Soprano Mairéad Carlin to Return

PBS To Air “20th ANNIVERSARY” Special in More Than 60 Markets Later This Year
 
On the heels of the successful “Postcards From Ireland,” Celtic Woman will carry on its legacy of uplifting performances packed with breath-taking harmonies and instrumental virtuosity. The group today announced it will bring an all-new live show to celebrate its 20th anniversary to North America. The Celtic Woman 20th Anniversary Tour will be delighting audiences with its fresh blend of traditional and contemporary Irish music that echoes Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage, while reflecting the vibrant spirit of modern Ireland.

In the 20 years since the global musical sensation’s debut, Celtic Woman has emerged as both a formidable musical presence and a genuine cultural phenomenon. The group's albums and DVD releases have been consistent multi-platinum best-sellers and its concert tours continue to touch the hearts of a devoted audience that spans the globe. Both an accomplished recording ensemble and a world-class performing collective, Celtic Woman introduces some of Ireland's most talented singers and musicians to the world stage.

The group's repertoire encompasses Irish classics, contemporary songs, classical favorites and stirring originals. The lineup of performers has evolved in the years since the group's inception but the signature sound of Celtic Woman has remained consistent, showcasing the members' individual and collaborative talents.
Celtic Woman is comprised of four young Irish women whose performing skills bring centuries of musical and cultural tradition to life. In concert, their angelic voices and instrumental virtuosity are accompanied by a robust ensemble that includes Irish dancers, bagpipers and a full band playing an array of traditional Celtic instruments, including bodhrán, tin whistle, bouzouki and Uilleann pipes.

Returning to the group is soprano Mairéad Carlin, a former member who joins the show for this very special anniversary tour. Joining her are fellow soprano Muirgen O’Mahony, fiddle and Irish harp maestro Tara McNeill, as well as the newest member of the group, the multi-talented Emma Warren, who has toured with Riverdance, Heartbeat of Home and most recently performed in Les Miserables, London.

Later this year, PBS will air the accompanying “20th ANNIVERSARY” TV special in North America across 60+ local PBS stations. Filmed in The Helix Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, it takes fans on a journey back to where it all began 20 years ago (and in the very same theatre). The TV special features appearances from four very special guests including original members Lisa Kelly, Máiréad Nesbitt, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha and Chloë Agnew -- who join Celtic Woman for this wonderful TV special packed with emotional and heart stirring performances.

Following the PBS broadcasts, the “20th ANNIVERSARY” album and DVD will be released in January 2024 and features brand-new compositions and arrangements plus some fan favorites.
 
Since 2005, Celtic Woman has sold over ten million CDs and DVDs, and amassed more than 3 billion streams, making it the only all-female act to achieve multi-platinum success in the classical crossover and world music genres during the past decade. Named Billboard’s #1 World Music Artist of the Year six times, 12 of the studio CDs have debuted at #1 on Billboard’s World Album chart. Celtic Woman has also scored two Top 10 debuts on Billboard’s influential album chart and five Top Five DVDs on Billboard’s Top Video chart, as well as achieving platinum-level sales in nine countries. Their 2016 album release, “Destiny”, was nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best World Music Album, marking the group’s first-ever Grammy nomination.

For the complete tour schedule, tickets and more information, visit www.celticwoman.com/tour-dates. Sign up for Celtic Woman’s newsletters at www.celticwoman.com to learn about new tour dates, album releases and special offers.

Brace yourselves, North America! The much-celebrated Celtic Thunder has set sail on their 30-city tour, ODYSSEY, captivating audiences with an extraordinary fusion of Irish music and culture. The journey commenced on October 5th in Minneapolis and promises a mesmerizing six-week adventure, concluding on November 13th in Red Bank, NJ. Don't miss the chance to witness this musical spectacle live! In ODYSSEY, the enthralling chemistry of Celtic Thunder's lead vocalists Damian McGinty, Neil Byrne, Emmet Cahill, and Ronan Scolard takes center stage. Each singer infuses the show with their unique voice and charm, creating a harmonious blend that resonates across diverse musical tastes. The performance is a sweeping voyage through the heartlands of traditional Irish music, the rhythmic pulse of contemporary Irish tunes, and innovative original arrangements that define the group's signature sound. The ODYSSEY songbook is a tapestry of emotion and musical richness, weaving together traditional and contemporary elements. From the energetic rendition of "Go Lassie Go" to the moving tribute of "City of Chicago" and the profound emotion of the iconic "The Parting Glass," audiences are treated to an unforgettable musical journey. The stage comes alive with the ethereal mystique of Celtic folklore and the grounded reality of contemporary Irish life. The Celtic Thunder Band provides a sonically rich backdrop, enhancing the emotive resonance of the songs. The production, complete with stunning lighting design and detailed costumes, strikes a perfect balance between tradition and modernity, embodying the ensemble's fusion of the old and the new. More than just a concert, ODYSSEY is a theatrical experience that pays homage to Celtic Thunder's legacy while venturing into uncharted territory. It's a compelling blend of music, storytelling, and atmospheric stagecraft, offering fans an immersive experience. Accompanying the tour is the release of the ODYSSEY soundtrack on November 24th, featuring 13 new recordings, including beloved classics like "Grace" and "Will Ye Go Lassie Go," contemporary favorites, and original compositions. The soundtrack is a modern twist on Celtic storytelling, merging entertainment, ideology, and Gaelic spirituality. Founded in Dublin in 2007, Celtic Thunder has earned global acclaim for emotionally powerful performances and state-of-the-art productions. Billboard magazine has named them the Top World Album Artist five times, solidifying their status as a musical powerhouse. General Admission and VIP tickets for the ODYSSEY tour are still available and can be purchased at www.celticthunder.com/tour

CELTIC THUNDER ODYSSEY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2023

*Sat 10/14/2023 Orillia, ON Casino Rama*

*Sun 10/15/2023 Greensburg, PA The Palace Theatre*

*Tue 10/17/2023 Midland, MI Midland Center for the Arts*

*Wed 10/18/2023 Davenport, IA Adler Theatre*

*Thu 10/19/2023 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre*

*Sat 10/21/2023 Nashville, IN Brown County Music Center*

*Sun 10/22/2023 Greenville, SC Peace Center Concert Hall*

*Tue 10/24/2023 Grand Prairie, TX Texas Trust Theatre*

*Wed 10/25/2023 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Centre*

*Thu 10/26/2023 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center*

*Sat 10/28/2023 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre*

*Mon 10/30/2023 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center*

*Tue 10/31/2023 Fort Myers, FL BB Mann*

*Wed 11/1/2023 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel PAH*

*Thu 11/2/2023 The Villages, FL Sharon L Morse PAC*

*Fri 11/3/2023 Evans, GA Columbia County PAC*

*Sun 11/5/2023 Wilmington, NC Wilson Fine Arts Center*

*Tue 11/7/2023 Roanoke, VA Jefferson Center*

*Thu 11/9/2023 Tysons, VA Capital One Hall*

*Fri 11/10/2023 Morristown, NJ Mayo PAC*

*Sat 11/11/2023 Medford, MA The Chevalier Theater*

*Mon 11/13/2023 Red Bank, NJ Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre*