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General Discussion / Meet and Greets (General Discussion)
« on: Today at 12:06:46 AM »
Since the middle of 2020, I've been to 7 virtual Meet and Greets (8 if you count the private virtual Christmas concert my friends and I did with Alex, since she did chat with us a bunch too).

Personally, I've found them to be much more satisfying than the typical Celtic Woman PBS M+G and even a lot of the solo show M+Gs.

PBS Meet and Greets

Advantages:
  • Photos with the girls in their dresses
  • Hugs!

Disadvantages:
  • Photos are not taken by professional photographers and don't always turn out well.
  • Expensive
  • Very rushed (less than 30 seconds per person/pair ... maybe a minute or so if you're lucky)
  • Seat location for the show is often good, but sometimes isn't. I've see row L tickets for PBS M+Gs. You don't find out your seat until usually a few weeks before the show.
  • Depending on where you live and where the shows get booked, you might have to travel a fair distance to take in a show that has a M+G and travel can be expensive.

Solo Meet and Greets

Some artists that have moved on from Celtic Woman continue to perform on their own or as part of a different tour.

Advantages:
  • Often much cheaper than PBS M+Gs
  • Often less rushed than PBS M+Gs
  • Hugs!
  • Photos!

Disadvantages:
  • The artists doing the solo shows don't tour as much as the CW group. Less shows means more likelyhood of having to travel a significant distance to see it and meet the artist(s).
  • The solo shows tend to draw a lot of superfans from all over the place. That's a lot of passionate people who want to spend a lot of time with the artist. The artist's time is limited and it can sometimes be a challenge to get as much time/attention as you want.
  • Sometimes, they aren't announced in advance (you might find out during the show if there will be a M+G afterwards or not).
  • Even though they're usually less rushed than PBS M+Gs, you still only get a few minutes to chat.

Stage Door / Tour Bus Encounters / Chance Encounters in the Wild:

Advantages:
  • Can be less rushed than the PBS M+Gs
  • More casual than the PBS M+Gs
  • You may be able to have a short conversation
  • You get to shower a performer with praise right after a show
  • You might hear bits of information they wouldn't share with out at a formal M+G
  • My friends and I have had some unique and memorable experiences at stage doors and they're often more personal than the formal M+Gs.
  • Hugs (sometimes)
  • Casual photos

Disadvanages:
  • There are no guarantees you'll be able to meet the performer(s). Sometimes you wait for a long time with no payoff.
  • The layout of some venues make it difficult or impossible to intercept performers before they leave the area.
  • Security may not let you hang around or get close enough to interact with the performers.
  • Weather concerns (could be cold, raining, etc).
  • Some performers may be tired or be in a rush to get on the bus.
  • You may have to compete with other fans for time/attention. Sometimes they won't have time to interact with everyone that's waiting for them.
  • It's unmoderated, so more assertive people tend to get more time.
  • Because it's informal and there's less certainty than an organized M+G, anxiety can be an issue for some. For some people, it can take a lot of courage to try these.
  • Light isn't always great for photos and might not always have time to take one.

Virtual M+Gs:

2020 saw the rise of virtual Meet and Greets. There are three main forms I've encountered so far:
1. Community (a group of fans some of which you may know and some you may not)
2. Private group (you choose your own group)
3. One-on-one (just you and the artist)

Community Virtual M+Gs:

Some advantages:
  • You get to see / meet other fans (if you're interested in that sort of thing). You can hear the stories of others, some of which may be inspiring or insightful.
  • If you're shy/introverted or not sure what to talk about, the pressure's not all on you. You can sit back and listen.
  • Other people might have great questions and you get to hear the answers.

