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I think your 16 to 20 shows is probably accurate.  They aren't going to start until after Thanksgiving, and want to finish a day or so before Crhristmas to get everyone home.  Plus the travel may take an extra day or two since typically they go cross country, and they will finish up in Atlanta, which is what happened in 2023.

Chances are I will now have to go to Atlanta, since I'm guessing they won't hit Florida.  Oh well, maybe Chloe will be in Atlanta at the same time?

A Christmas Symphony Tour 2024 / Re: Christmas Symphony Tour 2024
« on: May 16, 2024, 07:13:16 AM »
Wow.  Christmas in May!

General Discussion / Re: My Thoughts on the 20th Anniversary Show
« on: May 05, 2024, 01:40:28 PM »
Bummer :( that's so disappointing to hear but awesome gift your boss had to forever remember

Well, he did "pay me back"  he comes in my office and asks what my wife and I are doing Saturday night.  I said nothing special as far as I know.  He then hands me 2 tickets for the Barbara Streisand concert!  Ended up being on the floor (it was an arena show) in Row 12.  You could see her without looking at the TV screens!

Someone gave the tickets to him.  List price was over $1k each.  His wife wouldn't go.  This was back in 2016.  His wife was a huge Trump supporter.  Since Streisand was very much anti-Trump she wouldn't go see her.


General Discussion / Re: My Thoughts on the 20th Anniversary Show
« on: May 02, 2024, 04:23:17 PM »
I've been to 2 shows this year.  One show had front row; the other was row 4.  I generally agree with the comments made above.  I almost don't want to be so close to see if it's a different experience; partially from the music standpoint.  A number of years ago, I gave someone (my boss at the time) my 2nd row tickets.  He was blown away by sitting that close.  Said it's a totally different show, and I tend to agree with him. 

The M&G's are generally not worth my money any more.  They are way too rushed.  You could argue some of it was COVID.    You just don't get the connection you got years ago.  Last year I went to Lisa Kelly's Masterclass in December.  She knew me when I walked in.

Good for you.  The only autograph I have gotten in several years was in March of this year.  I had a group photo from the Atlanta Christmas show.  Took it to Fort Myers, FL and all 4 girls signed it.  First names only.

Celtic Woman / Mount Rushmore
« on: April 29, 2024, 06:11:41 PM »
In the New Members section, someone made a comment asking who was on your Mount Rushmore of CW.  I thought that was a great question, and deserved it's own thread.

So, for me it's:
    Lisa K
    Lisa L
    Mairead N

Celtic Woman 20th Anniversary Tour / Re: Ticket Promo Code
« on: April 13, 2024, 07:09:36 PM »
My accountant is "complaining" that the show is on a Friday night so it's difficult to claim it's business. But, since he works for me, I told him to figure something out.  I'll pay the Friday night hotel. 

Having said all that, I've figured out over the years that going to an out of town show typically cost me around $1000.  Ticket at maybe $200.  Hotel. Another $200   Airfare $300.  Car Rental $200.  Food, booze, etc.

Celtic Woman 20th Anniversary Tour / Re: Ticket Promo Code
« on: April 11, 2024, 09:48:32 AM »
The venue in Cincinnati charged a $22.50 service fee PLUS a $5.00 convenience (credit card) fee.  That's on top of the cost of the ticket which was $155.  OK, it was in the 3rd row.  Venue is downtown, so there's a parking charge.  Found hotel about 2 blocks away so I can walk.  But, the hotel charges $42 a night for parking.

So, with rental car, flights, hotel I'm over $1,000.  Yeah, I'm nuts. 

Celtic Woman 20th Anniversary Tour / Ticket Promo Code
« on: April 08, 2024, 12:43:05 PM »
So I'm going to go to the show in Cincinnati.  (Business trip scheduling!!).  Anyway, the Aronoff Center web site does show good tickets.  It has a place for a Promo Code.  I've haven't been able to find one anywhere.  Does anyone know if there is one available?

Celtic Woman / Re: Special Celtic Woman Moments
« on: March 18, 2024, 10:05:41 AM »
A couple years ago (2020), I took a business contact and his daughter (high school) to see a CW show with M&G.  I was going to try to get their photo signed later in the tour since I had another couple M&G's.  Of course, COVID.

Anyway, when they came back to the area this year, I asked if he and his daughter wanted to go againt.  ABSOLUTELY!.  I was going to bring my daughter, but that didn't work out so I had an extra ticket.  My contact brought his wife, who I had met before.  She was totally blown away with the show!  At the end, she had tears running down her face!  It turned out her great-grandmother was Irish.  We had a blast.  OK, the fact that the bar had Jameson didn't hurt!

I went to the Christmas show in Atlanta.  The PBS station had multiple levels of donations.  They had a pre-show gathering (about 2 hours if I remember correctly).  Buffet.  Open bar!!  Then, they came and got those of us who had the M&G.  About 20 or so.  There were about 75 total at the pre-show event.

I agree with you.  The problem I've ran into is that they set the M&G so close to show time, they only allow maybe a minute per photo.  You can say HI, but that's about it.  Someone from the tour is always pushing you thru.

Forum Questions & Comments / Re: Messaged Mairead
« on: March 01, 2024, 03:18:53 PM »
I'm going to the show in Fort Myers, FL on the 5th.  Have M&G. The girls are supposed to be signing stuff as well.  First time I've had this in a long time.  Luckily, I have a photo of them (and me!) from the Christmas tour that I hope to get signed.

I'm taking a business acquaintance and his daughter.  I took them to a show back in 2020, and the daughter really loved it.  I have their picture from that M&G that I was hoping to get signed for them later in the tour.  Oops.  We all know what happened in 2020.  Plus, now the cast has changed a bit.

Celtic Woman 20th Anniversary Tour / Re: Celtic Woman 20th Anniversary Tour
« on: February 21, 2024, 09:10:39 AM »
What I've seen over the years, is when CW was intially starting out, they did a lot with PBS.  Today, not so much for a lot of reasons. 

It used to be when you got a M&G, you got front row tickets.  A couple years ago (pre-COVID), my PBS tickets were in something like Row 12.  And that was with a M&G.  If I wanted "front" tickets, these were only being sold by the venue to their supporters.  In other words, if you bought a season ticket to their, for example, Broadway Series, you could buy good tickets for other shows.

Some of this is probably due to the venue.  The management of a lot of venues has been outsourced to private companies, even though the venue is owned by the government.  It's about money.  On some level, I get that.  I may not like it, but ...

Back in December, I was at Lisa Kelly's Masterclass.  One question that was asked of her is "are you going to do another show?"  She said she would like to, but there are a lot of issues with trying to deal with the local amphitheatre.  Again, it was apparently built as a community facility.  Now, it's really not.

Celtic Woman 20th Anniversary Tour / Re: Celtic Woman 20th Anniversary Tour
« on: February 20, 2024, 10:31:32 AM »
Obviously COVID changed everything. 

Going back maybe 10 years ago, I was at a M&G in Tampa, FL.  Had a post-show reception sponsored by the PBS station.  Wine!!!  Chloe and Mairead were sitting behind a table signing things.  I was one of the last ones in line (hey, wine!).  When I got to the table, Chloe recognized me, got up and walked around the table to give me a hug.  PBS lady running the M&G about had a heart attack.  Then, Mairead did the same thing.

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