Since its 2005 debut, global musical sensation Celtic Woman has emerged as a formidable multimedia presence and a genuine cultural phenomenon. The group’s albums and DVDs have been consistent multi-platinum best-sellers, and its concert tours continue to touch the hearts of a global audience.
Celtic Woman’s repertoire encompasses Irish classics, contemporary songs, classical favorites and stirring originals. The lineup of performers has evolved since the group’s inception, but Celtic Woman’s signature sound has remained consistent, showcasing the members’ individual and collaborative talents.
Celtic Woman is comprised of four young Irish women—vocalists Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin and Éabha McMahon and the group’s newest member, violinist Tara McNeill. In concert, their angelic voices and instrumental virtuosity are accompanied by a robust ensemble that includes Irish dancers, bagpipers and a full band playing an array of traditional Celtic instruments, including bodhran, tin whistle, bouzouki and Uileann pipes.
The group made its American television debut in early 2005 with its self-titled PBS concert special, which captured a sold-out performance at the Helix in Dublin. Immediately thereafter, Celtic Woman’s eponymous debut CD reached #1 on Billboard‘s World Music Chart and occupied the top slot for an unprecedented 81 weeks. It remained there until the release of Celtic Woman’s second album, 2006’s A Christmas Celebration, which cemented Celtic Woman’s spot at the top for a total of 112 consecutive weeks. Celtic Woman has sold more than eight million CDs and DVDs. Named Billboard‘s #1 World Music Artist of the Year six times, each of its 11 CDs has debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s World Album chart. Celtic Woman has performed for three U.S. Presidents and appeared twice at the White House, including the 2009 National Christmas Tree Lighting.