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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

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.

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.



Billoboard World Albums chart

Weeks on Chart:   3
Peak Position:5
Weeks at #1:-
Peak Date:Nov 23, 2019
Chart Debut:Nov 9, 2019
Debut Position:11


Week by Week:

Billboard World Albums Chart:

Source: http://www.billboard.com/charts/world-albums

Week of...           Chart Position

Nov 05, 2019      11
Nov 16, 2019      9
Nov 23, 2019      5


Ability to post weekly chart performance will be extremely limited going forward since Billboard no longer makes this chart information available to non-subscribers.

The Magic of Christmas 2019 Tour / The Magic of Christmas Wikipedia Page
« on: November 01, 2019, 09:26:58 PM »
I created a Wikipedia page for Celtic Woman: The Magic of Christmas and linked to it from:
  • The main Celtic Woman Wikipedia page
  • The Ancient Land page (since The Magic of Christmas is the album that follows Ancient Land in sequence of release)

I'll add chart information once it's available.

The article is pretty bare bones at the moment and it will need additional independent sources or it will get taken down.

If anyone has any suggestions for article content or notices any mistakes (I'm sure there are a few), please let me know. Remember, pretty much everything posted on Wikipedia needs to have a verifiable independent source, so stuff we "know" but can't reference appropriately isn't eligible.

Amy Rivard / Amy’s 80’s Xmas
« on: October 31, 2019, 05:52:07 PM »
Amy has a new album debuting November 1, 2019!

      Amy’s 80’s Xmas

Ancient Land on Tour / Susan filling in for Mairead Carlin
« on: October 27, 2019, 03:29:31 PM »
Mairead Carlin had wasn't feeling well and had to leave the stage after the 1st act on October 23 in Zurich, Switzerland. It was the first time since she joined Celtic Woman she wasn't able to complete a show due to illness.

Megan, Eabha, and Tara completed the show without Mairead. Megan sang Mairead's parts. Tara reportedly sang some of the parts into her violin mic to fill out the harmony.

Mairead wasn't able to perform in Budapest on October 25 either.

It turned out she had appendicitis.

Mairead had surgery and is recovering but will need to take some time away from the Ancient Land tour for a while.

Susan flew to Vienna, Austria and will fill in for Mairead starting October 27, 2019.

Wishing Mairead a speedy and successful recovery.

What are your favorite tracks from the Celtic Woman: The Magic of Christmas album and why?

I finished listening to Celtic Woman: The Magic of Christmas!

Track List

1. We Wish You a Merry Christmas  (Group)
2. Angels We Have Heard On High  (Group)
3. Do You Hear What I Hear  (Megan)
4. Deck the Halls  (Group)
5. O Come, O Come Emmanuel  (Mairead)
6. Amid the Falling Snow  (Group)
7. O Holy Night  (Group)
8. Sleigh Ride  (Group)
9. Greensleeves  (Tara)
10. Dia Do Bheatha  (Eabha)
11. Carol of the Bells  (Group)
12. Wexford Carol  (Group)
13. Silent Night  (Tara with choir)
14. Auld Lang Syne  (Group)
15. Feliz Navidad  (Group)



That was fresh and really fun to listen to!

The arrangements were totally different from the ones they've been performing on the Christmas tours. I've never heard the songs performed this way before by any artist and that in itself is quite an achievement. This album is definitely going to stand out from the other Christmas music that's available this year.

Celtic Woman's previous Christmas albums were all on the classical side of the spectrum. This album is what I'd refer to as a "pops" style. Like Voices of Angels, there's a lot of orchestration and choir to back the girls and their gorgeous harmony. But unlike Voices of Angels, which featured a lot of smooth, sweeping sounds, this album features a lot of short sounds, almost a staccato (I'm too far removed from my music theory, 25+ years, to remember the correct term). But whatever the style is called, the album has a lively feel and the songs have a skip in their step. That certainly makes the songs fun to listen to.

I enjoyed every song on the album. There weren't any songs I didn't like. There were a few instances where I thought the arrangements got a little too goofy for parts of the Celtic Woman fan base (the end of Deck the Halls, for instance). Hopefully the playfulness and personality will be appreciated and doesn't put people off. For fans dead set on hearing a classical style of music, I'm not sure if they'll enjoy this. But on the other side of the spectrum, this style will probably appeal more to a mainstream audience than anything Celtic Woman has previously recorded.

Whether the style they chose suits your tastes or not, the harmony is intricate and unquestionably beautiful.

A few moments that stood out from my first listen...

"Do You Hear What I Hear?" If you hear Megan's strong and beautiful voice and can't help but be amazed, then yes, I hear what you hear.

Deck the Halls was fantastic! I'm not sure if everyone will like the ending, but if you liked how Time to Say Goodbye (from Voices of Angels) concluded, you'll probably enjoy the end of Deck the Halls as well.

Mairead's O Come, O Come Emmanuel is by far my favourite version of the song I've heard. This isn't typically one of my favourite Christmas songs to listen to, Mairead, her heart, and her lovely voice make this song so easy to enjoy.

Tara's performance in Greensleeves was breathtaking! She draws emotion out of every note like nobody else can.

I thought that with Mairead and Megan, they could have gone for a bigger climax with O Holy Night. It was a really pretty arrangement overall though.

How did they make Sleigh Ride work so well? This might be the first time I've actually liked listening to an arrangement of this song. It was really well done, both fun and pleasant.

The way Dia Do Bheatha was performed was reminiscent of Garden of Eden from Ancient Land. I absolutely love it!

Auld Lang Syne most closely resembles what was performed over the past few Christmas tours. The combination of the sweeping orchestration and harmony is sooooo good!

Overall, I loved this album. The unconventional arrangements came a surprise, but it was a pleasant one. It was certainly fun to listen to and felt very fresh. It's always a risk changing something that people absolutely love already (case in point, Voices of Angels). But there's also risk in stagnating and continuing to perform the same songs the same way. Even if some people don't agree with me, I think performing the songs in this new and intriguing way was a better choice than slightly-tweaking familiar arrangements, although either approach would have sounded great.

I love all of Celtic Woman's previous Christmas albums (except for maybe "A Celtic Family Christmas" which was a bit hit and miss for me). I'm hesitant to pick a favourite because they're all so different. A Christmas Celebration had a deliberate pace at times, but the harmony was sublime. Home for Christmas was powerful and spectacular! The Magic of Christmas will probably be the most polarizing for the fan base, but I really enjoyed listening to it and I think it was the most fun! I hope you love it too!

Alex Sharpe / Joyful (Brett Pruneau)
« on: October 24, 2019, 08:05:38 PM »
Alex performs in 2 tracks of Brett Pruneau's album Joyful:

- Peace
- I Believe

You can see a lyric video from 2017 of Alex and Brett singing "I Believe." Alex has a couple of astonishing moments in this song:


calendar / 2019-12-08 - Lisa L: A Winter's Night (Basel, Switzerland)
« on: October 24, 2019, 03:07:49 PM »
Barakuba in Gundeldinger Field

What items are on your Celtic Woman Christmas Wish List (ie. CDs, DVDs to add to your collection)?

... aside from the Magic of Christmas album or tour tickets.

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