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/// ON TOUR


The Emerald Isle on the American Stage


| by Jessica Dick S


INCE ITS MUSICAL debut in 2004, Celtic Woman has taken the world by storm with the beautiful sim- plicity of its music and the timelessness


of its repertoire. The musical arrangements bring memories


of the Irish land to their audience, attesting to the heritage of its members and many of the group’s most devoted fans. “Music is like air and water to Irish


people; it’s very much a part of life,” said Chloë Agnew, one the three remaining original members of the group. “The Irish, in the hardest of times, always turned to music; we’ve a song for everything—drinking songs, songs for milking the cow. I really do believe that comes through in the music that it’s very connected to its heritage and its ancestors, and people love to hear that.” Celtic Woman is the brainchild of musi-


“Over the last few years, we’ve been


amazed by the amount of people who have come to us and have said that they have found the music very healing music, and that they’ve found it very soothing in times of trouble, and that the songs help them to relax at the end of the day,” Agnew said. Celtic Woman claims a unique and


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unforgettable musical style all its own, in- corporating lullabies like “Goodnight, My Angel,” inspirational hits like “You Raise Me Up” and contemporary covers such as “When You Believe.” And of course, its renditions of Irish classics “My Lagan Love,” “Galway Bay” and new favorite “Níl Sé’n Lá” keep fans of all ages dreaming of that dear land that gave birth to the music.


The Emmy-nominated music group is cur-


cal director, composer and arranger David Downes, and is currently comprised of three principal vocalists—Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, and newest member Lisa Lambe—as well as violinist Máiréad Nesbitt, accompanied by a new six-piece band and the Aontas choir.


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rently touring the United States, hitting more than 70 cities over a period of four months. The Songs from the Heart tour will stop at Van Andel Arena on Tuesday, April 5. “We’ve got a few surprises in store for this


tour that people might not have seen before,” Agnew said. “There’s plenty for everyone, and it’s just a good night out, you know?” n


SCHEDULE | DINING | SIGHTS | SOUNDS | SCENE


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