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2005-12-27 Waterford, Theatre Royal, and 2005-12-28 Enfield, Johnstown House Hotel

reviewed by Anja and Beate

 

In between trying to "recover" from recent travels and getting ready for the trip down to Killarney, and on to Cork, we have made it to a Dublin internet cafe for a quick hello!

 

Upon arrival in Dublin on the 27th, we collected the car from long-term parking and went straight down to Waterford. The theatre was not too difficult to find, but it was FROZEN! No idea what kind of a heating system there was (if any), but Martin had to warm his guitar, David said several times he could hardly play because his fingers were too cold, the lads and Donna said there was a cold draft from all sides on stage, and in the audience we could hardly feel our feet anymore, the draft up to knee-hight was unbelievable. We're still shivering typing this.

 

Anyway... here's the tracklist for Waterford for those interested:

 

Pzazz opening for the Celtic Tenors

Ireland's Call
Caledonia
Wild Rover
Star of the County Down
Nella
Fantasia (with Donna)
O mio babbino caro (Donna)
Non Siamo Isole
You raise me up
Phil
the Fluter

Anthem (from Chess)
Angel of Mercy
Here there and everywhere
Katie (Donna)
All I ask of you (Donna and James)
Caruso
Will ye go Lassie go
Whiskey in the jar
Danny Boy
Remember Me
Time to say goodbye (with Donna)
Silent Night
All
out of love

After having read all the Canadian reports, we were quite anxious to finally hear (and meet) Donna in person - and wow. What a voice. Given the lady is only 18, Anna Netrebko watch out... Donna's voice is simply stunning and she has such at ease with being on stage, and singing with the tenors, it is great fun to see (and listen to it)! Especially her solos and of course, "All I ask of you" is an absolute gem too!

It was also nice to hear "Anthem" back in the concert and of course "Caruso" (very rare these days... well, not a frequent visitor anyway) is in its own league. Even if the singer is shivering on stage.

The Waterford concert came to a very abrupt end - for Celtic Tenor standards, at least. No standing ovations, instead, everyone just jumped to their feet and stormed out of the theatre. There must have been some rumours that it was actually warmer outside than inside, and to be quite honest, they might have been true. - We were discussing that in length on the way home, James Niall and Matthew, I think the fact that the people stayed through to the end was an ovation in itself, standing or not.

As you can imagine, there was not much of a signing after the concert either, as everybody hurried home. So did we - a long drive back to Dublin, but we made it there at around 2.30 am.

Yesterday was a lovely day, so on our way to Enfield we "detoured" to Trim and had a lovely walk along the Boyne and visited two abbey ruins, before it was time to head for the Marriott Hotel. The concert took place in the bankett area, a very huuuuuuge suite, which around 40 tables (festively decorated) for 8 or 10 people each. And they were all full with diners when the tenors took the stage at around 10.15 pm!

They played for 90 minutes, with a 10 minute break, and the tracklist was as follows:

Granada
Caledonia
Here, there and everywhere
Star of the County Down
Nella
Fantasia (with Donna)
O mio babbino caro (Donna)
Libbiamo (with Donna)
You raise me up
Phil
the Fluter

Anthem
Angel of Mercy
Katie (Donna)
All I ask of you (Donna and James)
Wild Rover
Whiskey in the jar
Danny Boy
Remember Me
Time to say goodbye (with Donna)
Silent Night
Ireland's
Call (special request by ladies in the audience)
All out of love

The audience was very receptive and responsive and there was a great atmosphere during the concert. The stage was not really high, just one step above ground, so the lads got down and walked in between the tables quite frequently while singing, and it was a very relaxed setting. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves, and the people had a lot of fun! I think the same holds true for the five gentlemen and the lady on stage - especially the lady, Donna's family had kind of a gathering there, more than 30 people altogether, and it was so nice to see her looking over and laughing with them from the stage.

We will have to get ready for the next round of concerts later, we have decided to stay in Cork until January 2 and then go directly to Athlone, will then go up to Sligo on January 3 for a New Year's visit to the donkeys and a stay in "our" Bed and Breakfast, and then drive to Derry from there. It cuts down on long drives during the night, which might be a wise decision if the weather stays so cold...