Celtic Woman Story

CELTIC WOMAN BIOGRAPHY

 

In the dozen years since its 2005 debut, global musical sensation Celtic Woman has emerged as both a formidable multimedia presence and a genuine cultural phenomenon.  The group's albums and DVD releases have been consistent multi-platinum best-sellers, and its concert tours continue to touch the hearts of a devoted audience that spans the globe.

 

Both an accomplished recording ensemble and a world-class performing collective, Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage, while continuing its remarkable 12-year-legacy of introducing some of Ireland's most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage. 

 

Celtic Woman's fresh fusion of traditional Irish music and contemporary songcraft celebrates Ireland's history while reflecting the vibrant spirit of modern Ireland.  The group's repertoire encompasses Irish classics, contemporary songs, classical favorites and stirring originals.  The lineup of performers has evolved in the years since the group's inception, but the signature sound of Celtic Woman has remained consistent, showcasing the members' individual and collaborative talents.

 

Celtic Woman's latest release, Homecoming – Live in Ireland is a live CD and DVD,  recorded in Dublin, Ireland and is set for broadcast on PBS stations nationwide in December 2017.

Available in digital and CD formats as well as a special Target exclusive CD featuring two bonus tracks, Homecoming – Live in Ireland features songs that span Celtic Woman's career.

 

Their previous album, Voices of Angels (Manhattan/Caroline) debuted at #1 on Billboard's World Albums chart in November 2016, making it the group's 12th consecutive #1.  The album, which also debuted in the top slot of Billboard's Classical Albums chart, contains some of the most popular songs from Celtic Woman's live shows, along with several previously unrecorded tracks, all with stunning new orchestral arrangements recorded with the 72-piece Orchestra of Ireland. Celtic Woman's other 2016 release, Destiny, was nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best World Music Album, marking the group's first-ever Grammy nomination.

 

Celtic Woman is comprised of four young Irish women—dynamic vocalists Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin and Éabha McMahon and the group's newest member, gifted violinist Tara McNeill—whose performing skills bring centuries of musical and cultural tradition to life.  In concert, their angelic voices and instrumental virtuosity are accompanied by a robust ensemble that includes Irish dancers, bagpipers and a full band playing an array of traditional Celtic instruments, including bodhran, tin whistle, bouzouki and Uileann pipes.

 

Celtic Woman has sold more than eight million CDs and DVDs, making it the only all-female act to achieve multi-platinum success in the classical crossover and world music genres during the past decade.  Named Billboard's #1 World Music Artist of the Year six times, each of its 11 CDs has debuted at #1 on Billboard's World Album chart.  Celtic Woman has also scored two Top 10 debuts on Billboard's influential album chart and five Top Five DVDs on Billboard's Top Video chart, as well as achieving platinum-level sales in nine countries.

 

Celtic Woman continues to perform its sonically and visually stunning concerts in front of capacity crowds around the world, having racked up cumulative ticket sales of over four million and performing for adoring crowds in 23 countries on six continents. 

 

Named Celtic Woman to represent the essence of a Celtic female performer, the group made its American television debut in early 2005 with its self-titled first PBS concert special, which captured a sold-out performance at the Helix in Dublin.  Immediately thereafter, Celtic Woman's eponymous debut CD reached #1 on Billboard's World Music Chart and occupied the top slot for an unprecedented 81 weeks.  It remained there until the release of Celtic Woman's second album, 2006's A Christmas Celebration, which cemented Celtic Woman's spot at the top for a total of 112 consecutive weeks.

 

Although initially intended as a one-time-only event, Celtic Woman's music was so warmly received by the public that the group immediately followed with its first concert tour in the United States.  Since then, the group has maintained a strong presence on U.S. public television, where its Emmy-nominated concert specials regularly dominate the audience-supported network's viewer pledge drives. 

 

Celtic Woman has performed for three U.S. Presidents and appeared twice at the White House, including the 2009 National Christmas Tree Lighting.  The group was seen by 23 million viewers when it performed on ABC-TV's Dancing with the Stars, and gained considerable attention for its appearances in multiple episodes of the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful, as well appearing on numerous other television shows in the U.S. and internationally.

 

After closing 2016 with their sixth annual Home for Christmas Symphony Tour, Celtic Woman returned to North America for a 90 date tour of their Voices of Angels live show in the summer of 2017.

 

The tour culminated with a wonderful show at home in Ireland in September 2017, which was recorded for PBS, as well as a CD and DVD release, entitled Homecoming, due for release in January 2018.

 

2018 will see Celtic Woman return to North America to perform in over 90 cities from March through the end of June, as part of the Homecoming Tour.

 

Celtic Woman continues to transcend national and cultural boundaries to celebrate the timeless emotion of Ireland's centuries-old heritage. A one-of-a-kind live act, Celtic Woman combines the country's finest musical talents with epic stage production to present a uniquely inspiring live experience.  Homecoming perfectly captures this chapter of their extraordinary musical journey.

 

(See 'About' section for info on individual member of Celtic Woman.)

 

CELTIC WOMAN DISCOGRAPHY:

CDs:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Celtic Woman, 2005

A Christmas Celebration, 2006

A New Journey, 2007 

The Greatest Journey, 2008

Songs from the Heart, 2010

Lullaby, 2011

Believe, 2011

Home for Christmas, 2012

Emerald: Musical Gems, 2014

Destiny, 2016

Voices of Angels, 2016

The Best Of Christmas, 2017

Homecoming, 2018

 

DVDs:

Celtic Woman, 2005

A Christmas Celebration, 2006

A New Journey: Live at Slane Castle, 2007

The Greatest Journey, 2008

Songs from the Heart: Powerscourt House and Gardens, 2010

Believe, 2011

Home for Christmas: Live from Dublin, 2013

Emerald: Musical Gems Live In Concert, 2014

Destiny: Live in Concert, 2016

Homecoming, 2018

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