Celtic Woman comes to R.I. with music of Ireland – Entertainment & Life – providencejournal.com

The ensemble will showcase fan favorites from over the years and tracks from its last two albums.

When Celtic Woman was celebrating its 10th anniversary with a tour in 2015, it was one of those unlikely stories. The all-female Irish musical ensemble was formed for a one-off event, a concert at the Helix in Ireland, which was broadcast by PBS in 2005.

“It would have been incredibly sad if that were it,” vocalist Susan McFadden said while calling from New York. “Thankfully it didn’t end at the beginning.”

It continues for Celtic Woman after its 10-year anniversary. The venerable act has recorded two albums since then, “Destiny” in 2015 and “Voices of Angels” in 2016.

The ensemble will showcase fan favorites from over the years and tracks from its last two albums Thursday, April 6, at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

“We loved the [2015] tour, but it’s great to do a show behind brand new music,” McFadden said.

The albums and the show are eclectic. “I love that we go in such different directions,” McFadden said.

“Destiny” features more Irish language songs and traditional arrangements than than any prior Celtic Woman album. The Celtic songs — the gorgeous “Siuil a Run” (“Walk My Love”), the spirited “Óró Sé Do Bheatha ‘Bhaile” (“Oh, You’re Welcome Home”) — play to the act’s vocal strength. The bagpipe-driven songs — “My Land” and “Westering Home” — are moving, catchy tracks. And then there are the ballads. There is no prettier song from “Destiny” than “Like An Angel Passing Through My Room.”

“We take people to many different places,” McFadden said. “There are different moods, different sounds.”

“Destiny” has appeal. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard World Album charts and stayed there for seven weeks. But the cuts from “Destiny” aren’t all that’s new with Celtic Woman, which seamlessly blends Celtic, New Age and adult contemporary music. The group…

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