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News and Updates / Mairead in The Little Prince musical soundtrack
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:23:52 AM »
It looks like Mairead is going to be part of a musical soundtrack of The Little Prince!

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BgjGCJDhqw_/

Excerpt from original post:

So excited that Nick and my gorgeous friend Jamie Reid have asked me to sing for their new musical soundtrack of The Little Prince- playing the part of The Little Prince himself. I canít say much more but I will tell you the other leads are Hollywood Royalty and Iím SO excited. Hint: #thegreatestshowman #lesmiserables

Hmm. My guess (without having looked up everyone else in both casts), is Hugh Jackman.

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News and Updates / Mairead Modeling
« on: March 20, 2018, 12:51:07 AM »
Mairead is being represented by Assets Model Agency. It looks like she'll be doing modeling on the side when she returns from the Homecoming tour at the end of June.

Source: Mairead's Instagram post from March 20, 2018; https://www.instagram.com/p/Bgh_V_GBZWB/

She certainly has the looks for it.

It can't be an easy industry to be part of, but I'm confident Mairead has the mental toughness to handle it and not let it control her or change the wonderful person that she is.

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Mairead Carlin Links / Interview with Leith Forrest (Feb 11, 2018)
« on: February 11, 2018, 05:51:23 PM »
Mairead did an interview with Leith Forrest, which is available on SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/fiveaa/celtic-woman-are-coming-to-adelaide-mairead-carlin-spoke-with-leith-forrest

I really liked this interview. Although some of the questions weren't new, the way that Mairead answered them was outstanding. She came across as adorable and sweet, just like she is in person.

She hinted again that on the Homecoming tour, there could be an emphasis on Irish songs they haven't covered before or at least not in a while.

I can hardly believe it's coming up on 5 years since Mairead Carlin joined Celtic Woman! It seems like just yesterday she was singing Scarlet Ribbons during her very first show:

https://youtu.be/OSc-3ViOEkY

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Homecoming Tour and DVD / Interview with RTE (Feb 2, 2018)
« on: February 02, 2018, 07:37:42 PM »
Celtic Woman did an interview with RTE, posted on February 2, 2018.

https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/2018/0202/937900-celtic-woman-its-a-really-exciting-time-for-us/

It contains a short video interview, but a good one. There's some interesting things about the Homecoming tour they casually mentioned during the interview that should get fans excited!  ;)

The article also contains writeup of the interview.

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Celtic Woman / Mairead in the studio
« on: January 24, 2018, 09:18:01 PM »
Mairead was doing some recording at Herbert Place Studios this week.

Given that both Susan and Mairead were in the same studio on the same week, I think the recording is probably for Celtic Woman rather than a solo project.

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Homecoming Tour and DVD / Release Date for Homecoming CD/DVD
« on: December 22, 2017, 04:35:29 PM »
Homecoming: Live From Ireland will release Jan 26, 2018 on CD/DVD & Digitally.

The album is available for pre-order today, along with 'The Parting Glass' which is available as a digital download audio track.

Source:
https://twitter.com/Celtic_Woman/status/944272789212626944

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Mairead Carlin Links / Christmas songs on RTE Radio 1 (Dec 19, 2017)
« on: December 22, 2017, 01:06:28 AM »
Celtic Woman was on RTE Radio 1 with Sean O'Rourke recently to promote their compilation album "The Best of Christmas."

The group performed NEW arrangements of a couple of Christmas classics.

I won't post the set list from the radio show. Instead, I'll leave it to you to be surprised and enjoy!

Video posted by Celtic Woman Official on December 19, 2017:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80G6yuFNuC8

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Lisa Lambe narrated a short film that has been nominated for Outsider's Best Outdoor/Adventure Film or Video 2017.

Video: Wild Atlantic Wildlife / A Wildlife Experience of the Soul:
https://vimeo.com/202434635

Her voice is so warm and soothing. <3

It has beautiful scenes and a lovely soundtrack as well.

You can vote here:
http://outsider.ie/outsider-awards/best-film-2017/

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General Discussion / Happy Birthday Mairead (2017)
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:33:10 AM »
Happy Birthday, Mairead!

