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2005-11-02 Oakville

reviewed by Heather


What more can I add to Barb's already brilliant description of a most marvelous night. The Celtic Tenors took the Oakville Performing Arts Centre by Celtic Storm.

We had arrived shortly after 7pm to what was a Scrumptious Champagne Reception. The who's who of the Oakville Elite, all decked out in sequins, wraps and all kinds of fancy dress, munched on Asparagus spears wrapped in delicate slices of ham, and the most yummy looking shrimp and Sparkling Champagne. We had brought with us 'goody bags' for the lads and for David and Donna, which we had left with the House Manager to see to it that they got to the boys in time. Having seen Joyce at the table selling CD's we went over to check in with her and to see how well the CD's were selling. From what we could see, the CD's were selling quite well. (how could they not?)

Prior to 8pm we went into the auditorium to find our seats down front. The stage was bare except for a piano and 3 fern like plants. Promptly at 8pm the Lady Mayor of Oakville, Her Worship Ann Mulvale, came out on stage to introduce the guys. Shortly afterward, David came out on stage in a black sparkly jacket and sat down at the piano and began playing the first chords of Star of the county down...entrance stage right, came Niall Matthew and James singing....everyone started to clap along with the song. It seemed that the night just flew by in an instant. We found ourselves singing, laughing and clapping and tapping our toes to each song. Some were new to us, never heard in person, others were familar as old friends. I am so glad that I was able to make it to Oakville, to meet up with some good friends. John it was so lovely to see you again, having flown in just for the concert, all the way from London, England. That is dedication! And I am sorry that I didn't hold the 'O' sign during a certain song. My timing was definitely off. But hang onto them, we may need them again.

Back to the concert, the boys entertained us with songs from their new CD, in Canada referred to as 'Remember Me', though I will always think of it as 'We are not Islands'. Niall bantered with a Lady in the front row who he thought looked alot like Angela Lansbury. That was quite a compliment, as she did look alot like her. I think that she was quite flattered. At one point during the show, the boys jumped down into the audience while they were singing Phil the Fluter, and while I won't mention any names, (it wasn't me this time) but....well...lets just say that someone got quite a surprise guest almost sitting on her lap during the song. The concert ended with Air Supply's All Out of Love...or as the guys like to refer to it as All out of Luvvvvvvvvvv.........which they kept repeating over and over.

I must mention that Donna Malone, has a very lovely voice for someone so young. She and James did a wonderful version of 'All I ask of you' from Phantom of the Opera. She also sang Katie and O Mio Babbino Caro. Just lovely....Donna's family was in the audience having come all the way from Ireland to see her. Her Mum and Dad, sister, and Aunt and Uncle. They must have been truly proud of her that night. Donna also joined the lads in singing, Nella Fantasia and one other one which escapes me at the moment. Maybe Barb or Maryann or John can help me out. As I said earlier, the night flew by far too fast. Soon we were out in the lobby waiting our turn to say Hello to the boys. Another concert, another Squoosh, and Swoosh, they were away to the next Venue. We sighed and said our 'goodbyes' until we meet again, Thank you James, Niall and Matthew, as well as David and Donna. Thank you for coming (back) to Canada. Until we meet again...Remember Me.