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Ancient Land / Tara lip syncing Garden of Eden
« on: February 09, 2019, 06:05:24 PM »
Tara singing along to Eabha's song "Garden of Eden" from Ancient Land.

The clip is attached.

Celtic Woman / Celtic Woman: Ties of the Past
« on: February 09, 2019, 02:28:55 PM »
No it's not the new album title.

Or is it...  ;)

Mairead Carlin posted a cool story on Instagram today about how several members of the current Celtic Woman group were connected, without even knowing it, before they were in Celtic Woman.


Back in 2006, both Mairead Carlin and Tara were both in the Ulster Youth Choir together and the choir director, Greg Beardsell, worked with Megan Walsh when she was in the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland!

Here are some of the other connections I can recall off the top of my head before they were in Celtic Woman:

Eabha, as a member of Anuna, appeared briefly in Orla Fallon's Celtic Christmas DVD during the track "Away In A Manger."

When Susan was a teenager, she knew Lisa Kelly. Susan also performed with Chloë's mom in Annie, so although Chloë was young then, Susan knew her. Here's the source.

Lisa Kelly went to Chloë's mom's stage school when Chloë was a kid. Lisa and Chloë grew up only a few minutes away from each other in Dublin.

Mairead Nesbitt and Deirdre were both in The Celtic Tenors: Live in Concert (DVD, 2002).

What are some of the other connections we know of between Celtic Woman members we know of before they were members of Celtic Woman?

I bet there's quite a few instances where multiple Celtic Woman members were in Anuna at the same time.

Alex Sharpe / Shine: Alex's Performing Arts Studio
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:24:12 PM »
Alex announced she's now taking bookings for her new performing arts studio opening up in spring and voice and performance tuition via Skype!

Her studio will be located in Dublin.


Source (Facebook post):

I guess now aspiring performers can learn from either Lisa Kelly or Alex Sharpe (or both)!

I wish her lots of luck (her students, just in having her, already have all the luck they need).

CW Musicians and Choir / Thank You Ray
« on: February 04, 2019, 05:25:36 PM »
Within the past week or so, Ray Fean announced that he's going to be in the West End production of Come From Away. I saw that musical on Broadway a couple of years ago while I was in NYC to see Lisa Lambe. It's a pretty good show.

But as a consequence, Ray will not be touring with Celtic Woman on the Ancient Land tour this spring.

It sounds like he's open to returning at some point, but for the forseable future, Celtic Woman group will be without Ray Fean for the first time. Perhaps once he's done with Come from Away he'll be Going Home to Celtic Woman.

Ray was the last remaining member of the group or band to have been with Celtic Woman since the very beginning.

I got to meet him a couple of times, although I was too shy to say much.

Thank you for all the years to gave to the group and its fans Ray. You'll be missed in Celtic Woman, but we wish you all the best wherever the beat of life takes you.

Ancient Land / Signed Ancient Land Posters
« on: February 04, 2019, 04:56:45 PM »
The Celtic Woman Newsletter today had a little surprise:

Every 2019 Celtic Woman calendar purchased with any of our Ancient Land products receive an exclusive limited edition signed Ancient Land poster as an added bonus!

I'm unsure if they're the same posters as the unsigned ones that were available at the castle or a different design.

Celtic Woman / What are your favorite Celtic Woman Album covers?
« on: February 02, 2019, 12:43:56 AM »
What are your favorite Celtic Woman album covers?

Chloe Agnew / Chloë back in the studio!
« on: February 01, 2019, 11:45:26 PM »
Chloë's been in the studio in Ireland a few times already this year recording something.

There was also a post recently about an orchestral track being recorded for her.

CW Musicians and Choir / Murphy's Celtic Legacy
« on: January 26, 2019, 10:57:44 AM »
If you're into Irish dancing, Murphy's Celtic Legacy: Irish Dance Reborn is touring the US and Canada this spring:

Features dancers and musicians from Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Celtic Woman (I don't think any of the former lead performers from Celtic Woman are in the show, probably just the dancers and maybe someone from the band).

Tour Dates (as of January 26, 2019, consult the web site for more recent information):

Sunday 10th February, Folsom, CA, Harris Centre
Wednesday 13th February, Palm Desert, CA, McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts
Friday 15th February, Prescott, AZ, Yavapai College Performance Hall
Saturday 16th February, Chandler, AZ, Chandler Center for the Arts
Sunday 17th February, Poway, CA, Poway Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday 23rd February, Alto, NM, Spencer Theatre
Sunday 24th February, Albuquerque, NM, Popejoy Hall
Tuesday 26th February, Midlan, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Centre
Friday 1st March, Billings, MT, Alberta Bair Theater
Tuesday 5th March, Burlington, ON, Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Wednesday 6th March, Brantford, ON, Sanderson Centre Theatre
Thursday 7th March, Kingston, ON, Grand Theatre - Regina Rosen Auditorium
Friday 8th March, St. Catherines, ON, Partridge Concert Hall
Saturday 9th March, Chatham, ON, Chatham Capitol Theatre
Sunday 10-March, North Bay, ON, Capitol Centre Theatre
Wednesday 13th March, Bethlehem, PA, Zoellner Arts Center
Thursday 14th March, Rutland, VT, Paramount Center
Friday 15th March, Keene, NH, Colonial Theatre
Saturday 16th March, Union, NJ, Wilkins Theatre
Sunday 17th March, Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
Thursday 21st March, York, PA, The Pullo Center
Sunday 24th March Bronx, NY, Lehman Center for the performing arts
Thursday 28th March, Wilmington, NC, Wilson Center
Saturday 30th March, Greeneville, TN, Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Monday 1st April, The Villages, FL, Sharon L Morse Performing Arts Center
Wednesday 3rd April, Ft. Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts

Just look at all those weekend tour dates!

