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2004-06-04 Galway

reviewed by Brid


We all know how the Celtic Ts enjoy themselves on stage but I don't think I've ever seen them laugh so much on stage as they did on Friday. This was definitely one of the funniest concerts I've been to. I particularly enjoyed Deirdre shooing the tenors offstage so that she could get a look in herself. I wonder if Deirdre is getting a guest spot on the new CD. How about Song For Ireland, (I thought no-one could touch either Francis / Mary Black on this one but Deirdre's just grows and grows on me everytime I hear her singing it), it would fit perfectly, hint hint! And Perfect was exactly how I can describe the toe-tapping / dancing of the Celtics during Deirdre's singing of the song Perfect (you know the one - 'its got to be per-er-er-fect'), they almost put her off her stride. Singing and laughing at the same time is priceless!!! Even more priceless were Nialls facial expressions, how did Deirdre manage to finish the song!!!


The concert wasn't all fun and laughter though, it had its serious side too. This came in the form of one James Nelson's Song For Eric. James has a social conscience that is truly admirable. About a year and a half back he wrote about death row in a Sligo Weekender column and introduced us to Eric Nance, a death row inmate in Arkansas in the US. It seems that Eric and James have built up quite a correspondence over the years and now Eric has written a moving and sad portrait of life on the inside on the row which James has so utterly beautifully put to music. This was certainly the highlight for me. I don't think I will ever take blue skies so for granted again. It would be an absolute crime if this song wasn't included on the new CD, everyone should hear it for its poignant beauty musically and lyrically.


Another new piece was the intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana (rustic chivalry) with a previously unheard set of vocals, in Italian! Of all the 3 new pieces this is the one I'm a tad hazy on. This morning I had a rifle through my CD collection, pulled out the instrumental of this and played it and now it wont get out of my head (though nothing wrong with that). Trouble is I'm finding it hard to relate to what the guys produced on stage - which sounded lovely but very very very different. Oh, its all so confusing, I definitely need to hear them singing it again. Drat, now I'll have to go to another concert - oh the punishment!!! Next time I have a free time to do evening classes I'm taking up Italian. What were they singing about????


The other new piece was You Raise Me Up. First off, can I say a huge sorry to anyone I've tried to convince this is a Bill Whelan (of Riverdance fame) penned number because its not. Here's where I figure I made that erroneous association - it was co-written by Rolf Lovland of Secret Garden (I'm a big fan, by the way) who won Eurovision a few years back. And when many Irish people hear the word Eurovision what immediately springs to mind is Riverdance - how about that for a web of thinking. Anyway, for those not familiar, You Raise Me Up is a gem, both musically and lyrically. See lyrics below and you'll know what I mean, at least in word. I wish I had someone in my life to raise me up [quit the self-pity Brid, you raise yourself up!!. Be a little less selfish and wish you had someone else to raise up instead!!!]. There seems to be several versions of this song about, Josh Groban's is one that I particularly like. The Celtics did a pretty good version too and again methinks this has a position on the new CD. I wonder what else is lined up for the CD. Maybe the club will be told soon!!


Cheers all




You raise me up - Brendan Graham


When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary
When troubles come and my heart burdened be
then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit a while with me
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be