Celtic Thunder to Play Benedum Center, 10/6
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the award-winning vocalists, Celtic Thunder, at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday, October 6, 2013,at 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices start at $37.75. For information, visit www.TrustArts.org, call (412) 456-6666, or in person: Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.
Celtic Thunder is an award-winning performance group featuring Celtic male vocalists: Keith Harkin (Derry, Northern Ireland), Ryan Kelly (Moy in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland), George Donaldson (Glasgow, Scotland), Emmet Cahill (Mullingar in County Westmeath, Ireland), Neil Byrne (Dublin, Ireland), and Colm Keegan (Dublin, Ireland). The group's performance is a celebration of Celtic heritage and men-their loves, attitudes, individuality, power and strength, throughout life's journey.
From rousing ensemble numbers to solos showcasing each members' vocal style and personality, Celtic Thunder performs powerful ballads, popular hits, and heartwarming songs of love and loss from across the Celtic music spectrum-Irish, Scottish, traditional and contemporary. Celtic Thunder was formed when creator/producer ShaRon Browne teamed up with legendary Irish composer Phil Coulter (Elvis Presley's My Boy, Sandie Shaw's Puppet on a String, and the now-classic Irish ballad The Town I Loved So Well), to audition men from all over Ireland and Scotland for the group. Their first album included an eclectic mix of music with traditional songs, pop classics and Coulter originals, accompanied by The Celtic Concert Orchestra, a full band, bagpipes and monks. Since then, Celtic Thunder has produced six more albums including VOYAGE and was recently hailed as Billboard's Top World Music Artist along with numerous other accolades.
The new show, MYTHOLOGY, follows the incredible success of Voyage and presents the perfect blend of entertainment, ideology and Gaelic spirituality, providing a modern twist on the old Celtic storytelling tradition. Timeless Celtic classics like Danny Boy and The Rocky Road to Dublin are part of what makes MYTHOLOGY a must-see. Modern ballads Scarlet Ribbons and Now We Are Free give the production a contemporary flair. MYTHOLOGY will also feature a wide variety of instruments in the eight-piece Celtic Thunder Band.
Born into a musical family, Neil Byrne began learning the guitar and piano at age seven and by age 11, he was playing in his own band. Over the years, Neil's performing and recording career allowed him to perform throughout Ireland and with one of Ireland's most renowned jazz bass players, Frank Hess. While performing at a musical function in Ireland for Celtic Thunder producer Phil Coulter, Neil was subsequently invited to record backing vocals for the group's debut DVD, and went to become the lead guitar player for the live show. Since then he has toured America and Canada extensively with Celtic Thunder and most recently has joined the group as 6th leading vocalist.