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Other Musicians / The High Kings
« on: April 03, 2020, 11:13:25 PM »
After being on my to do list for years, I finally started listening to The High Kings. Like Celtic Woman, the group operates under the Celtic Collections label. The group started in 2008 (possibly in response to rival group Celtic Thunder, associated with a different label).

Current members:
- Finbarr Clancy
- Brian Dunphy
- Darren Holden

Past members:
- Martin Furey
- George Murphy

Albums:
The High Kings (2008)
Memory Lane (2010)
Live in Ireland (2011)
Friends for Life (2013)
Four Friends Live (2015)
Grace & Glory (2016)
Decade: The Best of the High Kings (2017)

DVDs:
Live in Dublin (2008)
Four Friends Live (2015)

Thoughts on their debut album:

I listened to their first album (The High Kings) tonight. Not bad! It's definitely a more Irish sound than Celtic Thunder. The harmony was good. They had a few great fun songs. In contrast to the Celtic Woman or Celtic Thunder albums, there wasn't anything that absolutely blew me away, but it was definitely fun to listen to.

My favourites from the first album were The Black Velvet Band, The Parting Glass, The Wild Rover (Live 2007), Will Ye Go Lassie, Go. The Beggerman Jig (instrumental) and Marie's Wedding (ceili-type song) were fun!

The real shocker was The Parting Glass. I was expecting the traditional arrangement. Instead, I discovered it was basically the same arrangement that Celtic Woman used in Believe! Almost exactly the same! I've honestly never heard another group besides Celtic Woman do that arrangement. I thought Celtic Woman were the only ones that performed it that way. But given that The High Kings performed it in 2008 (years before Believe was recorded), it's possible that Celtic Woman borrowed the arrangement from their label-mates (unless CW was performing that arrangement on tour prior to 2008).

Here's a video of them performing The Parting Glass from 2008. Sound familiar? Lol.
https://youtu.be/XhJp0W0ku2w

They did The Parting Glass really well, although I felt the Celtic Woman performances had a bit more of a wow-factor with their voices of epic beauty.

Overall, it was a fun album. Nothing really sucked and there were a few really good songs on it. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of their recorded works.

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The Irish Tenors with Máiréad Nesbitt Celtic Violinist

Sunday, December 20th, 2020
7:00 PM EST

Lynn Memorial Auditorium
Lynn, MA

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General Discussion / The Best of April Fools'
« on: April 01, 2020, 08:09:36 AM »
What are some of the best and worst April Fools' jokes of which you've ever been on the perpetrating or receiving end?

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Forum Questions & Comments / Forum host having performance issues?
« on: March 31, 2020, 09:21:42 PM »
Is the forum host having some performance issues (with the databases perhaps)?

For the past few days, it seems to be taking a lot longer to load things on the forum. Last night, it took almost a minute to submit a post.

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calendar / 2020-09-10 - Lisa Lambe (Dublin, Ireland)
« on: March 30, 2020, 08:32:53 AM »
Lisa's show originally scheduled for April 3 has been rescheduled for September 10th, 2020.

The Sugar Club
Dublin, Ireland

Tickets for April 3 will apparently be valid for the new date or refunds available directly with the venue.

For tickets and info to go:
thesugarclub.com

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calendar / 2020-10-10 - Mairead Nesbitt (Manchester, NH)
« on: March 28, 2020, 01:29:17 PM »
Mairead Nesbitt

Saturday, October 10, 2020
Dana Center-Koonz Theatre
Manchester, NH

Tickets not available yet as of the time I posted this.

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calendar / 2020-10-08 - Mairead N (Tallahassee, FL)
« on: March 28, 2020, 01:25:28 PM »
Mairead Nesbitt
Opperman Music Hall
Tallahassee, FL

Thursday, Oct 8, 2020

No tickets available yet as of the time I posted this event.

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calendar / 2020-07-25 - Mairead Nesbitt (Gilford, NH)
« on: March 28, 2020, 01:23:20 PM »
Mairead Nesbitt

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Bank of NH Pavillion
West (MAIN) Entrance
Gilford, NH

Note: I don't remember seeing this show listed before, so it seems to have been recently added to her upcoming tour dates. Obviously it's subject to postponement due to Coronavirus depending on how things go over the next few months. No tickets are available yet.

