Celtic Woman are four Irish female vocalists—Chloe, Lisa, Méav and Orla—and a terrific fiddle player—Mairead—who have created a wonderful musical experience. Since their March 2005 debut in the U.S. they have become one of the most popular Celtic music groups performing today. In their repertoire are contemporary hits (“Beyond the Sea,” “The Prayer,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Over the Rainbow”), classical favourites (“Lascia Ch’io Pianga,” “Vivaldi’s Rain”), and Irish standards (“Dúlaman,” “At the Ceili,” “Caledonia,” “Mo Ghile Mear”).
I must confess I was astonished when I first came across, a few months ago, this ensemble of beautiful, young women and angelic voices. It was indeed a very emotional discovery, and not only because Celtic music is one of my favourite musical genres (I am a long time lover of Enya’s music, for example). So I’ve got to thank Beth, at Blue Star Chronicles, for letting me know about this video, in which Celtic Woman is performing The Sky and the Dawn and the Sun in a live concert filmed at Slane Castle, the home of Lord Henry Mount Charles, in County Meath, Ireland (December 2, 2006). Enjoy the listening … and watching experience!