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Have you ever listened to music and your heart just overflows with joy?  I felt that way twice this week.  I’ve talked about Clifton Murray in previous blogs.   He’s the son of Craig & Deborah Murray friends of ours in Port McNeill.  Clifton was on Canadian Idol a few years ago.  Much more exciting than that was the news a few months ago when Clifton was named the newest Canadian Tenor.  If you’re not familair with them visit the website http://www.coastalfling.com/ where you can listen to bits of the first CD. 

When we heard the Tenors would be performing in Courtenay on March 15th and then in Port McNeill on March 16th we bought tickets for both concerts.  The show at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay was wonderful.  It was great fun being surrounded by North Islanders in the balcony.  With the perfect mix of classical and contemporary pieces the concert made me laugh, cry and gave me goosebumps. 

But the second performance in Port McNeill was magical.  I’m guessing it was a combination of Clifton being in his hometown and being in a smaller and more intimate venue.  Craig was thrilled to introduce daughter Georgia who opened for the Tenors.  Georgia is a very gifted singer songwriter.  You can find a few of her songs on You-Tube or on her website http://www.myspace.com/georgiamurray.  At the Courtenay concert I told Georgia that Chris and I love her song “Comfortable” and she thrilled us both when she dedicated it to us !!  Looking so glamorous in 40’s looking skirt & heels Georgia also belted out a bluesy rendition of Folsom Prison Blues.  

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The crowd went wild when the Tenors hit the stage !   From left to right: Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray, Remigio Pereira & Fraser Walters.  Obviously very comfortable with each other the Tenors are not only musically talented but comedians as well.  The funniest moment though was when panties started flying through the air onto the stage at Clifton.  He held up a huge pair of granny undies that said “Clifton’s Girl” and the audience just roared.  Fraser said that Port McNeill has been by far their rowdiest crowd yet.  I think we should take that as a compliment 🙂  Another thrill for Chris and I was when Victor thanked At Water’s Edge for the great rooms. 

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Sadly the CD’s didn’t arrive in time for the concert  — Boo Fedex !!  Having my picture taken with my new favourite group definitely made up for that !!  We were disappointed that the Toronto hockey game went into overtime last night so we missed the Tenors singing the national anthems at the Canucks game.  I have all my crossables crossed that they’ll come back to the North Island again soon and really looking forward to their new Christmas CD.  Blessings from the beach…

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