Marquee @ Quarry Lane
Matthew Gilsenan, from the internationally renowned The Celtic Tenors, sings the celebrated songs of the great Irish Lyric tenor, John Count McCormack, along with a narrative of his life, accompanied by pianist, Mairead Hurley. Relive the magical songs such as I Hear You Calling Me, Keep The Home Fires Burning and Macushla, while retelling the stories of his modest beginnings in Athlone, to commanding sell out shows across the world. His political decisions which cost him the support of the UK, and his roaring successes in the United States. This captivating evening of song and story, keeps the legend that is John Count McCormack alive.
Regaled by Matthew Gilsenan, himself the recipient of the Feis Ceoil award which John Count McCormack won, has travelled the world with The Celtic Tenors, keeping the Irish link to tenor and music alive on the International stage.
Matthew’s show has sold out at Headfort House, as part of the Hinterland Festival. On foot of that success, how taken his show to historical venues in Ireland, with links to the Count, such as Emo Court, Castletown House, National Concert Hall, Dean Crowe Theatre, The Moat Theatre, Ramor Theatre.
As a life long fan and being influenced strongly by John Count McCormack, Matthew, who is based in Kells, Co. Meath, is acutely conscious of a waning awareness of this immensely important Irish figure, who was one of the greatest ambassadors for our country.