Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most exciting young performers, star of PBS’s "Celtic Thunder" and multi award-winning Irish tenor Emmet Cahill will perform at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center March 16 at 7:30 p.m. as part of a nationwide tour of the United States.
Cahill’s show will include a mix of Irish classics (“Danny Boy,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” “Cavan Girl”) and Broadway and movie hits (“Bring Him Home,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Edelweiss”), as well as love songs and contemporary tunes.
Cahill has appeared on many radio and TV shows and performed at distinguished venues, most notably by special invitation for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where he performed to a soldout audience.
Cahill recently signed a solo recording contract with Sony Music USA and his album, “Emmet Cahill’s Ireland,” soared to No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s World Music charts in both the United States and in Australia. The album is composed of Irish classics and folk tunes from the countryside, with Cahill accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.
“When I’m performing a show, I like to perform songs that have humanity to them, that tell a story,” said Cahill during a "Good Day Sacramento" interview. “People want to feel connected to what I’m doing. They want to go away feeling that they’ve had an experience themselves. We love to get people singing along. It’s an Irish party when you come to see one of my shows!”
The Irish Music Association (IMA) named Cahill Tenor of the Year for his work on stage in the United States. In Ireland, Cahill has performed numerous concerts at the National Concert Hall and The Gaeity Theater in Dublin. He played a lead role in “The Bloody Irish!,” a 1916 Easter Rising musical drama that aired on PBS.
Cahill hails from Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. At age 5, he began learning piano, and his vocal training began at age 7. In high school, he received a five-year Schola Cantorum music scholarship. At 18, he began his formal training when he attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he received a B.A. in music performance.
In 2010, Cahill was awarded the John McCormack Bursary for most promising young tenor and named“Most Promising Young Singer at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In addition, he is a multiple prize winner at the National Feis Ceoil singing competition in Ireland. He was chosen to perform at a special concert for the president of Ireland in 2009.
Tickets for the live concert are $30 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 610-622-1189 or by visiting udpac.org. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill. Parking is free.