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Mairead Carlin / Mairead Modeling
« on: March 20, 2018, 12:58:23 AM »
Mairead is being represented by Assets Model Agency. It looks like she'll be doing modeling on the side when she returns from the Homecoming tour at the end of June.

Source: Mairead's Instagram post from March 20, 2018: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bgh_V_GBZWB/

She certainly has the looks for it.

It can't be an easy industry to be part of, but I'm confident Mairead has the mental toughness to handle it and not let it control her or change the wonderful person that she is.

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Deirdre Shannon / Re: Deirdre's YouTube channel
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:45:01 PM »
For those who are unaware, Deirdre has a YouTube channel called Irelandmusicfan. This channel has several newer videos, particularly church music and Christmas music.

Here's the link to the channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjrgbm3JQ1Ixu_2U905az1Q

Oh wow, is that hers?

I've seen a few of the videos on there but I wasn't sure if that was a fans channel or not.

I subscribed.  :)

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HomeComing on Tour / Re: Homecoming YouTube channel
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:42:08 PM »
For St Patrick's Day, Alex, Eabha, Mairead & Tara perform part of Danny Boy for us:

https://youtu.be/k6GNHAAb3Ik

CWazyTom squeals with excitement. I love these clips of Alex performing with them for the short time she's filling in for the amazing Susan McFadden.

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HomeComing on Tour / Re: Facebook Live Videos
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:39:28 PM »
The second facebook live video of the tour was last night. This is a new song from Tara. I am loving this song so much! It's so catchy!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156229876497838&id=117800522837


I think they're calling that one "Tara's Tunes" on the set list. Watching and listening to her perform is like having an overwhelming dose of happiness. She is such a pleasure!

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Chloe Agnew / Chloë: An Irish Heart (March 17, 2018)
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:30:46 PM »
An Irish Heart


On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2018, I saw Chloë Agnew perform with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra in Van Wert, Ohio!

Like most of my trips to see Chloë, this was a drive. This show was almost 7 hours away. But the more I see her live, the more I believe there's nowhere that's too far to see her.


The Gathering

IloveyouSarahBurke!! <3 got a few of us together for a pre-show gathering at the nearby 'Black Angus On Main' restaurant, which was just a few minutes away from the venue by car. That was fun, IloveyouSarahBurke!! <3 !! Thank you!

I was my usual shy, non-talkative self, but I was having a great time. ;)


Meeting Chloë

There were no Meet and Greet tickets available that I could find. So in the time leading up to the show, I was wondering if there would be a post-show Meet and Greet in the lobby or not. She was in the Lobby and Greet after the show I saw with Nathan Carter last year. But I hadn't seen one of Chloë's orchestra shows before, so I wasn't sure if I would be able to meet her. Someone that went to an earlier show mentioned that there wasn't any such thing organized after her shows with the Atlanta Pops. I had reminded Chloë on social media often in the weeks leading up to the show that we were coming. She was looking forward to having us at the show, but could she meet us?

Someone that had gone to Chloë's show the previous night had managed to meet her by waiting at the merchandise table after the show. When Dermot came out to retrieve any merch that was left over, they asked if he could get Chloë and he did. That was my plan going into the evening, but we found out before the show that she couldn't stick around after. :o

So things weren't looking particularly good for meeting Chloë this time.

Near the end of the pre-show gathering, Karsten let us know that he had a secret contact that said we could meet Chloë before the show if we showed up early to the venue. :o

So we all hurried over there. In our excitement, we got there a few minutes before the doors to the veneue opened. It was a bit chilly outside, but we took the opportunity to take some pictures outside the Niswonger Performing Arts Center before they let us in.

There was a group of people gathered near the back of the lobby that apparently were part of a Meet and Greet group. These must have been special tickets for sponsors or members or something, because there were definitely no Meet and Greet tickets for general public sale anywhere. If you've read my post on my Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas concert in Saginaw in December of 2016, you may recall that I had been a bit surprised to see a Meet and Greet group assembled before that show as well. I was having somme traumatic flashbacks at that point. The staff was saying we needed some special Meet and Greet stickers. Umm ... what? The Meet and Greet group went in. This time though, I had a feeling Karsten and his mystery contact ;) would come through.

Shortly after the M+G group went in to the back area of the venue, some other people from the staff came out and asked if we were the group of fans there to see Chloë. We were. After some confused dialog between some members of the staff and them calling back to the uh, surprise contact, they took us to the front of the Meet and Greet line. The mistro of the Atlanta Pops was outside the room where the M+G was taking place. Some of the others in the group got photos with him. Just as I was about to, the staff told us to go in quick and see Chloë because there were a bunch of people waiting behind us and they were a bit short on time.

