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Celtic Woman was #8 on the Billboard World Albums Artists chart!


#8 on the chart, #1 in my heart, always.

BTS of course finished at the top of the chart. BTS was #2 on the overall (not just World) top artists group chart.  :o

calendar / 2020-03-29 - Chloë Mystery Show?
« on: January 22, 2020, 07:40:48 PM »
Chloë doesn't have a scheduled show this day that I've been able to find so far, but Susan is scheduled to perform in her place for Celtic Woman that day. A travel buffer day? An unannounced show (possibly a LK show)? Who knows? I'm making this calendar entry as a placeholder until we find out what's going on that day.

Celtic Woman / Eabha leaving Celtic Woman! Chloë is back!
« on: January 22, 2020, 07:48:00 AM »
Shocking news this morning.

Eabha McMahon is leaving Celtic Woman to pursue her own projects.

Chloë Agnew is returning to Celtic Woman for the North American celebration tour to take her place!

Susan McFadden will be returning for *six shows on the 2020 tour. In these same six cities Chloë Agnew will not be appearing:

Charlotte, NC
Norfolk, VA
Baltimore, MD
Lancaster, PA (2 shows)

Here's the post:

We are thrilled to announce that Chloë Agnew is re-joining Celtic Woman as Special Guest Artist for 𝑪𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, our 15th Anniversary North American Tour!
As you will remember, Chloë was one of our original performers joining the group when she was just 15 years old for our first ever PBS Special, and toured with us around the world for nearly a decade. Now she returns to celebrate a very special milestone, sharing the stage with Mairéad, Tara, and Megan as we bring 15 years of song and story-telling to our North American audiences. We are so excited to share this news with you all and look forward to seeing you along the way!

𝑪𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 will showcase our most favourite songs from the journey so far - songs that have created an incredible bond with audiences around the world. Join us to celebrate life itself - feel the embrace of breath-taking music that transports you from your theatre seat straight to Ireland, our spiritual homeland. The Irish really know how to throw a party, so join us!

As Chloë re-joins the group, our wonderful soloist Éabha McMahon will be taking leave from us to pursue her own projects. Éabha is extremely excited about her plans and will be keeping you all posted through social media channels and Celtic Woman. We pay our highest tribute to Éabha, who joined us in 2015 for our Destiny Special at the Mansion House in Dublin. Éabha was the first ever Sean Nós singer in the group and has been an incredibly dynamic and singular performer in the show.

We wish Éabha every success with her solo projects and look forward to sharing the stage with her again along our Celtic Woman journey.

**We are also delighted to share the news that the wonderful Susan McFadden will be joining us for *six shows on the 2020 tour. In these same six cities Chloë Agnew will not be appearing.

*Charlotte, NC, Norfolk, VA, Baltimore, MD, Lancaster, PA, Worcester,MA

It was also posted on the Celtic Woman website:

Here's a link to Eabha's farewell post, which is also attached:

Other Musicians / Riverdance: Performers of Interst
« on: January 18, 2020, 04:51:14 PM »
The Riverdance 25th Anniversary Tour happens this year.

Celtic Woman has many connections to Riverdance.

Here are some choir and soloists of interest from Riverdance:

Anne Buckley (wasn't in Celtic Woman, but was in Feet of Flames)
Roisin Dempsey (CW choir)
Brian Dunphy (The High Kings)
Lynn Hilary
Darren Holden (The High Kings)
Helen Kelly (CW choir)
Lisa Kelly
Simon Morgan (Lisa Lambe's husband)
Ann Myler (CW choir)
Méav Ní Mhaolchatha
Amy Rivard (CW choir)

Other musicians of interest from Riverdance:

Nick Bailey
Ewan Cowley (he does sing, just not in Riverdance ... you may recognize him from collaborations with Lynn and Lisa L)
David Downes
Ray Fean
Tommy Martin
Darragh Murphy
Colm O'Foghulu (you may recognize him from some of Mairead Nesbitt's albums)
Eoghan O'Neill

Is it any wonder Celtic Woman was promoted as "Riverdance for the Voice?"

calendar / 2020-03-17 - Lisa Lambe (Dublin, Ireland)
« on: January 17, 2020, 10:56:05 PM »
March 17th, 2020
7:00 PM

Olympia Theatre
Dublin, Ireland


Celtic Woman / Past tour merchandise
« on: January 17, 2020, 10:06:01 PM »
Celtic Woman has some past tour merchandise available from as far back as the Decade tour.


Great find, Tracie!

