Shania McGowan takes to the stage with the High Kings.
A young Bundoran girl captured the hearts of over 700 guests in the Abbey Hotel in Donegal town on Saturday night when she stole the show at the sell-out High Kings concert.
Shania McGowan (12) is one of the band’s biggest fans and didn’t hesitate when she was invited up on stage to join the High Kings for a song.
Just a few years ago, Shania, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, could hardly speak. But after discovering the music of the High Kings when she was four, her parents noticed a sudden change.
Her mother Dolores said: “We have been fans of the High Kings since they started up and no matter where we go, Shania, since the age of four, has demanded that their CD ‘Memory Lane’ is always playing in the car. There's no Nathan Carter for our Shania.”
She continued, “Shania suffers from the Autism Spectrum Disorder and she never really spoke up to the age of three.
“After discovering the High Kings, things started to improve - she started to sing and her speech improved dramatically.”
Shania got a standing ovation from the sell-out crowd on Saturday night, and afterwards, High Kings singer Brian Dunphy spoke of his delight at meeting the Bundoran girl again.
“This is the best thing that has happened to me this year,” he said.
“To hear Shania both talk and sing is my highlight of the year. It is something that means an awful lot to me. Shania has been following us for years, she is a friend of the band, nearly the 5th member.”
See today’s Donegal Democrat for full story.