Three Roman Catholic priests that reside in Northern Ireland are making an impact on a world of faith and hope, and will make an appearance on the near north side of Indianapolis in March to carry their message to a willing audience.
Releasing their debut album in 2008, The Priests already have a history among the masses—singing to audiences including the British Royal Family and Irish President Michael D. Higgins. Their album sales have firmly secured them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest selling classical debut ever. Not a bad statistic by any means!
They have been nominated for Classical Brit Awards for Classical Album of the Year for three consecutive years and in 2010 even shared a stage with Pope Benedict XVI in London’s Hyde Park.
Recently this musical trio re-signed a recording contract with Sony Music and is currently working on a new album. In addition they are involved in the production of a documentary film Raising The Roof, tracing the history of their musical life together.
“C’ead M’ile F’ailte”—one hundred thousand welcomes—is a mantra to an audience for its US tour during the month of March, 2015. It will ultimately roll to a close in December, culminating in an Irish tour at Christmas. These priests are busy fellows!
This musical ensemble is composed of Fr Eugene O’Hagan and his younger brother Fr Martin O’Hagan, hailing from the village of Claudy, County Londonderry. The third member, Fr David Delargy, is from Ballymona, County Antrum. And throughout it all, these guys have their own journey of history….
All three have sung together since their days as students at St MacNissi College, County Antrim. While each aspired to enter the priesthood, they had another hobby on the side—singing! And they had the touch for it that served to motivate and inspire. They were recognized by their peers and associates for their vocal prowess, being nicknamed “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
Concluding training at the Irish College in Rome, and additional specialized vocal training, they returned to their home country of Ireland where each began work in specialized ministries; and each easing into the life of a full time Parish Priest. Their days became directed towards the spiritual needs of their parishioners—christenings, marriage, funerals, and the tribulations of faith and a relationship with God. Yet…through it all…the singing of their faith continued their commitment to a Lord in the Heavens.
The Priests—standing in a straight line across the forefront of the stage, with the whirl of accompanying instruments and a choir to their rear—emphasizes the dramatic impact of voices raised to the heavens. It’s a matter of faith, and a serious one at that!
The Priests appear at The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts, 335 City Center Drive, Carmel, Indiana on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The phone number for the Palladium is (317) 843-3800. Ticket prices range from $15 to $95, but be forewarned, many of the upper tier seats are already sold out.