Celtic Woman Biography
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Celtic Woman is the realisation of a dream for Composer and Musical Director, David Downes and Show Producer, Sharon Browne. Together with Dave Kavanagh, Executive Producer of the Show, they created Celtic Woman to feature the very special talents of four young Irish female vocalists and a very exciting young fiddle player.The five women vocalists, Chloe, Lisa, Meav and Órla and fiddle player Mairead are led by David Downes, a prodigious young Irish talent, who has previously worked as musical director of Riverdance. Celtic Woman portrays the unique voices and styles of each of the girls as soloists as well as fantastic ensemble numbers. Performing beautiful and much-loved songs, Celtic Woman features unique renditions of Irish songs such as: "Danny Boy," timeless classics like "Ave Maria", contemporary songs such as Enya's "Orinoco Flow" and Clannad's "Harry's Game", and a host of spellbinding original songs created by David Downes.Celtic Woman started life as a 90-minute show for PBS, which premiered in the US in March 2005. The show was broadcast on over 300 stations and such was its success that it was developed into a full scale touring production.The Celtic Woman CD & DVD were released through Manhattan Records (EMI) on March 1st 2005. Since its release the CD has been certified gold and the DVD has been certified platinum. The CD has also been No 1 in the Billboard World Music Chart for over 60 weeks.
David Downes: Musical Director/Composer
David Downes is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he studied music and composition. Previously Downes had been Musical Director of Riverdance for the US touring company, European touring company, and on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre. He was also the orchestrator of Riverdance On Broadway. As a producer David has recorded four albums with oboist David Agnew, achieving Gold status in Ireland and Europe, and recently the Gold debut album of young Irish singer Chlöe. He has also worked as orchestrator and arranger for Bonnie Tyler, Charlotte Church, and Secret Garden.
Recording credits as soloist include Grammy-award winning Michael W. Smith, Michael Crawford (on his Disney album), Clannad, Moya Brennan, and Bill Whelan.
Chlöe Agnew is a gifted musician studying piano, guitar and recorder as well as being a magnificent singer. Agnew made her debut television performance at just four weeks old and first sang on television at the age of six! She won the Grand Prix at the first International Children's Song Competition in Cairo in 1998 representing Ireland with a song entitled "The Friendship Tree.”
She recorded and released her debut album, Chlöe, at the young age of twelve. Her second Album Walking in the Air, was released and drew huge attention in the internationally. It was the interest in her album and Celtic Collections other Irish Female Soloists that spawned the concept for the Celtic Woman show.
Lisa Kelly was born in Dublin and has been singing since the age of 7. Classically trained in both piano and singing, Lisa started her professional career in musicals. She has played many roles including “Velma Kelly” in Chicago, “Florence” in Chess, “Laurie” in Oklahoma and “Sandy” in Grease. Lisa has also performed in many concerts at Dublin’s National Concert Hall including: “The Magic of Gershwin,” “The Music of Cole Porter,” and “From Romberg to Rodgers” to name but a few.
Lisa was the lead female vocalist of Riverdance. It was here that she met her husband Scott and they toured with the show for four years taking in cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Toronto and many more. Lisa recorded her debut album entitled Lisa. Now a mother to two boys, Cian and Jack, Lisa has just finished filming her first Solo DVD.
Méav Ní Mhaolchatha has a broad range of performing experience in Ireland and abroad. Her first solo album, Méav, has sold extremely well in the US, Japan and Korea. Her second solo album, Silver Sea, has recently been released and is available in specialist music stores across Europe and America under the Celtic Collections Label.
Méav has been invited to perform her own music at many festivals worldwide. She headlined at a major open-air festival in Seoul as part of the Korean World Cup celebrations and launched her second album there. She recently performed to great acclaim at a prestigious Celtic Festival in Tokyo and sang in the Beo Festival of Irish Music at the National Concert Hall Dublin.
Orla: Harpist & Singer
Orla has featured as a soloist in concerts around Ireland at such venues as The National Concert Hall, Dublin, The Opera House, Belfast and The Waterfront Theatre, Belfast. She has recorded, performed and toured with Internationally renowned groups Clannad and Anuna, as well as the oboist David Agnew.
A popular soloist in the corporate sector in Dublin, Orla appears regularly at such venues as Dublin Castle, Humewood Castle, The Royal Hospital Kilmainham and Luttrellstown Castle. Orla was invited to play for The Pope in Rome and she is invited regularly to perform at Aras An Uactarain for The President Of Ireland. Orla’s debut album The Water is Wide has earned her much critical acclaim and has led to countless television and radio broadcasts. She has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America where her reputation is steadily growing for her renditions of haunting Irish airs as well as her own vocal and instrumental compositions.
Mairead Nesbitt: Fiddle Player
Máiréad, who began playing the piano at the age of 4 and the fiddle at 6, is a former All-Ireland fiddle champion. She began formal training in music at an early age, at the Ursuline Convent in Thurles, and continued at The Waterford Institute of Technology, at the Cork School of Music under Cornelia Zanidache and at the London Royal Academy, London Trinity College, with Post Graduate Studies under Emanuel Hurwitz on violin and piano. She is a past member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.
Following her formal training, she became a professional violinist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in 1991. She also worked on-stage and in-studio with many well-known musicians, among them Nigel Kennedy, Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor, Clannad, Emmylou Harris, Aslan, Chris De Burgh and Jimmy Webb, and including more traditional Irish artists Dónal Lunny, Sharon Shannon, Paul Brady, Frances Black, Cooney and Begley, and Jimmy McCarthy. Mairead had the honor of performing privately for HRH - The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) on her secret visit to Dublin last September.