Some disadvantages:
  • There can be a lot of people in the M+G at once.
  • The larger the group, the less direct interaction with the artist you're likely to get.
  • Some of these end up being free-for-alls, where there's not a lot of time management / moderation. Some people are more assertive than others and those people get more time.
  • Your conversation's not private (there are strangers in the meeting with you).
  • Some people forget to use the mute button ::)

Private Group Virtual M+Gs:

Advantages:
  • You get to choose the people with you in the M+G (your friends, family, etc).
  • No strangers.
  • Usually time to connect in a meaningful way with the artist.
  • Usually smaller groups than community M+Gs, so everyone gets more time with the artist.
  • You get to hang out with friends and an artist you care about.
  • Others can help carry the conversation if you're shy or not sure what to say.
  • You're sharing time with the artist, but you normally have MUCH more time than you do at a PBS M+G, stage door, or even a solo M+G. Your group really has time to casually interact with the artist and have real, meaningful conversations.
  • Opportunity to split the cost among participants.

Disadvantages:
  • Not a lot unless you'd rather have 1-on-1 or private time with the artist.
  • There's multiple people, so each person on average gets less direct interaction time with the artist.

Private 1-on-1 Virtual M+Gs:

Advantages:
  • You get 1-on-1 time with the artist from the comfort of your home (or wherever you happen to be at the time)!
  • More accessible for fans from around the world that can't easily make it to many live an-venue shows.
  • You get to connect in a meaningful way with the artist.
  • Private conversations.
  • More convenient / flexible timing than in-person M+Gs.
  • If there are a bunch of things you want to talk to the artist about, all the time is yours to do so.

Disadvantages:
  • Can be intimidating if you're shy or aren't comfortable carrying on an extended conversation. Many artists will be able to help lead the conversation though so it doesn't get too awkward.
  • You don't benefit from the energy or insights of other people.
  • No hugs.
  • You and the artist both need pretty good Internet.

My Thoughts:

I didn't think I would enjoy virtual M+Gs, especially the 1-on-1s. I'm shy and have struggled with anxiety issues in the past. Sometimes I find it difficult to carry on a conversation for an extended period unless I'm really passionate about the topic being discussed (otherwise, I tend to sit and listen instead of talking).

The community M+Gs I've been a bit less thrilled with. It's sometimes interesting to hear other people, but as somebody that's not very assertive, I tend to not get much time to say anything. Because the involvement is more passive, I don't get quite as much out of these as the private group M+Gs or the 1-on-1s.

Alex's 1x1 and private group M+Gs have been fantastic! I surprised myself in the 1-on-1 M+G that it was so easy for me to just have a regular conversation with her. It was nothing like a PBS M+G or stage encounter and I found the virtual M+G far more meaningful and fulfilling. The group M+Gs with friends are really fun and for me, they require less preparation.

Lisa's 1x1 M+G was fantastic too! I never thought I'd enjoy these so much or be so comfortable doing them.

So far, I've enjoyed the virtual M+Gs far more on average than the in-person M+Gs.

I think if we continue to share our M+G experiences and make artists aware of how much we value them, we could see them become more prevalent. Certainly now, while touring is still on hold. Even after live at-venue shows eventually return, I think there's a real potential demand for these.

Maybe there's an opportunity for PBS to offer both in-person and virtual M+Gs and sell extra pledge tickets that way. There's obviously a challenge in holding virtual M+Gs when on a tour (Internet quality may differ from place to place and time may be very limited for the artists).

While artists are in between tours, they no doubt want to have their downtime. But some solo artists go a while between live shows and virtual M+Gs could be a great way for them to stay connected with their fans. This benefits both the artists and the fans. I'm very glad Eabha is doing M+Gs once in a while through Patreon.

I know Glen and I have reached out to CW through various channels about virtual M+Gs among other things. That's probably a better route than contacting individual PBS stations, since PBS is pretty decentralized. Ideally we'd get virtual M+Gs directly from CW instead of through PBS, but their contracts may not allow for that.

Over the next few days, I'm going to poke a few former CW artists I think might be interested (I know a few that won't be). Hopefully we can plant a few seeds and continue to grow the great opportunities that are virtual Meet and Greets!

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Mairead Carlin / Mairead Carlin moving on from Celtic Woman
« on: January 13, 2021, 07:40:51 AM »
Mairead Carlin announced this morning that she was moving on from Celtic Woman.

