Celtic Woman has performed for three presidents, and on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Billboard Magazine named them the No. 1 World Music Artist in their year-end issue.
They’ve sold 3 million tickets worldwide, and you can see them live at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach on Saturday.
The angelic voices of these Irish ladies have far surpassed what musical director David Downes and producer Sharon Bowne imagined when they recruited four singers and Nesbitt for a one-and-done PBS television special filmed in Ireland in 2004.
Their voices and stage presence, plus Mairead Nesbitt’s violin skills, and the musical arrangements were so well received on television, that when the group released their debut album, it hit No. 1 on Billboard’s World Music chart and stayed there. It eventually broke Andrea Bocelli’s record for the most weeks at the top of the chart by staying at the summit for 68 weeks.
During the years, the singers have changed as members left to pursue other careers or ambitions. Two original members remain: Nesbitt and vocalist Chloë Agnew. They’re joined by Lisa Lambe and Susan McFadden for this performance.
Here are five reasons to go:
1. Both old and new: The 2013 tour boasts an exciting new stage production but it also includes fan favorites “You Raise Me Up” and “Orinoco Flow,” and the classics like “Danny Boy.”
2. Fiddling around: Fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt is an all Ireland fiddle champion and one the original members of Celtic Woman. Her violin is more than 300 years old (and she shares her bunk with it when the ladies are on the road). Nesbitt plays violin with both passion and grace, but she doesn’t just play; she twirls and leaps and dances while never missing a note.
3. More than singers: The vocals are crisp and clear as a bell, controlled and pitch-perfect, but you’ll also hear great percussion, flute and bagpipes as well, which has earned the show the nickname the “Riverdance” of voice. The carefully choregraphed show also is backed by a choir that lends a richness to their sound.
4. The costumes and set design: The beautifully beaded and embellished gowns designed by Synan O’Mahony look like the princess gowns little girls dream of wearing. The sets help transport you from your seat in the theatre to another world.
5. This is feel good music: Called ‘uplifting’ and ‘lilting,’ this is music that grew out of the history and traditions of Ireland: songs of great emotion, of tragedy, certainly, but also hope, faith, love and inspiration.
When: 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Tickets: $25 and up
Info: 561-832-7469; Kravis.org