Photos © 2009 by: Matt Ginger
Created by Composer and Musical Director David Downes and Executive Producer Dave Kavanagh in 2004, Celtic Woman’s story has, from the very beginning, been one of overwhelming success. Between their self-titled debut, their Christmas CD ‘A Christmas Celebration’ and ‘A New Journey’ CD Celtic Woman has held the Number 1 position on the Billboard World Music Charts for a record-breaking 95 consecutive weeks. Their CDs and DVDs have gone platinum in the U.S. and South Africa, as well as going gold as far a field as Australia and Japan.
To date, they have completed four triumphantly successful U.S. tours, selling out such exalted venues as New York’s Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Opera House and L.A.’s Greek Theatre. Celtic Woman’s PBS special has also been a runaway hit, airing an incredible 3,400 times and 316 different PBS stations since its debut in March of 2005. They have also dazzled network television audiences with appearances on The Today Show with Regis & Kelly, The Megan Mullaly Show and on Brian Boitano’s NBC Skating Spectacular on New Year’s Day 2007.
The group’s live TV special, A New Journey: Live at Slane Castle, premiered on December 6 2006 on PBS with more than 90% of all PBS stations on board to broadcast the special during the December pledge period, exceeding previous successes on PBS. The concert was filmed at Slane Castle, Co. Meath, on the banks of the Boyne River ‘ the home of Ireland’s ancient High Kings and the wellspring of Celtic culture.
Celtic Woman’s following in the United States – where they have performed in the White House to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day ‘ is now being rivalled by the group’s popularity in rest of the world. Tours in Japan, Germany, South Africa and Canada have all been hugely successful. The numbers keep getting higher and the Celtic Woman name keeps getting bigger. Still, despite the many recent triumphs for this uniquely Irish success story, the best is definitely yet to come…