photos by Steve Trager
As a individual who thrives on as many live shows as possible on a continued basis, there comes a time where you want to branch out and discover something different, basically transcend outside of the box and truly discover a whole new world of music. And the best way to do that is with something like Celtic Woman. Nothing compares to the actual live experience with four well accomplished beauties whose talent outshines on stage. If last year was any indication that this was a must see event, then the current Believe World Tour takes the Celtic Woman to a whole new level.
Celtic Woman have certainly earned themselves numerous number one’s on both Billboard’s World Music and Internet charts, which is impressive to any music enthusiast. Believe is not only their sixth release for the all female singing sensation, but is also their sixth consecutive number one selling album. A feat not to be ignored.
Currently on the road with a great mix of songs that combine stellar vocals, along with that great Irish flare, Celtic Woman performed here in Philadelphia at the Liacouras Center. In terms of acoustics, it’s not the best venue on the East coast, but it’s also hard to capture the best from anyone in a venue that hosts basketball games.
When you are not familiar with the show, you are just anxious and on the edge of your seat the entire night and that’s how I was with Celtic Woman. The show kicked off at 7:30 with two full hours of energized entertainment. The stage production was nothing less then an eye catching beauty with superb lights and sound.
With most shows these days, you have a sound guy cranking the vocals and guitars way passed that they should be and you can’t hear yourself think while watching the show. This show was a complete 360 degree turn, complete with clean sound and a stunning six piece band.
For some it’s all about the music – that great Irish sound with a pure Celtic flair that gives you an amazing feeling throughout the entire show. You have the feeling that you should never close your eyes for a moment or you could very well miss an outfit change or some stellar synchronized dancing. They performed many of the songs from Believe and an astonishing version of Ava Maria during the second half of the show that clearly demonstrated why this act is able to tour the world to crossover audiences.
As if the great blending vocals weren’t enough, the limelight shined on the Celtic violinist Máiréad Nesbitt, working the fans as she ran around the stage and soloed. In brief moments she would stop and make that “fan to artist connection” and get everyone stopping their feet and clapping their hands as she continued to play.
This was a new experience for me and one I should have made a long time ago. It was a memorable show and the experience of a lifetime. Very well done laides. Thank you for a wonderful night.
The Fox Hunter
A Womans Heart
Teir Abhaile Riu
Mo Ghile Mear
Green Grow The Rushes
A Spaceman Came Traveling
Songs From The Heart
The Water Is Wide
A Tribute To Broadway
You’ll Never Walk Alone
Mna Na Heirann
The Parting Glass