Standing Ovations for Irish Tenor
ANTHONY KEARNS (standing) is shown above with his long-time accompanist Patrick Healy
VANCOUVER - The South Delta Baptist Church resounded to the thunderous applause of a sellout crowd for the Delta Police Pipe Band's presentation of Anthony Kearns in Concert, on November 3.
A founding member of the famed group The Irish Tenors, Kearns and his long-time accompanist Patrick Healy, held the crowd spellbound in a concert that marked a new level of entertainment in Delta.
At the end of the performance, Kearns and Healy received a standing ovation and returned to the stage for two encores which garnered the same approbation.
Appearing in a fundraiser for the band, Kearns delighted the audience with a wide range of songs from traditional Irish airs to comedy duets with his accompanist, tossing in some powerfully rendered classics such as Granada.
His soulful rendering of Danny Boy brought a palpable sense of nostalgia to the crowd. Interspersed with Anthony's songs were tales from the road by Patrick Healy, which had the audience roaring with laughter.
The Delta Police Pipe Band fielded a "mini-band" to open the concert, giving the crowd a taste of what the full 53 member band is capable of.
Dancers from Eire Born Irish Dancers in rich velvet costumes, accompanied by young Celtic fiddler Caitlan Read, opened the second half of the concert.
Eire Born have appeared with the Delta Police Pipe Band in previous concerts and provided a brilliant splash of colour, and a taste of what they can do in a full concert.
After the show, Anthony and Patrick signed copies of Irish Tenors CDs in the foyer and chatted with audience members to bring the evening to a close.
Comments from audience members revealed that they were delighted with the concert and would welcome a return of this talented pair. The Irish are known for their charm, and Delta certainly got a double dose on Monday night!
The Delta Police Pipe Band members appreciate the incredible support they receive from the community in ventures such as this. It enables them to represent the community, the province and Canada in the national and international events they attend.