THE HISTORY OF CELTIC THUNDERCELEBRATING 10 YEARS
THE HISTORY OF CELTIC THUNDER
In 2007 producer Sharon Browne filmed the first ever Celtic Thunder show at the Helix in Dublin, Ireland. The concept was to feature a group of men from Ireland and Scotland, who range in age from 14 to 40, and feature songs that celebrate a common Celtic Heritage.
The resulting show included an eclectic mix of songs ranging from the traditional to international hits and some original pieces along the way.
The current cast of Celtic Thunder is made up of diverse performers, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne, Emmet Cahill, Michael O’Dwyer and Damian McGinty. Damian was one of the original members of Celtic Thunder who left the show in 2011 to complete in the first season of the hit show “The Glee Project’, which he subsequently won. He returned to Celtic Thunder in 2016.
The members of Celtic Thunder are each a powerhouse in both their solo and ensemble songs. Ably backed by the dynamic Celtic Thunder Band, their shows are known for the use of dramatic effects of lighting and choreography.
The first Celtic Thunder CD/DVD was released in March 2008 and was simply called “The Show”. A full US and Canada tour followed in the falloff that year, along with the second CD from the show called ACT II. In 2009 Celtic Thunder released their second DVD third CD “Take Me Home”. This was followed by “It’s Entertainment” in 2010, which paid homage to US pop culture.
Three subsequent releases “Heritage”, “Voyage” and “New Voyage” firmly returned the show to its Celtic Roots, stocked full of Irish and Scottish traditional and contemporary songs. The first “Celtic Thunder Christmas” CD and DVD were also released in October 2010. Two more releases followed in 2011 for Celtic Thunder – “Heritage” in February 2011 and “Storm”, their first theatrical production in August.
Celtic Thunder also took the Celtic Thunder Show on tour in the US that year. August 2012 saw the show return to the Helix in Dublin to film their 9th DVD and 10th CD entitled “Mythology” which was released in February 2013. Mythology which presented a perfect blend of entertainment, ideology and Gaelic spirituality, providing a modern twist on the old Celtic storytelling tradition.
In Fall 2014 Celtic Thunder released their 11th CD “Holiday Symphony” and eclectic selection of Christmas standards from around the world and delivered with Celtic Thunder’ signature big production sound and backed by a 90-piece orchestra. 2015 saw the around the world and delivered the Celtic Thunder’s signature big production sound and backed by a 90-piece orchestra. 2015 saw the “Very Best of Celtic Thunder” released on CD and DVD, offering a compilation of their best loved songs and fan favorites and followed up with a North America “Very Best of Celtic Thunder” Tour which took place from February to April 2015, covering 45 cities over a 9 week spell.