Currently touring Canada and the USA, Omagh’s own Celtic Tenor, Daryl Simpson says it will be a “real treat” to return home and perform this Christmas.
Daryl was speaking while making his way across Canada to another packed out gig, which has become the norm over the past few years as The Celtic Tenors’ growing reputation spreads around the world.
The globetrotting singer is especially looking forward to his hometown performance in the Strule Arts Centre as it allows his young family a chance to see their daddy on a local stage.
Daryl is also pleased to announce that Omagh Community Youth Choir – of which he is musical director – will be joining the Tenors as very special guests on the night.
“We are just coming off the back of major tours in Germany, Canada and the US so coming home for Christmas will be a treat for me,” said Daryl.
“Our Christmas show will be a smattering of traditional Christmas songs and of course our usual mix Celtic, classical, contemporary songs etc.
“Performing at home is always a nice way to say thank you to the people who have personally supported me over the years. I don’t get nervous as such but I enjoy the informal nature of knowing most of the people in the audience and you can personalise the chat to suit. My daughter Evie (4) doesn’t often get a chance to see me perform so all being well she will be able to come and see what it is I do for a living.
“Harry (who is 14 months) might make it to the soundcheck – I think that will be plenty for him this time round!”
Reflecting on a very busy 2017 Daryl added, “This past year saw us take on a few new projects, which included our very first eight night luxury coach tour to Ireland. In June we had two coachloads of US/Canadian fans come with us on a guided trip, and it was nice to be able to give a sense of our home towns.
“On the Omagh leg we stayed at the Silverbirch Hotel and spent some time at the Folk Park. There was also a day trip to Belfast to visit the Titanic Museum.”
Looking towards the new year, Daryl hinted that The Celtic Tenors may be going into the recording studio at some stage, but first of all he is excited to be touring Australia in April 2018.
• Book tickets now for The Celtic Tenors Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 20 from the Strule Arts Centre box office or online via www.strulartscentre.co.uk.