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How the story began

Celtic Woman is an all-female musical ensemble conceived and assembled by Sharon Browne and David Downes, a former musical director of the Irish stage show "Riverdance". In 2004 David Downes recruited an aggregate of five Irish female artists who had not previously performed together: vocalists Chloë Agnew, Órla Fallon, Lisa Kelly and Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt, who became the first representatives of Celtic Woman. David Downes proposed a repertoire that would range from traditional Celtic tunes to modern songs.


Méav, Máiréad, Órla, Lisa and Chloë (f.l.t.r.)

The origin concept was to tap into the American marketplace’s taste for Celtic music and culture by creating a group that blended the Irish elements of music and dance. Sharon and David submitted their idea to PBS (Public Broadcasting Service; a consolidation of local TV stations, similar to ARD in Germany) and they agreed to produce and finance the taping of the first Celtic Woman concert on September 15th., 2004 which resulted in the DVD "New Age - Live At The Helix".

The intent was to tape just this event and to broadcast it only in the US and, due to the proximity, Canada. On January 27th., 2005 PBS and CCE (Clear Channel Entertainment; a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events) announced that they had arranged an exclusive live touring partnership and television production deal. The first result of this new arrangement was the summer tour of Celtic Woman in 2005. CCE presented twenty shows of Celtic Woman between July 8th. and August 7th. at various venues.

But nobody expected such a success!!!
As soon as the "Helix" concert was aired on PBS, videos (usually captured in violation of copyright) began popping up all over the internet. The buzz spread by word of mouth, email, and those videos quickly went viral. Celtic Woman almost didn’t make any efforts to market themselves outside the States so those videos, blog posts, emails, etc., were largely responsible for spreading the Celtic Woman gospel all over the world.

Meanwhile each of the current and former members of Celtic Woman has her own Forum on the net. Additionally there’s a huge and very active fan base in several countries who produced their own creative and outstanding sites to support Celtic Woman. ’chloe-agnew.com’ is just one of them...
A complete list of these sites can be found at Links.

 

The story so far

Celtic Woman’s story has, from the very beginning, been one of overwhelming success.

Between their debut album "New Age", their christmas CD "A Christmas Celebration" and their third album "A New Journey" Celtic Woman has held the Number 1 position on the "Billboard World Music Charts" for a record-breaking 95 consecutive weeks.

Their CDs and DVDs have gone platinum in the U.S. and South Africa, as well as going gold as far a field as Australia and Japan.

 

Concerts & Tours

To date they have completed five triumphantly successful U.S. tours, selling out such exalted venues as New York’s ’Radio City Music Hall’ and ’Carnegie Hall’, Boston’s ’Opera House’ and L.A.’s ’Greek Theatre’.
Celtic Woman’s PBS special has also been a runaway hit, airing an incredible 3,400 times and 316 different PBS stations since its debut in March of 2005. The group’s live TV special,

"A New Journey: Live at Slane Castle"

premiered on December 6th, 2006 on PBS with more than 90% of all PBS stations on board to broadcast the special during the December pledge period, exceeding previous successes on PBS.
The concert was filmed at Slane Castle, Co. Meath, on the banks of the Boyne River, the home of Ireland’s ancient High Kings and the wellspring of Celtic culture.

Celtic Woman at Slane Castle: Órla, Chloë, Lisa, Máiréad, Hayley and Méav (f.l.t.r.)

Celtic Woman’s following in the United States, where they have performed in the White House to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, is now being rivalled by the group’s popularity in the rest of the world.
Tours in Japan, Germany, South Africa and Canada have all been hugely successful. The numbers keep getting higher and the Celtic Woman name keeps getting bigger.

 

4th Album

On September 22nd, 2008 Celtic Woman published the fourth album


"The Greatest Journey - Essential Collection". Still, despite the many recent triumphs for this uniquely Irish success story, the best is definitely yet to come...

 

"Songs From The Heart"

Celtic Woman were filming a new PBS-Special at "Powerscourt House & Gardens", Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland on July 29th. and 30th. 2009; only a hide away from Chloë’s home.


Lisa, Alex, Máiréad, Lynn and Chloë at "Powerscourt House & Gardens"

The special was aired on U.S. TV for the very first time on October 29th. 2009. During the following weeks almost all PBS stations aired the special too. The taping itself resulted in...

 

5th Album

"Songs From The Heart" was released on January 26th, 2010. Unfortunately the album wasn’t available outside the States first.


The album does justice to its title! Songs that go beneath your skin, songs straight from the heart...
If you’re afraid of getting goosebombs do not listen to this album!!!

 

"Lullaby"

Since November 27th, 2010 there’s exclusively through "PBS" an additional album named "Lullaby" available.


The album can only be bought in the States with a donation to "PBS" of at least USD 40!

 

The story continues...

Over 6 million albums sold worldwide, 90 weeks at #1 in the World Music Charts and sold out tours with over 1.5 million visitors in nearly all continents. The success of Celtic Woman, founded in 2004, is without any doubt more than impressive. And finally, in 2011 the magical singers will return to German and Austrian stages after three years.

