A group that has been hailed by Billboard Magazine as the World's Top Album Artist was in Estevan on September 17 to perform in front of well over 1,000 people at Spectra Place.
Celtic Thunder delivered a rich celebration of Irish music and culture, but the show extended to other forms of music, including rock, pop and blue grass.
The six members of Celtic Thunder – Neil Byrne, Emmet Cahill, George Donaldson, Keith Harkin, Colm Keegan and Ryan Kelly – showcased their collective singing skills during several numbers in which all or most of the members were together on stage, and they also performed solos and duets that impressed the audience.
The show opened with a powerful rendition of their song, “Voices,” and they drew cheers as they joined together to perform “My Land,” “Always There” and more.
There were poignant moments, too. Harkin shared with the audience the difficulties of being away from his family prior to singing the song, “Rosa,” which is a song about a little girl. And they showed their humourous side, too, during the performances, or when they interacted with each other on stage.
Celtic Thunder also delighted the crowd with their performance of other groups' hits, such as “The Boys are Back in Town” by Irish group Thin Lizzy, “The House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals, and “Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel. The audience was also appreciative when they played "Working Man" by Canadian singer Rita MacNeil, who passed away earlier this year.
Fans rose to applaud with the final song in their main set, "In Darkness." After a brief break, and some music by Celtic Thunder's accompanying band, the members returned to the stage dressed in Celtic kilts, and played the song "Ireland's Call" during the encore.
The band that accompanied Celtic Thunder was a versatile seven-member group that featured stringed and wind instruments, a piano, a harp and drums. They garnered applause for their instrumental abilities, but also for their singing talents, which they displayed while playing “Man of Constant Sorrow” and other songs.
And there was an elaborate, two-tiered stage that had a towering, eight-foot cross at the centre. Panels had images and videos in the background related to the song; there was a silhouette of a girl dancing and playing during the singing of "Rosa," and Irish flags waving for “Ireland's Call.”
Estevan's stop was part of a cross-Canada tour to promote the release of Celtic Thunder's latest album, “Mythology.” They'll perform at 16 Canadian communities in three weeks this month.