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2004-01-09 Waterford News & Stars

Waterford News & Stars
By Eddie Hearne


Celtic Tenors ended the year on a high note


The year 2003 ended on a high note when the Celtic Tenors delighted a sizeable and very appreciative audience on the night before New Year's Eve at the Theatre Royal.


The Celtic Tenors - Matthew Gilsenan from Meath; Niall Morris (Dublin) and James Nelson from Sligo demonstrated that it wasn't for nothing that their first album sold platinum. Phil Coulter hit the nail on the head when he remarked that, The Celtic Tenors have refreshed the whole idiom of the Irish tenors, deflating its old image of pomposity.


Their vast repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary, breaking the mould of the stuffed-shirt Irish tenor heard and reviled the world over, as the late Spike Milligan described it with typically acerbic wit.


Accompanied by Danny Sheridan on piano and keyboards, the talented and award-winning trio opened with Nella Fantasia and Santa Lucia, following up with Dein ist Mein Ganzes Herz (the German version of You are my Heart's Delight)

Niall Morris sang Caruso, a tribute to the renowned tenor who died at the age of 48. Jimmy McCarthys Mystic Lipstick and the Contender, a tribute to Jack Doyle, were highlights of a programme that also included Ireland's Call and Fields of Athenry, our rugby and football anthems, along with the Scottish anthem, Caledonia.


A rousing Irish ballad medley included Whiskey in the Jar, The Wild Rover and Star of the County Down.


Their trademark number Remember Me/Requerdame was exquisite while other showstoppers included Silent Night, The Holy City and Something Inside so Strong (the title track from their second album).


After Time to Say Goodbye, the Celtic Tenors wound up with a seasonal encore, White Christmas. The solo soprano, billed simply as Deirdre, cried off due to illness but her defection didn't detract from a superb concert, produced with professional precision.