The love for Irish music and culture is still unbeaten, and so Celtic Woman have become an international, worldwide incomparable phenomenon. The impressive vocalists and their virtuous celtic violinist combine traditional Irish music with modern songs from artists such as Phil Collins, Mariah Carey and Sting. But especially the fascinating live-performances of the quartet is an expression of their art and offers the frame for their extraordinary talents to form a very special work of art. The show offers room for the magical voices of the vocalists: either as soloists, with every singer presenting a very distinctive style as well as a very emotional ensemble. The current line up features the celestial vocals of Lisa Kelly, Chloë Agnew & Lisa Lambe and the dynamic inventiveness of Celtic Violinist Máiréad Nesbitt.

Countless and acclaimed appearances at Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall (New York City), The Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), Orchard Hall (Tokyo), Entertainment Centre (Sydney) and The Point Theatre (Dublin), are the highlight of every season. A Grammy-Nomination for their TV-Special "Songs From The Heart, Live at Powerscourt House & Gardens" underlines one more time the outstanding quality of the production, and honours the work of the artistes and their musical director David Downes at the same time.

On January 21st, 2011 the new album "Songs from the Heart" (EMI) will be released in Germany and will be featured in their upcoming tour in June. With their very own and gracious versions of songs such as "Fields Of Gold", "Amazing Grace" and "Níl Sé’n Lá", they will enlighten the concert-halls. For the German version of the album, Celtic Woman also offers some special songs, such as the bonus-track "Forever Young" (the global chart-breaker of the Eighties Munich Band Alphaville). A special thanks for their German-speaking friends is given by Celtic Woman with two exclusively recorded German songs, which are "Wenn Du in meinen Träumen bei mir bist" (a German version of the evergreen "Over The Rainbow") and the Silbermond-Song "Symphonie".

And you will also be able to experience Celtic Woman in December, when the group will be appearing at the annual José Carreras Gala. Here they will celebrate their Irish roots and will warm everybody’s hearts a performance full of love and hope. One could sum it up by saying: heavenly beautiful!

 

The Girls

(*) former member

 

The Band

  • Nicky Bailey (Percussion)
  • Brian Connor (Piano)
  • Ray Fean (Percussion)
  • Tommy Martin (Uillean Pipes/Whistle)
  • Des Moore (Guitar)
  • Eoghan O’Neill (Bass)

 

The Choir

  • Helen Kelly
  • Dermot Kiernan
  • Niall McGrath
  • Andrew Nangle
  • Catherine Neylan
  • Una Pedreschi

 

The Crew

  • Gordon Adams (Monitor Engineer)
  • Jason Dallin (Audio Engineer)
  • Rachel Davis (Tour Manager)
  • Chris Del Vecchio (Audio Technican)
  • Ryan DeLaRosa (Hair)
  • James "Bubba" Dixon (Production Co-Ordinator)
  • Jim Donnelly (Lead Carpenter)
  • David Downes (Composer / Musical Director)
  • Joshua Gezzi (Lighting Technician)
  • Sarah Golding (Make Up)
  • Eric Heineken (Backline Technician)
  • Matthew Heineken (Backline Technician)
  • Dave Kavanagh (Executive Producer)
  • Alison Maalis (Wardrobe / Backstage Co-Ordinator)
  • Paul Mundrick (Stage Manager / Lighting Crew Chief)
  • Jim Mustapha (LD / Board Operator)
  • Ned O’Hanlon (Producer)
  • Wayne Pauley (Front of House Sound Engineer/ Head of Sound)
  • Scott Porter (Show Producer)
  • Scotty Ross (Production Manager)
  • Lucy Simas (Hair Alternate)
  • Rosco Smith (Lead Rigger)
  • Tom Stegemann (Audio Technican)

 

