Celtic Woman brings Irish harmony to Macon stage

February 14, 2014 

Celtic Woman’s stop in Macon is part of a 70-city tour supporting the group’s upcoming album, “Emerald: Musical Gems.”

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What started as a night of Celtic music on Public Broadcasting has turned into an award-winning, four-woman group with multiple albums.

Celtic Woman will bring their mix of styles to the City Auditorium on Thursday as part of a 70-city tour for their newest album, “Emerald: Musical Gems.”

“It was really just supposed to be one night only, a PBS special, which we were very, very excited about,” said Mairead Nesbitt, who is the group’s principal violinist. “We went into it with creative minds and we had a great time. Certainly, something very special happened that night and lo and behold, 10 years later we are still here.”

This will be the group’s second trip to Macon.

“Our music is a mixture of Celtic ... and contemporary, and all the girls come from different backgrounds and then we come together for the ensemble numbers, which could be of different styles,” Nesbitt said.

The group’s formation and much of its music is composed and directed by David Downes, who has been the music director for the touring and Broadway productions of “Riverdance.”

“Even though it’s music of all styles and different genres, they all get the Celtic Woman treatment and the beautiful arrangements that our musical director does,” Nesbitt said.

She said the two-hour Macon show will include some favorite numbers people know as well as new numbers they haven’t heard.

“We have the most amazing band and choir,” Nesbitt said. “We have a solo bagpiper and two solo dancers. ... Lots of percussion. A very dynamic show. The live show is always fantastic.”

Last year, the group’s “Home for Christmas” topped the World Charts, according to Billboard. The group also continues to appear on PBS and the album behind the current tour is set for release Feb. 25.

During the years, some of the four members have changed but the music remains the same.

“We all have our own solos in the show and we come together for the ensemble numbers, which our amazing band and choir and other soloists do as well,” Nesbitt said.

Celtic Woman’s other members are Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden and Mairead Carlin, who are all singers.

“We have fantastic audiences all over the world,” Nesbitt said. “We like to do our best. ... There is something for everybody.”

Celtic Woman

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 20

Where: City Auditorium, 415 First St.

Cost: $30-$99

Information: www.celticwoman.com, 478-751-9232

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