Coal Twp. boy with autism rocks with Deuce
COAL TOWNSHIP - Ian Carnaghan doesn't talk much, but he sings his heart out when it comes to rock 'n' roll.
The 4-year-old township boy, who has been diagnosed with autism, didn't pass up an opportunity to sing several songs with Deuce, which was performing at Ian's brother's high school graduation party.
The memorable moment occurred last Saturday at the St. Francis Club in Shamokin, where Jim Oakum, Bill Adams and Kevin Collins - three out of five members of the local band - were playing an acoustic set.
Despite having a condition that has limited development of his social and communication skills, Ian sang "Lick it Up" and "Beth" by Kiss and "Turn the Page" by Bob Seger with the band. The spontaneous performance came as a surprise to the Deuce members and Ian's family.
"This made his dream come true," Ian's mother, Theresa, said. "He hasn't stopped talking about it."
Ian likes all types of music, but has taken a strong liking to Johnny Cash, Kiss and, of course, Deuce.
Band members said they were thrilled to have Ian join them in the performance and said he is their biggest little fan. Ian had an encore performance with the band Tuesday night at Springfield Music Shop.
Ian didn't say much Tuesday when asked if he enjoyed singing with the band, but he nodded several times when asked if he would be at Deuce's next show. That's set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Clover Hose Fire Company block party in Mount Carmel.