- Carol Main
- 4 September 2008
They’ve toured all over the world, but for the first time in a couple of years Scotland’s three tenors, Caledon, are performing back in their home city of Glasgow. Classically trained Alan Beck, Jamie MacDougall and Ivan Sharpe bring a programme of songs from their latest album to the City Halls as part of a Scotland-wide tour that takes in ten venues during the month of September. Very much Scottish flavoured, their treatment of traditional tunes sits alongside a selection of pop classics. And although it seems extremely unlikely, they are even singing the Proclaimers’ ‘500 Miles’ in a special arrangement for their three voices.
‘We’re really looking forward to getting around Scotland again,’ says Jamie MacDougall as spokesman for the group. ‘It’s always great to be in front of our Scottish audience, who from the very start, have been so loyal to us and terrific at getting the word out about what we are doing.’ The three singers met at college and, along with music director Michael Barnett, have been good friends since then. With the volume of work that comes their way, they would need to be, given that Caledon is not confined to the concert hall.
They’ve sung at Trump Towers, the Waldorf Astoria, the Dressed to Kilt fashion show in LA and New York (winning best live act) and also football matches, claiming that no home side has ever lost when they have sung their anthem for them. The impressive list includes Scotland at Hampden several times over, the Detroit Tigers at Cornerica Park and the Houston Dynamos at Robertson Stadium. They also sing in cabaret and are regulars at Berlin’s top venue, Tipi Das Zeit, where an initial booking of 50 shows has developed into regular residencies in the German capital. Catch them closer to home while you can.
City Halls, Glasgow, Sat 6 Sep; Brunton Hall, Musselburgh, Thu 18 Sep