I need some time to process this before I share my thoughts about what a massive difference she's made in my life.

I'm very grateful for the time she spent in Celtic Woman and that I got to meet her. I look forward to supporting her wherever her career leads her from here and I wish her the very best.

I don't expect Celtic Woman to announce a replacement anytime soon. If the shows in Ireland go ahead this year, we might find out a month or two before then who will be taking over for Mairead. Otherwise, we probably won't find out until December 2021 or January 2022.


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General Discussion / Facebook making it difficult for artists
« on: January 08, 2021, 10:54:49 PM »
Facebook has been making things really difficult for artists recently. It's particularly unfortunate they're doing that during this challenging time for the industry.

I've heard a lot of complaints that people aren't actually seeing the posts of some artists because Facebook is flagging the content as unpaid advertisement.

Facebook also has software that flags covers for copyright infringement. I've even heard of artists having their own songs flagged and suppressed.

I'm sure there's lots more Facebook is doing to make things tough.

The bottom line is YouTube is becoming more and more preferable for videos (live and otherwise). If you like following your favourite artists on Facebook, I'd recommend also following them on YouTube (or Vimeo) whenever possible as that's where the video and music content is headed.

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Mairead Nesbitt / JTV Jewlery line
« on: January 07, 2021, 03:54:13 PM »
Mairead Nesbitt has signed a multi-year deal with JTV.

This will be a new collection (separate from her previous collection, Soltice).

Source:
https://www.facebook.com/TRADIMM/posts/3778418822188785

Quote
Boston Music Management announces that Emmy and Grammy nominated Celtic violinist, Máiréad Nesbitt, has signed a multi–year deal with JTV®, one of the largest jewelry retailers in the United States.

Together with JTV’s experienced design team, Ms. Nesbitt will create a fresh, new collection of Celtic inspired jewelry to be sold exclusively through the JTV network. JTV leverages an omni–digital strategy designed to elevate the customer experience through holistic, digitally–driven touch points, including live TV programming, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to 84 million U.S. households, an industry leading mobile optimized e–commerce platform, and a robust and engaging social media presence.

Boston Music Management’s Neil Grover states, “With the power of JTV behind her, Máiréad is well positioned to connect with a vast new audience. The exposure to JTV’s robust viewership will not only help to expand her robust fan base, but will also catapult plans we have for her musical activities in 2021 and beyond.” 

Commencing in March 2021, Ms. Nesbitt will co–host a 2–hour jewelry show that will be regularly aired several times per year on the JTV network. The show is scheduled to launch in advance of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday and is expected to gain a wide viewing audience.

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Celebration's on Tour / 2021 Tour Postponed
« on: January 07, 2021, 01:33:21 PM »
It looks like Celtic Woman is going to be postponing the Celebration tour to 2022 due to the ongoing pandemic situation:

https://www.celticwoman.com/tour-rescheduling-announcement-2020/

Unsure if the Christmas tour might also get impacted in 2021. Hopefully things will be better by then.

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Chloe Agnew / Ivory Sessions: Volume One (Album)
« on: January 04, 2021, 05:49:52 PM »
There's an Ivory Sessions ("Volume One") album releasing on Apple Music, Spotify, etc. on February 1, 2021.

It apparently features 16 artists and 16 tracks.

I don't have the list of tracks or artists yet, but there's potential for Chloë, Megan Pottinger, and Leah Barniville to be on the album, so you may want to check it out once it releases.

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Alex Sharpe / Bound: A James Barry Musical
« on: December 28, 2020, 11:22:25 AM »
Alex is part of "Bound: A James Barry Musical," a Charli Eglinton concept album.

Alex plays Mary-Ann Bulkley (James Barry's mother) in the album.

Here's the opening song, "Doors." It doesn't feature Alex, but I suppose sets a tone of the rest of the album:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CED--NZnczt/

If you'd like to read about James Barry, here's the Wikipedia article:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Barry_(surgeon)

The album releases on January 13, 2021.

