The phenomenal Celtic Woman, about to embark on yet another world tour, is this year celebrating 12 years of success, with over 10 million albums and 3 million tickets sold worldwide.
One winter’s night in Dublin, Ireland in 2004, an idea was conceived to create a musical ensemble featuring a selection of exceptional classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians.
And so Celtic Woman was born.
“The show is a joyful fusion of all things Celtic - from bagpipes and bouzouki to Irish dances. But it’s also so much more than that. It’s a universal celebration of life. It’s traditional. It’s contemporary. It’s yesterday, today and tomorrow.” – Dave Kavanagh (Executive Producer).
The first ever Celtic Woman performance was recorded in 2004 for PBS television at The Helix, Dublin, Ireland, in front of a sold-out audience. It was broadcast on PBS in March 2005 in the United States. Within weeks, their eponymous debut album, Celtic Woman, reached No. 1 on Billboard's World Music chart & held the top position for 81 weeks, selling over 1 million copies.
The spirit of Celtic Woman captivated audiences and this led to another PBS Special, recorded at Slane Castle in Co. Meath in Ireland, which took their stage show to new levels.
The group has since featured in numerous PBS specials, and has released 12 albums to date:
‘Celtic Woman’, ‘A Christmas Celebration’, ‘A New Journey’, ‘The Greatest Journey’, ‘Songs from the Heart’, ‘Lullaby’, ‘Believe’, ‘Home for Christmas’, ‘Emerald Musical Gems’, 'Solo', 'Decade', and ‘Destiny’.
Celtic Woman has undertaken a number of world tours, largely across the U.S. and Europe, and has toured Australia, China, Japan, South Africa, and many other places. They have played for three different US Presidents (Clinton, Bush & Obama), as well as a special performance at the Pentagon in Washington.
Cumulatively, Celtic Woman has sold over 10 million albums & DVDs worldwide, and they have been at the top of the Billboard charts for world music several times.
Celtic Woman is a living legend — they draw you into a culture, and share a heritage that is every bit as enchanting as the women themselves.