This program by Irish tenor John McDermott (a well-sung and expertly produced show) was taped in Canada not long after September 11, 2001. Though the atrocity of that day is never mentioned explicitly, the feeling of loss ... more »and nostalgia, and the haunting shadow of what has been and what might have been are beautifully reflected, beginning with the opening number, "Try to Remember." A militant flavor appears in "Scotland the Brave" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." War and nostalgia are blended in "Christmas in the Trenches," a story song about the first Christmas of World War I when English and German soldiers suspended hostilities to sing carols together. There is nostalgia without war in "Danny Boy" and "The Old Man." McDermott's facial expressions, dancers, a children's chorus, Scottish scenes, and actors miming "Christmas in the Trenches" all make a strong case for video recording. Added documentary features are excellent. --Joe McLellan« less
"John McDermott is someone you'd be proud to know, and this DVD shows why. The music, the interviews, the clips all reveal a real person who loves his family, his friends, his countries (!) and unabashedly revels in the music that celebrates the finer things of life. In the concert portion, John presents a number of his standards (The Old Man, Christmas in the Trenches, Danny Boy) with honest emotion. His selections (Here You Are, When I Grow Too Old to Dream, Ottawa stepdancing medley) featuring other performers such as Alison Girvan, Chandra Gibson and Pulse, and John's goddaughter Hannah Kenney are all first-rate presentations of talent. It is very refreshing to see children performing as children (not as vapid copies of socalled "stars") in delightfully straightforward style in Crazy Mary.
The special feature I most enjoyed, however, was the clip of John singing "Legacy" at the award dinner for the Congressional Medal of Honor winners. If it was in my power, I'd send that clip to every tv station in America with strict instructions to play it right alongside the national anthem. The message that "we won't forget those who served" cannot be overemphasized. If you can buy only DVD this year, this is the one you should get."
Waiting for Next Year's John McDermott Concert on PBS
Judith S. Hopkins | Adelphi, Maryland United States | 07/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed this video, I have seen it five times.already. There are so many songs that I love to hear John sing -- Battle Hymn of the Republic, Crazy Mary, I'll Be Seeing You, Danny Boy and, of course, The Old Man" -- everyone's favorite.I well intend to attend the Richmond concert in Nov. 2003, be the Good Lord Willing.I am and will always be a true John McDermott fan.My husband is a jazz fan, but I'll drag him all the way from Washington,, D.C. to Richmond to hear this super Irish Tenor just one more time."
irishmissjean | Shelbyville, Indiana United States | 06/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I watched John McDermott special on pbs..A great family program! beautiful music and the dancing was soo good.And of course Johns beautiful voice.Everyone who loves music should own this."
Patricia Conway | MISSOURI | 08/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You'll love this dvd as there is something for everyone. There are songs to reminds of of the ole times, songs that bring joy and sadness to your heart.The young and old, with John, will give you an evening you'll never forget. I have the cassette,cd,video and dvd of this, so I highly recommend it."
Let's really correct the record
ceili fan | USA | 01/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Lads and lassies, what we need to correct are the erroneous details from the well-intentioned reviewer below. In general, he's right: McDermott was born a Scot in Glasgow. In fact his mother's family -- which came originally not from Dublin but from Ballymeena, near Belfast, in Northern Ireland -- had been in Scotland for several generations before John was born. But his father emigrated to Scotland from Bunnygee in Donegal, in Ulster but a part of the Republic. So by heritage on both sides McDermott is definitely Irish.
Besides, Irish and Scots are the same tribe anyway, speaking basically the same language and sharing centuries of history. The Romans' name for the Irish was "Scoti," after all, and that Irish treasure, the Book of Kells, was probably begun on the Scottish isle of Iona. So why quibble?