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calendar / 2020-08-09 - Celtic Woman: Celebration (Killarney, Ireland)
« on: November 25, 2019, 08:51:52 PM »
Gleneagle INEC Arena
Killarney, Ireland
August 7-9, 2020

calendar / 2020-08-08 - Celtic Woman: Celebration (Killarney, Ireland)
« on: November 25, 2019, 08:50:05 PM »
Gleneagle INEC Arena
Killarney, Ireland
August 7-9, 2020

calendar / 2020-08-07 - Celtic Woman: Celebration (Killarney, Ireland)
« on: November 25, 2019, 08:48:01 PM »
Gleneagle INEC Arena
Killarney, Ireland
August 7-9, 2020

Chloe Agnew / Re: Reimagined
« on: November 25, 2019, 05:52:35 PM »

Still Haven't Found (What I'm Looking For)

This track was really well done! I don't know that I could have imagined a better version than the one that Chloë reimagined. It's an original take on the song, retaining its key elements, but making it more fun and energetic than the original. It has a little of everything: Chloë's angelic humming, solid instrumental backing, the perfect amount of echo and vocal overlay when she's singing "but I still haven't found," and of course the epic vocal strength Chloë has perfected in recent years. Even the drum beat in this song was really engaging and effective. This one is definitely one of my favorites on the album!

Chloe Agnew / Re: Reimagined
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:36:13 PM »
Now that I've listened to the album a few times, I've decided to share some of my recent thoughts on some of the songs on Chloë's new album Reimagined.


The album begins with a really strong track! Ireland is a cover of the Garth Brooks song from Fresh Horses (1995). I've never heard Garth Brooks' original version. I've heard various covers, but none that sound nearly as epic as Chloë's. The deep instrumental backing gets my blood pumping right away. The lyrics, recounting The Charge of the Light Brigade, are poignant and seem more brilliant each time I listen to the song. The soldiers wage a hopeless battle in the name of Britain.  Before their final charge, the soldiers long for Ireland, their homeland they'll never see again.

Chloë shows off a ton of range and power in this song and I love it when she digs deep and pours her whole heart into the final verse. The mixing could have been a bit better at times, but the orchestration does a pretty good job overall of setting the tone of the song and supporting Chloë's phenomenal performance.

Here's the original lyrics.

There's an article that does a decent job of analyzing the song and its lyrics.

The Gathering

This is one of Chloë's original songs. I love the lyrics and it's really fun to sing along to, especially at her live shows. Using the same type of deep, thunderous instrumental backing that was effective in "Ireland" was an interesting choice. It definitely gives the song a strong beat and lots of energy. I sometimes wonder if using that deep of a sound set the right tone for the track, or if a lighter sound would have been more appropriate. I suppose it's a matter of taste. It did make the song sound epic though and I love the massive ending!

Love Song to Ireland

This is the other of Chloë's original songs on the album. It's a fun song to listen to.

The balance for the vocal harmony at parts in the track could have bit better. To me, the vocal layers sound like they were clashing a bit. But though it could have been better, it wasn't nearly as egregious as the mixing on a certain Celtic Woman: Ancient Land Deluxe track.  ::)

Chloë made the same choice for instrumental backing on this song as she did for The Gathering: a deep, booming sound. Again, I thought it was a curious choice given the lyrics aren't nearly as ominous or heavy-handed as the instrumental undertones. But like The Gathering, they give the song an epic feel and make it exciting to listen to and set the energy level for the song from the start. But I suppose it represented her heart beating excitedly for her homeland and whether it was the optimal choice musically for the song, it did sound pretty cool.

It's certainly a different sound for her. I felt at times like I was listening to a "Two Steps From Hell" track (they specialized in epic music and the intensity level in some of their songs is through the roof). Two Steps from Hell is pretty fun to listen to, but only when the timing is right. Most of Chloë's songs have a calming effect on me and are great for helping with my anxiety. The sheer intensity of the underlying instrumentals has a different effect on me: it seems to exacerbate my anxiety a bit. Yeah, it's exciting to listen to, but after the song, I feel more wound up than before I listened, and not always in a good way.

The release of her album unfortunately coincided with a particularly nasty bout of anxiety and depression. I didn't know it at the time, but this song made it a lot worse by escalating my level of tension at the very moment I was trying desperately to calm down. Let me be clear, that is in no way Chloë's fault. It was just bad timing and as a result, made it much more difficult to enjoy the album the first few times. It had a particularly negative side-effect listening to her slow tracks: I couldn't feel what those songs were supposed to make me feel because I was so overwhelmed with tension. It wasn't until after I started feeling a little better emotionally that I could start to properly appreciate this song.

