© Scott Anderson
Ronan Tynan kicked off the 45th anniversary season of the Swift Current Allied Arts Council's Stars for Saskatchewan at the Sky Centre on Sept. 26.
Concert lovers enjoyed an eclectic evening of music on Sept. 26 when Ronan Tynan kicked off the 2013–2014 season of the Stars for Saskatchewan concert series.
Tynan laid out a music roadmap which took his audience and a musical journey which made stops in Ireland and Broadway, but in both a pleasant and unexpected way. Backed by pianist of 14 years Bill Lewis, who provided harmonizing vocals also took the lead for a quartet of songs, they shared an evening of 21 songs.
As a member of The Irish Tenors, it was anticipated Tynan would reach into that repertoire of tunes during the evening, and he did with a selection of their most recognizable tunes including Danny Boy, Maggie, Will Ye Go Lassie Go, Red Is the Rose, and She Moved Through The Fair. But he was also adept at switching gears, sharing another Irish song just before his encore, the U2 hit All I Want Is You.
His mix of music during the concert was wide ranging, including Moon River by Andy Williams, Bette Midler's From A Distance, and Leonard Cohen's renown Hallelujah.
He was equally entertaining with his mix of show tunes and Broadway numbers like Lily's Eyes from the Secret Garden, a crowd pleasing performance of Over The Rainbow, and Send In The Clowns.
Tynan had flawless voice control, mixing his booming baritone with soft and clear crooning.
The evening was broken up by a quartet of equally eclectic solo pieces by Lewis, including Irving Berlin's Aesop, that Able Fable Man, and the show tune My Funny Valentine.