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...

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 21Syracuse, NYLandmark Theatre
March 22Newark, NJNew Jersey Performing Arts Center
March 23Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
March 25Washington, DCDAR Constitution Hall
March 27Columbia, SCTownship Auditorium
March 28Charleston, WVCharleston Municipal Auditorium
March 29Norfolk, VAChrysler Hall
March 31Buffalo, NYShea’s Performing Arts Center
April 1New York, NYBeacon Theatre
April 3Mashantucket, CTMGM Grand Theater
April 6Portland, MECumberland Co. Civic Center
April 9Saint John, NBHarbour Station
April 11Sydney, NSCentre 200
April 13Halifax, NSHalifax Metro Centre
April 16Ottawa, ONScotiabank Place
April 17Rama, ONCasino Rama Entertainment Centre
April 18Kingston, ONK-Rock Centre
April 19London, ONThe John Labatt Centre
April 21Sudbury, ONSudbury Arena
April 22Hamilton, ONCopps Coliseum
April 24Waukegan, ILGenesee Theatre
April 27Winnipeg, MBMTS Centre
April 28Regina, SKBrandt Centre
April 30Calgary, ABStampede Corral
May 1Lethbridge, ABENMAX Centre
May 2Edmonton, ABRexall Place
May 3Saskatoon, SKCredit Union Centre
May 5Prince George, BCCN Centre
May 6Kamloops, BCInterior Savings Centre
May 7Vancouver, BCUBC Thunderbird Arena

Last Updated on February 14, 2009 by By Allison Reitz