And 6 shows in Ontario, Canada :O

Tuesday 5th March, Burlington, ON, Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Wednesday 6th March, Brantford, ON, Sanderson Centre Theatre
Thursday 7th March, Kingston, ON, Grand Theatre - Regina Rosen Auditorium
Friday 8th March, St. Catherines, ON, Partridge Concert Hall
Saturday 9th March, Chatham, ON, Chatham Capitol Theatre
Sunday 10-March, North Bay, ON, Capitol Centre Theatre

There's actually some very convenient locations in there for me.

But there's something familiar about that weekend in March though, what could it be?

Oh right, that's Mairead Nesbitt's "Celtic Sounds" show. Do I really want to drive 4-5 hours on Friday, get back late Friday night, then another 5-8 hours starting early Saturday morning?

Argh!!!! The timing of shows this spring has been pretty horrendous so far.

But fortunately for me, Brantford is close enough I can get there and back on a weeknight.

Ancient Land on Tour / UK Tour Dates
« on: January 23, 2019, 05:36:16 PM »
Celtic Woman announced a UK tour for November 2019.

Mon, 11/11/19, 19:30, CARDIFF
Tue, 12/11/19, 19:30, LONDON
Fri, 15/11/19, 19:30, MANCHESTER
Sat, 16/11/19, 19:30, BOURNEMOUTH
Sun, 17/11/19, 19:30, BIRMINGHAM   
Mon, 18/11/19, 19:30, LIVERPOOL   

There's a pre-sale today with tickets going on sale to the public on January 24, 2019.

Caranua / CaraNua Fans
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:35:25 PM »
Some of you may know I run the CaraNua Fans Twitter account (@CaraNuaFans).

I spent less time on it than I had originally planned, due to other priorities and gaps in CaraNua activity. Also, I've found that Tweeting the girls with my primary account was usually more productive.

But I have a feeling we'll be hearing some news from them in the coming months, so I decided to give this account some attention again.

Originally, I was using a modified photo from their January 2018 show in Utah, along with a logo that had a bit of a Greatest Showman vibe (on account of their popular A Million Dreams cover on YouTube).

I decided to update banner today with a photo that included Lisa. I didn't do anything too fancy this time. I just used the Voices of Evermore poster, re-sized the logo and text, and adjusted the color of the text a bit to blend more with the logo colors.

If anyone that's better than me with graphics (ie. anyone) wants to try making a better looking banner or logo, I'd love to see some suggestions.

Caranua / CaraNua Signed Photos and Bundles!
« on: January 16, 2019, 06:08:34 PM »
It looks like CaraNua's added some really cool items to their merch site:

There are currently 5 sections in their shop:

Musical Instruments
Signed Pictures

Some highlights:

Under "Musical Instruments" you can get a flute (in the key of D):
- There are 3 whistles to choose from
- Each flute comes with a signed 6x4 photo (they can be personalized if you wish) of the Voices of Evermore photo CaraNua unveiled last year!
- Read the descriptions of each flute if you're considering buying one!
- One of the flutes has a brass barrel
- The other two have a nickel barrel and produce a more rounded solid tone, but require intermediate to advanced skill to play. They're free blowing instruments, so more breath control is required.

There's other signed/personalized variations of the Voices of Evermore photo in the "Signed Pictures" section.

What I was actually looking for on the site was physical CDs of the "Soundtrack of Magical Lore" and "Soundtrack of Cursed Lore" albums. Those aren't available (at least not yet), but you can order Alex's CD "Be Still My Soul" on there now.

The flat shipping rate is pretty reasonable too!

Chloe Agnew / Chloë's Site
« on: January 16, 2019, 04:20:57 PM »
Chloë's site has been unavailable since probably yesterday (http://www.chloeagnewofficial.com).

It gives you the following message when you try to browse there:

This domain has expired. If you owned this domain, contact your domain registration service provider for further assistance. If you need help identifying your provider, visit https://www.tucowsdomains.com/

I looked up the domain name registration:

From the information returned, it looks like Chloë's domain name is still registered for almost another year:

Updated Date: 2019-01-12T05:00:31Z
Creation Date: 2016-01-08T01:55:56Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2020-01-08T01:55:56Z

A few of us let Chloë know on Twitter, but she doesn't necessarily see all the Tweets.

While it's possible the site is down for technical issues, I suspect they took the site down temporarily to redesign it (kind of like CaraNua did last year).

Lisa Lambe / Lisa Lambe at Irish Arts Center (NYC) on May 9-10
« on: January 14, 2019, 02:38:59 PM »
Lisa Lambe just announced two shows at the Irish Arts Center in NYC on May 9 and May 10, 2019.

Link to announcement on Twitter:

Tara Photos & Graphics / Taya's Tales
« on: January 12, 2019, 02:37:09 PM »
Tara's posts about her niece (who calls her Taya) are really adorable, so much so I thought it deserved its own thread.

Here's one from Taya's Instagram story today.

Awwwwwww! <3

Chloe Agnew / Social Media Gems
« on: January 09, 2019, 11:39:17 PM »
Dermy posted this fantastic quick video of Chloë using Superzoom in Instagram:

She is so good for the cameras!

You can either use the link to view it or if the link gets broken at some point in the future, I also attached a copy for safekeeping.

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