Cowboy hats at ready for Dolly

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Rhinestones, sparkle, action!

Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena was packed with more cowboy hats than a rodeo when the Queen of Country rode into town.

The crowd was alight with excitement, and glow sticks, as Dolly Parton appeared on stage, opening with a cover of Katrina and the Waves hit Walking on Sunshine.

Glittering right to her fingertips, Dolly turned her hand to no less than seven instruments over the course of the evening, including banjo, lap steel, piano and, comically, saxophone.

She even drew roars of laughter from the audience by launching into hip-hop mode, in honour of Queen Latifah, who she stars with in upcoming film Joyful Noise.

Dolly played all the songs her devoted fans would expect to hear for the price of their £70 ticket, and dazzled with three outfit changes, each more sparkling that the last.

But the show-stealing moment was, without a doubt, her 2001 song Little Sparrow. Her voice shone brighter than her clothing, crystal clear and filling the huge space right to the rafters.

The hits came thick and fast until people were dancing in their seats to a standing ovation of thunderous applause, until the whole arena fell silent for the encore of I Will Always Love You.

It was touching, sweet, and an apt reminder that there really is a lot of substance beneath the shiny surface.