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Celtic Woman / Year in Review: 2020
« on: December 27, 2020, 04:18:50 PM »
Year in Review 2020

I don't think 2020 was the year any of us were expecting. Personally, I had 13 Celtic Woman: Celebration tour shows lined up for 2020, many with my best friends. That included at least 4 Meet and Greets. I had some highly anticipated shows scheduled with Chloë and Mairead Nesbitt. I had plans to finally see Alex live in Utah. I had tickets to see all the Celtic Woman shows in Killarney. After a packed travel schedule in 2019, this year was going to be even more ambitious!

On January 22, it was announced that Eabha was taking leave from Celtic Woman to pursue her solo work. My gut kept telling me a departure was coming and I had a feeling, especially at times during the Christmas tour last year, that it might be her. At some point, I assumed I was just being negative and started ignoring the feeling and managed to convince myself nobody was leaving in spite of all the clues my subconscious had picked up. Coinciding with Eabha's departure (and in a shocking turn of events), Chloë returned to Celtic Woman!

Chloë was going to proceed with her solo shows as well and Susan was going to fill in for Chloë at 6 Celebration tour shows.

The Celebration tour kicked off in Lakeland, Florida and for the first time, I got to see the start of the tour! I also got to see 3 more Celebration tour shows in Florida. In Fort Myers, I got to meet Meav for the first time and met most of the girls and a bunch of the band members after the show. I even got to meet Silje! After Florida, I headed straight to Georgia, where I saw Celtic Woman at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, with a Meet and Greet. The following night, I got to see one of Chloë's solo shows before heading home. I didn't get to meet her after the show.

About a week later, after the show in Norfolk, VA on March 13, 2020, the Celebration tour got suspended and the girls rushed home to Ireland. The Canada/US border and the Ireland border got closed days later and everything got shut down. This was an effort to try to rapidly terminate Coronavirus transmission chains and delay the spread long enough to get extended containment measures in place.

The Celebration tour did not return in 2020 and even the Christmas tour got cancelled.

After Chloë's solo show in Georgia, I only saw one more in-theatre concert for the rest of the year, a distanced Fitzgeralds concert with mandatory masks and minimal attendance. It was a fun concert! Almost all concerts after mid-March were purely virtual. Some of our favorite Celtic Woman performers did do some shows after the lockdown with limited in-theatre audiences, including Susan, Edel, and Chloë (who flew back to the US for a mini-tour in December).

2020 was a pretty rough year, but it wasn't all bad...

Here are some highlights:

- Celtic Woman released a Celebration compilation CD/DVD to commemorate 15 years since their debut on PBS

- Celtic Woman did a few really fun social media takeovers and live Q+As

- Several EPs or albums were released:
* Alex: Broken By Design
* Lisa Lambe: Juniper
* Orla: Lore
* Rebecca Winckworth: Together at El Alto

- Eabha worked on her new album and released a few singles:
* One More Day
* Loud
* Seas Suas

- There were lots of singles released. Some highlights for me:
* Amy Rivard: Skipping Stone, On the Platform, In the Arms of Morpheus
* CaraNua: Be Still My Soul (with Jason Tonioli)
* Chloë: Stay At Home Stay Alive (with Nathan Carter), L'Assenza (re-release), May the Road Rise - A New Dawn (with Nathan Carter), Waking Up Slow (with Brian McGrane), From Me To You
* Edel: Motherland, American Tune
* Glenn Murphy: Both Sides Now
* Lynn: Don't Want to Know, Raglan Road, Sweet Freedom
* Mairead Carlin / Ronan: Leave A Light On, Hope We All Deserve, Still With You
* Mairead Nesbitt: Christmas Joy Medley
* Sarah Rebecca (Gannon): Lost & Found, Eglantine, Every Tear, Lights

- A Riverdance 25th Anniversary show got recorded with Edel Murphy before lockdown and released on PBS and DVD

Some of our favorite ladies embarked on side-ventures:

