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2003-04-06 Tullamore

reviewed by Patricia

 

Last night was incredible; absolutely breathtaking, just unbelievable. I don't know what else to say! Niall, James and Matthew started off with my Dad's favourite song of all time - "Mull of Kintyre". The harmony was beautiful, to say the least. Most songs, which James, Matthew and Niall sang last night were from the two albums: Mull of Kintyre (as I mentioned above), Nella Fantasia, Green Fields of France, The Town I loved so Well, Something Inside so Strong, The Contender, Star of the County Down, Fionnghuala, Caledonia, Spanish Lady/Marie's Wedding, The Last Rose of Summer, Danny Boy, A Love so Beautiful, Remember Me/Requerdame, and Ireland's Call. Classical songs included La Danza and Time to Say Goodbye. I really hope that you put the songs from "Moulin Rouge" on your next album; I don't know how to describe them.. WOW! They also sang a song, which I have not heard them sing before - Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat. It was really funny and well sung. All the songs showed their brilliant and energetic personalities.

 

James attempted dancing again, and is getting better at it each time. None of them stopped smiling or laughing. But when they sang Danny Boy, the silence that fell on the audience was so overwhelming. I really love that song and they sang it so well and with so much feeling, it was extremely moving. James, Matthew and Niall really deserved the standing ovation at the end of the show. Deirdre joined them for a few songs and really made them even more extraordinary. They put an enormous amount of effort into their concert, they are so enthusiastic and it is so easy to see how much they love singing.

 

Their concert was brilliant, but getting to meet them personally again was just unimaginable and a dream come true for me. They are all so caring and so kind, they are so open and are willing to talk about anything (except their age!! J). They gave me all the time in the world even though they were exhausted, Niall and James still had to face a journey back to Dublin (well over an hours drive) but still they chatted and patiently spoke to every person at the concert. I got pictures with them, Dad spoke to Niall for a while because Dad worked in the same area in Dublin where Niall grew up, James spoke to me, gave me a hug from everyone and a said hello from everyone (Thank you, just feel me giving you all a really big hug back right now.), Matthew cracked jokes and spoke to his family (who were also in the audience) and Deirdre, who certainly is the Goddess of Eire, looked incredibly beautiful. I also got to meet Matthew's mother (I think I told you that in the first part of my review!), I think Matthew is very like her, I didn't know her and she didn't know me, but we still had a great conversation. It was only when someone called her away that she told me who she was! I couldn't believe it! Dad just laughed at me! I got to meet David Munro, who is really nice as well. Dad had a great chat with him!

 

As I am writing this I have James, Niall and Matthew singing beside me. I have their DVD playing. I don't want the magic of last night to end. Hopefully I will be able to go to the Mullingar Concert, I have convinced Dad, I just have to talk to Mam about it.

 

JAMES: Please, do not worry about dedicating a song to me. I do not participate much in the club, therefore I do not deserve such an honour. Save the songs for the members who do deserve them. But thank you all the same xxxxx

 

NIALL: Dad says hello! One more thing - Just keep making "Cats laugh!" xxxxx

 

MATTHEW: Glad to hear that Sean is well and thriving. Enjoy giving him his midnight feeds! Thank you again for the most amazing, and spectacular, night. Hope to see you again soon. Lots of love, Take care, Patricia.