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Celtic Woman / Celtic Woman on Blu-Ray
« on: December 10, 2018, 08:14:34 PM »
Is there really only 4 Celtic Woman concert specials that are available on Blu-ray?

Emerald
Home for Christmas
Destiny
Ancient Land  (to be available on Blu-Ray around spring 2019)

Those seem to be the only 4 items in my entire Celtic-Woman-related concert DVD collection (including all the solo work) that are available on Blu-ray.

They seriously never released Homecoming on Blu-ray? That's odd...

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Ancient Land / Celtic Woman: Ancient Land DVD: Track List
« on: December 10, 2018, 07:50:09 PM »
I'm posting the track list from the Shop PBS version of the DVD separately for people that want to see the track list without the additional spoilers in my write-up.

Tracks that appear on the DVD but not on the PBS TV special are in bold.

Track List

1. Ancient Land
2. Homeland
3. Moorlough Shore
4. Ae Fond Kiss
5. Amazing Grace
6. Long Journey Home
7. Sive
8. Shenandoah
9. County Down
10. Love & Honour
11. Ballroom of Romance
12. Follow Me
13. Mná na hÉireann
14. Over the Rainbow
15. Tara's Tunes
16. Danny Boy
17. Garden of Eden
18. Faith's Song
19. Siúil A Rún
20. Be Still
21. Going Home
22. The Enchanted Way
23. The Parting Glass

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Ancient Land / Celtic Woman: Ancient Land DVD (PBS Release): Write-up
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:24:57 PM »
I watched the Celtic Woman: Ancient Land DVD release from Shop PBS today!

The Ancient Land DVD from PBS has the full concert (all the songs that were recorded at the castle).

But the general release (at least the Blu-Ray release) will likely have additional content that the PBS release currently does NOT have.

If you're looking for a review of the portion of the concert that was shown by PBS, see:
http://www.celticwomanforum.net/index.php?topic=617.0

The mini-write-up below contains spoilers for the Shop PBS release of the DVD.


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The Celtic Woman: Ancient Land DVD release from PBS has the full concert (ALL the songs recorded at Johnstown Castle while the audience was in attendance).

That includes the 3 additional solos that were recorded on night #2 at the castle that were not on the PBS special:

* County Down (Mairead Carlin)
* Faith's Song (Megan Walsh)
* Garden of Eden (Eabha McMahon)

I know of at least one person that was in the audience that got a clear close-up during the additional songs that did not appear on PBS.  ;)

I knew there was going to be quite a bit of bonus content for Ancient Land, so I was surprised when I started up the DVD and found that there were only two menu items. Something like:

* Play concert
* Track selection

I checked the track selection hoping to see bonus content in the track listing.

I did not.

I did maintain a measure of hope during the DVD that there was hidden bonus content at the end of the concert.

There wasn't.

This is likely why the general DVD release hasn't been announced yet. I think they're still working on the extra content. I'm unsure as of the time I'm writing this if the extra content will be on the DVD or only on the Blu-Ray. I can only say that we know from multiple very reliable sources that there is quite a bit of extra content and that it's NOT on the PBS release of the DVD.



Track List

1. Ancient Land
2. Homeland
3. Moorlough Shore
4. Ae Fond Kiss
5. Amazing Grace
6. Long Journey Home
7. Sive
8. Shenandoah
9. County Down
10. Love & Honour
11. Ballroom of Romance
12. Follow Me
13. Mná na hÉireann
14. Over the Rainbow
15. Tara's Tunes
16. Danny Boy
17. Garden of Eden
18. Faith's Song
19. Siúil A Rún
20. Be Still
21. Going Home
22. The Enchanted Way
23. The Parting Glass




Additional Tracks

The 3 additional tracks are definitely worth getting.

County Down is a beautiful Mairead Carlin solo. The melody is soothing and rolls gracefully up and down like the hills of the Irish countryside. As mentioned in my writeup of the CD, the turns in this song are really pretty. Mairead's voice is simply enchanting.

Garden of Eden is an incredibly fun Eabha McMahon solo and it's one that she wrote (prior to joining Celtic Woman in 2015). I couldn't imagine the arrangement being any better than it was. It was absolutely fantastic! This is definitely one of my favourite tracks from both the CD and the DVD.

