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Toured 2023 / Re: 2023 Marks The All Post David Group
« on: May 25, 2023, 01:34:50 PM »
There were two times I was at a show on Mairead N's birthday.  On the tours (and I didn't go back to figure out which ones), she did the intro to YRMU.  Right before she started, a group in the front started singing Happy Birthday!  It totally caught her off guard! 

Over the years, I've had mixed feelings about PBS tickets.  In the "early" years, you got really good seats.  Part of this may have been due to the fact that not a lot of people knew about CW.  As the years went on, the really good seats (and I'm thinking first couple of rows) were being kept by the venue for their premium members.  You couldn't get a M&G thru the venue, the M&G mostly became a photo op.

Going back to the comments about the actual tour --

The Christmas tours seem to cover a lot of the US.  I'm guessing they do all the travel by bus; air travel is just too erratic.  So, what's a logical time they want to spend on the bus?  6 hours?  At maybe 50 mph, that's 300 or so miles between venues.  In the case of Christmas tour, are they looking for venues of maybe 2000 seats?  Where are these?  Guess is primarily larger cities.

Toured 2023 / Re: 20th anniversary Celebrations. What could be afoot?
« on: April 22, 2023, 03:26:39 PM »
I think most of the girls have said the touring is somewhat brutal.  Finish the show.  Get on the bus. Drive for several hours.  Get into a hotel.  Try to sleep/relax.  Get up.  Eat something. Go to venue.  Sound check.  Get ready for show.  Do show.  Repeat maybe 70 times.

How many years do you really want to do this? It's your life for at least 3 months.  You're away from home. 

I'm guessing the money isn't too bad, especially if you are just starting out, but it's a tough life for a while.

If I counted correctly, Chloe did 849 shows in her first stint with CW.  Mairead N did 1273!!!!

So it's maybe not surprising that the girls get burned out.


Megan Ruby Walsh / Re: Megan says farewell to Celtic Woman
« on: April 17, 2023, 07:23:46 PM »
So I've seen 11 shows with Megan, with 2 M&G's.  I thought the first time I saw her (March 6 --Daytona Beach) she was going to be the new face of CW.  I felt there were some similarities between her and Chloe.  Age, etc.  My first show was back in 2007.  My first chance to meet Chloe was in 2009 where my daughter, then 14,  fell in love with Chloe at a meet & greet.  I had hoped Megan would have the same "bubbly" personality that Chloe had.

calendar / Re: 2023-12-20 - Celtic Woman: Christmas (Columbia, SC)
« on: April 01, 2023, 12:01:27 PM »
Thanks for noting this. 

No direct flights to Columbia for me so it's an 8 hour drive.  We shall see.

A Christmas Symphony Tour 2023 / Re: Celtic Woman Symphony Tour 2023
« on: February 10, 2023, 11:51:16 AM »
You raised some interesting points. 

2011 Christmas show -- California, Washington, Florida, Ontario, PA, VA, NY, MN, IL, MI, GA, Colorado
2012 Christmas show -- CT, PA, MI, IN, IL, CA,AZ, TX, GA, AL
2013 Christmas show --  NV, VA, WV, PA, Ontario, MA, NJ, TX, SC, IN, GA
2014 Christmas show -- WA, AK, CA, CO, IL, IN
2015 Christmas show -- VA, PA, NJ, DE, CT, PA, NY, Ontario, OH, FL, AL GA, SC  (There were 2 locations in Florida.  I went to one)
2016 Christmas show -- CA, PA, NJ, NC, MS, GA, MI, WI, IN, IL, CO, UT
2018 Christmas show -- NJ, NY, PA, KY,TX, AK, WA, CA,UT,, IL, MO, GA
2019 Christmas show -- PA, NJ, IN, OH, MN, CO, UT, NC, GA, MS, AR, PA, OH, MI, WI, IA

I think they did an acceptable job trying to hit every area of the county, considering there are only 20 or so shows.

A couple years ago, i plotted out the tour stops on a map.  Kind of crazy what they have to do.

I live in Florida.  I'm lucky I can go see several shows without things being too crazy as far as travel.  Here's the number of shows they have had in Florida.

2007 (Spring)- 4
2007 (Fall) --6
2008 -- 3
2009 -- 8
2010 -- 7
2011 -- 10
2012 -- 5
2013 -- 10
2014 -- 6
2015 -- 12
2016 -- 6
2017- 9

A Christmas Symphony Tour 2023 / Re: Celtic Woman Symphony Tour 2023
« on: February 09, 2023, 07:02:18 AM »
The problem with Christmas tours is there are maybe only 20 shows.  They do try to spread it out over the country, but it can be difficult to get to a show.  I live in Florida.  For last years Christmas show, I ended up flying to Ohio for a Tuesday night show.  Luckily, I'm retired, but still it's a day up and a day back in the middle of the week, and as we know, flying is not fun.