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Celtic Women are sent from heaven | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/28/12
I furst saw them on pbs and have always loved music. Being a singer myself I could only watch and listen in awe of these 4 beautiful women. By far the most talented women and singers Ive ever heard, and the fiddle player, words cant describe how incredible she is not to mention beautiful. Everytime I hear Celtic Woman I stop everything Im doing and just sit there in a trans, they are simply amazing! I hope to see them at EKU in April for the first time. God has truly blessed us with this group.
Just seen them in Buffalo,NY. Have been a fan for quite along time now! | Reviewer: Walter | 12/14/11
Máiréad the fiddler was, is, and always will be my favorite. She was ever so nice as to sign her name to her "raining up" solo album. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful gift with me and the rest of the world.
Angelic Woman | Reviewer: Keith Weatherman | 12/12/11
I truly believe Celtic Woman are the voices of heaven. Nothing could possibly be more beautiful, Their voices, their appearance, poise... they have it all, and we are all blessed by having them here on earth with us.
I love them | Reviewer: sally | 12/3/11
These people all look like my children. They are beautiful and it is brilliant presentation of all their talents. I am grateful for all their work, for all that goes into it and wish I could hug them all. Thank you
I'm Hooked | Reviewer: Lynn Amador- CA/USA | 10/10/11
Singing is my favorite pasttime. I sing songs of Anne Murray, Abba, Celine Dion. Dionne Warwick, Andy Williams, Englebert Humperdinck,John Denver, to name a few. Honestly, i have never heard of celtic WOman until I accidentaly bought a CD with "Danny Boy" (song which I have been trying to Memorize the lyrics). Since then I have been HOOKED on the the music of Celtic Woman. They are soooooooooooo good. Keep it up, Ladies!!!!
I have a question | Reviewer: Fred Marsh | 5/3/11
My wife and I are planning a second trip to Ireland and would like it to be when Celtic Woman is performing in Ireland with the entire orchestra and performers. I've searched and can't find any performances planned for Ireland. When will they be performing in their home??????
sorry that you left | Reviewer: t.w. wardrope | 4/28/11
I was never a big fan of Celtic music
until I heard Meav, Orla and Lisa sing on an
MPT special. I was hooked. But when I heard
that Meav and Orla left the group I kinda
got away from Celtic Woman music. I guess there
are no winners.
Brilliant World Performances! "The pride of Ireland." | Reviewer: John Wright | 4/6/11
I've spent over forty years in the music industry and instanly became a fan of this incredible group during their PBS days. Recently, I had the privilage of seeing them live
at the casino in Palm Springs, where they brought house down. they. The prductions are so brilliantly executed. A great acheivement of David Downes and his musical brilliance.
HUGE FAN!!! | Reviewer: pamela | 3/16/11
i saw on apt last night this incredible show! i was mesmerized and i couldnt turn it to another channel which is what i was doing when i stumbled upon the awesome performances of this truly magical team. i am a huge fan and just wanted to let you know that i am spreading the word about what you do. its like actually being in ireland and like your surrounded by angels and fairies, i luvd the experience. cant wait to buy copy of what i saw last night. Thank you for uplifting me!!!
Amazing | Reviewer: Kris Murray | 3/14/11
I went and saw Celtic Woman is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada last year and they were so great that I bought 2 cd's. They are the best group that I have seen live. I wanna go and see them again they were that awesome. Chloe is the gorgeous one out of them all.
Celtic Woman Members: | Reviewer: LeeAnn | 12/21/10
Can anyone tell me the first and last names of who is in Celtic Woman? Whether they are currently apart of the group, or once were. I love them so much and want to learn more. Especially about Hayley, Alex, and Chloe. Chloe is so beautiful! She is my absolute favorite!
Simply Fantastic! | Reviewer: Wilbur J. | 10/8/10
First saw the concert on PBS early this year & was mesmerized! Have played the DVD many times over..bought a couple of the CDs & keep playing them over & over..the songs are so inspiring & their performances so beautiful! The songs keep playing in my head.. can't get over it! We attended their live concert in May in Ontario,CA & have to admit it will be the highlight of the year if not the decade for me. Chloe, Lisa, Lynn, Alex, Mairead = you are my dream girls forever! I'm hoping this group stays together for a long long time. Alex, I know you are a fill-in originally but please be a permanent member... your happy, smiling face just enthralls me! Can't wait to see you all again... I hope you come to the Los Angeles area soon!!
Salt Lake City Utah concert May 22,2010 | Reviewer: Marlene Davis | 9/28/10
Your singing and fiddling have never been better. You put on a wonderful performance. My husband and I have been to all of your performances in SLC. You are better than ever. We loved your enthusiasm and enormous skill and talent. We hope you will be coming back soon. We are looking forward to seeing all of you again.
A fan forever, ghandi | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/16/10
I've been entranced by Celtic Woman since first appearance on PBS. Bought all their CDs and DVDs. These wonderful singers lift my heart as no others have ever done. I wish ALL would rejoin the group now and then, but the core of Chloe, Lisa, Mairad are the best, except Maeve and Orla and Lynn and well, wonderful is simply wonderful. First time in 70 years I've ever been a FAN. I've seen 3 Red Rocks concerts..and hope there will be more.
amazing! | Reviewer: monty tronce | 9/3/10
happen to catch the celtic women on pbs,wow great talents.
i seldom listen to this genre,im into jazz fusion chick corea,gino vannelli,mike stern,so catching them on pbs, who would of thought! peace monty
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