Latest CD/DVD, Home For Christmas (2013)
Have released 8 albums, 6 DVDs, and sold more than 8 million copies around the world and achieved platinum-level sales in 9 countries
Sold out concerts around the world performing for nearly 3 million fans
Performed twice at the White House
Other performances include: PBS Specials
Dancing with the Stars, and The Bold and the Beautiful
Christmas with Celtic Woman
The 700 Club
CBN.com - HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
GROUP MEMBERS: Mairead, Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, & Mairead Carlin
For almost a decade, the group Celtic Woman’s popularity has grown around the world. They are a female vocal ensemble that performs a mix of Celtic and adult contemporary music. Celtic Woman is compared to artists such as Clannad, Enya, and Loreena McKennitt, Celtic Woman first rose to acclaim with an energetic stage show that shared much in common with similarly-minded productions like Riverdance (whose music director, David Downes, was the driving force behind Celtic Woman's formation in 2004). The group's first performance was filmed by PBS in 2004 and broadcast one year later, accompanied by a wildly popular CD and DVD. Although intended to be the group's only release, the album climbed to the top of the Billboard World Music chart and stayed there for a record-setting 93 weeks, thus setting the stage for Celtic Woman's long career.
Celtic Woman began touring heavily, sometimes logging as many as 35 weeks a year on the road. While a series of PBS specials ensured that the ladies remained on America's TV screens, additional album releases helped them remain on the charts. The holiday-themed A Christmas Celebration appeared in 2006, with A New Journey following in 2007. Both albums topped the World Music chart, and A New Journey even achieved crossover success by peaking at number four on the Billboard 2000. Several members of Celtic Woman's shifting lineup also released solo albums. Released in 2008, The Greatest Journey combined material from Celtic Woman's older albums with several new songs. It was followed two years later by Songs from the Heart, which found the group mixing some contemporary covers into its repertoire.
Home for Christmas is their latest Christmas CD. It debuted #1 on Billboard's World Music Album chart. Along with the new album is an hour-long the live performance DVD Home for Christmas: Live from Dublin. Continuing in their successful PBS specials, this live performance will be aired on PBS stations nationwide beginning Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the PBS December pledge drive. It features Christmas favorites, like "What Child is This," "Silent Night," and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." The DVD features bonus performance footage of four popular holiday songs, like "Away in a Manger" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
In February 2014, Celtic Woman will begin The Emerald Tour which will have 80 North American concert dates. It will feature traditional Irish anthems, pop standards, and original compositions.
About Mairead Nesbitt
“Energy” and “Beauty’ are the two words that Máiréad feels best describe what she strives for as a musician and as a person. A fiddle player since the age of 6, Máiréad’s Loughmore, Co. Tipperary background is steeped in music in the way that only those who grow up in a family of accomplished musicians can be.
A former All-Ireland fiddle champion, Máiréad began her professional career as violinist with the RTE Concert Orchestra. Her blend of traditional Irish and classical styles earned her Irish Music Magazine’s title of Best Traditional Female (2003) and has given her the opportunity to work with such illustrious acts as Nigel Kennedy, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, Clannad, Emmylou Harris, Aslan, Chris De Burgh, Jimmy Webb, and Irish acts Donal Lunny’s Coolfin, Sharon Shannon, Paul Brady, Frances Black, Cooney and Begley, and Jimmy McCarthy. She’s played on the original soundtracks of the shows Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames and subsequently performed in three world tours as the original lead fiddle in Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames. With her solo album raining up she toured with her own band and has also played and recorded with the Afro-Celt Sound System. She has composed the original music score for the new dance shows ‘Invasion’ to tour in 2006. Máiréad also had the honor of performing privately for HRH-The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) on her secret visit to Dublin in September 2004. Winner of the IMA Music Awards, Maidread was the featured soloist on the Disney Pixar movies Tinkerbell and Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure.
Lisa Lambe is a renowned Irish actress and vocalist who has starred in numerous title roles in top theatrical productions throughout Ireland, Europe and the UK. Regarded as one of the most sought after performers in Ireland, Lisa’s natural talent began shining from the young age of three and was polished with a degree in acting from Trinity College Dublin. Her career accolades span from the dramatic stage to musical theater; film and television to radio performances. She has been a featured soloist with Ireland’s RTE Concert Orchestra, and was a favorite soloist on Ireland’s popular TV program “The Late Late Show” leading to collaborations with RTE affiliated musicians Shay Healy and Frank McNamara. Lisa ’s critically praised vocal roles include The Shaughraun directed by John McColgan (under the Musical Direction of David Downes; The Abbey Theatre), The Wiremen by Shay Healy (The Gaiety Theatre), Sweeney Todd (The Gate Theatre). Lisa Lambe was nominated for a Best Actress Award at The Irish Times Theatre Awards for her performance in the lead role of “Philomena O Shea” in Rough Magic’s musical Improbable Frequency where she performed at The Edinburgh Theatre Festival, in Torun (Poland), and in Dublin.
ABOUT SUSAN McFADDEN
Susan McFadden became a star at the age of 11 in the title role of Annie at the Olympia Theater in Dublin and most recently starred in London’s West End. Susan trained from a young age at the famous Billie Barry Stage School, while performing in theatre and television. Landing her first professional lead role in Annie at the age of 11. She later went on to tour in Ireland and the United States with Irish entertainers such as Tony Kenny, June Rogers and Noel V Ginnity. Other stage credits include the role of “Kathy” in Singin’ in the Rain at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin and Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork; the national tour of Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Andrews Lane Theatre; Daniel O’Donnell’s Rock ‘n’ Roll tour, “Milly” in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in the West End. Television credits include RTE television series’ Bachelors Walk and Relative Strangers, the four-part mini-series and Daniel O’Donnell’s Rock ‘n’ Roll PBS special.
ABOUT MAIREAD CARLIN
After finishing her studies at Trinity College of Music in London, Mairead was signed to Decca Records and has recorded her debut album, ‘Songbook’, due for release in 2014.
Mairead has performed for the President of Ireland, celebrated the Irish Anthem for the England-Ireland Rugby International to a TV audience of millions and shared the stage with the likes of Snow Patrol and The Priests at the 2013 BBC TV Gala Concert ‘Sons and Daughters’ to mark Derry’s year as City of Culture- of which she also recorded the City of Culture anthem ‘Let The River Run’. She has toured the UK and Ireland with legendary American singer-songwriter Don McLean, including a sellout concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Also this year, Mairead made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall for RTE TV and perfomred in concert alongside Carly Simon and Natasha Beddingfield for the charity Oceana.
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