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The Irish Tenors / McNamara, McDermott, Kearns, Tynan
Genres: World Music, Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
Forty years after the Clancy Brothers found popularity singing traditional Irish folksongs to an American audience, along comes the Irish Tenors, the trio of John McDermott, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan. Backed by ple... more »
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Forty years after the Clancy Brothers found popularity singing traditional Irish folksongs to an American audience, along comes the Irish Tenors, the trio of John McDermott, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan. Backed by plenty of coverage on public television, the three tenors perform a soothing and nostalgic mix of Emerald Isle tunes--from "Danny Boy" to "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," along with a few surprises. Recorded live at the Royal Dublin Society Main Hall with a light orchestra, the album gives each of the three vocalists his chance in the spotlight. Fans of John McDermott should be sure to seek out the artist's solo discs such as Remembrance, which are far more intimate (and musically diverse) fare. --Jason Verlinde
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"After watching the Irish Tenors on PBS I immediately went out and bought the CD. I listen to it ever day and enjoy it now as much as I did the first time I heard it. I also have a tape that I listen to when I go walking on my lunch break. I loved Anthony Kearns' singing of "Boolavogue" and "Grace", Ronan Tynan's rendition of "The Town I Love So Well" and John McDermott's "The Old Man" and the "Voyage". When they sang "Spanish Lady" and "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?" they looked like they were really enjoying themselves and it made it fun to watch them. I also bought the video so not only can I enjoy the music but I can enjoy their performance as well. I was so hoping to see them when they come to the West Coast but alas I was disappointed to hear that they will not be making a stop in Canada. I hope they will visit us in the near future.I hope another TV special is in the works. The power, passion, and beauty of their singing makes me want to hear more. They are truly a joy to listen to."
A magnificent performance, an oasis from the ordinary!
helen2 | NY USA | 06/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"John McDermott has been my favorite performer ever since I first listened to his "Battlefields of Green" collection (which is only slightly different from the "Danny Boy" album). Thanks to the Internet I was able to find and purchase all of his music. (By the way, Amazon, if it's possible, I'm sure his audience would like you to sell his other recordings, "Love Is A Voyage" and "When I Grow Too Old To Dream"). So when I learned that he would be featured on "The Irish Tenors" special I was very anxious to see the program. Of course, as millions who saw "The Irish Tenors" discovered, it was a magnificent performance. Although I've listened to this CD well over a hundred times, it just seems to get better. Whether singly or together, each performance is superb. Ronan Tynan's rendition of "The Town I Loved So Well" is incredible. His personality exudes a love for singing and joy in life that the audience can sense. His vocal range, from beautifully tender to extremely powerful, was captivating. (Is Amazon going to make available his CD, "My Life Belongs To You?" anytime soon? Many of us would like to purchase it). Anthony Kearns' singing will delight many. My ten-year-old son says he is his favorite singer and he wants to buy any music he has made (although I don't believe he has any releases as yet). His bouncy renditions of "Eileen Og" and "The Darlin' Girl from Clare" are worth listening to over and over. But it's the dramatic, passionate performance he lends to "Grace" that I love. What a joy to hear him sing! John McDermott's beautiful singing of "Voyage" and his deeply moving, emotional "The Old Man" were wonderful. He has the most beautiful voice I've ever heard. The amazing thing, though, is how magnificent these mens' voice sound together - a superb blending of talent. The orchestration is perfect, arousing our feelings with just the right touch. A wonderful recording, light years beyond the mundane."
Sad, Funny, Surprising and an Absolute Delight!
Dawn Livingston | Ohio United States | 12/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The songs are a good mix of familiar and not so familiar. "Grace" sung by Anthony Kearns was beautifully heartbreaking and sad because of the lyrics and because of his smooth, beautiful, powerful voice. "Mountains of Mourne" fun and funny because of the lyrics and surprising because it was such a great song I would have expected to have heard it already. "Will Ye Go Lassie Go," "Only Our Rivers Run Free," and "The Town I Loved So Well" sung by Ronan Tynan are truly delightful songs and stand outs. "Boolavogue" was impressive too. I have heard it sung by others though none so well as by Anthony Kearns. And though I have never liked the song "Danny Boy," if John McDermott sings it I like it alot. My personal favorite of the three is Anthony Kearns though all three have beautiful voices. I've gotten this CD and their Christmas CD and also Ronan Tynan's only CD and a CD from John McDermott. My question is when will the Tenors come out with a new CD and where is Anthony Kearn's CD? I have heard that Anthony Kearns will be touring next year as a guest tenor with a well known orchestra but I don't know the name but you can be sure I will find out and be there should he come to my city. As far as this CD is concerned, I am a tad Irish but I know you don't have to be to recognize the beauty and power of their voices and the songs they sing. And though the music may not be traditional Irish music as I've heard in recordings from the 20's to the 50's, it still is Irish and proud of it."