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    « on: July 03, 2017, 05:51:06 PM »

    It looks like the show at the 3Arena in Dublin on September 2, 2017 will be recorded as the next Celtic Woman PBS special / DVD!!!

    https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/2017/0703/887332-celtic-women/

    As it is part of the Voices of Angels tour, I expect it will be a Voices of Angels DVD (although there is precedent for it being named after the next tour, as was the case with Emerald, which was recorded during the Believe tour).
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    « Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 08:44:55 PM »

    Notes from the Voices of Angels DVD recording

    Here are some notes I've pieced together so far from various reports of the DVD recording.

    Set List (unofficial):

    Act 1:
    1. Mo Ghile Mear
    2. My Heart Will Go On
    3. Across the World
    4. Walk Beside Me
    5. Dlamn
    6. She Moved Thru' The Fair
    7. Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears
    8. Danny Boy
    9. Fields of Gold
    10. Westering Home
    11. Nl S'n L

    Act 2:
    Act 2:
    1. Amazing Grace
    2. For the Love of A Princess
    3. Ave Maria
    4. Water Under The Bridge
    5. Ard T Chuain/Sadhbh N Bhruinneallaigh
    6. The Voice
    7. Time To Say Goodbye
    8. You Raise Me Up
    9. The Kesh Inn
    10. Tir Abhaile Ri
    11. The Parting Glass
    12. Ray Solo / Floorplay (aka the percussion number)
    13. Mo Ghile Mear (re-take)
    14. Danny Boy (re-take)
    15. Fields of Gold (re-take)
    16. Westering Home (re-take)

    Omissions compared to the 2017 Voices of Angels tour:
    - R S do Bheatha Bhaile
    - Orinoco Flow (strange, considering they posted a video of them rehearsing it before the show). I wonder if they decided the rehearsal for Orinoco Flow was good enough and they decided to use that for the DVD so they had more time to retake other songs.


    Anabel Sweeney:
    - The Celtic Woman singer contest winner from Co Waterford, Ireland
    - Sang a solo (Fields of Gold)
    - Also sang the opening solo part of Westering Home
    - She was a bit nervous, but overall, handled herself very well, particularly for her first big live performance
    - She was apparently very professional, had great stage presence, and was funny as well


    Dresses:

    Act 1:
    - Susan: Bright blue (she wore it during her dance number as well)
    - abha: Medium blue
    - Mairad Carlin: Dark purple
    - Tara: Pattern
    - Anabel: White

    Ceili:
    ... Working on it

    Act 2:
    - Susan: Red
    - abha: Dark blue
    - Mairad Carlin: Black
    - Tara: Gold

    Songs that were particularly well-received:
    - For the Love of a Princess
    - Ard T Chuain/Sadhbh N Bhruinneallaigh
    - Ave Maria
    - Fields of Gold (Anabel)

    Omissions compared to the 2017 Voices of Angels tour:
    - R S do Bheatha Bhaile
    - Orinoco Flow (strange, considering they posted a video of them rehearsing it before the show)


    Anabel Sweeney:
    - The Celtic Woman singer contest winner from Co Waterford, Ireland
    - Sang a solo (Fields of Gold)
    - Also sang the opening solo part of Westering Home
    - She was a bit nervous, but overall, handled herself very well, particularly for her first big live performance
    - She was apparently very professional, had great stage presence, and was funny as well


    Dresses:

    Act 1:
    - Susan: Bright blue (she wore it during her dance number as well)
    - abha: Medium blue
    - Mairad Carlin: Dark purple
    - Tara: Pattern
    - Anabel: White

    Ceili:
    ... Working on it

    Act 2:
    - Susan: Red
    - abha: Dark blue
    - Mairad Carlin: Black
    - Tara: Gold

    Songs that were particularly well-received:
    - For the Love of a Princess
    - Sadhbh N Bhruinneallaigh
    - Ave Maria
    - Fields of Gold (Anabel)


    Orchestra:
    - 14 pieces
    - 12 violins, a cello, and a bass fiddle


    Band Notes:
    - Gavin Murphy on piano


    Stage:
    - A modified version of the Destiny tour set
    - Drapes to the sides of the stage
    - Wasn't much decoration on the risers, but obviously more stage decoration than for the Destiny DVD


