The latest Celtic music sensation, vocal quintet Celtic Thunder has announced plans for a fall 2009 tour of the United States to follow the...

The latest Celtic music sensation, vocal quintet Celtic Thunder has announced plans for a fall 2009 tour of the United States to follow the release of their latest record. The 27-date tour begins October 8 at Tilles Center Concert Hall in Greenvale, NY, and ends November 17 at the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston, TX.

The quintet will stop along the way for performances on October 10 at the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston, MA; October 17 at the Hippodrome in Batlimore, MD; October 24 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA; November 5 at Paramount Theater in Denver, CO, and November 10-11 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA.

The coast-to-coast trek currently spans six weeks, but more dates are expected in the future. Published reports have stated that the complete U.S. fall tour itinerary will be about 50 dates.

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The first round of public onsales start today, June 19, for select dates on the fall U.S. tour, including the October 8 opening and November 17 closing performances. More information on specific onsale dates and ticketing outlets can be found on the official Celtic Thunder Web site.

Celtic Thunder will be touring behind the release of its third album, “Take Me Home,” scheduled for a July 14 release and currently available for presale on Amazon.com. The effort is a follow-up to 2008’s “Act Two,” which peaked at No. 61 on the Billboard 200 and topped the Top World Albums chart.

The fall outing will be their second visit to North America this year, following a spring 2009 tour that primarily visited cities across Canada and the Northeast U.S. Only shortly before that venture launched in March, Celtic Thunder made its national debut on the fall 2008 tour that included more than 50 performance dates from October through December.

Comprised of Damien McGinty, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Paul Byrom and George Donaldson, the group blends traditional Irish and Scottish songs with contemporary covers. Celtic Thunder was created in 2007 and enjoys widespread popularity in the U.S. thanks to frequent spotlights on national and regional PBS broadcasts.

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

October 8Greenvale, NYTilles Center Concert Hall
October 9Torrington, CTWarner Theatre
October 10Boston, MACiti Performing Arts Center
October 11Albany, NYPalace Theatre
October 14Erie, PAWarner Theatre
October 16Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center
October 17Baltimore, MDHippodrome
October 18Montclair, NJWellmont Theatre
October 20Pittsburgh, PAHeinz Hall
October 23St. Petersburg, FLMahaffey Theater
October 24Atlanta, GAFox Theater
October 25Jacksonville, FLJim and Jan Moran Theater
October 27Kansas City, MOThe Midland
October 28Peoria, ILPeoria Civic Center
October 29Minneapolis, MNThe State Theater
October 30Rosemont, ILRosemont Theatre
November 1Detroit, MIFox Theatre
November 2South Bend, INMorris Performing Arts Center
November 3St. Louis, MOFox Theater
November 5Denver, COParamount Theater
November 8Los Angeles, CANokia Theatre
November 10 – 11Seattle, WAMarion Oliver McCaw Hall
November 12Portland, ORTheater of the Clouds
November 13Spokane, WASpokane Arena
November 16Grand Prairie, TXNokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
November 17Houston, TXVerizon Wireless Theater

Last Updated on June 19, 2009 by By Allison Reitz