By Yensil Chung
Celtic Woman isn’t your typical Christmas group, nor is it anything comparable to the bands you hear on the radio today. It’s an all-female Irish music ensemble put together by Sharon Browne and David Downes, the musical directors of the 2004 Irish stage show Riverdance. The group consists of 23-year-old Chloë Agnew, actresses/singers Lisa Lambe and Susan McFadden and skilled violinist/fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt. Celtic Woman’s lineup has changed over the years but one thing remains constant: the music. With angelic voices harmonized beautifully against the background of traditional Irish bag pipes and fiddles, the combination creates a mellow signature sound. Touring all around the world, often with sold-out performances, the popularity of Celtic Woman throughout the years remains strong. Having made recent appearances on The Morning Show and soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, the ladies are coming to the IE just in time for the holidays to perform for their annual Symphony Tour. Past performances in the include classic yuletide tunes such as “O Holy Night,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “White Christmas.” The group’s latest holiday album Home For Christmas, though filled with heartwarming tracks, isn’t quite inspirational as it is to hear the music live. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to fully capture the ethereal sound of the Celtic Woman.
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