You are so kind and talented. This world would be a far better place if there were more people like you.

I am so thankful for every year your music has been in my life.

I wish you happiness this day and on all the days to come in the year ahead.

<3

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The Other Ladies in Celtic Woman / ChloŽ on Hour of Power
« on: December 02, 2017, 12:18:46 PM »
I may have forgotten to post these earlier. My bad...

ChloŽ was on Hour of Power on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The show aired in Australia and New Zealand. It's scheduled to air worldwide on December 31.

Source:
https://www.facebook.com/ChloeAgnew/photos/a.184926664855881.59444.184561574892390/1904864629528734/?type=3&theater
Nov 3, 2017

But if you can't wait that long, I have a surprise below...





Panis Angelicus
https://youtu.be/8ttoscsVtgk

... ChloŽ unveiled her Opera Voice for that one!


Like An Angel
https://youtu.be/XVpx_GFkAN8


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Homecoming Tour and DVD / Homecoming PBS Special: Summary / Review
« on: November 28, 2017, 12:03:43 AM »

Tonight, I finally got to see saw the Celtic Woman: Homecoming PBS special!



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Set List

1. Mo Ghile Mear
2. My Heart Will Go On
3. Across the World
4. Walk Beside Me

First pledge break

5. Dulaman
6. She Moved Through the Fair
7. Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears
8. Danny Boy
9. Fields of Gold
10. Westering Home

Second pledge break

11. Amazing Grace
12. For the Love of a Princes
13. Ave Maria
14. The Voice
15. You Raise Me Up

Third pledge break

16. Ard TŪ Chuain/Sadhbh NŪ Bhruinneallaigh
17. Time to Say Goodbye
18. The Kesh Inn
19. Teir Abhaile Riu

Closing pledge break



Least Favourite Things

- There weren't very many negatives to this production. It was well done!

- I found the volume a bit low. I had to turn it up to about 150% of my normal TV-viewing volume for it to be an ideal sound level. Not quite as extreme as the Divinas DVD, which I usually have to play at 200% or more of my normal volume.  :D



Favourite Moments

Anabel Sweeney:

I knew from people that went to the recording at the 3Arena that she was going to be good and was very well-received by the audience. I also knew she was REALLY good from her My Land and Orphan Girl audition videos for the Celtic Woman competition on YouTube. But she absolutely blew me away! Fields of Gold was exceptional! The piano arrangement was very nice. Anabel's voice was gorgeous, but it was the way she sang, with such feeling, that was the most impressive. I can't say that it was the best version of Fields of Gold that I've ever heard (doing so would be blasphemous), but I will say this with absolute conviction: this performance was tied for the best performance I have EVER heard over this song. I can see her being in Celtic Woman one day. She was that good!


The song titles:

It seems like such an insignificant thing, but I really like the way they presented the titles for the songs on the screen. They did a sweeping fade-in of the text, accompanied by a tasteful glitter effect that made it seem very magical. They've always done a great job with the song titles and this was no exception.


The Dancing:

Mairead Carlin's during Dulaman was near-epic! She is sooooo good! I loved it during the tour and I loved it even more during the special!

Susan seemed even more graceful during She Moved Through the Fair than she was on tour.


Eabha's Nerves:

That probably sounds like an odd thing to call a highlight. She was a bit nervous, particularly when introducing Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears. I list this as a highlight (for me), because it emphasized that these girls are human beings and like everyone, have to overcome challenges, even when they're performing. As someone that struggled mightily with performing a long time ago, I was soooo proud of her for holding it together. I respect her even more as performer and as a person for having seen her go through that. <3


The orchestra:

They had a decent-sized orchestra on stage with them. It doesn't make financial sense for them to tour with an orchestra, but it does add quite a bit to the grandeur of the production and fills out the sound very effectively.


The Kesh Inn:

As it was on the tour, this was really fun, both in terms of the tune and its overall execution. Side-note: The girls came out and played their "TAR" instruments during The Kesh Inn instead of TAR. Susan played spoons, Eabha the tin whistle, and Mairead played her accordion "Beatrice."


Tara:

I LOVED her on tour and she seemed even better in this special! She moved around the stage so well. She plays with lots of feeling and those little facial expressions were even more adorable up close. I honestly think most members of the general viewing audience, in spite of missing Mairead, are going to LOVE Tara!



Most Surprising Moments

- Anabel: for some reason, I was thinking she was going to be exclusive to the DVD. I was pleasantly surprised when I got to see her.

- The ending: I had suspected they were going to end on Teir Abhaile Riu since that's the way they ended the sizzle reel. In the sizzle reel, the songs are almost always in order, and include the first and last numbers in the show. Still, I was expecting the Parting Glass in some capacity. Nope! It looks like it's a DVD-exclusive. TAR wasn't a bad song to end on, but it was a bit surprising.


Other Moments of Interest

They added some echo to Danny Boy. It probably wasn't necessary, but it ended up being a nice effect and worked out pretty well.

At the end of TAR, Eabha said "you have been the most incredible audience." Shades of Lisa Kelly right there. "You raise me up..." oh wait, they ended on TAR instead.  :D



Pledge Breaks

As far as pledge breaks go, it was reasonably good, but I have seen more effective segments. The pledge drive on my PBS station for The Bloody Irish, for example, was VERY well done. They really made me feel passionate about me getting the DVD. I mean I was probably going to get it anyways because of Lisa Lambe, but they REALLY marketed it well.

I will say this though, they did an excellent job of emphasizing how amazing the current girls are. They addressed the fact that the group has changed a lot, but re-iterated that the current girls were every bit as talented as we've come to expect from Celtic Woman. I was so happy I almost cried.  :D

They were especially high on Tara! They repeatedly praised her skills on the violin, that she could play harp, dance around the stage, and even sing! They liked her long, red hair, too. I think they understood from previous campaigns that there would be some resistance to a new girl replacing a long-time favourite. They didn't compare her to Mairead Nesbitt (they didn't mention Mairead). They just focused on what makes Tara special and I thought that was the perfect way to approach it.

The premium (front 2 rows, non M+G) tickets sold pretty quickly, which is encouraging, and the phones seemed busy. They actually had people holding for a while.

The hosts had some knowledge of the group, but were definitely not superfans. One of them consistently mis-pronounced Tara's name (she pronounced it "TER-a" instead of "TAR-a"). The other host pronounced it correctly a few times. In typical fashion, the group was occasionally (maybe half a dozen times) referred to as "The Celtic Woman" or occasionally "Celtic Women" (plural). I wasn't offended this time. I just found it funny that they're going to all the trouble to promote this group that has been one of the backbones of their station for the past 13 years, and they still don't know the name of the group or its members. They also said the group started in 2005 ... well, not exactly. They debuted on PBS in 2005, but the original show at the Helix was on September 15, 2004.  ;)

I'm not sure if they did it intentionally or not, but when describing the voices of the performers, they said it was like listening to voices of angels.  ;)  That was a nice touch.


Anticipated Reactions

- Most fans of Current Celtic Woman will love it!
- Some fans who have become disenchanted with the group over time will probably not feel differently about this special than they did about other recent specials.
- However, some fans of the New Celtic Woman who just didn't enjoy Destiny (particularly, the Destiny special) will enjoy this production more. It was a set reminiscent of Emerald, in contrast to the the minimalist set of the Destiny special. They did away with the video screen for the Homecoming special, so that should appease those that didn't care for the video screen on the Destiny or VoA tours.
- Most people who haven't seen / heard Celtic Woman before will probably love it.



Overall Impression

I loved it!!!

I thought it was pretty heavily front-weighted, in that most of the best moments came in the first half. The second half was still very good, but I enjoyed the first half even more by a noticeable amount. I suspect some of that perception is based on be being sooooo excited that I burned off most of my adrenaline store in the first half.

The third segment definitely had less energy (regardless of my own energy level) and slowed the momentum of the show a bit. You may recall It took me a long time to get used to the Voices of Angels arrangements of YRMU and Amazing Grace. It wasn't until the tour I started to really enjoy them as much as the other songs. In this special, both the songs regressed a bit from the tour versions in my opinion. They were still good, but I there were many songs on the set list I enjoyed more.

