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 fund-raising 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.