes from Texas!

Joe & Cheryl

I just was told by my mother

I just was told by my mother about the loss of George. We, my husband, 6yr old son and I have been fans of celtic thunder from the start. My we all know the songs by heart. Many of our favorites where one George sang. When I told Jay(son) he said "But Mom he is my favorite!" We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you pease and strength in the days ahead. He will be greatly missed and remembered always.


celtic thunder willl never be the same with out you your voice and humor touched me alot

R.I.P. George

Not only did Celtic Thunder lose a member, but the world lost a great talent and wonderful man. My heart goes out to his family and I will keep them in my thoughts. George's legacy will live on through his music, his friends, his family, and most of all, through the wonderful memories he left us all.

Farewell to a wonderful man and a great performer

I have just heard of the passing of George Donaldson. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they deal with this great loss. My family has been a great fan of Celtic Thunder since the beginning and George was always a favorite - we will miss him so much. Thank you for creating the educational fund for Sarah. I lost my own father when I was 15 and my heart hurts for Carolyn and Sarah. I am praying for strength and comfort for you both. I believe you will see George again & you will all be together one day. Take comfort in the light and joy that George brought into the lives of so many. Wishing you peace.

George Donaldson

George Donaldson's voice held so much power and strength, and it left such a an impression on me. To lose him at such an early age is truly a tragedy and a great loss. Celtic Thunder, will never be same without his vocal talents. My deepest sympathies to not only his family but also to his fellow brothers in Celtic Thunder. Rip George you are missed dearly.
N Atkins
Roseburg, Oregon U.S.A

George Donaldson

It's difficult to understand how we say we care about someone but then life gets in the way, and things are overlooked or even shuffled aside for whatever may be happening at the time.

That is what has happened to us, my boys and I, we dearly love and enjoy the group "Celtic Thunder", but it seems a very dear and fine performer is no longer with us, and we didn't know about it until now.

"Celtic Thunder are deeply saddened to announce the loss of principal singer George Donaldson, who passed away Wednesday, 12th March 2014 at his home in Glasgow, Scotland. The cause of death was a massive heart attack." from Google

George passed away and we didn't know it, this is very upsetting to me and he will be greatly missed.

Rest In Peace, George, you are the Best!!!
The Anderson Family
Wimauma, Florida, USA

I'm watching you now, George...

I'm sitting here watching Celtic Thunder Voyage program on PBS, and, as usual thoroughly enjoying the boys and GEORGE. I must admit he is my favorite. I loved the way he shepherded the young boys when they first started with the group. Tonight I glanced up in time to see the tribute to his passing and was startled, to say the least. My heart is devastated. I had thought that this year I'd buy the tickets and take some friends too. Not sure I can do it this time around. I procrastinated... I missed Elvis' last concert in Los Angeles and front row seats too.

To his family, one of the things I loved so much was his love of his family. You know how much he loved you which helps make it a little bit easier. It was wonderful to see the way he shared you with us in his blogs. Please know that our hearts go out to you.

Thank you for loaning him to all of us, even for a short while.

George Donaldson

I am so sorry for your loss. He was my favourite. God grant you peace at this time. I am from Canada.

Will miss you, George

I was watching the "Mythology" concert on PBS last night, and instead of turning it off after the last song as I usually do, I just sat and continued to watch - THAT'S when I saw "In Memory Of George Donaldson". Noooooo! No doubt everyone is feeling the same shock and sadness, so what more can I say? May your family take comfort in knowing you're with the Lord, George. Thank you for the wonderful music.


Whenever I was down, just thinking about Celtic Thunder raised my spirits. With George's passing, I'm sorry to say that is no longer true.

Although I never knew him, I am personally so saddened by his passing. I have not been this saddened by the passing of a celebrity since Jim Henson died.

Sincere condolences to George's family and to his Celtic Thunder family, too.

When some time has passed, please put George's performance of "Life With You" back up on YouTube. It was such a joyous performance, and always brought a smile to my face. I have the DVD, but it was so convenient to watch it on YouTube.

George Donaldson

I saw Celtic Thunder on a membership drive on a PBS station in Phoenix. I immediately wanted to see them in person, especially George Donaldson. Sitting in the audience I cried when I watched him sing :My Old Man. Today I cried again when I realized he had died suddenly in March. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and daughter. I shall continue to follow Celtic Thunder, but it won't be quite the same.

Sorry for Celtic Thunder "Family" and Donaldson's

Along with everyone else I was very saddened to hear of the sudden death of the wonderful George Donaldson. I am especially saddened for those of his own family and for those of his extended Celtic Thunder "family". This much be quite a loss. You are in my prayers.