My overall impression of the song at this point is pretty positive, although I think I'll love it even more when I hear it live!

That's wonderful! They'll probably sell a lot at the shows over the next month too!

I'm definitely recommending Magic of Christmas and Ancient Land to everyone around the merch table.

The album is on the move in the charts!

It got all the way up to #5 last week!

Forum Questions & Comments / Re: 2019 Xmas and 2020 tour buttons
« on: November 23, 2019, 08:15:36 PM »
Tom Tracie i made 40 christmas tour buttons Firday and 50 of each of the spring tour buttons. I will be sending you each 20 of the christmas buttons but will give you the spring tour buttons in Milw at the show.

Anyone that wants spring tour buttons i will ship them to you for the cost of shipping it will be 4 buttons and several of the business card things for $5.00 and you can get the info on how to pay for them in the mmbers only section under Admins info

Thanks all


Forum Questions & Comments / Re: 2019 Xmas and 2020 tour buttons
« on: November 21, 2019, 08:55:44 PM »
Cwazy side-thought: what about Classic Celtic Woman Venue buttons?

Helix, Red Rocks, Slane, Fox Theater, Powerscourt ... Johnstown Castle. Especially relevant for the upcoming 15th anniversary Celebration tour.

Mairead Nesbitt / Re: Mairead Nesbitt: Celtic Spells
« on: November 18, 2019, 08:18:37 PM »
Mairead said during her chat with "Louie B Free" today that the show is targeted for launch in 2021.


Ancient Land on Tour / Farewell to the Ancient Land tour
« on: November 18, 2019, 06:26:42 PM »
Tonight was the final performance of the Ancient Land tour.

Some of us were lucky enough to begin this journey at Johnstown Castle in Wexford, Ireland at the DVD recording. It's still hard for me to process that I was there. It was such an amazing experience to finally visit Celtic Woman in their homeland and it was even more special getting to share that experience with forum friends I hope I stay close to for the rest of my life. There was such anticipation at the castle as the sun went down and Celtic Woman unveiled their beautiful new show.

Ancient Land featured my favorite set list of any of the tours I've seen so far. The new arrangements (including Newgrange, Bean Phaidin, Orinoco Flow, and Fields of Gold) were all phenomenal and they instantly became my favorite versions of those songs.

I got to attend 4 shows (not including the castle) and 4 Meet and Greets! The planning was a bit hectic, but it was definitely worth it!

In an astonishingly fortunate coincidence, the last show of the North American tour occurred at Red Rocks on my birthday. I couldn't have asked for a better gift than to enjoy that beautiful music at a bucket-list venue with great friends.

I wish I could have seen more shows over in Europe, but I was holding back precious vacation days and funds for shows by former Celtic Woman members that never materialized in the fall.

It's sad to see such a special tour come to an end, but the sun sets only to rise again. The 2019 Symphony / Christmas tour is only a few weeks away and the Celebration Tour is just beyond the horizon.

Thank you to everyone at Celtic Woman who made that dream come true for all of us at the castle and for every incredible night on tour. You should all be very proud of all the hard work you did. I promise you it was worth it. After 15 years, you still find a way to enrich our lives and touch our hearts. Rest assured that it won't be long before I return to once again experience your beautiful Ancient Land.

The Magic of Christmas 2019 Tour / Re: Best of Christmas 2019 tour
« on: November 18, 2019, 05:18:41 PM »
Who else here is praying that the weather stays alright so I won't have to drive in the snow?

I'll partake in that.

I'm going to be biting my nails. I have over 15 hours of driving and 6 flights coming up, including back to back to back days of shows to make it to NY and Atlanta. I have about 4+ hours of extra buffer time beyond what I'd normally consider safe, but that only helps if there are delays, not if there are cancellations. I'm most worried about getting to Chloë's show since it will have been over a year since I last met her and a I miss her terribly.

Susan McFadden / Happy Birthday Joanie!
« on: November 18, 2019, 10:48:51 AM »
I think today (November 18) is Joanie's first birthday!

Happy Birthday to Susan and Anto's baby girl!

Morning Buzz Christmas Ball

Thursday, December 12, 2019
7 PM – 9 PM

Capitol Center for the Arts
Concord, New Hampshire

Máiréad will be guest soloist at the Morning Buzz Christmas Ball Dec. 12th 7pm at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH.


Celtic Woman / Re: How many shows / meet and greets have you been to?
« on: November 11, 2019, 01:33:05 AM »
In slightly less impressive news, I re-rendered my show list as an HTML table, enabling me to use borders, thus, in my opinion, greatly improving its readability.

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