Faith's Song is a moving solo performed by Megan Walsh. Megan is accompanied by a choir, dressed in black behind her. Just as she did on the album, Megan shows off her stunning pop voice in this song. She has a strong voice and although she may have been nervous at the castle, that didn't stop her from projecting a lot of confidence when she performed. Listening to her makes me feel confident in other aspects of my life and I think she's the first member of Celtic Woman to ever have that particular effect on me.

The Parting Glass was a song that did appear in the PBS special. What wasn't shown on the PBS special was something that happened before the song at the castle: a dedication to Dave Kavanagh by the girls. Sweet Mairead got emotional during the dedication. It was one of many treasured "live Castle experience" moments that Mairead provided, but this was the only one of those moments to make it to the DVD. They pulled away to a mid-range shot as she was wiping away a tear, so it wasn't quite as powerful a moment as it was on night 1 at the castle, when I really felt her pouring her heart out on stage. Still, I'm very glad they captured this.




Bonus Content

As mentioned, this Shop PBS release of the DVD does NOT have bonus content beyond the concert itself.

As far as the content not on the Shop PBS release of the DVD, I am almost 100% certain there is a behind the scenes that will accompany at least the Blu-Ray release in spring. It's possible there will be more bonus content than a "making of" documentary, but I can't promise that.

I'm kind of in a difficult position because of the surprisingly absent extra content on the DVD. I kind of promoted the Shop PBS DVD thinking the bonus content would be on it. I don't think I ever stated it was, but I assumed it was and I'm pretty sure other people did too.

I don't want to tell people to not get the Shop PBS version, but I was forced to make some emergency posts cautioning people that I don't think this is the full set of content that will be available in spring with the general release. People for whom the PBS special will not be airing until January - March might want to get the DVD anyways, in spite of it not having all the content. I think knowing that this DVD does not have the full set of content, most people that aren't planning to get a separate copy in spring anyways would choose to skip this release wait until spring.

I'm not disappointed I got the DVD from PBS since I wanted to be able to show it to people during the Christmas holidays. I really wish it had the behind the scenes on it though.


Visual

That castle looks really pretty all lit up and the fog, in spite of the fact that it muddied a few of the shots, caused some pretty cool light-scattering, added to the mystical feel of the music, and was a benefit overall.

I still think Songs From the Heart holds a slight edge in terms of being visually spectacular: we got to see a lot of the Powerscourt grounds on the SftH DVD and the Wicklow Mountains in the background looking away from the stage. In Ancient Land, the castle looked incredibly beautiful. There's no doubt about that. But the only time you get to see the rest of the beautiful grounds is a brief flyover before they cut to the concert. You don't get to see the other side of the castle at all during the concert itself (most likely you will see more in the spring release on the behind the scenes).


Technical Note

This has nothing to do with this particular DVD, but I'll only be getting Blu-Ray going forward. I believe most DVDs have 480p video (someone please correct me if I'm wrong), whereas Blu-Ray has 1080p. If you have a Blu-Ray player it does seem to make DVDs look better than if you play them on a regular DVD player. But considering my DVD player is now so bad that it can't make it thorough a single track without skipping repeatedly, it's time for me to finally get Blu-Ray. That's going to be an expensive overhaul (a Blu-Ray player and probably a new speaker system, since the one I have is starting to suck, plus I have to replace all my DVDs with Blu-Ray versions where possible), but it's long overdue and will be well worth it.


Overall

As I mentioned in my previous writeups (on the PBS special and the CD), Ancient Land is the most fun set of Celtic Woman music I've ever heard! The harmony is gorgeous, the arrangements are fantastic and the visuals are breathtaking.

Depending on your specific taste in music, you may enjoy A New Journey even more.

In spite of the pretty significant shock of not having any of the bonus content (aside from the 3 extra songs) on this DVD, this is definitely one of my favourite Celtic Woman DVDs.




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Chloe Agnew / Re: Chloë Unannounced Tour Dates
« on: December 10, 2018, 12:09:09 AM »
Atlanta Pops tour dates that include Chloë might be posted here before she announces them:
http://atlantapops.com/concerts-events/

So far, there is one show posted for next year featuring Chloë:

Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Ellijay, GA
Time: 7:30pm
An Irish Heart featuring Chloë Agnew and Dermot Kiernan

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Ancient Land / Re: Ancient Land CD Amazon
« on: December 10, 2018, 12:05:12 AM »
Depends on whether the DVDs are regionless or not. I'm guessing they probably are region-specific, in which case you can only play the a DVD released in North America on a DVD player for Region 1.

