Emmet Cahill Brings His Solo Act to Omaha


July 13th, 2016

Omaha, NE — It’s a night of songs and stories with a notable Irish tenor. KVNO’s Bill Grennan has more.

Irish Tenor Emmet Cahill

Irish Tenor Emmet Cahill

Award-winning Irish tenor Emmet Cahill from the vocal group Celtic Thunder will perform a solo show of well-loved Irish favorites, Broadway hits and folk classics on July 13th at 7:00 p.m. inside the Omaha Conservatory of Music at 7023 Cass St. This will be Cahill’s second US solo tour and first time performing in Omaha (he performed in Lincoln last year). He grew up training in conservatory in Ireland, learning the greats of both classical and Irish music.

“That’s the music I’ve always loved singing and listening to,” Cahill said. “Singers like the great John McCormack, who’s a great Irish tenor who had a huge career in the states. My dad used to play me old vinyl recordings of his songs when I was a kid. I’m looking to continue that legacy and bring those classic songs to the states. There’s such affection for them among the American public. Also, we’ll infuse a little bit of folk in there as well. A cross between classical and folk music is what I like to do. That’s what’s close to my heart. A lot of those songs, I feel, are very timeless. People enjoy them at various stages of their life, young and old. At my shows, there’s a varying demographic of people that come along.”

Cahill said he loves connecting with audiences of all ages with songs both old and new. When it comes to traditional Irish folk music, he sees great depth in the stories that audience members connect with in certain songs. Take ‘Danny Boy’ for example. It’s a song sung at events like weddings, funerals, and everything in between. Cahill says It’s those occasions that people remember and connect with when he performs.

“Young people will come up to me and say, ‘My grandparents sang that song to me when I was a kid.’ Older people will say, ‘This reminds me of a time in my youth.’ It’s nice to hear those stories. I like to sing songs that deal with human experiences. I think that’s what captures people when they come see the show.”

Cahill said he can’t wait to share his songs and stories with the people of Omaha.

“I like to take people through different ages, depending on the music I’m singing. People want a nice, intimate evening and feel a connection to something or maybe relive a happy memory, I think that’s what I try to recapture in the show. There’s a few laughs as well. I definitely have lots of stories growing up in Ireland and I have no problem being the butt of the joke either! People discover that pretty quickly when they come along.”

Emmet Cahill will perform on July 13th at 7:00 p.m. inside the Omaha Conservatory of Music on 7023 Cass St. For more information on the show, visit www.emmetcahill.com.

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