George Donaldson

My friend Meryl Hopkins (O'Shea)introduced me to Celtic Thunder in 2007 and George sang on "Celtic Thunder-The Show" DVD --- THE OLD MAN. This beautiful song brought me to tears, as I lost my father in June 2006 and since then I have been in love with the Group, The Irish Music & Irish Culture. It was Meryl who informed me of George's death.
I was saddened to hear this tragic news, as he was far too young to leave his family. He will be in my thoughts forever. Condolences to Carolyn & Sarah.
Kindest regards to all & Lots of Love to "THE BOYS"
(From Sunny Mildura, Victoria - Australia)

My Condolences

My heart goes out to you, Carolyn and Sarah, in the loss of your husband and father. As you find your "new normal", please know that George will live on through his music and through the memories of not only his friends and family, but the multitude of fans that he brought happiness to when he sang. Thank you both for sharing him with all of us. Praying for you as you go through the difficult times ahead that you find peace and comfort. God Bless.

Beth Workman




I would like to extend my sincere condolences to George's family and his comrades on his untimely passing. What a devastating loss to everyone. I feel so honoured to have been at his last concert in Victoria, British Columbia last fall. His voice just blew me away.

Thank you for sharing his time with us, short though it was.

George Will Be Missed Forever

My mom and I as well as my entire family (of seven total) discovered Celtic Thunder a few years ago; they have made such a difference in our lives. We have watched the DVDs countless times (we own three and have rented others from our public library many times). Our favorite songs that George sang were "Life with You" and "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." We had the opportunity to see them in concert two years in a row. We feel so blessed to have been able to see and hear George and the other Celtic Thunder members in person. I saw the announcement of George's passing on the Celtic Thunder Facebook page on the day it was posted after a night class at my college. That night, I called my family to tell them about it and they were as devastated to hear about it as I was. Our comments weren't immediate, but we want to keep them coming to show that the loss of George is still felt and will be forever.

Stunned and so sad

I am stunned to just learn that George has left us. Bless you George, as you begin a new journey. Thank you for making me smile and making the world a more joyous place with your beautiful music. May your music gently cradle the broken hearts of those you leave behind. You leave all of us a great gift of joy and happiness, in your music.

To the CT family: you will again smile when you think of George or hear him in a corner of your mind or feel a tug in your heart.

To George's family: He has blessed you with the gift of his music, his love and those who loved him. Let them comfort you until you can again smile and sing along with your George.

My prayers, Anna


There are no words…just daily prayers of condolence for all those George loved so dearly.


George, we will miss you so much. You were not only part of your own family, and the Celtic Thunder Family, but you were also part of all of our family. We all loved you so much. I'll be saying prayers for your wife and daughter, and all your family and friends who will miss you so deeply. I know you are in Heaven looking down smiling on them all, telling them in your sweet voice to not worry and not to be sad. Debbie Miller

Our Sympathy

What can I really say about a man that I never met or even saw perform in person. Yet we grew to love him. I got all of the Celtic Thunder DVDs and my family and I watch them over and over again. I go on the CT website and learn more and more about all of them. They are a family. They are all extremely talent people and seem to really enjoy working together doing something they all love. He showed us love and laughter and for that we will always appreciate and love him. He will always be remembered and missed. Thank you for sharing him with us. I hope Carolyn and Sarah know how many of us are grieving too. May God Bless and watch over them.
Love a friend from New Jersey

Can't Believe its true

Me and my partner were so shocked when we heard about George, we both started crying, such an amazing man has now passed away and he will always be missed, he was an absolute legend and a fantastic singer, we will miss his Australian Tours, and hearing his unique voice, he is truly an inspiration to us and to others, we feel very sorry for his daughter and his wife, at this time and we wish they will be alright, its just so hard to believe such an amazing man is now gone, and he was so young. You will seriously be missed George. xxx REST IN PEACE xxxx

George Donaldson

I just saw an Internet reference to George Donaldson's death and I thought it must be some terrible mistake, some awful, not-funny joke. Words cannot express my shock and feelings of loss. He was perhaps my favorite on Celtic Thunder. He is irreplaceable. I don't think I'll be able to watch them anymore. My profound sympathy to his widow Carolyn and his daughter, Sarah.

Condolences to the Donaldson family

I would like to express my sincerest condolences to George's family and friends and the CT family. I only met George 3 times after concerts in Houston. He was a very nice man. He was way to young to be taken so soon. I know first hand how it feels to lose a father at such a young age. My dad was only 41 when he passed away from an anyeurism in his brain, so my heart especially goes out to Sarah. I heard George speak of you and he was a very proud father.
May God and his angels wrap his arms and their wings around both of you at this very sorrowful time. You both have lots of Thunderheads praying for you.
May God Bless and keep you both.
Anita Cadenhead

George Donaldson

My deepest condolences to the family of George Donaldson and to the members of Celtic Thunder. His was a magnificent talent and I will miss his performances which I have enjoyed so much. Too soon a great talent gone from us all and too soon a loved one lost.

My family will miss him deeply.

We just found out about George's passing. We were all shocked. We have listened to his music for quite some time and were able to see Celtic Thunder in concert last December. My husband fell in love with the group, especially George. We both were touched by his voice and gentle manner. Our heart goes out to his family and his Celtic Thunder family. George will be missed immensely. We are so glad we had the opportunity to know him. We think about him daily and our hearts are filled with sorrow over this tragic loss. Our sympathy goes out to everyone who knew him personally.
Love the Stevens family.

Heavy Heart.

I just read about George. My heart felt very heavy, to know that I will never be able to see him in concert or personally know his humor or grand kindness, but I have his DVD's and some CD's so he will always be with me. My heart goes out to his wife and daughter, I can't even imagine the loss. I started watching Celtic Thunder several years ago, I was scanning channels and came across them on PBS and they just called to something in my soul. George was my favorite. Don't get me wrong, I love the other guys but George always spoke to my heart and soul. I shared them with my grandchildren when they came to stay. It was how I would get my granddaughters to go to sleep. George always seemed like he was the Big Brother of the group, looking out for everyone.He made me smile. I can only imagine the loss everyone there feels. There isn't a night that I don't watch you guys before I go to bed. You
relax me and take away my worries of the day, makes for an easier nights sleep. God Bless each and every one of you and your emotional heart felt loss especially his wife and daughter. May every day become easier and start with a wonderful memory or story of someone so gentle and loving having been in your lives. Blessed Be.


Sitting here in my home office listening to your wonderful music and wondering why such a young man could be taken from you all and in particular from his devoted family. My heart goes out to them as family is what binds us together and it rips at our heart when someone is taken from us too early. George is irreplaceable. My CDs are all the more precious as a reminder of a true artist and man. Words are not enough.

George! There are no words! Such a devastating loss!

I have been a huge fan of Celtic Thunder, and in particular George, since they first appeared on PBS in the United States. I have attended several concerts since then and have always left feeling joyful and happy. I am sending my heartfelt sympathy and prayers to George's wife and daughter and to the rest of the fellas in the group. Also the crew members, orchestra, stage hands and venue employees who have had dealings with Celtic Thunder over the years.

The announcement of George's passing I either missed totally here in the States, or the news media has not been informed. I am sure there are other fans who need to hear this news here.

Dear George your legacy will live on in the music you have created and the love you inspired in so many people.

Your wings are now ready.... rest in peace, Angel George.

George Donaldson

We have only been able to enjoy CT recently not even two years. We have bought every DVD available and viewed them over many times.
We just learned of this sad news yesterday at the Virginia International Tattoo
We only wish we could have met this finest of men in person. We also will miss hearing his talent. Thanks to his family for sharing him with the world he is surely missed and GOD blessed.

George Donaldson

I was so sad to hear of George's passing. He was and will always be the Heart of Celtic Thunder. My condolences to his family. And to his Celtic Thunder family.He was always a joy to watch and listen to. He made me so proud of my Irish heritage....

Television Tribute to George

Anyone interested in this?

Hello everyone, I am a television producer with PBS in Seattle, WA. George Donaldson's loss has affected many of us here at the station and next month, to coincide with the airing of Celtic Thunder Mythology, we will be showing a special video tribute to George. We are interested in hearing from the fan community who he meant so much to. If anyone would be interested in recording short 10-15 second video messages commemorating George, we will feature these in our In Memorium. If you'd like to participate please reply to this message or send an email to Thank you!

Television Tribute to George

I would definitely like to participate in your tribute to George! I am just now learning of his passing and wish I had known sooner. When will Celtic Thunder Mythology air on PBS? I have access to two stations in Ohio. Toledo and Bowling Green and have been asking when that show will air but no one responds to me.

Thanks again. You can email me at with instructions on how to do a video message. Thanks. Rebecca Rohre

George- A Legend

I was so lucky to have seen Celtic Thunder in Tamworth, NSW Australia with George in it.I can tell by the other comments what a lovely man he was, and I feel deeply saddened, especially for his wife and daughter.

We will miss you George Donaldson

Rest in peace George Donaldson.

You will be dearly missed. Such a talented man gone to soon.
You were my brothers's favorite in the group.

Our prayers and sympathies, go out to the Celtic thunder family and to you wife and daughter.
God Bless you all,
Jonnieann And John Bushnell

Big George

I wish I could take away the pain of his passing but we must remember he is in a better place now. I saw them in Clearwater, Florida and really loved the show . We have all their dvds and hope they continue on for many years to come. To George Always Remmembered And Never Forgoten And Always in our HEARTS. Christopher L. Albert Casselberry, FL.