SINGER'S SORROW Gavin James opens up about uncle's passing over lockdown
Singer Gavin James told how he was "so chuffed to have been asked" to take part in the Great Big Irish Thank You as he recorded his performance ahead of tonight's broadcast.
A host of big names have signed up to contribute to the star-studded event on Virgin Media One.
Gavin will join the likes of Una Healy, Sharon Corr Niall Horan, and Robbie and Claudine Keane for the show that will pay tribute to the frontline medical workers who were stretched to their limits during extraordinary circumstances.
Speaking as he recorded his performance ahead of the show, Gavin told how for the first three months of lockdown, he "did nothing at all".
"Lockdown has been grand. The first three months, I learned how to cook everything. Other than that, I started writing a lot more."
However, Gavin had a bereavement in the family after his Uncle Paddy died at the start of the lockdown.
"That was quite sad," he revealed. "My Uncle Paddy died. He was 95. He had an amazing life and lived to an amazing age. The only thing was we couldn't go see him. That was the worst thing. He passed away very quick. He was 95 and he was amazing."
Speaking about his involvement in the Independent.ie's The Great Big Irish Thank You, he added: "I think we all need some form of entertainment these days ...so if this gets people feeling excited that's the job done."
Daniel O'Donnell who will also take part said: "I am proud to be involved, to help thank the people of Ireland for all their courage during the dark days of Covid-19."