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 24 Rama, ON Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
September 25 Buffalo, NY Shea’s Performing Arts Center
September 28 Baltimore, MD Hippodrome Theatre
September 29 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center
October 1 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
October 2 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
October 3 Hartford, CT Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell
October 4 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
October 6 Springfield, MA Symphony Hall
October 8 West Point, NY West Point Military Academy
October 9 Boston, MA Citi Performing Arts Center
October 10 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
October 13 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
October 14 Wilkes-Barre, PA F.M. Kirby Center
October 16 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall
October 17 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center
October 19 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
October 21 Independence, MO Independence Events Center
October 22 St. Louis, MO Fabulous Fox Theatre
October 23 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
October 24 Minneapolis, MN The State Theatre
October 26 Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center
October 28 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
October 29 Eugene, OR Hult Center for Performing Arts
October 30 Everett, WA Comcast Arena at Everett
November 1 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
November 2 Spokane, WA INB Performing Arts Center
November 4 Sacramento, CA Memorial Auditorium
November 5 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre
November 6 – 7 Anaheim, CA Grove of Anaheim
November 8 Thousand Oaks, CA Fred Kavli Theatre
November 10 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
November 12 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
November 13 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
November 14 Fort Smith, AR Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center
November 17 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
November 20 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
November 21 Jacksonville, FL Fox Theater
November 23 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall