assembled for a one-night-only tribute to the Three Tenors at Carlow Cathedral in June 1995. At the time, they billed themselves
as the Three Irish Tenors, and comprised Paul Hennessy, James Nelson and
After the concert, Ronan bowed out, and he was replaced by Niall
Morris. This new trio made
their RTE debut on Theatre Nights
in County Kildare in October 1995.
Paul left the
group around the end of the decade and was supplanted by Matthew Gilsenan.
In 1999, the Three Irish Tenors played 137 dates at Clontarf Castle in Dublin,
Ireland. Pat Egan took over managerial duties
and got them an audition at EMI, and they were offered a record deal on the
spot. They changed their name
to The Celtic Tenors to avoid any confusion with other Irish groups, such
as the similarly named Irish Tenors.
In 2000, they
released their self-titled debut album, and it was a massive hit, going
double-platinum in Ireland
alone. It soared to the top of
the charts in Germany
(where they won an Echo Award in the category of “Best Classical
Crossover Act”) and their native land, went to #2 in Great Britain,
and cracked the top ten on the U.S. Billboard chart.
They had the honour to perform for President Bill Clinton at a fundraiser
for the Northern Ireland Peace Fund in 2002.
March 2003, they gave a St. Patrick’s Day Concert with Deirdre
Shannon at Jubilee Gardens in London,
at De Maagd, which is located in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands, in
Niall left the
group in June 2006, and his replacement was Daryl Simpson of Omagh, Northern Ireland. They performed a concert in his
hometown on 25th January 2007.
2008, they participated in Milwaukee Irish Fest, along with the Milwaukee
Irish Fest Choir and Omagh Community Youth
They were on
the road again in 2009, making stops in Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates,
and Dallas, Texas,
and Madison, Wisconsin,
in the U.S.
In March 2010,
they appeared on the PBS special, Celtic
invited to perform for the Irish Consul General at his 53rd-floor
penthouse apartment in Manhattan,
New York, in December 2011.
In 2012, they
did a mini-tour of the northeastern U.S.,
with stops in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Norfolk, Connecticut, and Zelienople, Pennsylvania.
recordings on which they appear include The
Irish Album, Hard Times, Remember Me, So Strong and We Are Not
The Celtic Tenors recordings
Still By Your Side (Jimmy MacCarthy/Feargal
(CD: Remember Me)