Somewhere in heaven, “Old Blue Eyes” is probably smiling down at us.
The “Tritones,” an Irish a cappella group from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, are no strangers to viral fame. The group got its start in 2012, and are credited with bringing collegiate a cappella to the Emerald Isle after these sorts of acts became hugely popular in the United States. Just a year later, their cover of Wheatus’ pop ditty, “Teenage Dirtbag” went viral, leading to a whole new level of fame and recognition for the young singers.
The group, which is comprised of about 14 to 18 male singers with various vocal ranges, has now appeared on several Irish television shows, including “Ireland’s Got Talent.”
Now, as they prepare for their first-ever North American tour, the talented lads have released a casual video of themselves crooning a classic Frank Sinatra tune on the Trinity College campus. In it, they stand in a semi-circle and totally nail their version of “New York, New York.”
The cool thing about a cappella is that there is no musical accompaniment; instead, the group uses their voices to create all of the background instrumental sounds. So, as some members riff and scat in the background, one lead vocalist steps to the foreground and croons the classic Sinatra tune.
They’re all so talented and adorable, but maybe it’s this singer’s Clark Kent-like overall look, but he had us swooning the second he stepped out with:
Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York
These vagabond shoes, are are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it
New York, New York
I wanna wake up in a city that doesn’t sleep
And find I’m king of the hill, top of the heap
These little town blues, are melting away
I’ll make a brand new start of it in old New York
If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere
It’s up to you, New York, New York
The lead vocalist’s smooth, deep baritone perfectly suits the song, yet doesn’t completely mimic Sinatra’s own unique vocal style. All of the young men seem to be having a great time as they sing, even breaking into a kickline for the iconic chorus.
By the time they reach the song’s crescendo, you’ll be smiling and singing right along with them!
Take a look at their toe-tapping good time below, and don’t forget to share with someone who loves Sinatra and a cappella.