He is a tenor
born in Sligo, Ireland into a family that owned a jewellery,
hardware and fishing tackle business.
Working from a young age, he worked at the shop owned by his father
in the school holidays.
He went on to
take studies in music, he achieved an Honours
degree in music at University College Dublin.
He has had in
excess of 50 roles in operatic productions for companies located in Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, Spain and Israel.
Aside from his work in the opera world he has performed in more than
60 oratorios by composers which include Johann Sebastian Bach, Hector
Berlioz, Benjamin Britten, Franz Joseph Haydn,
Frank Martin and Guiseppe Verdi.
In 1995 he
became a founder member of the vocal group known as The Three Irish Tenors
which evolved into The Celtic Tenors around the turn of the new millenniium.
With them he has achieved much success and performed on several international
tours in Canada, China, Germany, the Middle East, the Netherlands and the United States.
The group has also appeared on two PBS television specials.
He has sung
with the accompaniment of orchestra such as the BBC Concert Orchestra, the
Cincinnati Pops and the Vancouver Symphony and worked with acclaimed artists
that include Air Supply, The Chieftains and Dionne Warwick.
recording artist he has recorded six albums so far with The Celtic Tenors
and has also sung on the charity CD Cheryl’s
Children – On Top of the World.
interest in charitable work he is involved with building work in Kenya for children that have been orphaned by AIDs where he also gives concerts with the children and
teaches music classes.
He also writes
a column for the Sligo Weekender.
The Celtic Tenors recordings
Still By Your Side (Jimmy MacCarthy/Feargal
Telarc 80667 (CD: Remember Me)