NEW BRUNSWICK — The Celtic Tenors will be performing favorite Irish tunes on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick at an 8:45 p.m. show. The Celtic Tenors are a three-man vocal group that includes Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson. The trio has been weaving together an eclectic repertoire of Celtic, operatic and popular songs for audiences worldwide since 2000.
Their latest cd, “Feels Like Home,” is a 13-song album that celebrates the uplifting music of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, while borrowing a few songs from other cultures along the way. Some of the songs on “Feels Like Home” are traditional and some are contemporary, but all of them serve as a reminder that the world is still a hopeful place.
“We were looking for a theme for the new album,” says Nelson, “It just kind of happened by itself. In almost every one of the songs on this record, you’ll find a very positive and hopeful message. It’s even in the way that we sing. You have people from three very different and distinct cultures singing in harmony. It makes for a very positive image and a very powerful musical statement.”
The Tenors are joined on “Feels Like Home” by some of the most prestigious musical talent in Ireland. Their core musical accompaniment consists of producer and multi-instrumentalist, Martin Quinn, pianists, Colm Henry and Gavin Murphy (Murphy is also the orchestral arranger), and drummer /percussionist, Andrew Quinn. John O’Brien plays pipes and whistles on several tracks. Also, on hand is the Radio Teilifis Erin (RTE) Concert Orchestra (Ireland’s premier orchestra) and the Omagh Community Youth Choir. The Omagh Choir was founded in the late 1990s by Daryl in response to a 1998 car bombing by an IRA splinter group called the Real IRA in Omagh, in Northern Ireland. The bombing killed 31 people and injured hundreds of others. This commitment to harmony in the midst of discord is what underscores and inspires Feels Like Home.
This kind of musical and cultural crossover is what “Feels Like Home” is ultimately about. “We do 150 to 200 shows every year – primarily in the U.S. and Canada, but in other parts of the word as well,” says Nelson. “We cross a lot of borders when we travel, but we find that people all over the world are similar in many ways. Almost everyone is open to good music and an uplifting message. We have so many great fans around the world. This album is, in part, for them.”
“Feels Like Home” is available at Amazon.com and iTunes.
Tickets to see The Celtic Tenors at the State Theatre are priced from $30 to $55. For more information, call 1-732-246-7469 or go to http://statetheatrenj.org/.
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