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Ancient Land / Re: Ancient Land CD Amazon
« on: December 08, 2018, 06:45:12 PM »
My DVD from PBS made it as far as my city's local distribution facility this afternoon, but never got out for delivery from there (probably because it's the weekend).

It will most likely arrive on Monday!

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Chloe Agnew / Re: Chloë's Christmas (2018)
« on: December 08, 2018, 06:41:18 PM »
I feel so bad for her.

There were major problems with both the audio and video. StageIt was telling her broadcast was getting out fine but nobody could see or hear her.

The same thing happened to Mairead Nesbitt last year.

The poor thing was nearly in tears she was so disappointed her show didn't work out.

We reassured her it wasn't her fault and even though we were sad not to see and hear her, we told her to please not feel bad about it.

She switched over to Facebook live for a few songs, including the one I requested, "Love Is Christmas." <3

No problems at all on Facebook, so I guess StageIt (rather than her Internet connection) was the problem.

Chloë's going to try to reschedule the show. Hopefully it's not next Saturday because I'm out of town (and out of network coverage) for Lindsey Stirling. I haven't missed a single one of her online shows and I'd hate to miss out even once on her tremendous heart and beautiful voice because StageIt couldn't deliver her show properly on the originally scheduled date.

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Glenn & Ronan / Re: Christmas EP
« on: December 08, 2018, 02:20:00 PM »
Sadly, no Christmas EP this year.

But I'm sure we can look forward to lots of awesome stuff from these two in 2019.

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Ancient Land / Re: If Christmas wishes came true...
« on: December 07, 2018, 08:00:20 AM »
Well, that's disappointing...

https://www.grammy.com/grammys/news/2019-grammy-awards-complete-nominations-list#15

Best World Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.

DERAN
Bombino
 
FENFO
Fatoumata Diawara
 
BLACK TIMES
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
 
FREEDOM
Soweto Gospel Choir
 
THE LOST SONGS OF WORLD WAR II
Yiddish Glory


I think they're missing something there...

... oh I know what they're missing. Me as a viewer! #snubthegrammys

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Chloe Agnew / Re: Chloë's Christmas (2018)
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:57:39 PM »
Just a reminder Chloë's online show is this weekend on Saturday, Dec 8 at 6:00 PM EST / 3:00 PM PST!

She doesn't have super-fancy audio equipment, but just the chance to hear her sing and to support her are more than enough incentive for me.

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Chloe Agnew / Re: Chloë Scare Cam
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:56:22 PM »
Payback!  ;D

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Caranua / Re: CaraNua: Voices of Evermore
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:45:28 PM »
Evermore's Aurora theme opens this Saturday, Dec 8.

It's possible CaraNua will have an annoucement to coincide with it. They have a few music videos to release, the physical versions of the two Lore soundtracks to unveil, the new Aurora albums they recently recorded, and of course, a possible show or tour.

They usually put out teasers leading up to a big announcement so it could be a quiet weekend, but keep an eye out just in case.

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Good job, Tom!  That must have taken some guts to say all that to Chloë.

A bit of guts, yes. The real challenges were excitement and nerves. I had to really plan and practice to be able to express it effectively in front of her. I get nervous wanting it to be perfect. I'm horrible at verbal communication when I have to wing it, and my memory abandons me when I'm in front of those wonderful ladies. That's one more reason that bus and greets scare me. Without having something planned and rehearsed, I usually can't think of things to say and there's just awkward silence or repetition. I'm sure the girls would understand, but still, it makes it so stressful to even think about it

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Mairead Carlin / Re: Happy birthday, Mairéad Carlin!
« on: December 05, 2018, 11:37:16 PM »
Here's a collection of the Instagram videos posted by the girls for Mairead Carlin's birthday!

I didn't bother making the sequencing logical. It's just a fun free-for-all!

https://streamable.com/19iu6

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Celtic Woman / Re: How many shows / meet and greets have you been to?
« on: December 05, 2018, 11:10:47 PM »
Updated to the end of 2018.

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