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The Celtic Tenor


The Celtic Tenors tour the world, but even they can’t get a handle on the Celtic with a soft or hard C conundrum. Daryl Simpson, one third of the trio, pondered the dilemma on the phone recently from Australia: “perhaps the sporting fraternity is not as well read,” he suggested.


No matter. Audiences around the world love them no matter how you pronounce Celtic, but that global reach of their music comes at a price.


“We like coming home and sharing stories about our travels,” he told me, but the down side is they are away so much. “My grandmother passed away last year,” he said, adding as they get older, they worry about missing out on too many of those important life events.


Still, the road beckons, and they were touring Australia in support of their new Decca release, Timeless, which was already #4 on the charts Down Under when we spoke. “Yeah, we just did a show in Melbourne, and now we’re flying to Adelaide,” he said, adding Australia is not dissimilar to his home in Northern Ireland in terms of weather when we talked.


I asked if North America seems rather exotic to Australians as Australia is to us, and he acknowledged that could be the case. “Certainly North America has influenced them” he says, “but globalization has harmonized countries that are seen as far apart.” Daryl points to television as a great unifier of disparate countries and cultures.


That no border concept translates nicely to The Celtic Tenors’ ”music without borders” philosophy. He says the group is “not restricted by songs and styles” and base their musical choices on the premise if they don’t believe in a song, they just don’t sing it.


Could there be a Celtic Tenors sings AC/DC album then? Daryl says there would really be no point doing one of their songs, then paused and added: “but it might work!”


The trio, together for 15 years now, tend to perform at a lot of major sporting events around the world, ranging from the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix to soccer matches in the U.K. “We are always given good tickets to the event as part of the deal,” he allows.


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Coming to St. Catharines this December means getting reacquainted with old friends from previous visits, but also playing their new FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre during the inaugural season is a “huge honour” he says.


Home may be Northern Ireland, but their home away from home appears to be St. Catharines!


- Mike Saunders WebOfFineMusic.ca


The Celtic Tenors Partridge Hall MEMBERS: $44.20 REGULAR: $52


7:30PM Fri 18 Dec


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