So we peeked into the room and there was Chloë!!! I got to go first! She recognized me and welcomed me over with her brilliant smile. She just seems to get more and more beautiful every time I see her. As usual, I got really giddy and rushed over her like an excited child running over to hug Elsa at a Disney theme park. I gave her a great big hug. She loved the cheap, oversized St. Patrick's Day novelty hat I was wearing. :D She also loved the Chloë forum buttons ( thanks Jim ;) ). I asked her if she wanted one and she did, so I put one in her gift bag.

I had her sign some things, offering her a selection of pens with various colours and tip sizes to choose from. She said she liked how I came prepared and organized for these. I had a flashback to my first Meet and Greet with her, where I hadn't remembered to bring anything to sign at all. I smiled at her and said this wasn't my first Meet and Greet anymore. :D I had come a long way since the first time I met her, but I was still shy and practically speechless in her presence. She thanked me for coming and said she was so glad I had come all this way to see her again. Like my first Meet and Greet with her and every subsequent Meet and Greet I've been too, I couldn't do much but smile and thank her repeatedly. I got to hug her again and take some photos with her. I must say, when I first met her, I was really bad at taking photos. I was not photogenic at all and my smile was pretty awkward. She has been such a positive influence in my life in so many ways. But one of the most important ways is that, over the years, I have finally learned how to smile, for her. :) <3

In the excitement of meeting Chloë, I actually left the room the gift bag still in my hands. Woops! I rushed back in after a couple of people had met her and left it for her at the back of the room.


The Venue

The merch stand was set up in the lobby. The Atlanta Pops had some merch there. Chloë had her typical assortment of signed photos, CDs (not her new EP which should be out later this year), and pretty much all the merch a Chlovër would desire. By that point, I pretty much had everything on the table already. There was signed photo I didn't have yet, but I have quite an overwhelming amount of her signed photos back home at this point, so I decided to pass this time. She did however, had a nice little clear, signed glass I didn't have yet, so I got one of those.

The show was in what I would call a normal-sized auditorium, the size in which one might see a Celtic Woman show. It was larger than the typical venue for her solo shows. I suspect quite a bit of the crowd was a local crowd there to see the visiting Atlanta Pops Orchestra.

The stage was fairly simple in design, with a white background, lit with green for St. Patrick's Day. There was what I'd call a medium-sized orchestra. I didn't count the number of pieces, but if I had to guess, I'd say maybe 30-40. The orchestra was pretty far back from the front of the stage, leaving lots of room for the performers in front of them. We were about 3 rows back, just to the left of center stage, the best seats I could get. I thought the seats turned out great!


The Show

Before the show, someone came out on stage, thanked everyone for coming, thanked the sponsors, and mentioned that they would be recording the show :o

I believe it was being recorded for a promotional video, rather than something one might see on PBS or a DVD one day. They had a few cameras set up partway up the aisles and microphones set up for the members of the orchestra.

The lights went down and it was finally show time!

I've seen Chloë a few times now, including a few of her solo shows, a show with Nathan Carter, and one with Lisa Kelly in Peachtree City. While every time was special, this show was quite possibly the best. Chloë sounded fantastic! She sounds great at her solo shows, with Dermy as accompaniment. But with an orchestra behind her, she sounded better than ever! Chloë performed some songs from her regular set list, including some arrangements of fan favourites from Celtic Woman. The Atlanta Pops arrangements were a bit different than David Downes's arrangements. Although I did prefer some of the CW orchetral arrangements, I thought the Pops arrangements were great overall. Chloë also performed some songs she I hadn't yet heard her perform live before.

Chlovërs, I have heard her sing some pretty impressive stuff. She has reduced me to tears on multiple occassions with her passionate performances and beautiful voice. But with that powerful orchestra behind her, it was on a different level. I was fighting back tears (often unsuccessfully) for almost every song in her set list! Her duets with Dermy were incredible!

Dermot, who usually plays guitar and piano in Chloë's solo shows, was only singing this time. He performed a solo for St. Patrick's Day. I've heard him perform it at Chloë's shows before. It was quite impressive.

Another treat during the show was Scott Porter, who danced a few times during the show. This time, I got to fully appreciate his performance, since I wasn't getting blasted repeatedly in the eyes with strobe lights the whole time. :D

The Atlanta Pops orchestra had some standout pieces as well, while Chloë was getting a breather backstage. They did some good medleys, but my favourite pieces were Shenandoah and The Ashokan Farewell. Those were both deeply moving and very well done! The conductor was quite funny and was very complimentary of Chloë. While Chloë was in Celtic Woman, he had dreamed of one day performing with her. Dreams really do come true.

Chloë gave us shout-outs during the show shared her engaging smile with us several times. There are people who can sing. There are people who can interact with the audience. But there is nobody else like her. <3


Post-Show

After saying goodbye to Sarah, Karsten, and Eric (hopefully I get to see them again for Lisa's show in August), I headed back to the hotel. From past experience, I knew I wasn't going to be doing much sleeping any time soon, so I posted pictures until after 2:00 AM, when I couldn't keep my eyes open any more.