The last segment brought the energy level back up (the audience was clapping along during Eabha's Sean Nos songs) and they finished strong with The Kesh In and TAR.

In spite of burning myself out a bit on account of my overwhelming excitement, I really did enjoy the whole show. The stage looked great, the dresses were stunning and everything sounded fantastic ... in short, this show was just about everything we have come to admire about this group we love so much.

Thanks everyone for reading my novel and I hope you enjoy Celtic Woman: Homecoming as much as I did!



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ChloŽ did a live online show on StageIt on November 26, 2017, called Thankful.

ChlovŽrs sent ChloŽ songs in advance that they were most thankful for and ChloŽ performed a bunch of them in her show!

Set List:
- When You Believe
- Make You Feel My Love
- From A Distance
- She Used To Be Mine
- Vincent
- Diamond in the Rough
- From Me To You (original song)
- Medley: Danny Boy, Red Is the Rose, You Raise Me Up
- Thankful (Josh Groban)

I suggested From A Distance and I was so happy when ChloŽ performed it! It was one of my favourite songs back in the 90s and it's still very relevant in our world today.

"From Me To You" was an original Christmas song that ChloŽ performed as duet with her "Irish Twin" Marissa Lauren.

Dermy performed on piano. The piano arrangements were very well done, I must say.

As always, ChloŽ was wonderful! She sang with tremendous passion and hit some really impressive high-note sequences in a few songs. I have never been disappointed with one of ChloŽ's shows and I doubt I ever will be.

I think I speak for her fans everywhere when I say we are soooo thankful for ChloŽ, and we can never thank her enough. <3

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Homecoming Tour and DVD / Sizzle Reel
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:13:24 PM »
Here it is!

The full sizzle reel for Homecoming!!!

https://www.facebook.com/celticwoman/videos/10155893433742838/


It looks and sounds amazing!!!  Was there ever any doubt?

Seems like they did a good job of cleaning up all the technical issues that happened during the taping.

There are some spots where the transitions could have been done more smoothly, but it's really minor and certainly forgivable.

One week until it starts airing on PBS stations!!!

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Mairead Carlin Links / Woman's Way Magazine article
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:38:45 AM »
Mairead Carlin was featured in this months issue of Woman's Way Magazine.

A picture of the article was posted by Mairead on Facebook on Nov 15, 2017:
https://www.facebook.com/maireadcarlinofficial/photos/a.1641149706098981.1073741832.1573026469577972/2120054908208456/?type=3&theater

It's a good Q+A article.

A few highlights:
- Mairead and Ronan met in February (2016), got engaged that April, and got married that September. Quite a year! <3
- Celtic Woman has something very special planned for next summer  :o

Any guesses as to what the big surprise is?

It seems a little too far in advance to be a DVD (and too soon after Homecoming), but I suppose it's possible at some super-cool venue that had to be booked well in advance (maybe some place like Red Rocks).

It could be a new album, but again, it seems unusual that it would be very far along in the planning stages this far in advance.

There could be a summer tour in an area they haven't been too in a while or at all. Too warm in the summer for them to finally perform in Hawaii, most likely.

Maybe a feature on some special or movie?

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Voices of Angles tour and CD / Celtic Woman on Fleadh TV (Aug 20, 2017)
« on: August 21, 2017, 12:25:38 AM »
Celtic Woman was on Fleadh TV (pronounced "Flad" TV) on August 20, 2017.

First, they chatted GrŠinne Bleasdale:
https://youtu.be/yD5yb_bHKxU

Then, they performed Sadhbh nŪ Bhruinneallaigh and Mo Ghile Mear live:
https://youtu.be/5bVw85HVI1M

It was fun to see the band perform with Eabha on tour for Sadhbh nŪ Bhruinneallaigh, but I do love how the other girls got to perform with Eabha on Fleadh TV.

I loved Tara's solo part during Mo Ghile Mear. She gets those strings to sing like angels. <3

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