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2004-12-17 Leiden

reviewed by John


I travelled to The Netherlands to see last Friday's concert in Leiden.

Bowing to popular demand, I've listed below the programme's contents.

The first half is not listed in order (I forgot to get my pad and pen out before the performance started, and I'm not absolutely sure I have every song which the CTs sang), but the second half is in order and is also (I hope) complete other than for the title of a song which Deirdre sang. The song originates in Northern Ireland and which a very complex rhythm - it might be called 'Heartsease' - she performed what seemed to me a very difficult song beautifully. The weather was awful all day long, but the warmth of the reception by the audience was terrific. They received two standing ovations.

James apologised after the show for the lack of new material for regular attendees, but he really didn't need to - the performance was flawless, and whilst the material might not have been new, some of the arrangements were slightly changed. And it was all MAGICAL!

First half:
The Star of the County Down
Dublinia medley
O Sole Mio (probably better known to us as 'Oh my solo')
The Contender
Nella Fantasia
Love of my life
I dreamed I dwelled in marble halls (Deirdre)
She walked through the fair (Deidre)
Mystic Lipstick
The wild rover
Ag Croist an Siol/Fionnghuala


During the interval, the recordings of 'You raise me up' and 'Eric's Song' were played repeatedly over the sound system.


Second half:

Mary of Dungloe
Spanish Lady/Marie's Wedding
The Prayer
Whiskey in the Jar
Danny Boy
Remember me/Recuerdame
Time to say goodbye.


They then donned Santa Hats (Barb will hopefully be downloading some of the incriminating photographs later today), and treated us to a selection of Christmas music:

What child is this? (inspired by a young girl whom the guys had seen on a bridge earlier in the week who was playing 'Greensleeves' on a recorder)
Oh Holy Night
White Christmas

And for the final encore:
Phil the Fluter's Ball

Wishing you all (and everyone else in this often troubled and difficult world) a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.