Celtic Tenor, Matthew Gilsenan, was born into a hard-working farming family in North Meath. Steeped in the local musical traditions and raised by parents who shared a great love for music, from the great composers to obscure Irish folk, Matthew along with all his siblings was born to sing.
His classical training started in the Sisters of Mercy convent in Kells, Co.Meath, aged 10, and progressed to some of the great Irish and Scottish teachers. Although he ventured into opera and classical singing, Matthew never lost his love for the music of his youth, in particular the vibrant contemporary Irish music which is his great source of inspiration.
The Celtic Tenors occasionally are able to perform at Smokey’s Tavern because Matthew’s Aunt, Rosita Gilsenan, lives in the Vernon area!
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Greenest Tavern in North America
The Someplace Special Square is home to combination eateries: The Panini Bakery and Café and Smokey’s Tavern. Both establishments have been owned by Bruce Zaretsky since 2010 and both have been totally run on solar power since 2012.
Zaretsky, a former builder, has always been interested in solar energy. In 1982, he built a house powered by solar energy but it was never completely finished.In 2012, Zaretsky contracted Boz Electric/Electrical Power Solutions, a Vernon company, to switch his booming business over to solar power. As of October 2012 about 80 percent of Smokey’s Tavern and Panini Bakery and Café’s electric, lighting, refrigeration and air conditioning rely on power transmitted from the sun and solar panels located behind the restaurants. Read More>>