A Christmas Symphony Tour 2023 / Re: Celtic Woman Symphony Tour 2023
« on: February 08, 2023, 03:41:07 PM »
So I'm thinking that means a Christmas tour?   Basically, the month of December?

Toured 2023 / Re: 2023 Marks The All Post David Group
« on: January 31, 2023, 11:13:24 AM »
I saw my first show in 2007.  I'd agree that the show has changed, and I'm not basing that on the girls.  I always thought some of the earlier shows were more "fun".  Think TAR where the girls came out into the audience.  Lisa L sat down next to me on one show!  (empty seat in front row!).  Then you had the various band numbers.  Depending on the venue, the bagpiper would start at the back of the theatre and march forward while playing Amazing Grace. 

I think I saw an interview with Chloe very early in the CW timeline where she said they never dreamed the show would become as big and popular as it did. They were having a lot of fun doing the show -- it wasn't just a job.  And, that showed.

Another reason I tended to like the earlier shows was they way they did the Meet & Greets.  It was after the show, so it wasn't quite as rushed.  Yes, you only met 2 girls, but you at least had a minute or two to talk to them, get an autograph, etc.  It was a more personal connection than from a group photo.

We know touring has to be exhausting for any group.  Then, trying to be "up" for a show every night is challenging. 

I am aware I have been very fortunate to be able to see as many shows as I have.  Timing is everything!  I shut down my construction company in 2009 due to the Great Recession.  I had lots of time on my hands.  I had spent a lot of years on the road, so I also had lots of frequent flyer miles.  In 2009, my daughter was 16.  She liked CW as well and was happy to go to shows with me.  Granted, as long as they were in New York or Red Rocks.  The first live show we went to was in Fort Myers, FL.  Our excuse was she was checking our colleges (Florida Gulf Coast).  That gave her an excused absence from school.  We used the same excuse the following year to go to Columbus, OH, mainly because I got OSU football tickets as well!

We went to New York in 2008 when she was 16.  We did some of the usual tourist stuff, like Ellis Island.  Then, that night they did Isle of Hope.  Remember the line " Annie Moore from Ireland, who was all of 15 years"?  She was 15 at the time.  Really hit home with her about what immigrants had to go thru (including my grandparents).

In 2012 went to a show in Tampa (we live here).  M&G with Chloe and Mairead N.  M&G held after the show in the second floor lobby of the PAC.  Cookies and coffee by the PBS station.  The girls were sitting behind a table.  Most of the people had never been to a M&G before, so I and my wife hung back a bit.  When we got to the table, Chloe got up, walked around and hugged me.  The lady from PBS didn't know what to do or say, especially when Mairead did the same thing!  That was right after Mairead got engaged, so I had to ask her about her ring.

In 2009 there were back to back shows in New York.  Went to both.  Got a T-shirt signed by all 5.  You don't want to know what I had to do to get that accomplished!

I was in the audience for both tapings of Believe.  First night I was about the 6th row.  Yes, when they do some audience shots, you can see me.  If I remember, and I haven't watched the DVD for a while, I think you see me 3 or 4 times.

In response to LakersCeltic --

My favorite individual singer is Chloe, followed closely by both Lisa's.  The reason behind my choices partially has to do with the way the Meet & Greets were handled in the early tours.  They were held after the show.  Yes, you only got to meet 2 girls and you didn't know who you were getting.  You had the chance to actually talk to them for a minute or two and get an autograph signed.  All 3 of them and Mairead N were all very friendly, especially after they saw you a number of times.

Example 1 -- In 2009 I saw the show in Akron, Ohio.  It was at the University of Akron's Performing Arts Center.  I graduated from UA.  I was in the band, and performed on that stage a couple times.  The M&G was held in the Green Room.  I told Lisa K this, and said I could now tell people I performed on the same stage as CW!  She said, no they can say they performed on the same stage as me.  Yeah, I'm older.   The next year I was at a show in Albuquerque, NM.  Lisa was at the M&G.  She remembered our discussion!

As far as Chloe, the attached picture says it all.

There have been comments about going thru CW "withdrawal", going some time between shows (and that ignores 2021), adn what was your favorite tour.  So, I went back thru my notes.  If you talk number of shows, my favorite was Songs from the Heart.  Part of that was maybe due to time availability, but probably more due to liking the group as configured.  Then again, in 2010 went to 2 shows at Radio City and 2 at Red Rocks.  In 2011, two at RCMH but only 1 at Red Rocks. 

2007   New Journey   1
2008   New Journey   1
2009   Isle of Hope   9
2010   SFTH      13
2011   SFTH      13
2012   Believe           7
2013   Believe           7
2014   Emerald           7
2015   X              6
2016   Destiny           3
2017   Destiny           3
2018   Homecoming   2
2019   Ancient Land   3
2020   Celebration   3
2022   Postcards           4

Toured 2023. Canceled / Re: New album?
« on: January 18, 2023, 12:48:31 PM »
Which should come first?  The new album or the Tour?

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