Five Irish Tenors bring spirit of Ireland around the world
By MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent | January 04. 2017 1:19PM
The Five Irish Tenors are based in Dublin but share the sounds of their native Ireland with audiences around the globe. Members and specialities include David Martin, Lyric Bel Canto Irish Tenor; Morgan Crowley, Spinto Irish Tenor; Ciarán Kelly, Mozart Irish Tenor; George Hutton: Traditional Irish Tenor, and Alan Leech, Buffo Irish Tenor.
That’s the goal when the group is performing on stage — to share the spirit of their country with the audiences across the globe.
“Irish and American people have a great connection and have so many things in common,” said Ciaran Kelly, known as the “Mozart Irish Tenor” of the group. “We hope that our performances enhance these connections and make our audiences feel a part of what we do.”
What to hear
The group specializes in traditional, opera-like songs, such as “Down by the Sally Gardens” by W.B. Yeats and “Mamma, The Rose of Tralee” by Cherubini Bixio, as well as “She Moves Through the Fair,” “Will You Go Lassie Go” and “Danny Boy.” The performance showcases the voices of all five members through solos, duets, trios, quartets and quintets.
The group’s March 9 performance at the Dana Center for the Humanities at St. Anselm College in Goffstown will be one of more than two dozen stops around the United States for the Dublin, Ireland-based group.
For some of the group, this will be the first time visiting the Granite State.
“This will be a brand new experience, and although it's a short stay, we are thoroughly looking forward to it,” Kelly said in a recent phone interview.
Other members of the group shared this sentiment.
“I am looking forward to traveling to New Hampshire to experience its famous beauty, especially in the spring when that beauty is awakening,” said Alan Leech, the “Buffo Irish Tenor” for the group.
This isn’t the first time Leech has been to the U.S. He’s spent the last four years living part time just outside of Los Angeles with his partner. He’s also visited when he got the chance to sing at the White House in Washington, D.C., a few years as part of the Chamber Choir Ireland performing group.
“We were fortunate to be invited to sing for President Obama at the White House on St. Patrick’s Day,” he said. “I got to chat with President Obama and Mrs. Obama, which was a real thrill for me personally.”
Kelly also has a long resume of performing.
“I have performed as a soloist for 10 years, and I guess it's a natural progression to want to combine your talent with singers of similar style and quality,” he said. “I am a very keen advocate of a cappella singing, and direct a popular Irish a cappella ensemble in Ireland called Ardú.”
What to see
The current lineup for the Five Irish Tenors (Kelly, Leech, David Martin, Morgan Crowley and George Hutton) has been working together since this past spring.
“I have sung a lot with other tenors and I have coached lots of tenors, too, and generally I find them too loud,” Leech said. “I can say that as I'm a tenor.
“However, (that is) not so with this group,” he said. “We have found a beautiful tender sound, which I hope the audience will like.”
Thus far, rehearsals have been going well, leaving the group optimistic about what’s to come.
“I think the future is bright for this group,” Leech said. “I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch, but who knows where we will all end up.”