It’s a World Cup year again. And this year, Brazil will host all of the matches of World Cup, 2014.
But 24 years ago, it was Italy’s turn. And we all remember the Irish performances at Italia '90. They really had the nation united in joy, under the stewardship of the legendary Jack Charlton.
But Italia ’90 also featured the first performances of another supergroup. The very first "Three Tenors", in the form of Plácido Domingo , José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti. And in the intervening decade and a half, this three-voice format has become extremely popular around the world.
Daryl Simpson, James Nelson and Matthew Gilsenan
With me now are the finest Irish proponents of the three-tenor style. Appropriately called The Celtic Tenors, they are James Nelson, Matthew Gilsenan and Daryl Simpson.
Thousands of you listening will have already seen them live in concert - they have been on the go for the last 15 years, during which they have released eleven albums over those years! And we are delighted that James, Matthew and Daryl join us in studio this afternoon for a chat and to perform their version of Tom Baxter's Better.
For more information on their tour, visit www.celtic-tenors.com.
Celtic Tenors - Tour Dates
Saturday, 10th May 2014 Thomond Park - Munster Match 18.30
Thursday, 29th May 2014 Killyhevlin Hotel, Dublin Road, Enniskillen 8.00 p.m.
Sunday, 8th June 2014 Mount Wolseley Hotel, County Carlow 8.00 p.m.
Saturday, 14th June 2014 Sheen Falls Hotel, Kenmare 8.00 p.m.
Saturday, 21st June 2014 Moynalty Church, Meath 8.00 p.m.
Saturday, 28th June 2014 Bangor Elim Complex 7.30 p.m.
Rest of World
Friday, 1st August 2014 Sarlat, France (Private Event) 8.00 p.m.
Saturday, 16th August 2014 Russborough House, Co. Wicklow 8.00 p.m.
Saturday, 23rd August 2014 Proms in the Park, Dungannon 8.00 p.m.
Sunday, 24th August 2014 Dublin (Private Event) 8.00 p.m.
Sunday, 31st August 2014 Dublin (Private Event) 8.00 p.m.
Saturday, 4th October 2014 Ohio Theater, Columbus, OH 8.00 p.m.
Monday, 1st December 2014 Strand Theater, Zelienople, PA 8.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 2nd December 2014 Strand Theater, Zelienople, PA 8.00 p.m.
Thursday, 4th December 2014 Leach Theater, Rolla, Missouri 8.00 p.m.
Saturday, 6th December 2014 Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, WI 7.30 p.m.
Tuesday, 9th December 2014 Paramount Theater, St. Cloud, MN 8.00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10th December 2014 Paramount Theater, St. Cloud, MN 8.00 p.m.
Monday, 15th December 2014 Schouwburg de Meerse, Hoofddorp 8.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 16th December 2014 Isala Theater, Capelle ad Ijssel 8.00 p.m.
Wednesday, 17th December 2014 De Harmonie, Leeuwarden 8.00 p.m.
Thursday, 18th December 2014 RABO Theater, Hengelo 8.00 p.m.
Friday, 19th December 2014 CC Palethe, Overpelt, Belgium 8.00 p.m.
Saturday, 20th December 2014 Theater de Blauwe Kei, Veghel 8.00 p.m.
Monday, 22nd December 2014 St. Canice's Church, Kilkenny 8.00 p.m.