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2006-12-01 Elmira

reviewed by Mark


I went to see the Celtic Tenors and Deirdre perform a week ago Friday in Elmira, NY. I hadn't heard CT prior to the concert so I really didn't know what to expect. Actually I thought the show might lean a little too much towards classical/opera for my taste, sort of in the vein of The 3 Tenors. Well, what they say about making assumptions is true... I couldn't have been more wrong.


The lads opened the show with Spanish Lady and then Matthew spoke for a bit, during which he said in effect "for those of you that have never heard us before and don't know what to expect -- we sing a little bit of everything". And they do. It was a wonderful mixture of serious and silly, pub songs to classical pieces to Christmas carols, with a healthy dose of banter and wisecracks tossed in for good measure.

The audience is encouraged to clap and sing along on a bunch of the songs. A word of warning though... apparently not enough of us knew the Latin version of O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis), including yours truly, which earned us a bit of a "talking to" from James. So do yourself a favor and brush up on the lyrics beforehand and keep him happy.

But don't let me give you the impression that the show is all vaudeville and no music... these guys can sing. I mean really sing. Beautiful voices all, and the easy familiarity they have with each other is evident in the perfect harmonies and counterpoint between them. Even when singing the tale of Paddy McGinty's Goat the musicianship is top notch.

As for you Deirdre fans out there... she did 4 or 5 songs with the guys, 2 solo numbers (I'll not say which as I don't want to spoil the surprise), and one duet with Matthew (you probably don't need to phone a friend to guess that one, eh?). I'm happy to say she looked lovely, sounded even better, and clearly enjoyed herself on stage.

And lest I forget, David is a real treat too. He's a superb pianist, and perhaps even more impressively he managed to get his two cents in several times throughout the show, to the delight of everyone in the audience.

After the show Deirdre and the guys were out in the lobby, autographing CD's and saying Hi to everybody that hung around. You'll never meet a more easy going, humble, genuinely nice bunch of folks -- you just can't help but like every one of them.

Bottom line -- my friends and I had a ball at the show. So go see them if they're ever in your neck of the woods... I guarantee you'll enjoy it!!

-- Mark --