Tuesday, June 12, 7 p.m.
Adler Theatre, 136 East Third Street, Davenport IA
With Broadway World calling the performers' live show “an awe-inspiring experience” in which the phrase “'must-see' doesn't really cover it,” the global phenomenon Celtic Woman brings its “Homecoming Live” tour to Davenport's Adler Theatre on June 12, demonstrating why the Irish musicians' international appearances have been continual sell-outs, and why they have thus far sold in excess of 10 million albums worldwide.
As its legion of fans know, Celtic Woman is a female vocal ensemble that performs a mix of Celtic, New Age, and adult-contemporary music, and is compared to such artists as Clannad, Enya, and Loreena McKennitt. The group first rose to acclaim with an energetic stage show that had much in common with similarly minded productions such as Riverdance, whose music director David Downes was the driving force behind Celtic Woman's formation in 2004. Then composed of vocalists Chloë Agnew, Órla Fallon, Lisa Kelly, and Méav Ní Mhaolchatha alongside fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt, the ensemble's first performance was filmed by PBS in 2004 and broadcast one year later, accompanied by a wildly popular CD and DVD. Although intended to be the group's only release, the album climbed to the top of the Billboard World Albums chart and stayed there for a record-setting 81 weeks, thus setting the stage for Celtic Woman's 13-years-and-counting career.
Following its debut on PBS, Celtic Woman has achieved massive success encompassing 12 chart-topping albums, nine DVDs, and nine public-television specials, achieving platinum-selling success in nine countries. With the artists' most recent recordings including 2017's The Best of Christmas and Homecoming Live from Ireland, the group has been named Billboard magazine’s number-one World Albums Artist six times, and Celtic Woman received a Grammy nomination in the World Music category for its 2016 release Destiny. As a touring powerhouse, the group – now composed of Máiréad Carlin, Susan McFadden, Ėabha McMahon, and Tara McNeill – has performed for over four million fans across 24 countries and six continents, with an especially devoted following in North America. And with their repertoire encompassing traditional Irish classics, contemporary songs, classical favorites, and originals, Celtic Woman shows are renowned for both their exhilarating musical performances and stunning visual design, leading Broadway World to acknowledge a recent concert event as “well-deserving of the standing ovation received.”
Tickets to Celtic Woman's 7 p.m. concert on June 12 are $42-102, and can be reserved by calling (800)745-3000 or visiting AdlerTheatre.com.