The drive home was pretty long (including a extremely slow border crossing, likely on account of March Break), but at least I didn't have to do this one alone.

On the way back, I played Homecoming ( the signed Target-exclusive version ;) ) to get ready for my two Celtic Woman concerts coming up in less than a month. Then, I listened to a mix of former Celtic Woman guests and former Celtic Woman choir members (including Amy Rivard, in honour of passing through her hometown on the way back).


Closing Thoughts

Chloë refers to their touring group (her, Dermy, Scott Porter, and the Atlanta Pops conductor) as The Wolf Pack, I believe. They make a great team and treated us all to a wonderful show. There were quite a few standing ovations during the show and Chloë seemed genuinely flattered by all the love and support. If you're reading this Chloë, you deserved every bit of it. You were so wonderful! Thank you sooooo much, from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to meet with your Chlovërs and for one of the most memorable shows I've seen in my life. <3

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Forum Questions & Comments / Re: Whats everyone think
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:19:44 PM »
I love the new Other Musicians board and Amy Rivard board!

I will DEFINITELY be making use of those!

Thanks!

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General Discussion / Re: CW Merch Bundle Giveaway
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:07:22 PM »
Ahh yes.

As far as I can tell, that requires you to log in with a Spotify Premium account. I have a free one (through open.spotify.com), not a paid one, so it won't let me enter.

I'm pretty sure they mentioned it was only for the US, too.

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Forum Questions & Comments / Other Musicians board?
« on: March 16, 2018, 10:18:41 PM »
I wonder if we should have an Other Musicians board or something similar?

We all love Celtic Woman, but I'm sure there's some other good non-CW-related music / musicians worth sharing too that not everyone may know about yet.

Some of the other forums gave this a try (ie. Chloë's forum).

If we don't need a separate board, we could also do threads in the General Discussion board, but having threads and posts all over the place for this kind of stuff on the old CW forum was tough to follow. Boards help organize things and find them a little more effectively.

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Forum Questions & Comments / Re: Anyone like a job with the Forum
« on: March 16, 2018, 10:09:52 PM »
Nice!

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Chloe Agnew / Re: The Rose (by Chloë and some of her friends)
« on: March 16, 2018, 10:07:42 PM »
That's beautiful and so nice of them to dedicate it to you!

Thanks!  Yeah, that was pretty cool.  I have to say, getting to know Chloë's friends from that video has been even more special. They're soooo sweet!

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General Discussion / Re: St. Patrick's Weekend Sale
« on: March 16, 2018, 09:58:26 PM »
I see the Glenn and Ronan "Hello World" EP is available as a CD to order now (and their new album of course is releasing April 13th).

I also see Solo is available again. It was sold out for a while.

"Celtic Angels" is also still available. I have this compilation album it because:
- It features a bunch of songs by Celtic Woman performers, including Méav and Chloë, and perhaps more importantly
- Includes a couple of songs performed by Ann Myler (former CW choir member)
- It has a few other pretty songs, including Neidin (performed by Aoife). Aoife also does an excellent version of Danny Boy and Caledonia.
- I found the tracks on this album to be hit and miss for my own personal taste
- You'll probably enjoy at least some of the songs.
- You can listen for free on Spotify and see if you like it: https://open.spotify.com/album/3gz2zU3hHiTBu8LkVvQzfL

Do you see anything else interesting up on the Celtic Collections store, aside from all the Celtic Woman stuff (which I already have)?

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HomeComing on Tour / Re: Homecoming YouTube channel
« on: March 15, 2018, 11:18:32 PM »
Here's a new video from the Homecoming channel today:

https://youtu.be/JWYXLRmvoaw

This video has clips from their show in Atlanta last week. The new songs that they show sneak previews of look so fun!

I love the stage, the songs, the arrangements, ... and the performers of course. Less than a month until I get to see them live!

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Mairead Carlin / Re: Instagram Gems
« on: March 14, 2018, 07:47:42 PM »
Adorable video alert on instagram! Did you know that Mairead and Tara are Irish?

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New Members / Re: Hello
« on: March 14, 2018, 01:23:37 AM »
Welcome to the forum CelticPrincess!

Deirdre has such a pure voice! My two favorite Deirdre songs are Crucán Na Bpáiste and One More Day.

I might have seen Deirdre Shannon in Lord of the Dance a long time ago (long before Celtic Woman). It's unlikely, but possible. She was doing Lord of the Dance at the time I saw it, but whether she was in the cast of that particular show, I'm not sure. I don't have a program from then and so far, I haven't been able to prove or disprove she was performing in that show.

A New Journey is quite possibly the best concert DVD I have ever seen in my life! Songs from the Heart was extremely spectacular, but watching ANJ is like an unbelievable jolt of joy.

I hope you enjoy your time here celebrating this amazing group!

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Chloe Agnew / Re: My First Chloë Concert
« on: March 14, 2018, 01:12:58 AM »
Sounds amazing!

Chloë always is. <3

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