Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Celtic Tenors

The Celtic Tenors
Celebrating St. Patrick and the Luck of the Irish
In a Benefit Concert for and presented by
The Vancouver Island Symphony
Thursday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
Port Theatre, Nanaimo
Tickets: 250-754-8550
(The Celtic Tenors will be performing with their musical director and pianist Colm Rogan.

Coming all the way from the Emerald Isles the charismatic Celtic Tenors visit Vancouver Island in perfect time to help celebrate St. Patrick and all things Irish. 

The globe-trotting Celtic Tenors bring their uplifting show to centre stage at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. Come and meet Matthew Gilsenan of County Meath, James Nelson of Sligo, and Daryl Simpson of Omagh in Northern Ireland. All classically trained, together as Ireland’s first cross-over tenor act (1995), they excel in stacked, three-part harmonies and quick witted banter between one-another and the audience – all delivered with their Irish brogue and rollicking good humour. Signed up by EMI in 2000, they have recorded eight albums, performed around the world, been seen on TV (including a PBS special) across the USA, Canada and Europe, and sung for world leaders, while pioneering a new style of ‘cool’ never before seen as they continue to break the traditional tenor mould.

While each of the Celtic Tenors has been influenced by the musical tradition from their own individual part of Ireland, Gilsenan (the more pop style), Nelson (the more operatic) and Simpson (the go-to guy for the high notes) show brilliant flexibility in melding their voices to suit spine-tingling classical, folk, Irish, Gaelic and pop songs that they love to sing.

It has been said that The Celtic Tenors do to Irish tenor singing what River Dance has done to Irish dance – bringing it to the 21st Century. “We sing the big tenor numbers but we also do songs from our homeland and other Celtic countries, and a bit of pop music - which surprises people. We present a complete mix of everything... and some in our own language. We are part of the modern, contemporary Ireland, a core of Irish-ness and Celtic-ness that needs to be cherished. In Nanaimo we will be performing songs from our new album ‘Feels Like Home’, tenor standards like Nessum Dorma and Celtic Tenor favourites like Going Home, Remember Me, Red-Haired Mary, Westering Home, Danny Boy and more.”

A concert with The Celtic Tenors is a journey through all the emotions and sometimes includes an orchestrated sing-along and an occasional visit into the audience. “We share with the audience a lot of experiences we’ve had. One minute they are laughing and the next cry a bit with memories that a song evokes.”

Come and celebrate the luck of the Irish in a concert sure to lift your spirits as the Vancouver Island Symphony presents this extra-special BENEFIT CONCERT - the Celtic Tenors singing Music for your Heart and Soul. Tickets are available by calling 250-754-8550.

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For more information about the Celtic Tenors visit:
           For an interview article with James Nelson of the Celtic Tenors visit:

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