Since 2008 contemporary vocal group Celtic Thunder has built a successful career touring North America extensively. This fall, the quintet and its crew of...

Since 2008 contemporary vocal group Celtic Thunder has built a successful career touring North America extensively. This fall, the quintet and its crew of backing musicians will undertake another 40-date run across the U.S. and Canada.

The late season tour launches September 24 at Casino Rama Entertainment Centre in Rama, ON, and continues through a November 23 performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL.

Highlights on the nine-week itinerary include shows on October 1 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY; October 9 at Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston, MA; October 23 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL; November 6-7 at the Grove in Anaheim, CA; and November 20 at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

With the tour’s opening night still about six months away, only a handful of dates on the itinerary have gone on sale to the public at this point. Buffalo, New York City, Springfield, San Diego and Clearwater were the first markets to open ticket sales to the general public last week.

Most other cities are still awaiting onsale date announcements. Details will be updated as they become available on Celtic Thunder’s official Web site.

For the few cities were sales have started, tickets have been moderately priced, usually within the $30 to $50 range, though high and low prices vary from market to market.

That affordable price scheme may be part of the secret to Celtic Thunder’s success, along with the continued demand for Celtic-themed entertainment, which started more than a decade ago with productions like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.

Since Celtic Thunder was founded in 2008, the group has completed three lengthy tours of North America. The inaugural outing launched in fall 2008, hiting about 50 markets from coast to coast. ThThat run was followed by a 30-date spring 2009 tour leg and an additional 27 performances on a fall 2009 tour.

The upcoming fall trek will showcase a new concert program than Celtic Thunder’s previous road trips. This time around, the five vocalists will perform tracks from their February 2009 release, “It’s Entertainment.” While Celtic Thunder’s previous concert programs focused on traditional pieces with the occasional pop tune interspersed, the new album is almost entirely comprised of pop cover songs.

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

September 24Rama, ONCasino Rama Entertainment Centre
September 25Buffalo, NYShea’s Performing Arts Center
September 28Baltimore, MDHippodrome Theatre
September 29Pittsburgh, PABenedum Center
October 1New York, NYRadio City Music Hall
October 2Upper Darby, PATower Theatre
October 3Hartford, CTMortensen Hall at The Bushnell
October 4Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena
October 6Springfield, MASymphony Hall
October 8West Point, NYWest Point Military Academy
October 9Boston, MACiti Performing Arts Center
October 10Reading, PASovereign Center
October 13Hershey, PAHershey Theatre
October 14Wilkes-Barre, PAF.M. Kirby Center
October 16Norfolk, VAChrysler Hall
October 17Roanoke, VARoanoke Civic Center
October 19Indianapolis, INMurat Theatre
October 21Independence, MOIndependence Events Center
October 22St. Louis, MOFabulous Fox Theatre
October 23Chicago, ILChicago Theatre
October 24Minneapolis, MNThe State Theatre
October 26Broomfield, CO1st Bank Center
October 28San Francisco, CAWarfield Theatre
October 29Eugene, ORHult Center for Performing Arts
October 30Everett, WAComcast Arena at Everett
November 1Portland, ORRose Garden Arena
November 2Spokane, WAINB Performing Arts Center
November 4Sacramento, CAMemorial Auditorium
November 5San Diego, CASan Diego Civic Theatre
November 6 – 7Anaheim, CAGrove of Anaheim
November 8Thousand Oaks, CAFred Kavli Theatre
November 10Phoenix, AZDodge Theatre
November 12Grand Prairie, TXNokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
November 13Houston, TXVerizon Wireless Theater
November 14Fort Smith, ARArkansas Best Performing Arts Center
November 17Durham, NCDurham Performing Arts Center
November 20Atlanta, GAFox Theatre
November 21Jacksonville, FLFox Theater
November 23Clearwater, FLRuth Eckerd Hall