- Mairead Nesbitt:
* Ran a series of online variety shows called Mairead Mondays
* Started offering personalized messages on Cameo
* Launched a monthly subscription on Facebook

- Alex:
* Ran a series of covers called Soul Song Sunday
* Started offering personalized messages, virtual Meet and Greets, and private Christmas concerts

- Lessons:
* Mairead Carlin and Megan both started offering virtual singing lessons
* Alex and Lisa Kelly continued their performance / singing lessons (Alex in virtual form only)

- Eabha:
* Launched a Patreon profile

Virtual Concerts:

In place of in-theatre shows, I took to virtual shows and saw over 150 of them between mid-March and the end of 2020. Some Celtic-Woman-related highlights:
* Chloë's virtual concert with John Driskell Hopkins. The audio, video, and stream quality were all excellent. The best quality virtual Chloë concert I've ever seen!
* Chloë's virtual concerts from Red Clay Music Foundry. The video wasn't as crisp, but the audio and stream integrity were great. The set list was fantastic and Chloë's heartfelt thanks to her fans near the end of the first show was epic!
* I did a virtual group M+G with Chloë after her show with John Driskell Hopkins.
* Alex's private Christmas concert with my friends. We were her first show! She put a lot of effort into it and made it very special for us.
* Rebecca Winckworth's "Citizens of Song" concerts. Not all of them featured Celtic Woman performers, but they were all pretty good.
* Susan (and Chloë's dad) on the RTE Orchestra's "Best of Musical Theatre" show. It was great to see Susan perform again!

The quality of streams (sets, amount of buffering, sound and video quality, etc.) varied widely. Some consisted of people singing in front of their phones or laptop screens. Some had professional camera work, editing, and sound as well as fancy sets. Overall, the quality improved near the end of November when Christmas concerts started. There's nothing like seeing Celtic Woman live, but online shows do have the advantage of being convenient and cheaper (no travel expenses needed).

Personal:

This year, I finally got to see Chloë perform live with Celtic Woman and I got to see a show at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, where Celtic Woman: Believe was filmed!

I also finally got to meet Alex and to see her perform live (albeit virtually). I was really nervous about meeting her and trying to sustain a conversation for 30 minutes, but she made me feel comfortable quickly and was easy to talk to. I enjoyed her virtual M+Gs far more than the rushed photo ops from PBS and brief stage door encounters. Though the girls have learned about me through letters over the years, I feel like Alex already knows me the best.

It was a rough start to the year for me though. Even before the pandemic started (going back to around the middle of 2019), my anxiety and depression issues started escalating again. It got REALLY bad near the end of 2019 and that continued right through until May 2020. It had a significant impact on the Celebration tour for me. I'm glad I got to see some shows, but the enjoyment I could get out of it was severely impacted by mental health issues throughout my trip to Florida and Georgia prior to the first lockdown. I'm glad I took some notes and have some photos, because I don't remember very much from that trip: the severe anxiety and depression blocked or washed away most of the memories. I had a meltdown during one of the CW concerts and it took a herculean effort and ultimately a coin flip to decide whether or not to even bother to go to the M+G or show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

Ironically, the lockdown came at a time when I needed it most. I was deep into the "danger zone" with mental health and I would not have been ok if I hadn't been forced to come to a complete stop in March.

Leading into the lockdown and for several months afterward, social media became a serious problem. However, by blocking aggressively while I developed additional coping skills, I managed to survive it.

I'm better now than I was at the start of the year, but still have a lot of room for improvement.

I don't imagine this personal part has been very fun to read so far, but I think it's important because I'm not the only one that's had problems this year and if you're out there struggling, you need to know you're not alone and that things do get better if you say nice things to yourself, even if you don't believe them at first.

On a more positive note, I was fortunate enough that all my work could be done from home. In the mornings, I got to sleep in a little longer and after work, I got to go for walks instead of having my anxiety stew in rush hour traffic. I got the most exercise I have in probably 15+ years! Also, without the stress/distraction of planning for upcoming trips, I finally had time to focus on taking care of myself.

