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2005-09-15 Niall's Press note for the new album

The Celtic Tenors
Items of Interest for the Release of the album
We Are Not islands


The Celtics Are Air Supplied
Three tenors singing with one of the biggest ever 80s pop duo would seem like an unlikely combination but when the Celtic Tenors accidentally bumped into Air Supply in Dublin's Vicar Street last year, it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Within a few months, the Irish lads had travelled to Air Supply's own private studios in the USA to record the first ever collaborative version of their number one smash, All Out of Love. The track - which is on The Celtic Tenors' new album - was such a success that it has already been play listed here in Ireland and has started to get radio play in the USA. The Celtic Tenors have performed in front of thousands as special guests on the Air Supply World Tour 2005, an exciting venture which will culminate in a special show together in Las Vegas this October. The combination may be unlikely but the end result is musical gold dust.


Song for Death Row
The story of James Nelson, band member of The Celtic Tenors, and Eric Nance, convicted prisoner on Arkansas Death Row, is an extraordinary one of loyalty and support. James has been writing twice weekly for ten years to his prisoner since he was first put in touch with him by Life Lines. The prisoner has often said that, without James' constant stream of letters, he would not have been able to get through some of the darker times. However, James will tell you that, strange though it may seem, it works both ways. Even though Eric has never left Arkansas, he has a very philosophical understanding of the world, says James. He really helped me get through a dreadful period just after my mum died. He also taught James to understand the value of his freedom He wrote me a poem about how he longed for his freedom and how he would appreciate it every minute of the day, if he could only have it back again, says James, who has set Eric's poem to music and recorded it on The Celtic Tenors' new album. (Royalties are being donated to Life Lines.) He plans to meet Eric Nance for the first time when he visits Arkansas prison in October.


The Tragic Story of Holly Morris (aged 8)
Holly Morris was 5 years old when she first went to see The Celtic Tenors at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Her parents thought it was an unlikely request. Shouldn't their little girl, who was going through her obligatory pink clothes period, want them to take her to see Britney? After the show, the tenors met Holly and were instantly charmed by her. When they found out that she was receiving radiation treatment for stomach cancer at Crumlin Hospital, they made her a surprise visit, bringing her toys and - yes -lots of pink girly clothes. For the next three years, the lads became regular visitors at the Morris house in Dublin, with presents and exciting stories from their travels round the world. Everyone was delighted when, in 2004, Holly finally got the all clear.
But, while on tour in The Netherlands in December, the Celtic Tenors received a phone call to say that Holly had had a relapse. The doctors informed her parents that, this time, there was nothing they could do to help. Everyone pulled together to get through the last six months of her life, but the person who showed the most extraordinary strength of character was Holly herself. The Celtic Tenors sang Angel of Mercy, written for them by Ronan Hardiman, at her funeral. The song is dedicated to Holly on their new album as the words are a fitting tribute to their brave little angel:
"Come to me, Angel of Mercy my love, for I know your love was a gift to me, from Heaven above."