In the mood for some Celtic music? The Irish version of the Spice Girls is coming to town.
Brought to us by producers of Riverdance, Celtic Woman combines traditional music with original compositions and contemporary pop standards by Irish artists like Clannad and Enya. The group has been named Billboard Magazine’s #1 World Music Artist, and has been featured in multiple episodes of the CBS daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful.
Much as the Spice Girls (and other boy and girl groups) was born as a concept first, Celtic Woman was originally the brainchild of Sharon Browne and David Downes, a former musical director of the Irish stage show Riverdance. The group has undergone lineup changes since forming in 2004, with original members Chloë Agnew and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt now joined by vocalists Lisa Lambe and Susan McFadden.
Nevertheless, Celtic Woman has gone on to enjoy immense popularity worldwide. The group has appeared in PBS specials (including a broadcast of their Slane Castle show) and has sold more than seven million copies of its CDs and DVDs. Last year, the quartet released the Believe CD/DVD and Home for Christmas, their second Christmas CD. Both products debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s World Music chart, marking eight consecutive chart-topping albums for the group.
Celtic Woman has also sold nearly 3 million concert tickets worldwide.
Celtic Woman performs at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St) Sunday June 2 at 7 p.m. For completed tour schedule and ticket information, visit www.celticwoman.com.