I had the opportunity to see the Celtic Woman concert at the Aronoff Theater in Cincinnati this past weekend. I figured the concert would be fun and relaxing, but I was mostly excited to have a GNO (girls night out) with my neighbor and friend, Stacey. She was very excited when she found out that I had scored tickets, much more than I. It is not that I don't like Celtic Woman, because I really enjoy listening to their mellow sounds. I also enjoy watching them on TV, but usually in spurts, rather than the entire show at one time.
It was a beautiful day to be in downtown Cincinnati and we enjoyed salads, bruschetta and wine at a pub with an outdoor dining balcony. We simply walked across the street to pick up our tickets. Our seats were great--we were just about 7 rows back. Even more awesome when no one sat in front of me. (I am short and often have to look around people at events.) So far, a great evening, but that was soon about to change once the performance began. My evening went from wonderful to out of this world.
I am not sure there are even words to describe Celtic Woman in concert. The ones that come to mind, though, are phenomenal, magical, hopeful, incredible, inspirational and, the recent albums title, believe. The colors, the lights, the music, the performers--wow! It was beautiful, motivating, and inspiring. There are so many things running through my head right now that I am not sure I can get them all out.
I will start first with the lead singers, Chloe Agnew, Lisa Kelly and Susan McFadden. They are all so incredibly talented and so beautiful. I was amazed when I came home to find out that Chloe is just 16! (Note: a reader/fan told me she is now in her 20's but joined when she was 16--either way, she is amazing!) Then their is the talented Mairead Nesbitt, the violinist, who is not only an amazing (I know, I keep using that word but it just seems to fit) but was able to jump around and dance all over the stage while she played. Her long blonde hair was swinging around and I thought for sure that it would get caught in her violin strings, but it never did.
The women didn't just stand around and sing every song. Some songs were acted out. My favorite had a story line of women bickering that was hilarious!
There was also a man who danced the jig like I had never seen before. And yes, I have seen Irish dancers on a few occasions, but never like him. He could dance!
There was also the man who plays the bag pipes. Not only was he cute and could blow a pipes he wore a kilt. It doesn't get much more sexy than a good looking man in a kilt!
Now for the music--it was phenomenal. I have never heard anything like their rendition of Amazing Grace. It started with the bagpipes, creating a soulful feeling. Then the women began singing. Their voices were absolutely angelic. The entire audience was moved. They also did a wonderful job on Ave Maria.
I really loved the traditional Gaelic songs they sang, including Danny Boy. My favorite, though, was Téir Abhaile Riú. This concert made me wish I was of Irish descent.
This concert really moved me and inspired me. Bottom line is this, whether you even slightly like Celtic Woman or are a huge fan, you really need to catch this concert. It is definitely a night to remember and would be well worth the price for the best seats in the house.
Here is a list of future tour dates in the US:
|Mar 27, 2012||Akron, OH||Civic Theatre|
|Mar 28, 2012||Columbus, OH||Palace Theatre|
|Mar 30, 2012||Chicago, IL||Rosemont Theatre|
|Mar 31, 2012||Chicago, IL||Rosemont Theatre|
|Apr 1, 2012||St. Paul, MN||Xcel Energy Center|
|Apr 3, 2012||Champaign, IL||Assembly Hall Star Theatre|
|Apr 4, 2012||Kansas City, MO||Music Hall|
|Apr 5, 2012||Little Rock, AR||Robinson Center|
|Apr 6, 2012||Memphis, TN||Orpheum Theatre|
|Apr 7, 2012||Memphis, TN||Orpheum Theatre|
|Apr 10, 2012||Louisville, KY||The Palace Theater|
|Apr 11, 2012||St. Louis, MO||Fox Theatre|
|Apr 12, 2012||Wichita, KS||Century II Performing Arts Center|
|Apr 14, 2012||Dallas, TX||Verizon Theatre|
|Apr 15, 2012||Baton Rouge, LA||River Center Arena|
|Apr 16, 2012||Houston, TX||Jones Hall|
|Apr 18, 2012||Denver, CO||Wells Fargo Theater|
|Apr 19, 2012||Salt Lake City, UT||Energy Solutions Arena|
|Apr 21, 2012||Portland, OR||Keller Auditorium|
|Apr 22, 2012||Spokane, WA||INB PAC|
|Apr 23, 2012||Seattle, WA||Paramount Theatre|
|Apr 25, 2012||Sacramento, CA||Memorial Auditorium|
|Apr 27, 2012||Phoenix, AZ||Comerica Theatre|
|Apr 28, 2012||Los Angeles, CA||Nokia Theatre L.A. Live|
|Apr 29, 2012||Las Vegas, NV||The Smith Center for Performing Arts|
Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets for this concert in exchange for my review. This review contains my honest opinions.