A celebration of hope, courage and determination, this March 2001 concert opens with Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears -the story of 15-year-old Annie Moore, the first immigrant to set foot on Ellis Island. You'll look out over New York Harbor at the Statue of Liberty and the soon-to-be-lost World Trade Center as the Irish Tenors continue on to The Harp That Once; God Bless America; Danny Boy; My Wild Irish Rose , and more!
The Irish Tenors' fourth album sees the trio of Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan, and Finbar Wright paying a sentimental musical tribute to Ellis Island, the hallowed landmark that met the majority of immigrants entering the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. Needless to say, the Tenors' repertoire this time around is full of reflective ballads of love, loss, and homesickness, including the original "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears" that opens this disc. Throughout this studio recording, the Irish Tenors are in fine form and backed by a soft-hued orchestra that never interferes with their soaring vocals. Traditional tunes include "My Wild Irish Rose," "How Are Things in Glocca Mora," and, of course, "Danny Boy" (the last sung by all three tenors, with refreshingly simple solo piano accompaniment). Thankfully, the threesome didn't forget that the immigrants had fun, too, as evidenced by some lighthearted fare; "The Courtin' Medley" features the Tenors at their most upbeat and comical. Ellis Island
is a moving aural portrait of the struggles and triumphs of the Irish émigrés and a must-have for fans of the threesome. Newcomers may enjoy the Tenors' debut disc
even more, as the earlier live album is a slightly more upbeat and spirited affair. --Jason Verlinde