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!