I also used the extra time to start practicing whistles more. I started out with some soprano D whistles I got through CaraNua last year. I added a soprano C whistle and a low G whistle this year. Practice definitely helped, but though I'm not a complete novice anymore and can play a bunch of tunes by ear with basic ornamentation, I'm still years of practice away from being any good.

Although I only got to go on one trip to see Celtic Woman, I did get to travel back to a cottage I used to go to as a kid but haven't stayed at in over 29 years. I also got see a few other outdoor places close to home I wouldn't have had the time or motivation to see during a "normal" year.

The Year Ahead:

At some point next year, the disruptions and inconvenience caused by the pandemic will start to ease and hopefully in-theatre concerts will return. But it looks like 2021 is going to get off to a rough start and I'd be very surprised to see any major touring shows return before at least summer. Just keep holding on, make the most of things, and find the silver lining. It will get better next year eventually.

Here are some things to look forward to:
- The return of the Celtic Woman: Celebration tour and a probably a Christmas tour as well
- Eabha's album and ongoing Patreon content
- Chloë's next solo album: Written on My Heart
- Mairead Nesbitt's new live show: Celtic Spells
- Mairead Nesbitt in Rock Me Amadeus
- The Wild Atlantic Fleah week of streaming, featuring Chloë (as host and performer) and many other talented artists
- Many more online shows for at least the first half of the year
- For me: I'm finally going to get to meet Lisa Kelly (via virtual Meet and Greet)!

If I missed anything significant that happened this year or that's hopefully coming up next year, let me know.

Please take care of yourselves and each other and reach out to someone if you need help. Let's find happiness wherever we can and let's all get through the New Year together.

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calendar / 2021-03-25 - Edel Murphy: Motherland (Derry, Ireland + Online)
« on: December 21, 2020, 05:45:24 PM »
Motherland: Songs of 20th Century Women
Thursday, March 25, 2021
8:00 PM (Ireland)

The Playhouse Theatre
Derry, Ireland

and

Online

There are online tickets as well as a limited number of in-theatre seats (in the hopes that a small, distanced audience might be permitted at the time of the show).

£12/ £10 In theatre ticket

£7 Stream Live
£10 Stream & Keep for 7 days
£12 Stream, Keep & Donate  (proceeds to both the artist and The Playhouse)

https://www.derryplayhouse.co.uk/events/details/motherland--songs-of-20th-century-women/1070

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Chloe Agnew / Chloë on the Create Podcast with Colm Keegan
« on: December 09, 2020, 09:54:40 PM »
Chloë was recently on the "Create!" podcast by Braw Talent (Season 1, Episode 6, Dec 3, 2020):
https://www.buzzsprout.com/1203185/6664418-chloe-agnew

Colm (former Celtic Woman choir member and Celtic Thunder principal performer) hosted this 50 minute podcast and chatted with Chloë.

There were a few questions we've heard Chloë answer quite a few times before (it might be new to some of the podcast listeners), but there was also some interesting discussion and things that really resonated with me. I have even more respect for her now.

She also spilled the beans about a single she's been working on, planned for release in 2021: Dear Younger Me!

What do you think Chloë should tell her younger self in her song?

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On Sunday, Chloë put on two fantastic shows at Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, GA to a very limited in-person audience and to the masses online.

It was the same set list as her Friday concerts on Virago, with a few exceptions. She had two different dresses compared to the Friday concerts.

The stream was pretty stable and the sound was great, although the video wasn't quite as clear on Sunday as it was on Friday. The closeups of Chloë were pretty good. The wide shots of the stage were a little fuzzy.

Chloë was accompanied by 2 band members, one on piano, the other on violin. It's impressive how effective the instrumental backing was for just two instruments!

Chloë, as she always does, had lots of fun on stage and poured her heart out throughout her performances.

Before her epic closing medley, she took a moment to thank the audience in attendance, as well as those who tuned in online. She did that in both shows, but the first one was the best. Certainly one of the top 3 most beautiful, emotional on-stage moments I've experienced. It's a close call between that and what happened near the end of the shows at Red Rocks and Cedar Falls last year. They were all deeply touching and unforgettable.

