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The following information is for JOHN MCDERMOTT A TIME TO REMEMBER
available for MARCH PLEDGE from AMERICAN PUBLIC TELEVISION (APT).
Below is the press release for the program. Enclosed you will find a short Bio and song
list . There is an interview transcript available under a separate heading.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2001
IRISH TENOR JOHN MCDERMOTT TAPES FIRST SOLO
JOHN McDERMOTT – A TIME TO REMEMBER TO BE BROADCAST IN
MARCH 2002 ON PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS
COMPANION CD AVAILABLE ON ANGEL RECORDS FEBRUARY 26, 2002
DVD & VHS AVAILABLE JUNE 2002
NEW YORK – International recording artist John McDermott stars in the upcoming national
television broadcast special JOHN McDERMOTT – A TIME TO REMEMBER. Recently
taped at the Living Arts Center outside Toronto, it is an emotional musical celebration of life,
love and patriotism that sensitively captures the spirit of the times and reflects the breadth of
John McDermott's repertoire. The program will premiere across the U.S. on Public Television
stations in March 2002.
"Experience has taught me that one of the best ways of rediscovering the past and understanding
the present is through stories and songs," says McDermott. It is in that spirit that he launches
JOHN MCDERMOTT - A TIME TO REMEMBER, which will be a centerpiece of public
television’s all-important March national fundraising drive.
Gathering together a large and diverse circle of friends, McDermott has created a touching and
emotionally charged ninety-minute musical special that presents its audience with songs that
transport us to other times and places, and summon up our feelings of love, our roots, and our
deeply ingrained sense of Patriotism. "It is a journey," according to McDermott, "that will
hopefully remind us all of the common threads that bind us together."
A chance discovery in his mid-30’s led this one-time newspaper sales rep to a musical career that
has thus far included The Gold certified, The Irish Tenors, ten releases, three Canadian platinum
records, five Juno nominations (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy), and a rigorous touring
schedule, which takes him across North America and beyond. A TIME TO REMEMBER is the
latest chapter in a meteoric rise to international stardom.
Bringing us back to our roots, John has selected songs that that reflect his own journey as a self-
proclaimed "Scots-Irish-Canadian-American." His family, fifteen strong, was according to John,
"the largest to ever emigrate from Scotland to Canada." The compelling “Skyeboat Song” and
“Song for the Mira” speak to the immigrant past that is part of our common heritage, and remind
us of the simple things in life that often bring us the greatest joy. In a rousing salute to his
homeland, John gathers together a company of Highland Dancers, a traditional bagpipe band, and
dance phenoms Chanda Gibson and Pulse in an electrifying rendition of “Scotland The Brave”.
Another highlight is McDermott’s salute to the thousands of veterans (as well as the families left
behind), who have volunteered their lives to guarantee our freedoms. "War has served as the
inspiration for many great songs which have brought comfort to and resonated in the hearts of
many," says McDermott. Selecting a few of the more memorable tunes that span the wartime
experiences of the past century, John sings “As Time Goes By”, “Danny Boy”, “Christmas in the
Trenches”, and “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, which brings a deeply moved audience to it's feet
for a standing ovation. John McDermott has long been known as champion of veteran's causes
and was honored this year with the prestigious Bob Hope Award from the Congressional Medal
of Honor Society. The award is presented to those individuals who have distinguished themselves
though work that positively portrays the United States Military.
In perhaps the most moving moment in the show, he pays tribute to his father who died in 1995.
With an audience clearly riveted to the stage, John sings “The Old Man” while clutching the hat
and the cane that has accompanied him through every performance - John himself is moved to
JOHN MCDERMOTT-A TIME TO REMEMBER is a production of McDermott Productions
in association with WGBH-TV, Boston and is distributed by American Public Television (APT).
Co-Producers are Emmy winners Bill Cosel and Laurie Donnelly; Cosel (The Three Tenors, The
Irish Tenors, Evening at Pops) also serves as Director, combining his creative vision with the
score of Musical Director/conductor, Frank McNamara. Program Funders include EMI Music
Canada, The North Shore Music Theater and William A. Berry & Son, Inc. Additional support
provided by The War Amps. The companion CD & cassette will be available on Angel Records
on February 26. 2002. The VHS and DVD (which will include many special features) will be
available in June 2002.
Doreen D’Agostino, Director of Publicity, Angel Records/EMI Classics/Virgin Classics
email@example.com/ Tel. 212.253.3038
Chris Roslan or Carla Parisi, Dera & Associates Public Relations
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