Celtic Woman: bringing the Irish Christmas to Orange County

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A Christmas gift from Celtic Woman:

Bringing the Irish Christmas to Orange County, California

Celtic Woman December 11, 2012

Multi- Platinum and worldwide music group Celtic Woman bring their North American Symphony tour to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts at Costa Mesa. The ladies: Lisa Lambe, Chloë Agnew, Susan Mcfadden and fiddler Mairéad Nesbitt. With music composer and arraigner David Downes on piano, Andy Riley on drums and percussion, Tommy Martin on Uilleann pipes and whistle, conductor John Page who conducted the local symphony bring the Irish Christmas flavor.

The twenty three songs and two hour show which is scale down version of a Celtic Woman performance with popular Christmas and Celtic songs with David’s sprinkle on the music are a mix from A Christmas Celebration and the new album Home for Christmas.

The show started with David introducing the show and acknowledging the conductor, the orchestra and the audience. The opening music is follow by: Polar Express, Carol of the Bells, and other know favorites: “Silent Night”, “White Christmas , “Away in a Manger”, “Ding Dong Merrily on High”, “The Christmas Song”, “Danny Boy”, ”Little Drummer Boy”, with Andy on center stage with the snare drum part of the song and “O Holy Night”.

During the show from start to finish the reception from the crowd, and the ladies had more interaction than previous CW shows. That is good because they like to be loose while performing and have goodtime. The ladies were also sitting next to the piano for some songs and also dancing on stage. We were clapping and sing with and even Mairéad asked for song requests where some yelled out “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and “Jolly the Snowman”, when Mairéad responses ‘‘we don’t know those” had the audience laughing to loosen them up too. For this tour and shows she actually talks more on stage though we know she dose with the violin and her trademark, jumping, prancing and spinning Also having the show highlight of Mairéad’s “Granuaille’s Dance” and “Shenandoah/Butterfly”.

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The second act opened with “Sleigh Ride” courtesy of John Page and the orchestra and songs included: The First Noel”, a Scottish/Celtic song “Auld Lang Syne” written Scotland’s Robert Burns. Other songs were “The First Noel”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Susan asked the audience to join sing the chorus of “Green the Whole Year ‘Round”. And at the end of the set the song “Ave Maria” was the first standing ovation.

They had two encores that featured: “You Raise Me Up” is and always will be the signature song for Celtic Woman and “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Let it Snow” with jazzy or swing feel. Similar to what performed on ‘A Christmas Celebration’ with more interaction and dancing with another standing ovation leaving the show smiles of the Irish on all of us that night. What was missing was the Christmas decorations and snow effect on stage to give that extra feel. Still a good time by all and could be on their next Christmas show performance and on the next best of Celtic Woman for album and DVD.

Next year starting mid-February they start the continuation of the “Believe” US tour that will last until June. So see them with family, friends and love ones for feel good show.