From the Gentlemen of the Press
Below are some direct quotes from a variety of publications about the Joyce concert given by Messrs. McDermott and Richey as well as other concerts of historical music in which the tenor has sung.
LINKS WITH BYGONE DAYS OF YORE
Recalling the Music in James Joyce
Joyce's music is always in character in Ulysses, and no one understands that better than Kevin McDermott ... In the program he's every Dubliner Joyce ever invented, as well as the master himself.
As usual, Kevin McDermott wowed them. Although his songs extend a range of literary meanings, you don't need to know the writings of Joyce in order to enjoy what McDermott does — an evocation of dark oak paneling and stained-glass shades and port-colored velvet plush.
Steeped in the texts and lore of the author, McDermott is in many ways as much a scholar as those he sings for.
— Robert Taylor
THE WEARER OF THE CROWN
Kevin McDermott is a tenor we shall be keeping an eye on ... the singing was so thoroughly immersed in the style, so beautifully and honestly inflected, that it hardly seemed like a re-creation at all. The pianissimos were both gorgeous and honestly come by.
— Richard Buell
SPOT THE WINNER
What a tenor! His name is Kevin McDermott; he has a distinctly Irish tenor sound; and in sheer vocal quality I would rank him just a smidgen above John McCormack. What? Am I out of my mind? Not at all. I know a great voice when I hear one. I think if he sang Don Ottavio at the Met ... the critics would be falling all over themselves. He has a much more beautiful voice than any of the aging Three Tenors, for example.
— The Audio Critic
SHORT BUT TO THE POINT
Kevin McDermott's lilting voice is perfect for this material, gliding through these songs like a singer caught in an 1860s time-warp.
— Peter Bates
The tenor, who has the right Victorian avuncular demeanor, set aside his score and delivered the opulent melody with appropriate languor and fervor, with high notes alternately ringing and softly sweet.
— Richard Dyer
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