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2002-05-23 Singing my way up the Volga

A few years back, in between two Scottish Opera contracts, I had a couple of weeks off in which I was offered to sing on a cruise up the Volga. The deal was to perform a recital, two performances of "Eugene Onegin", and join the cruise for the remainder.

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2002-05-15 How Divas can "lower the tone"

QUESTION : What's the difference between a soprano and the PLO? ANSWER: You can negotiate with the PLO!

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2002-05-09 The story of the three Celtic Tenors

Back in the last Millenium, in the days when I looked even more like a tenor, in 1995 to be more precise, Niall Morris, Paul Hennessy and myself made our Three Irish Tenors debut on RTE's Theatre Nights which was broadcast live from Goffs in Co Kildare.

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2002-05-02 Inishmurray is an Island like St Kilda

Take one medium-sized puffin, leave it in a vat of porridge overnight to marinate and in the morning enjoy this hearty breakfast. Who needs "Shreddies"?

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2002-04-25 Pencil Goes Down Hole

APART from the train service which seems much the same as in the 1970s, Sligo's face just keeps changing. On every trip home, I see some new addition to my town, whether it be a cineplex, a new fast-food joint, a riverside promenade, a pedestrian bridge, or my primary school being turned into the Model Arts Centre.

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2002-04-19 Tenor

The word "tenor" more often than not conjures an image of an overweight, over-sensitive and paranoid egotist (there are exceptions of course, aren't there? Who are you calling fat?). But the word actually comes from the Latin "tenere", meaning "to hold".

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2002-04-12 The voice of Sligo: Following in the steps of the Beatles

When you say the words "Abbey Road" to people they immediately think of the Beatles, EMI, zebra crossings and possibly a wall covered in graffiti. You can imagine the amount of sleep I had the night before we were due to commence recording our second album in this Mecca of recording studios?

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2002-03-28 James who? Let me tell you about myself

James Who? Apart from the handful of loyal Celtic Tenor fans, and friends of old, I am sure there are many of you out there who are wondering who this person is who is appearing in their local paper. So let me introduce myself.

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2002-03-21 From Tiny Tots to Celtic Tenor

My father has a really beautiful vocal quality. He also has a real love for the beauty of words and poetry, but unfortunately that's where it ends for him. For some reason, possibly just the lack of training, he can't actually "hear music"!

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