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calendar / 2020-07-17 - Mairead Nesbitt (Canton, MA)
« on: March 28, 2020, 01:19:11 PM »
Mairead Nesbitt
Friday, July 17
Irish Cultural Center
Canton, MA

NOTE: Tickets have not yet been made available. This was scheduled before the Coronavirus outbreak got out of hand. It's possible this will end up getting postponed, but it hasn't been yet.

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Other Musicians / Paul Byrom: Social Distancing (StageIt)
« on: March 27, 2020, 07:00:48 PM »
Paul Byrom: Social Distancing

Tonight, I tuned in to Paul Byrom's live "Social Distancing" concert on StageIt.

It was a simple setup: Paul, a microphone, and a keyboard. But that's probably all they needed. There was no crowd due to social distancing requirements, which must have a been a strange experience for him.

I've seen/heard him on past Celtic Thunder album / specials and he's probably my favorite Celtic Thunder singer, but I haven't had a chance to see him live before. He's got a fantastic voice and as advertised, he's funny as well.

The video quality was adequate and the sound quality was great throughout. I only experienced a few minor "skips" in the broadcast.

Right from the get-go, he sang 3 songs that I first heard performed by Chloë Agnew.

All the songs were pretty well done. I think the slower songs were better suited to his voice/style with only a piano for backing, but he did a good job with the more up-beat songs as well.

What is it with me and You Raise Me Up recently? Wowza? I started crying within 5 seconds of the start of the song again. I never used to react that strongly to it until December 2019 (and of course more recently on the Celtic Woman: Celebration tour).

It was a great show. Well-worth the price of admission and a positive end to the week!

Set List:

Ireland
Grace
The Island
Dublin In the Rare Old Times
Mountains of Mourne
Phil the Fluter's Ball
Carrickfergus
Roll Back The Clouds
The Corries Will Ye Go Lassie Go (Wild Mountain Thyme)
You Raise Me Up
Danny Boy


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Lisa Kelly / Live Facebook Q+A (March 25, 2020)
« on: March 25, 2020, 07:52:33 PM »
On March 25, 2020, Lisa Kelly hosted a live video Q+A on Facebook!

Here's the link:
https://www.facebook.com/lisakellysings/videos/2604839536427758/

A couple of the most interesting points during the session:
- The first song Celtic Woman performed together as a group (before the original DVD recording) was apparently Orinoco Flow.
- Lisa says she's hoping to do a December show this year but it will not be at The Fred.

I still think it's optimistic to think there will be any concerts by December, but it would certainly be nice to end this year getting to hear Lisa perform live again. Fingers crossed!

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Other Musicians / Celtic Thunder: Ireland 2020 tour
« on: March 23, 2020, 07:26:43 AM »
Most of the tour dates for the Celtic Thunder: Ireland tour (Oct - Dec 2020) have been posted, with presales beginning for many shows today:

https://www.celticthunder.com/tour/

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Other Musicians / Celtic Thunder DVD recommendations
« on: March 21, 2020, 03:21:17 PM »
Hi Thunderheads!

I don't have any CT DVDs so far (although I have seen the latest 3 CT PBS specials: "Legacy," "X," and "Ireland" and one live show). Looking for recommendations to start my CT DVD collection. What are your favorite CT DVDs?


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Celtic Woman / Celtic Woman family tree?
« on: March 21, 2020, 01:57:41 PM »
Would there be any interest in making a Celtic Woman family tree of sorts (ie. spouse names, parents' names (if known), kid names...).

I'm not sure if anyone would find value in that or not, but might be a fun project and it might be convenient to have that all in one place.

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Alex Sharpe / Alex's Solo Shows
« on: March 21, 2020, 01:08:30 PM »
For those that don't know, Alex was quietly planning on doing shows (probably 3 of them) in Utah in late July and early August.

She clarified on her live video Q+A on Facebook on March 20 that these shows have been postponed indefinitely.  :(

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