The newest players in the Celtic cultural phenomenon, vocal group Celtic Woman has announced plans for an extensive tour of North America in 2009....

The newest players in the Celtic cultural phenomenon, vocal group Celtic Woman has announced plans for an extensive tour of North America in 2009. The 72-city Isle of Hope Tour will span 20 weeks, from the February 13 opening show at the Theatre at Xcel in St. Paul, MN, through the July 1-2 closing performances at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO.

Nearly 20 venues will host two-night stands during the course of the trek, including a February 17-18 run at Chicago Theater in Chicago, IL, March 13-14 sets at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY, and June 17-18 performances at the Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN. A couple three-night engagements are also booked for March 20-22 at the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston, MA, and May 15-17 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA.

Tickets for most dates of the trek are available beginning December 15. However, public on-sales for the latter half of the tour, starting with the May 27-28 shows in Fort Myers, FL, will not be available until March 16 in many cases.

Celtic Woman’s lineup has changed over the years as various vocalists departed temporarily for personal or professional reasons. The lineup to be featured on most dates of the upcoming North American tour includes Chloe Agnew, Mairead Nesbitt, Lynn Hilary, Lisa Kelly, as well as an accompanying choir and band lead by Composer and Musical Director David Downes. According to the Celtic Woman Web site, Alex Sharpe will join the group as a fifth Celtic Woman for nearly 40 shows, from the March 24-25 shows at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA, through the three-night run in Seattle, WA.

“They are the songs, in many cases, and are the reason for any Celtic Woman music to happen,” Downes said of the vocalists on the group’s site. “Their voices and music bring that sound together, bring it to life.”

Ensemble tours featuring traditional Irish song and dance mixed with contemporary overtones have become increasingly popular in the last decade, beginning with the emergence of Riverdance in the mid-1990s. Irish step dancer Michael Flatley’s offshoot Lord of the Dance and male vocal group Celtic Thunder have been some of the latest additions to the craze, selling out numerous shows around the world.

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Celtic Woman itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

February 13St. Paul, MNTheater at Xcel
February 14Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee Theatre
February 15Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena
February 17 – 18Chicago, ILChicago Theater
February 20Detroit, MIFox Theatre
February 21 – 22Indianapolis, INMurat Centre
February 24 – 25Louisville, KYLouisville Palace Theatre
February 27Columbus, OHOhio Theater
February 28Knoxville, TNKnoxville Civic Auditorium
March 1Greenville, SCBi-Lo Center
March 3 – 4Pittsburgh, PABenedum Center
March 6Schenectady, NYProctors Theatre
March 7Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun Casino
March 8Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena
March 10Providence, RIDunkin’ Donuts Center
March 11Wilkes-Barre, PAWachovia Arena
March 13 – 14New York, NYRadio City Music Hall
March 15Wallingford, CTChevrolet Theatre
March 17 – 18Baltimore, MDFrance-Merrick Performing Arts Center
March 20 – 22Boston, MACiti Performing Arts Center
March 24 – 25Atlanta, GAThe Fox Theater
March 26North Charleston, SCNorth Charleston Coliseum
March 27Birmingham, ALBirmingham-Jefferson Concert Hall
March 28Tallahassee, FLLeon County Civic Center
March 30 – 31Jacksonville, FLTimes Union Center for the Performing Arts
April 2Gainesville, FLStephen C. O’Connell Center
April 3Pensacola, FLPensacola Civic Center
April 4Orlando, FLAmway Arena
April 5Tampa, FLTampa Bay Performing Arts Center
April 8 – 9Memphis, TNThe Orpheum Theatre
April 10 – 11St. Louis, MOFabulous Fox Theatre
April 16Baton Rouge, LABaton Rouge River Center
April 17Houston, TXToyota Center
April 18Grand Prairie, TXNokia Theatre
April 19Austin, TXFrank Erwin Center
April 23Phoenix, AZDodge Theatre
April 24Costa Mesa, CAOrange County Performing Arts Center
April 25Los Angeles, CAGreek Theatre
April 27 – 28Palm Desert, CAMcCallum Theatre
April 29San Diego, CASan Diego Open Air Theatre
May 1Fresno, CASaroyan Theatre
May 2Santa Barbara, CASanta Barbara Bowl
May 3San Jose, CASan Jose Civic Auditorium
May 5Sacramento, CASacramento Memorial Auditorium
May 6Oakland, CAParamount Theatre
May 8Spokane, WASpokane Arena
May 9Portland, ORTheater of the Clouds
May 10Eugene, ORHult Center for the Performing Arts
May 12Salt Lake City, UTThe E Center
May 13Boise, IDMorrison Center
May 15 – 17Seattle, WAParamount Theatre
May 27 – 28Fort Myers, FLBarbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
May 29 – 30West Palm Beach, FLRaymond Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
June 1Savannah, GAJohnny Mercer Theater
June 2 – 3Charlotte, NCOvens Auditorium
June 5Roanoke, VARoanoke Civic Center
June 6Raleigh, NCProgress Energy Center
June 7Portsmouth, VANtelos Pavilion
June 8Vienna, VAFilene Center at the Wolf Trap
June 10 – 11Cincinnati, OHAronoff Center
June 12Youngstown, OHChevrolet Centre
June 13Cleveland, OHPlayhouse Square Center
June 14Richmond, VALandmark Theatre
June 16Lexington, KYRupp Arena
June 17 – 18Nashville, TNPerforming Arts Center
June 20 – 21Philadelphia, PAMann Center for the Performing Arts
June 23University Park, PABryce Jordan Center
June 24Fort Wayne, INAllen County War Memorial
June 26Kansas City, MOSprint Center
June 27Little Rock, ARAlltel Arena
June 28Tulsa, OKMabee Center Arena
July 1 – 2Morrison, CORed Rocks Amphitheater

Last Updated on December 10, 2008 by By Allison Reitz