    Production:
    - They did the usual applause recordings (aka level checks) before the show
    - There were a few lighting and audio issues, so they had to redo a few of the songs a few times
    (There were a bunch of problems during Mo Ghile Mear, Fields or Gold, Westering Home)
    - They changed the act 2 set list during intermission
    - The recorded the band percussion number and The Kesh Inn after The Parting Glass. Apparently some people started to leave before they realized there was still recording happening.
    - Then, they re-recorded Mo Ghile Mear, Danny Boy, Fields of Gold, and Westering Home and another version of the finale
    - The recording started around 8:20 and wrapped up between 11:00 PM - midnight



    Other Notes:
    - Brendan Graham was in the audience and Mairad got emotional when introducing him to the audience
    - Some people tried a stage and greet after the show, but that was not successful


    A Note on Expectations:

    A small number of people were a bit disappointed with all the restarts and technical issues and felt that the show was catered to the PBS audience and DVD customers instead of the live audience. While I respect that people have different opinions, I have to point a few things out:

    * First of all, things happen. Re-taking a few of the songs was without question the right decision.
    * The live audience wasn't supposed to be attending a normal tour show.
    * The live audience was there to be part of the show and to see the "process" of making a DVD / special.

    The audience of the DVD and PBS special were, as they should have been, the core focus.


    Overall:
    - Overall impressions I've read from the show were quite positive, in spite of the technical / production issues.
    - The crowd was apparently enthusiastic and supportive.
    - It sounds like the show went over quite well overall.

    I don't know about everyone else, but I'm super-excited for the DVD!
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    « Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 11:29:24 AM »

    Pictures from the Voices of Angels DVD Recording:

    Rehearsals

    From Celtic Woman:




    From Liam MacCarthaigh:




    From Television Mobiles:





    Stage and Arena (Pre-Show)

    From Celtic Woman:




    From Television Mobiles:




    From lucia_acpartlin:




    Stage and Crowd

    From Niall Kinsella:






    From Celtic Woman:












    murtwhelansound:




    Other:











    The Girls


    From Karsten:




    From Aine Carlin:




    From Susan McFadden Fans:




    From Ronan:




    From Eabha:





    Anabel Sweeney:

    From Adrian Kennedy:





    The Band:

    From Celtic Collections:



    Thanks to Tom Fox for all this
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    « Reply #3 on: September 06, 2017, 01:17:48 PM »

    It looks like Glen and Tom prepared these posts and a very well done to them - know it took quite a bit of work. I too look forward to the DVD being released. I understand the disappointment of some with the format. One really needs to attend these recordings with a different mindset - mostly that there is little to no flow and continuity, along with a bit of waiting.

    One conclusion that I draw from comments here and otherwise is that CW was celebrated in their country in a way not done so previously. Most will know what I mean and it is great for them to see/feel this happening.
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    « Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 02:58:14 PM »

    It looks like Glen and Tom prepared these posts and a very well done to them - know it took quite a bit of work. I too look forward to the DVD being released. I understand the disappointment of some with the format. One really needs to attend these recordings with a different mindset - mostly that there is little to no flow and continuity, along with a bit of waiting.

    One conclusion that I draw from comments here and otherwise is that CW was celebrated in their country in a way not done so previously. Most will know what I mean and it is great for them to see/feel this happening.

    Thanks Randy but it was all Tom's doing he did all the hard work of putting this together I just brought the photos post over here from Tara's forum so they were all the same so all the thanks go to Tom
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    « Reply #5 on: September 14, 2017, 06:37:02 PM »

    It looks like Glen and Tom prepared these posts and a very well done to them - know it took quite a bit of work. I too look forward to the DVD being released. I understand the disappointment of some with the format. One really needs to attend these recordings with a different mindset - mostly that there is little to no flow and continuity, along with a bit of waiting.

    One conclusion that I draw from comments here and otherwise is that CW was celebrated in their country in a way not done so previously. Most will know what I mean and it is great for them to see/feel this happening.

    Excellent point about the attention Celtic Woman is getting in Ireland. I think the 1916 Easter Rising centenary last year, the Grammy Nomination, and heavy promotion of the 3Arena show got them a level of attention in Ireland they haven't had in a while, if ever.

    They're a national treasure, if you ask me.
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    « Reply #6 on: September 16, 2017, 01:39:48 PM »

    A few very interesting notes:

    1. The dresses they wore for the Voice of Angels tour in Japan were the same ones they wore in North America (not the same ones as the 3Arena DVD / PBS special).

    2. The 2018 tour is apparently the Homecoming tour!
    http://foxcitiespac.com/events-tickets/tickets/events/celtic-woman-homecoming-tour/celtic-woman-homecoming-tour


    I wonder if the DVD will be called Voices of Angels or Homecoming...

    I guess we'll find out in a couple of months.
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