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Auctions and Fund raisers / Re: No fund raiser this year
« Last post by kay_girl_97 on November 24, 2020, 08:16:19 PM »
As long as the forum is doing good, I'm happy
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Lisa L News / Re: Lisa asked me to post this
« Last post by Maloney on November 24, 2020, 07:15:45 PM »
so much miss Lisa,  will always have a special place in our hearts.
Shared a special meet and greet with her and Mairead N too long ago.......
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Celebration: The 15th Anniversary Tour / Re: On or Off?
« Last post by Maloney on November 24, 2020, 07:10:29 PM »
Sure hoping so.   

Missing my yearly doses.

yes   Hopefully
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Celebration: The 15th Anniversary Tour / Re: DVD Preorder!!!
« Last post by Maloney on November 24, 2020, 07:08:27 PM »
I've been waiting for this one........
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Auctions and Fund raisers / Re: No fund raiser this year
« Last post by Maloney on November 24, 2020, 07:06:05 PM »
agreed......   good idea.   
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Eabha McMahon / Eabha's patreon page
« Last post by Tracie on November 23, 2020, 08:27:03 PM »
Eabha launched a patreon page today! Patreon is an online community where Eabha can share content with her fans, and we fans can support her as an artist. She has five different tiers of support to choose from, with the benefits increasing at each level. Go check it out! I'm super excited to see what all she'll do on there!

https://www.patreon.com/avaworld
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Auctions and Fund raisers / No fund raiser this year
« Last post by GlenS on November 23, 2020, 12:21:07 AM »
Guys and Gals im not going to do a fund raiser for the forum this year. I just can't do one there are just to many people out there that are hurting and need what money they have. I myself is better off this year then  i have ever been so i am not in need of help to fund the forum. Plus im out of gifts other then photos. I am just going to ask the ones of you that would normally give to the forum Please use that money to help a food pantry or toys for tots. I myself have spent over $100.00 for toys for tots in my area

Thanks all have great Holidays

GlenS
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Alex Sharpe / Re: Personalized Christmas Shows!
« Last post by CWazyTom on November 22, 2020, 10:53:22 PM »
Here's a video of Alex explaining "Christmas At Home," the series of personalized, private virtual concerts she's offering:

Christmas At Home, Star Cloths and Magic
https://vimeo.com/474828745

Here's a sort of teaser video she posted today for her Soul Song Sunday series. It does contain a peak at the set she's created for the Christmas At Home concerts and it has one of the songs from her menu. The song itself at about 8:08, but the preamble is pretty touching as well. The song included a little surprise and you may want to have tissues ready in case you need them:

Love Is Christmas
https://vimeo.com/482439596

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calendar / Re: 2020-12-06 - Chloƫ (Duluth, Georgia and livestream)
« Last post by dbbii on November 22, 2020, 12:50:17 PM »
For $35, I might as well go to both of them!  The cost is the travel.
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Other Musicians / Re: Celtic Thunder DVDs: Thoughts (includes some spoilers)
« Last post by CWazyTom on November 21, 2020, 10:15:59 PM »
The regular Celtic Thunder: Mythology DVD apparently contains 12 tracks and "The Making of Mythology" documentary. I have The Celtic Thunder: Mythology Deluxe DVD set and it's pretty epic. There are 2 DVDs:
1. A 31-track concert DVD (yeah ... 31 tracks!!!)
2. A separate documentary DVD that contains not one but two hour-long documentary features:
* "My Land"
* The Making of Mythology

Concert DVD:

The set design was pretty cool. The stage itself was in the shape of a giant Celtic cross. There were some stone-shaped props behind the stage that served at times as projector screens. Behind the stones was a huge backdrop screen that featured various lighting and atmospheric effects.

There were 4 Brendan Graham songs:
- "Voices" is the opening song of the DVD. It's a minor key song that has a certain intensity. It's alright and it has a pretty spectacular ending, but it's not the cathiest tune.
- "Always There" is a song he wrote (lyrics) for Secret Garden. The tune was composed by Rolf Lovland. Emmet Cahill This song is gorgeous. Perhaps Celtic Woman will perform it some day.
- "Rock N Roll Kids" was performed as a nice duet by Ryan and Neil
- "My Land"

Ryan had some great solos in this concert. It's pretty hard to compete with raw beauty of Orla's voice, but Ryan's take on "Carrickfergus" was well performed. He delivered some emotional depth. He did well with "The House of the Rising Sun" too. "Hunter's Moon" is perfect for his style and dark on-stage character. It's quite possibly my all-time favourite Ryan Kelly solo.

On the track "Katie," Colm Keegan both sang and played piano. He has prehaps the perfect voice for this song and arrangement. It was only on the Deluxe DVD, but it was really good!

My favourite George solo on the DVD was "Life With You." He brought the energy and even busted out some fancy choreography in this song! This is another track that was only on the deluxe edition.

Keith Harkin's "Tears of Hercules" (aka My Heart Was Home Again) was great. He got to show off a lot different guitars in this concert. "Now We Are Free" (Gladiator) was well done too. The guy is an extremely talented performer.

If you pay close attention during "Now We Are Free," you might spot Carl McGuire. ;)

Keith and Colm both sang and played guitar on their duet of "The Sound of Silence," which was excellent.

The way Celtic Thunder performs Seven Drunken Nights is hilarious!

The whistles and flutes seemed to play a far more prevalent role in this production. It gave the show a more traditional Celtic flare and I appreciated.

The Celtic Thunder arrangement of My Land is really good. They typically end the show on a much bigger numer, like Ireland's Call. Using My Land for a softer ending was definitely different.


Documentary DVD:

In the "My Land" documentary, the lads take us on a tour of Ireland and into the past, to the places they grew up.

"The Making of Mythology" is a really good behind the scenes documentary of the DVD. It covered planning, rehearsals, stage setup, and post-production. There was some technical content that I haven't heard covered in a "making of" documentary before and it was quite fascinating. Carl Maguire and Synan both got some air time.


Overall:

This deluxe DVD was a little polarizing. There were so many tracks, it ended up being a little too long and there were a few I didn't enjoy as much that wouldn't have made the cut on a shorter DVD. There were a bunch of very good tracks too though and some of those didn't make the regular DVD. The regular version of the DVD has most of the good tracks, but "Katie" and "Life With You" were two of my favourites and they were only on the deluxe version. "The Making of Mythology" is a fantastic documentary and it's on both the regular and deluxe versions of the DVD.

It's good, but if you're starting your collection, I'd start with "Storm" (featuring Deirdre Shannon) and "Heritage," followed by the very first two Celtic Thunder DVDs.

More writeups to come in a few more months. Long may the thunder roll!
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