I''ve been a Celtic Woman fan since 2007 and I''ve loved just about all of the singers over the years. But I find this group to be something special. Not only are they three of the prettiest women ever, but their voices are all different and distinctive. I''ve watched this...
I''ve been a Celtic Woman fan since 2007 and I''ve loved just about all of the singers over the years. But I find this group to be something special. Not only are they three of the prettiest women ever, but their voices are all different and distinctive. I''ve watched this concert many times since DVRing it on PBS in late December and, like most of the other Celtic Woman concerts released on dvd, I love it.
But first the singers...
I did not care for Susan McFadden when she initially replaced my all-time favorite, Lisa Kelly. Now I love her and she is my second favorite after Lisa. She has a wonderful stage presence, probably gained by starring in several Broadway musicals on the London stage (including "Grease.") During the number "She Moved Through the Fair", she dances with poise and grace with one of the male dancers. I saw this previously when I saw Celtic Woman in concert last April and it still is probably my favorite thing in this concert. She also does a nice version of Lisa Kelly''s "The Voice" during this concert.
Mairead Carlin also did not impress me when I initially saw her with Celtic Woman in concert. Now I enjoy her more each time I see her. Blessed with a beautiful operatic voice, she is absolutely lovely singing "Time To Say Goodbye," my favorite song of the concert.
The newest singer Eabha McMahon also did not overly impress me on the last concert, she seemed a bit nervous and stiff. No more, however. The beautiful song "Walk Beside Me'' has now become her signature number. She also sings "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears," a number that was previously sung by all of the singers on the "One From the Heart" concert. One of my favorite numbers is when she sings a number entirely in the Irish language totally unaccompanied until joined on stage by drummer Ray Fean, a flutist and guitarist. I had no idea what she was singing about but I loved it and she is visibly excited and enthused at the song''s end.
Speaking of enthused, there is Tara McNeill, the group''s new fiddler. I didn''t think anyone could replace Mairead Nesbitt on the fiddle but Tara has done an outstanding job of it. She gets a standing ovation on "For the Love of a Princess" and when the camera focuses on her face, she appears to be close to tears. (I saw her get a standing ovation also for this number when I saw the girls in concert in Lancaster Pa. last April.) Tara also plays the harp and is a welcome addition to Celtic Woman.
As much as I love this dvd, I have a few extra thoughts. The dvd only has one additional number "The Parting Glass'' from the PBS special. There are a couple additional snippets here and there and a brief bit of a musical battle between Ray Fean and the other drummers entitled "Floorplay." This is used in the concert to give the girls time to change costumes. The cd released the same day includes the number "Water Under the Bridge" leading me to believe this might have been cut from the concert as well. This has not been the first time numbers have been cut from Celtic Woman dvds. Two previous members, Alex Sharpe and Lynn Hillary, had several highlight numbers cut from the "One From the Heart" dvd. And speaking of dvd, why has Celtic Woman management taken a step backwards by releasing this in dvd only and not on high-definition blu-ray like the previous 3 concerts? I do not understand this at all. If you want to see this in high definition, you had better save your DVRed version of the PBS concert. There are also no special features on the making of the concert, as had been done on some of the previous dvds. But thats enough of the criticism.
I greatly enjoyed this concert and, as stated previously, I consider this incarnation of Celtic Woman to be very special indeed. As usual, I cannot wait to see them in concert again this April. And I highly recommend this dvd.