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Northern Ireland band Shamrock Tenors to perform debut Belfast concert

Multi-instrumentalist ensemble's maiden Belfast gig to be beamed across Atlantic ahead of Stateside tour

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Multi-instrumental group Shamrock Tenors

A multi-instrumentalist vocal harmony group set up in 2018 are to perform their debut Belfast concert on Friday, which is set to be filmed for broadcast in the US.

Shamrock Tenors comprises Lisburn-born brothers Jack and Raymond Walsh, who set the group up with good friends Jamie Johnston, from Larne, and Downpatrick man Matthew Campbell.

Most recently, the group has been joined on stage by West End actor Tom Brandon, from Rostrevor.

“When people hear our name, they assume it is going to be opera, but it really is a mix of everything,” said Raymond.

“One of our members is a champion Irish dancer, others have been West End stage performers, and another can play up to seven different instruments, so we are able to bring different skills to the table.

“We perform all the best classics during our shows but bring with them a modern and new twist.”

The band have performed to audiences all over the world in its four years — in 20 different countries across four continents — but are looking forward to their first-ever concert in Belfast on August 5.

Last year, the band hit No 1 on the iTunes World Music Charts on two separate occasions and have amassed more than 6m views online for their videos.

Raymond, who performed in the West End musical Les Misérables, told Sunday Life that the band is “over the moon” to be performing at home, especially in Belfast for the very first time.

“We recently signed with a major American talent agency who also represent Daniel O’Donnell, so our upcoming show will not just be for our audiences at home, but it will also be enjoyed by audiences across America,” he said.

“The show is set to be filmed for broadcast across the television network PBS America, to help promote our upcoming coast-to-coast American tour, penned in for late 2023.”

The Lisburn man admitted that their newfound fame “doesn’t quite feel real yet”.

“For us boys, we try to take each day as it comes, but when we found out PBS were interested, we needed to make sure this Belfast concert will be the best one ever,” he said.

“The pressure is well and truly on to make this show great for our fans here at home.”

The Ulster Hall show will feature some very special guests, including Grammy Award-nominated Derry singer Mairéad Carlin, formerly of Celtic Woman.

The Shamrock Tenors are set to perform their fan favourites, including Whiskey In The Jar, Dirty Old Town and Wild Rover, as well as one of their biggest hits — their cover of the Barnbrack classic Belfast.

Raymond said it is ironic that this is the band’s most celebrated track, considering this will be the first time they are set to perform live in the city.

In 2021, the group teamed up with Tourism Ireland for a promotional music video for Belfast and Northern Ireland, featuring a beautiful rendition of the song Belfast, originally written by singer-songwriter Alex Quinn.

“Tourism Ireland found us on YouTube and they asked us to perform as part of their promotion, which we were so delighted to do,” explained Raymond.

“It was filmed in the Duke of York on St Patrick’s Day, so it was really special to be a part of.

“Matthew played every instrument on the track, I directed the video and my brother Jack edited it, so it really showed what a diverse band we are.”

Earlier this year, the group performed to a massive audience at Birmingham Symphony Hall for St Patrick’s Day and they hope they can perform on home turf some year for the festivities on March 17.

“We hope that this upcoming concert in Belfast will be the first of many. We always wanted to bring the show back home, but the timings were never right,” said Raymond.

“It’s a great way to celebrate the return of live music again after the pandemic.”

Tickets for the concert can be purchased from the Ulster Hall or Shamrock Tenors websites.

Keep up with the band’s latest news across Facebook, Instagram and TikTok @ShamrockTenors.


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