Dec 29 2010 by Gordon Robertson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Darius Campbell, Amy Fulton
A COATBRIDGE girl got more than a hairdo when she popped into the salon where her dad works.
Eleven-year-old Amy Fulton, who attends St Augustine’s Primary, had the chance to meet up with pop star turned opera star Darius Campbell – and hear him sing among the hairdryers and basins.
Amy’s dad Ian is general manager at the salon in Glasgow run by Coatbridge-born celebrity hairdresser Taylor Ferguson.
At the weekend, Darius staged an impromptu concert in the salon for clients and staff as a special thank-you for everyone who’d braved the elements to make it to their work or to their appointments.
Taylor and his wife Anne have been close pals with singer Darius since his early days as a Pop Idol contestant and have been responsible for much of his grooming since he became a big-name recording artist.
He took a break from his panto appearance as Prince Charming in Snow White at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow to perform for the hairdressers’ customers.
Amy said: “It was great fun and everyone was joining in the singing and clapping as he performed.”
Taylor said: “Darius and the salon go back a long way and he was keen to come along to sing for the staff and our customers, many of whom had braved wintry conditions to turn up for their appointments.
“He sang a selection of songs from his pop and opera repertoire and had a keyboards player to accompany him. Thinking back, we really should’ve asked him to sing something from the ‘Hairspray’ musical!
“The customer response was amazing. Everyone loved the fact he was singing away as they were having their hair done. A couple of clients were asking who we’re having next on our ‘stage’ in the salon!
“We always like to try to do something different for our clients. We’re delighted Darius managed to take time from his incredibly busy schedule to come and sing in the salon. It was a real treat.”
Darius added: “Taylor and Anne have always been so supportive to me and my family during my music career so it was a great chance for me to give something back. I’m just glad everyone enjoyed the mini-performance.”