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2007-04-25 Great voices, great show from great Irish trio

By Peter Rusland, News Leader Pictorial
for the Duncan News Leader & Pictorial


Crystalline vocals and corny antics by the Celtic Tenors enchanted about 400 locals during Sunday's Cowichan Theatre visit.

The three mouthkateers staged a world-class show laced with laughs one minute then moving music the next during 3T's Valley debut.

They were joined by perfect pitch from singer Deirdre Shannon and ivory excellence from Scotsman David Munro.

Tenors James Nelson, Matthew Gilsenan and Daryl Simpson performed most songs in English with various nimble Gaelic numbers tossed in such as An Cailin Rua (The Red-Headed Girl).

Clapalong number The Mad Goat (An poc ar buile) was followed by madcap Paddy McGinty's Goat in the second half, complete with boisterous banter that went on too long for a vocal show.

But the dapper boys were all business during gospel-like You Raise Me Up, Scottish number Caledonia, ultra-melodic Ten Thousand Tears, war-dead tribute Remember Me, and a transcendent a cappella version of Shenandoah.

The threesome suggested Shenandoah is America's Danny Boy then flawlessly performed that famed Irish tune a cappella as a standing-ovation encore.

Soloist Shannon's vocals were the dessert on the delicious aural evening, especially during her shimmering version of She Moved Through The Fair.

Shannon also joined brother Gilsenan and Munro during The Prayer, plus 3T for the upbeat tune So Strong, French opera song Barcarolle and finale Time To Say Goodbye.

The singers used nicely choreographed steps throughout, respectfully standing apart or looking away from the soloist so as not to divert attention.

The Three Tenors aren't the Irish Nylons, but they sure have the same level of
professional polish and crowd rapport as Canada's a cappella kings.

Vocal concert rating: 9 mikes out of 10.