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2006-01-12 Celtic Tenors hit a real high note in Killarney

taken from "The Kingdom"

 

THE Celtic Tenors hit all the right notes for their Kerry fans when they performed in the INEC, Killarney, on December 30.

 

The artists, who number Bill Clinton among their worldwide fans, were signed on the spot to an international record deal, following an impromptu audition in London in 2000, an event so unprecedented that it soon became the talk of the music industry.

 

Their debut album went to number two in the British classical charts and went to number one in Ireland and Germany - where it is two times platinum. Overnight, The Celtic Tenors became one of the most successful classical crossover acts, with a top 10 billboard album in the US in 2002.

 

Their second album, So Strong, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and was produced by legendary producer Mike Moran.

 

Over the years, the trio have had the pleasure to sing to some of the world's greatest figureheads including Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan.

 

Their new album, We Are Not Islands, is a new departure as it comprises a collection of 13 contemporary love songs, six of which were written especially for the group by some of the most respected songwriters of our time.

 

The title track Non Siamo Isole, which features a guest appearance by Brian Kennedy, is by multi-award winning British songwriter Simon May and there is a new song, Still By your Side, by popular Cork song-writer Jimmy MacCarthy.

Lord of the Dance composer Ronan Hardiman is represented by the inspirational track Angel of Mercy, a song dedicated by the tenors to their beloved fan Holly Morris from Dublin, who lost her fight against cancer in July 2005, aged only eight years.

 

Every day she inspires us to keep singing, says group member Niall Morris. Samantha Mumba contributes a sultry soul-diva performance in You Raise Me Up and the tenors deliver their most audacious coup when they join forces with the iconic 80s band Air Supply for a powerful rendition of All Out of Love. The Tenors played to a packed house in Killarney, bringing the appreciative audience through a magical musical journey encompassing all their hits and favourites.