Irish quintet Celtic Thunder is redoubling its touring efforts in North America this year after completing a successful three-month run in fall 2008. The outing begins March 21 at landmark Theatre in Syracuse, NY, and ends May 7 at UBC Thunderbird Arena in Vancouver, BC.
Thirty headlining performances are currently booked for the tour, which features an extensive 18-show trek across the Canadian provinces. North of the border, the vocalists will perform April 9 at Harbour Station in St. John, NB; April 19 at the John Labatt Centre in London, ON; April 27 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB; and May 3 at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK, among other dates.
Highlights for the U.S. leg of the jaunt include a March 25 show at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, an April 1 concert at Beacon Theatre in New York, NY, and an April 3 performance at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT.
Celtic Thunder is touring behind its sophomore effort “Celtic Thunder: Act Two,” released in September 2008. The group formed in 2007 and soon released an eponymous debut album and a companion DVD, “Celtic Thunder: The Show.” However, the group did not gain mainstream attention in the U.S. until PBS stations across the country began featuring the group.
The group is comprised of Damien McGinty, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Paul Byrom and George Donaldson. Ranging in age from the late-teens to early 40s, the members perform a selection of traditional Irish songs, as well as contemporary covers. Live concerts feature a mix of ensemble performances and solo numbers.
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 female vocal group Celtic Woman have been the latest addition to the craze, selling out numerous shows around the world.
Celtic Thunder itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|March 21||Syracuse, NY||Landmark Theatre|
|March 22||Newark, NJ||New Jersey Performing Arts Center|
|March 23||Lowell, MA||Lowell Memorial Auditorium|
|March 25||Washington, DC||DAR Constitution Hall|
|March 27||Columbia, SC||Township Auditorium|
|March 28||Charleston, WV||Charleston Municipal Auditorium|
|March 29||Norfolk, VA||Chrysler Hall|
|March 31||Buffalo, NY||Shea’s Performing Arts Center|
|April 1||New York, NY||Beacon Theatre|
|April 3||Mashantucket, CT||MGM Grand Theater|
|April 6||Portland, ME||Cumberland Co. Civic Center|
|April 9||Saint John, NB||Harbour Station|
|April 11||Sydney, NS||Centre 200|
|April 13||Halifax, NS||Halifax Metro Centre|
|April 16||Ottawa, ON||Scotiabank Place|
|April 17||Rama, ON||Casino Rama Entertainment Centre|
|April 18||Kingston, ON||K-Rock Centre|
|April 19||London, ON||The John Labatt Centre|
|April 21||Sudbury, ON||Sudbury Arena|
|April 22||Hamilton, ON||Copps Coliseum|
|April 24||Waukegan, IL||Genesee Theatre|
|April 27||Winnipeg, MB||MTS Centre|
|April 28||Regina, SK||Brandt Centre|
|April 30||Calgary, AB||Stampede Corral|
|May 1||Lethbridge, AB||ENMAX Centre|
|May 2||Edmonton, AB||Rexall Place|
|May 3||Saskatoon, SK||Credit Union Centre|
|May 5||Prince George, BC||CN Centre|
|May 6||Kamloops, BC||Interior Savings Centre|
|May 7||Vancouver, BC||UBC Thunderbird Arena|