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All about Chloë Agnew [Chloe Agnew], this outstanding and unique Irish singer from ’Celtic Woman’.
Chloë’s angelic, fantastic and impressing voice still causes goosebombs on my skin.
On this site you’ll find Biography, Credits, Discography, Videography, Picture Gallery, Forum, Guestbook, Interviews, Links, Lyrics, News, Reviews, Tour Dates and other Videos about Chloë Agnew.
Chloë Agnew ’Biography’: (Date of Birth) June 9th, 1989, (Place of Birth) Knocklyon, Dublin, Ireland, (Mother) Adéle [Adele] "Twink" King, (Father) David Agnew (Oboist), (Sister) Naomi Agnew.
Chloë Agnew ’Discography’ and Lyrics: 1998 - The Friendship Tree, 2002 - Chloë, 2004 - Walking In The Air, 2005 - Celtic Woman / New Age (Live at The Helix, Dublin), 2006 - Celtic Woman / A Christmas Celebration (Live at The Helix, Dublin), 2007 - Celtic Woman / A New Journey (Live at Slane Castle), 2008 - Celtic Woman / The Greatest Journey (Essential Collection), 2009 - Celtic Woman / O America! (Single), 2009 - Alessandro Rinella & Chloe Agnew / L’assenza, 2010 - Celtic Woman / Songs From The Heart (Live from Powerscourt House and Gardens), 2010 - Celtic Woman / Lullaby, 2011 - Celtic Woman / Songs From The Heart (German Release), 2011 - Celtic Woman / Believe (exclusive Japan release).
Chloë Agnew ’Discography’ and Lyrics for Album "Chloë": Angel’s Song, Danny Boy, Ave Maria, When You Believe, The Water Is Wide, The Voice Of Home, Walking In The Air, The Prayer, The Last Rose Of Summer, Lascia Ch’io Pianga, Brahm’s Lullabye.
Chloë Agnew ’Discography’ and Lyrics for Album "Walking In The Air": Walking In The Air, The Prayer, Nella Fantasia (feat. David Agnew), Someday, Vivaldi’s Rain (from The Four Seasons), Going Home, Panis Angelicus, Vincent (Starry, Starry Night), Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring, To Where You Are, One World, Sigma, Winter’s Light, Brahm’s Lullabye, Gabrial’s Oboe.
Celtic Woman ’Discography’ and Lyrics for Album "New Age": Last Rose Of Summer (Intro)/Walking In The Air, May It Be, Isle Of Inisfree, Danny Boy, One World, Ave Maria, Send Me A Song, Siúil A Rún [Siuil A Run] (Walk My Love), Orinoco Flow, Someday, She Moved Thru’ The Fair, Nella Fantasia, The Butterfly, Harry’s Game, The Soft Goodbye, You Raise Me Up, The Ashoken Farewell/The Contradiction, Sí Do Mhaimeo Í [Si Do Mhaimeo I] (The Wealthy Widow).
Celtic Woman ’Discography’ and Lyrics for Album "A Christmas Celebration": O Holy Night, Away In A Manger, Ding Dong Merrily On High, White Christmas, Silent Night, Christmas Pipes, The Christmas Song, Carol Of The Bells, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Panis Angelicus, Don Oíche Úd I mBeithil [Don Oiche Ud I mBeithil] (That Night In Bethlehem), O Come All Ye Faithful, The Little Drummer Boy, The Wexford Carol, Let It Snow.
Celtic Woman ’Discography’ and Lyrics for Album "A New Journey": The Sky And The Dawn And The Sun, The Prayer, Newgrange, Over The Rainbow, Granuaile’s Dance, The Blessing, Dúlaman [Dulaman], Beyond The Sea, The Last Rose Of Summer, Caledonia, Lascia Ch’io Pianga, Carrickfergus, Vivaldi’s Rain, The Voice, Scarborough Fair, Mo Ghile Mear, Sing Out!, Shenandoah - The Pacific Slope, At The Céili [At The Ceili], Spanish Lady.
Celtic Woman ’Discography’ and Lyrics for Album "The Greatest Journey": The Call, Pie Jesu, Harry’s Game, The Butterfly, The Voice, Danny Boy, Orinoco Flow, You Raise Me Up, Shenandoah - The Contradiction, The Isle Of Inisfree, Dúlaman [Dulaman], Green The Whole Year Round, Ave Maria, The Sky And The Dawn And The Sun, Somewhere, Beyond The Sea, Mo Ghile Mear, Spanish Lady.
Celtic Woman ’Discography’ and Lyrics for Album "Songs From The Heart": Fields Of Gold, Amazing Grace, Níl Sé’n Lá, My Lagan Love, When You Believe, Isle Of Hope, Isle Of Tears, The Coast Of Galiçia, Non C’è Più, The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress, You’ll Be In My Heart, Goodnight My Angel, Galway Bay, The Lost Rose Fantasia, O America!, Forever Young, A Spaceman Came Travelling, Wenn Du In Meinen Träumen Bei Mir Bist, Symphonie, O Come All Ye Faithful.
Celtic Woman ’Discography’ and Lyrics for Album "Lullaby": Brahm’s Lullaby, Baby Mine, Suantrai, Walking In The Air, When You Wish Upon A Star, Stay Awake, The Blessing, Goodnight My Angel, Over The Rainbow, Hush Little Baby.
Celtic Woman ’Discography’ and Lyrics for Album "Believe": Princess Toyotomi, You Raise Me Up, Brahm’s Lullaby, Over The Rainbow, Beyond The Sea, When You Wish Upon A Star, When You Believe, Goodnight My Angel, Ave Maria, The Sky And The Dawn And The Sun, Danny Boy, Walking In The Air, Somewhere, Amazing Grace, Princess Toyotomi (Movie Theme).
’Celtic Woman’ are: Chloë Agnew [Chloe Agnew], David Downes (Composer and Musical Director), Órla Fallon [Orla Fallon], Lynn Hilary, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Nesbitt [Mairead Nesbitt] (Fiddle), Méav Ni Mhaolchatha [Meav Ni Mhaolchatha], Deirdre Shannon, Alex Sharpe, Hayley Westenra.
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