Celtic Woman don’t have a new record or video to tour behind this year. So what will the Irish-rooted vocal group have to offer in their new show? Essentially, nothing but their best, they say.
“It’s a beautiful show,” Celtic Woman singer Lisa Lambe said in a recent phone interview. “And it’s a show that’s a celebration of the best of Celtic Woman. I suppose it’s almost like the greatest hits down through the years and songs that people will know very well, songs I think they’ll want to sing along with, or at least I hope they will. Songs like ‘Orinoco Flow,’ ‘You Raise Me Up,’ ‘She Moved Through the Fair,’ and then we have some beautiful classics that I don’t think any Celtic Woman concert or performance can be complete without, songs like ‘Danny Boy,’ which for me are some of the highlights and the moments that I enjoy best when I’m performing the show.”
Judging from the continuing success of Celtic Woman, the group, which is backed by a full band and choir in concert, has created an elaborate live show that appeals to a large audience.
Originally, Celtic Woman was created for a one-off television special filmed in Ireland. Musical director David Downes and producer Sharon Bowne essentially recruited four singers — Orla Fallon, Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly and Méav Ni Mhaolchatha, along with fiddle player Máiréad Nesbitt — to perform that single concert.
PBS picked up the film of that performance and it became a popular fundraising program for PBS in spring and summer 2005. This helped paved the way for the release of the show as a concert DVD that sold more than a million copies. Meanwhile the group’s self-titled first studio album topped “Billboard” magazine’s world music chart for a record-setting 81 weeks.