Friday, November 27, 2009

The Irish Tenors

Tonight I had the privilege of seeing The Irish Tenors in concert at Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ. And what a show it was! I've been a fan of theirs for almost 11 years now and have closely followed them as a group and each of the tenors individually. I've seen many concerts over the years and have seen a lot of changes in the group. Although I was always sad to see the changes when they happened and in many ways miss the old days, the group as it stands today is simply outstanding.

Anthony Kearns, the only original Irish Tenor still with the group, performed a gorgeous version of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day". I've always thought he had a voice that was clear as a bell and he's only improved with time. This song is on their new Christmas album and for me was one of the highlights of the show.

Finbar Wright, who replaced John McDermott many years ago, sang "When You Were Sweet Sixteen". I've always loved Ronan Tynan's version of the song, but Finbar's version tonight was amazing. He made it sound so romantic. Finbar has a truly wonderful stage presence and he made this song his own tonight.

Karl Scully is the newest member of The Irish Tenors (he replaced John McDermott, who came back to the group after being replaced by Finbar Wright to replace Ronan's a long story!) Anyway, Karl is a wonderful part of the group and has a voice like an angel. With only harp accompaniment, he sang a lovely, moving version of "My Lagan Love".

The boyos had a great time singing Irish medleys and fun Christmas songs. They really got into "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and we all had fun along with them. They received a rousing reception at Count Basie and I wouldn't be surprised if they were asked to come back again next year. I certainly hope so. This was the first show of their Christmas tour so check out their schedule at The Irish Tenors website and if they're anywhere near you this Christmas, you owe it to yourself to catch their show. The Irish Tenors, both past and present tenors, never cease to amaze me with their talent and will always have a place in my heart.


Catwalk Creative Vintage said...

I definitely feel very festive indeed after reading your article on the Irish Tenors. You must be their number one fan! I love their choice of music and must go and buy their album! :) Thanks for sharing your story.

Marjorie said...

Their new Christmas album is truly very beautiful, Louise, and I know you'll love it. :)