Edel Murphy
Songs of 20th Century Women

May 16th, 2020
Doors: 8:00 PM

Derry Playhouse
Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland


A Celebration of Burt Bacharach at 92
with Mary Byrne, Ronan Collins, Chloe Agnew, The O’Neill Sisters and Rachel Coyne
National Concert Hall
Dublin Ireland

6 June 2020

Featuring Ireland’s finest young talent – The O’Neill Sisters, Melanie McCabe, Rachel Coyne, Chloe Agnew with very special guests Mary Byrne and Ronan Collins.


calendar / 2020-02-22 - Chloë (Fernandina Beach, FL)
« on: January 06, 2020, 11:07:08 PM »
Chloë Agnew Live

7 PM

Friday, February 21
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Amelia Community Theatre
Fernandina Beach, FL


calendar / 2020-02-21 - Chloë (Fernandina Beach, FL)
« on: January 06, 2020, 11:05:45 PM »
Chloë Agnew Live

7 PM

Friday, February 21
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Amelia Community Theatre
Fernandina Beach, FL


Chloe Agnew / Salger
« on: January 04, 2020, 11:03:48 PM »
Back in 2016, Chloë was in a short film with Katherine Wray called Salger.

I posted about it on some of the older forums but I guess I forgot to post it here.

Here's the video:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/nb68FsOBFeY
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/164917469

It's a fun little film.

Chloë is so expressive!!!

Caranua / A Celtic Christmas (album)
« on: January 01, 2020, 11:47:49 PM »
So if you're reading this and your name's not Tracie, you may be wondering what this is...because as far as I know CaraNua didn't tell anyone about it. Also, I didn't get notified by any of the platforms on which I subscribe to CaraNua (Spotify, YouTube, PlayMusic, etc.).

But apparently CaraNua released a digital album called A Celtic Christmas December 25, 2019.

Thanks to Matt for telling Gregg and Tracie, who told me.

Is it too early to listen to Christmas music on January 1, because I listened tonight.

It's sooooo gorgeous! The arrangements are enchanting, the sound is immensely soothing, and the vocal harmonies are hauntingly beautiful.


Track list:

1. Shooting Star
2. All Through the Night
3. CaraNua Carol of the Bells
4. O Holy Night
5. Aurora
6. A New Dawn
7. Winter Angels of Evermore
8. I Saw Three Ships
9. What Child Is This
10. Baby Jesu Joy
11. Winter Magic Enfolds


I may add more after work tomorrow when I listen to the album again.

This is as gorgeous as everything we've come to expect from CaraNua. Crystal clear and gorgeous harmony.

Shooting Star sounds like an original song, is performed in English and I think David might have heard it while he was at Evermore Park. Alex is the lead singer in this song.

All Through the Night is similar (possibly identical) to CaraNua's previous release of the song as a single and on their Celtic Dreaming album. I'll have to go back and listen to the other version to compare. It's immensely soothing.

CaraNua Carol of the Bells is sung in Irish. The CaraNua arrangement manages to turn what is normally a frantic-paced song into a soothing one. It's really quite remarkable how they made this sound so intricate and beautiful.

O Holy Night is another song CaraNua approached totally differently than one might expect. They hum the entire song and I don't know that I've ever heard such a unique and enchanting arrangement of the song.

Aurora is an original song I think. I've never heard heard it before. I'm pretty sure it was written for the Aurora soundtrack at Evermore Park. It's in English, the voices are angelic, and the sound is sublime. Lynn is the lead singer in this one.

A New Dawn is also probably an original song for the Evermore Park soundtrack. It's performed in English and is deeply soothing. The profound resonance Alex gets out of some of the notes in this song is incredible! An absolutely enchanting song!

Winter Angels of Evermore is a re-arrangement of "Angels of Evermore" from "Evermore Park, Vol. 1: Soundtrack of Magical Lore." Like the songs that preceded it on the album, it is hauntingly lovely. I don't have the capacity to describe how beautiful all these tracks are. You'll just have to listen.

I Saw Three Ships is the first song on the album that has a skip in its step. It's performed softly, but it's arranged like an Irish jig, the tempo carried by the tin whistle and some light percussion. The harmony, as in all the songs on the album, is lovely.

What Child Is This starts out like a light snowfall as a soft instrumental. Then CaraNua adds gentle, intricate humming to the melody.

Baby Jesu Joy is performed as soft, soothing humming.

Winter Magic Enfolds is a re-arranged and extended version of "Magic Enfolds" from "Evermore Park, Vol. 1: Soundtrack of Magical Lore" and "Celtic Dreaming." The third quarter of the song becomes really creepy. If I heard that in a dark hallway at night, I'd be intrigued, but also scared out of my mind! That was an unexpected twist to end the album. It sounded like something out of a haunted house fright track.

Other Musicians / Celtic Thunder News
« on: January 01, 2020, 09:52:52 PM »
Here's an update posted December 20, 2019 by Sharon Browne:

- Celtic Thunder took 2019 off from touring as a group
- Several members did their own separate tours last year
- They had a lot of non-music stuff going on in their lives (weddings, babies, etc.)
- New PBS special starting in March 2020: Celtic Thunder – IRELAND
- Celtic Thunder - Ireland live tour in fall 2020

calendar / 2020-07-18 - Mairead Nesbitt (Rockport, MA)
« on: January 01, 2020, 09:36:54 PM »
Mairead Nesbitt

July 18th, 2020
7:30 PM

Rockport Music-Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport, MA

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