Celtic Thunder has released 10 albums that have sold millions of copies around the world. They have been referred to as the top world album artist by Billboard magazine, and they've developed a world-wide following of fans.
The six-man Irish singing group will bring their "Mythology" world tour to Spectra Place on Tuesday, September 17. The Energy City will be the only Saskatchewan stop on a whirlwind, 16-city, 20-day tour of the country.
Colm Keegan, 24, is the newest singer to join Celtic Thunder, as he has been singing with them since June of 2012, and he is their second-youngest member.
Keegan said that the "Mythology" show draws on the group's roots, and there are elements of what was seen when they first started performing.
"You're going to see a massive Celtic cross on the stage," said Keegan. "You're going to see a band, and it's going to be the six guys singing on the stage again. So for people who have seen previous Celtic Thunder shows, there's a lot of new material, but there's also a lot of stuff that's the signature Celtic Thunder at this stage."
Their most recent album, "Mythology," was recorded last year, but they had to keep it a big secret during their tour in the fall of 2012, he said. That was too bad, because Celtic Thunder's members really wanted to talk about it. The album was released a few months ago.
Now they want to go out and sing the songs during their upcoming Canadian tour, which starts September 7 in Abbotsford, B.C.
"Rehearsals have started for the (Canadian) tour, and everyone's just buzzing around the place," said Keegan.
"Mythology" was No. 1 on the Billboard global charts after it was released, and the DVD has sold well, too.
"We knew that it was something special," said Keegan. "And we were hopeful that it was going to do well, and that it was going to get the success that we felt it deserves."
Not only was the album gobbled up by the Irish group's existing fans, but Keegan said it has proven popular with new fans who haven't seen the group before.
Despite the age gap within the group – members range from 22 to 43 years old – Keegan said they get along very well. George Donaldson, who is Celtic Thunder's elder statesman, is a father figure on and off the stage for younger members like Keegan and Emmet Cahill.
Tight bonds also exist with the other members – Neil Byrne, Keith Harkin and Ryan Kelly.
Those who hope to hear stories of friction within Celtic Thunder's six members will be disappointed, he said.
"When we're on tour, we all get along so well ... we're all each other's best friend," said Keegan. "It's one big family, and it's a great feeling to travel around with people you're that close with."
Keegan says he has been singing for his entire life, although most of it was in a cathedral setting, which is very different from the stage shows offered by Celtic Thunder. It was during his time with another group, Celtic Woman, that he heard of an opening with Celtic Thunder, and decided he wanted to join.
It has allowed him to travel the world and see things and meet people that wouldn't have happened otherwise. He has enjoyed playing in Canada during Celtic Thunder's tour of the country last year, and the Canadian fans were very receptive to the performances.
Tickets for the concert are still available.