Singer-songwriter Don McLean meets fans in Co Kildare

Hundreds of fans turned out to greet singer-songwriter Don McLean in Co Kildare today as he opened an exhibition dedicated to his life and work.

The “American Pie” singer signed albums and chatted with fans who traveled from all over the country to visit the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge Silverware.

The guitar the singer used to write and perform his hit “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” is among the exhibits, along with his most iconic costumes, jewelry and accessories.

Other prominent pieces in the exhibit include some of the shirts and jackets worn by McLean and the crimson sweater he wore for the cover of his “American Pie” album.

Today, the album is recognized for its cultural significance and lasting impact.

The eight-minute song with its poetic phrase “The Day the Music Died” references the tragic 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives of rock legends Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.

The exhibit, which is free to enter, will run until Nov. 3 before being auctioned on Nov. 11, a spokesperson said.

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Don McLean Foundation which supports underfunded students, homeless shelters and food banks in the state of Maine.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of ‘American Pie’, and to celebrate McLean has embarked on a massive tour, which will see him perform at Dublin’s 3Arena tomorrow.

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