It was the night of Thursday, March 4, and Proctors of Schenectady was packed with Celtic Woman fans all brimming with excitement for the upcoming show.
All of a sudden, the theater went dark, and all you could hear were the quiet beat of the percussion and a sound like a breeze. Four shadows, carrying candles that let off an orange glow, stepped onto the stage. Suddenly, the lights came up, and the celebration was set in motion.
At the beginning of the concert, Chloe Agnew stated that all of the ladies were determined to create a concert event better than the one the previous night. Well, they sure did.
The two percussionists, Ray Fean and Nick Bailey, seemed to rock the theater with their talents on the drums and pure enthusiasm. The orchestra added the perfect touch to all of the songs, especially the uileann pipes, played by Tony Martin. There are six members from the Aontas Choir performing in the background. The bagpiper, Anthony Byrne, has played for President Barack Obama and played at the Vancouver Olympics.
The show was phenomenal overall, and during some songs, there was not a dry eye in the theater.
If you know Celtic Woman from their previous concerts, then you probably would have recognized some of their songs. Songs they’ve sung before included “At the Ceili,” “Orinoco Flow” and the catchy beat of “Dulaman.” Songs featured on their brand new CD, “Songs From the Heart,” were “When You Believe,” “Galway Bay,” “The Coast of Galicia,” “Nil Se’n La,” “The Call” and “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress.” Each of the women made a short speech at the beginning of their songs.
A very special treat at the end was a favorite of many, “Spanish Lady.” The entire crowd stood and clapped, cheered and sang along to this last song. The concert received a well-deserved standing ovation.
One of the highlights of the concert was the phenomenal lighting and sound effects. At the beginning of “Orinoco Flow,” the lights were bright blue, and there were sound effects that sounded like real thunder. During “Goodnight My Angel,” another of their new songs, tiny, sparkly lights glowed on the curtain, looking like stars in a night sky. At the very end, it seemed like the lights did jumping jacks, and the whole theater was lit up with red, blue and orange! The entire concert was truly a sight to see.
Of all the Celtic music groups out there, Celtic Woman is near the top of the list. One wouldn’t think that a simple group could really improve in only five years. But Celtic Woman creates a nice bridge of traditional Gaelic music, modern Irish music and even some of the music we hear on the radio everyday. Their magical songs and enriching voices are sure to lighten you up, even in the darkest of times.
Sarah Hummel is a seventh-grader at Academy of Holy Names