Emmet Cahill, Irish tenor and star of Celtic Thunder, to return to Jacksonville Beach

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Emmet Cahill, often referred to as “Ireland’s most exciting young tenor” and principal vocalist with the PBS Irish music group Celtic Thunder, is slated to perform a pre-St. Patrick’s Day concert at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville Beach at 7 p.m., Friday, March 6.

The concert will feature traditional classics from the Emerald Isle, including "Danny Boy" and "An Irish Lullaby," as well as church hymns “Be Thou My Vision” and “Amazing Grace” and Broadway and movie favorites. Cahill will also take audience requests during a song request medley segment of the concert.

"I like to perform songs that have humanity to them, that tell a story,” Cahill said. “People want to feel connected to what I'm doing. They want to go away feeling that they've had an experience themselves. Through my songs and my stories, I want to make the audience laugh and cry.”

The 29-year-old from Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland has been a principal vocalist with Celtic Thunder since 2011, performing in over 700 shows across the United States, Canada, Australia and Ireland.

Awards and accolades include being named “Tenor of the Year” by the Irish Music Association in 2013, “Most Promising Young Tenor” by the John McCormack Society in 2010 and “Most Promising Young Singer” as an opera student at the prestigious Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

Tickets are $30 - $45 and may be purchased online at www.emmetcahill.com/tour-dates/ or at the door at St. Paul’s Catholic Church at 435 1st Avenue North, Jacksonville Beach.

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