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The Voice Squad

Celebrating their new album ' Concerning of Three Young Men'

The Voice Squad are a traditional Irish singing group from Ireland whose members are Gerry Cullen, Phil Callery and Fran McPhail. Their names are synonymous with the a cappella close harmony style of singing, often associated with the British folk tradition, except that the vast majority of their repertoire is drawn from the unaccompanied solo singing tradition of Ireland.

The Voice Squad first performed together in 1985 and, while the trio are all renowned traditional singers in their own right, it is when they perform together they create a unique and delightful sound. This unique sound has carried them from the small smoky folk clubs around Ireland to recording and live performances with artists such as, The Chieftains, Rita Connolly, Christy Hennessy, Elvis Costello, Jimmy McCarthy, Sinead O'Connor, Liam O'Flynn, John Renbourn, Dolores Keane and culminating with their appearance, in front of 80,000 people, at Dublin’s Croke Park for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympic games in 2003 performing Shaun Davey’s number one chart success ‘May We Never Have To Say Goodbye’.

In 2013 they returned to the studio to record their new album ‘Concerning of Three Young Men’.The new album once again emphasizes the group’s Traditional Irish roots with beautiful versions of classic Irish songs, As I Roved Out, The Rambling Irishman, The Night Visiting Song (I Must Away), and The Bonny Light Horseman. With twelve tracks in all, this album captures the sound that is The Voice Squad.

“In singing, they display an extraordinary talent and technique, and it should be emphasised that each one of them is a wonderful singer. But they also have a deep musical intelligence and a rare tact; they know how much emotion to hold in and how much to release”. Colm Tobin