Hard Times for The Celtic Tenors?


FANS of the dishy and immensely talented Celtic Tenors will be mighty pleased at their UCH booking for Friday December 19, 8pm. Their winning way with success has ensured a constant recording and touring circuit for Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson since first signed for an  international deal in 2000. A fifth album in Hard Times is about to be released and the Limerick concert will be a platform for its new music.


Eight years ago, The Celtic Tenors’ first album sold phenomenally, achieving double platinum status in their homeland, Number 1 in Ireland and Germany, Number 2 in the UK and it won them the Echo Award for Best Classical Crossover Act in Germany.

Each tenor has  had a classical training, sung leading roles with top opera companies, performed in oratorio and concerts worldwide, and continue to show great flexibility in melding their voices to suit the appropriate Classical, folk, Irish and pop genres.

The Celtic Tenors latest album features Samantha Mumba, Brian Kennedy and the 80s super-group Air Supply. It reached Number 4 in the Canadian Charts and the Top Ten in the US Billboard Charts. This album was released on the Dara label in Ireland under the title We Are Not Islands  and was released worldwide on the Telarc label as Remember Me.

Expect music from Hard Times to be part of the programme as The Celtic  Tenors take to the stage at UCH.

“It moves from the mould of traditional tenor album to recording the works of great North American songwriters from Stephen Foster to Bob Dylan,” observes Michael Murphy, director at UCH. “The Celtic Tenors are delighted to welcome the world famous Irish traditional band Dervish as their guests during this tour”.