Chloë Agnew. Lisa Kelly. Lisa Lambe. Máiréad Nesbitt. Not household names, by any stretch of the imagination. Yet they have the most combination of beautiful voices, talents, looks, and personalities I have seen in quite a long time. Ed, Kim and I saw them last night at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie.
Celtic Woman began as a single show in Dublin in 2004 and was very well-received. Since then, they have traveled the world together, becoming sisters in the love of music and performing. It definitely shows onstage. Their voices meld together beautifully. Their movements seem to naturally complement each other, sometimes scripted, sometimes not.
I love them all but I think my favorite is Lisa Kelly. Not only is her vocal range closest to my own but she was working in a 9 to 5 job in the computer industry before taking some time off to perform in a Christmas show in Dublin. From there, she was cast as a lead vocalist in Riverdance, finally coming to Celtic Woman in 2004 for the original performance. She has three children (yes, 3! How can she still have THAT figure!) and she travels with them. In fact, she has been on the road since 2005 for about 80% of the time, she says. Can you see why I am thoroughly intrigued with this woman? She went from the computer industry to something for which she has a great passion. What an absolutely joyous way to live your life.
No, this obviously is not country music, pop, jazz, blues, Big Band, or classical, all of which I adore. Their repertoire consists of old Irish songs, songs composed just for them, and contemporary songs, performed in their very unique style and energy. This particular show, “Songs from the Heart,” is about the love, hope, joy, and loss that your heart could feel and they definitely put their hearts in every song. Their rendition of Amazing Grace received a standing ovation from this large Texas audience. Sometimes you may tear up, sometimes you will clap and stamp your feet, and sometimes you will just sit in wonder, watching them enjoy their craft and the audience’s response to them.
If you have not seen a Celtic Woman live performance, find one and go!