Michael Londra's Beyond Celtic

Michael Londra's Beyond Celtic

by Michael Londra
     
 

Ex-Riverdance Irish tenor Michael Londra goes, as he puts it, "beyond Celtic" on this live performance, also videotaped for frequent broadcasts on public television (and available as a DVD) in the sense that his repertoire extends further than the standards of the repertoire, though he sings those, too, among them versions of "Danny Boy" and "The Water Is Wide."… See more details below

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Ex-Riverdance Irish tenor Michael Londra goes, as he puts it, "beyond Celtic" on this live performance, also videotaped for frequent broadcasts on public television (and available as a DVD) in the sense that his repertoire extends further than the standards of the repertoire, though he sings those, too, among them versions of "Danny Boy" and "The Water Is Wide." Londra also sings songs in the adult contemporary and soft rock modes. But in addition, the show extends well beyond him alone. Londra may have left Riverdance, but he has, in a sense, brought it with him, conceiving an evening that finds him, supported by a 16-piece orchestra and the traditional Irish group De Dannan, handing off the spotlight to fiddler Frankie Gavin, among whose efforts is a reading of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" that, in accelerating tempo, begins to justify his ranking as the fastest fiddler alive by Guinness World Records. The O'Leary Sisters of Sephira also get to sing a couple of songs, and, though they are not visible on an audio disc, Irish step dancers entertain the audience periodically, pounding the floor with their driving rhythm. Despite disappearing while these guests perform, Londra manages to dominate the concert with his elastic voice, particularly at the end, when he closes with an a cappella encore of "Black Is the Color" and then again goes beyond traditional Celtic music by doing a medley of two songs that may sound Celtic, but were written by Americans for 1940s Broadway musicals, "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" (from Finian's Rainbow) and "Come to Me, Bend to Me" (from Brigadoon).

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2011
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018331227
catalogNumber:
83312
Rank:
225962

Tracks

  1. Brand New World  - Michael Londra
  2. All My Life  -  Sephira
  3. Miserlou  -  Sephira
  4. Star of Cartagena  - Michael Londra
  5. Here Comes the Sun  -  Dannan
  6. The Water is Wide  - Michael Londra
  7. Magia Sara  - Michael Londra
  8. Flesh and Blood  - Michael Londra
  9. The Flower of Magherally  - Michael Londra
  10. My Irish Molly-O  -  Dannan
  11. Follow Me Up To Carlow  - Michael Londra
  12. Sweet 16  -  Dannan
  13. Danny Boy  - Michael Londra
  14. Lift the Wings  - Michael Londra
  15. Wild Irishmen  -  Dannan
  16. The Road Not Taken  - Michael Londra
  17. Black is the Color  - Michael Londra
  18. How Are Things In Glocca Morra/Come To Me Bend To Me  - Michael Londra

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