Both of Chloë's shows from Sunday are still available on YouTube:
4 PM EST: https://youtu.be/IKdv0ekPFcM
8 PM EST: https://youtu.be/tGTxd58V5wc

I recommend the first one. There was a funny moment in the first show when Chloë asked her band to play two songs they weren't expecting to do. Lol. Also, her thank you near the end of the 1st show was absolutely epic.

The shows are free, but there's a PayPal link where you can tip to thank everybody who put the show together for us.

Enjoy!

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Chloe Agnew / Chloë Christmas Concert on Virago
« on: December 05, 2020, 09:50:12 PM »
Last night, I tuned in to Chloë's livestream Christmas concert on Virago with John Driskell Hopkins. They did two online concerts that day. I saw the second one.

It was one of the best livestream concerts I've ever seen! The stream was really stable (pretty much no jittering). The video quality was excellent, as was the sound. They had fancy cameras and a production team the seemed like they knew what they were doing. It basically looked like a DVD (maybe better). I guess it makes a difference having a team of professional camera operators, some legit microphones (instead of just a laptop or a cheap webcam) and a platform that isn't prone to quality issues like StageIt.

The show was performed in John Driskell Hopkins' private studio. It was decorated with lights and a fancy Christmas tree. They had a decent band: a violin, a keyboard, and occasionally, a drummer and backup singer. All distanced per guidelines of course.

I loved her set list. She did a few of her original songs and there was a good mix of slow, emotional numbers and songs where Chloë got to have a lot of fun. John Driskell Hopkins was in a song or two with Chloë and did two songs on his own with his own band in the middle of the show while Chloë was off camera doing a wardrobe change. He did a Christmas song and one of his own songs.

After the show, there was a virtual M+G on zoom for those that had VIP tickets (which I did). There was about 20 of us in there at once. We got to chat with each other before Chloë came on. The M+G was a bit of a free for all. People were respectful of each other and weren't talking over each other, but it was kind of formatted so that you had to assert yourself to get "air time" with her. I've had some pretty epic M+Gs with her over the past few years and there were people in that stream who had never met her before. So I waited until then end and then said something quick. It might have been the first time I haven't rehearsed something or got nervous for a M+G. I think maybe the time and effort I've spent on mental health this year is starting to pay off. ;D

I hope you enjoy some screenshots from the show.

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Glenn & Ronan / Ronan EP / Album
« on: December 03, 2020, 09:01:12 AM »
Ronan's goal is to release a solo EP or album in 2021.

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Home For Christmas / Synan Dress Design Cards
« on: December 02, 2020, 11:42:16 PM »
Synan is selling greeting / Christmas cards featuring sketches of Celtic Woman Home for Christmas dresses.

https://synanomahony.ie/products/set-of-sketch-cards

There are sets of 6 and sets of 12. There's also a set of 10 with Christmas borders.

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Chloe Agnew / Wild Atlantic Fleadh
« on: December 01, 2020, 09:52:23 AM »
Chloë is scheduled to be part of the Wild Atlantic Fleadh in March 2021.

Wild Atlantic Fleadh
March 13-17, 2021

A virtual festival showcasing some of the most established Celtic artists from around the world culminating in a celebration on St Patricks Day.

5 nights
60 events
1 ticket

Event Site
https://www.wildatlanticfleadh.com/

Tickets (available Dec 4 at 10 AM EST):
https://www.wildatlanticfleadh.com/ticketing/
https://www.stageit.com/wild_atlantic_fleadh/st_patrick_s_week_march_13_march_17_from_7_pm_et/91978

Featured Artists:

Barry Kerr
Byrne & Kelly
Celtic Thunder
Cherish the Ladies
Chloë Agnew
Colm Keegan & Laura Durrant
Damian McGinty
Emma Langford
Emmet Cahill
Michael Londra
Nathan Carter
Phelim Drew
The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin

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