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2007-01-25 Irish trio offers variety of music

By Laura McFarland, Rocky Mount Telegram


With their mix of classical and pop music, an upcoming performance by the Celtic Tenors promises a little something for everyone.


The performance at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts by the Irish trio will appeal to people of all ages, said Sheila Martin, executive director.


"I think a music lover could not come to this concert and not be thoroughly entertained and enjoy it," Martin said.


Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 in Minges Auditorium.


The Tenors are well-known in Europe, but they are just making their name in the United States, Martin said. After seeing them perform at the Southern Arts Federation conference in Memphis, Tenn., where top artists perform for venue managers, she decided to book them before their fees caught up with their renown.


"This group has got star quality like you can't believe, and I know that a year or two from now we wouldn't be able to touch their price, they're that good," Martin said.


Irish performers have done well here in the past, so Martin said she knew people in the area would love the group's interesting blend of classical, Irish pub, pop and folk songs.


Rachel Dix, manager of the N.C. Wesleyan College bookstore, said she heard one of the group's CDs and found it very upbeat and entertaining. Dix, who will attend the show with a large group of neighbors, is excited to see the group come to town.


I think it will be one of our better performances this year,? Dix said.

The performance was scheduled close to Valentine's Day to offer couples a romantic date night option, Martin said.


It would be a great concert to come to with someone you love. The music is very romantic and wonderful,? Martin said.


Guest soprano Deirdre Shannon will join in several songs with the group and perform a few on her own, said Rhys Butler, contract administrator for Agency for Creative Talent Strategies Inc. The concert will feature a variety of songs that focus on each singer's voice range and talents.