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Sixteen shows into the 2013 Mythology tour concludes our Canadian leg and has been a wonderful start to our new project. Recording Mythology over a year ago now was one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable projects I’ve ever been a part of. Taking Mythology on the road and performing it to hundreds of thousands of people was the real test… From the first show in Abbotsford Canada I was on a complete high as a standing ovation at the end of the show filled the arena. It brought mixed emotions of pride, satisfaction, relief and being very happy to have got through the first show remembering all of the details!
We have now finished the Canadian leg of our tour and have just started our US leg being very excited to share our new music with all our Celtic Thunder fans, new and old. It has been quite a whirlwind year so far, spending so much time back at base in Ireland was really nice to be with family and friends so often but it proved to be one of the busiest years I have had… It was time to start a new project, one that myself and my friend and partner in crime Mr. Ryan Kelly had been talking about for quite some time… The “Acoustic by Candlelight” album. Whilst touring in Australia, US and Canada 2012 we had been asked if there would be an “ABC” album on the way. With the support of the fans and the CT down time it felt like the ideal moment to start making the album a work in progress… And so it began, what we wanted to achieve was to record our favorite Irish songs in “ABC” acoustic fashion, with a mix of Irish classics such as “On Raglan Road” and “The Fields of Athenry” and modern contemporary classics such as “Don’t Go” and “Beautiful Affair”. Giving all eleven tracks a new sound-scape and injecting some youth into the productions… I mean myself and Ryan is not over the hill just yet ay!!!
Almost every day and night of the summer was spent arranging and recording the tracks… Some of which did not make it to the album but it’s always good to have choices. After the bed tracks and guide vocals where down it was time to get our amazingly talented friends in. First of all, I made my way to Galway and spent a few days with Declan O’Donoghue our CT drummer and close friend… Declan brought his ‘A’ game to the table as always… So between us we came up with the percussion patterns needed for each track and Deco nailed it as usual! The next color to be added was the most important lead instrument “violin” and who else to give us the sound that was to be a mix of traditional fiddle and classically trained violin playing… The only one to fit the bill was CT’s Nicole Hudson. She is the most talented violinist I know, not only having a naturally beautiful tone and feel, she has a fantastic ear for melody, so to record Nicole is a joy in hearing back the magic she provides. You will also be familiar with Barry Kerr who plays tin whistle on there as well. Seamus Brett played piano on two of the tracks and I played the rest of the piano tracks myself – in addition to bass, mandolin and guitars. Final mixes where engineered in the studio Van Morrison used to own… “Windmill Lane Studios” in Dublin. Spending some late nights there was a must to get it polished off before tour. Knowing that I was mixing in an old haunted Dublin studio kept my eyes open in the early hours… I fill you in on that another day Wink We are just one day away from tangible release… I am so excited to have it in my own hands and for you to have yours more importantly!
I hope we have answered your call and you have many hours of listening enjoyment.
Much love for now… Catch you later.
You can find out more about the album here as well as purchase links:
Celtic Thunder’s Neil Byrne will be doing a live video chat on JULY 31, 2013 @ 6:00 PM (ET). Be sure to click http://bit.ly/1691oDG to find out what time the LIVE Chat is in your area!
Neil and the other guys are anxious to perform Celtic Thunder’s NEW ‘MYTHOLOGY’ Show for you on the 2013 North American tour. Get your tickets now, with excellent seating still available http://www.celticthunder.ie/tour. Neil will also be performing an Acoustic Show with Ryan Kelly ‘Acoustic by Candlelight’ on the Celtic Thunder Cruise, on Nov 2 – 7, 2013, and you will get to chat with him LIVE for a Q & A, and maybe listen to a tune or two.
Fans have the option of viewing/interacting either directly on Facebook or the Ustream Website. If viewing on the Celtic Thunder’s Facebook Page, click the ‘CELTIC THUNDER LIVE’ icon just below the Cover Photo, to view and to participate in the live chat. If you would like to participate from the Ustream website, just go to http://www.ustream.tv/celticthunderlive and click on the ‘SOCIAL STREAM’ Tab to the right after the video chat starts.
If you have an Apple Mobile Device or Tablet, you can download the Mobile APP @ http://bit.ly/PyIOzo.
If you have an Android Mobile Device or Tablet, you can download the Mobile APP @ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.ustream.ustream
During each video chat session until Nov 2013, fans will have the opportunity to register for a Private Party with the Celtic Thunder Principals, after their Acoustic Show on the Celtic Thunder Cruise. The submissions page https://www.celticthunder.ie/videochat will be open from 6:00 PM (ET) to 7:00 PM (ET) the day of each video chat.
After the video chat, the entry page will be close for submissions. This is to ensure that all the guys have adequate time to receive all weekly submissions and choose FIVE new friends to accompany them for their Private Party after their Acoustic Show on the Cruise. If you were not chosen, there will be plenty of changes each week to win, so keep watching the weekly video chats, and submitting your entry each week! Due to the limited number of Private Party Passes, only ONE WINNER TOTAL can be chosen for the Private Party Passes, to make it fair for everyone. Private Party Passes are valid ONLY for the original winner, and may not be exchanged with other Celtic Thunder Cruise passengers.
If you’re around for it we would love to see you attend, and if any of your friends are around, please invite them along to join in on the fun!
Thursday 4th April 2013, Neil Byrne video chat, live on uStream at 11:30pm Irish Time
Click here to find out the Local Time this Video Chat is happening in your time zone http://goo.gl/Sr5Qf
Here is the link to the Video Chat:
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You can ask questions in advance and invite friends and family along on the Facebook Event Page:
Please note, you don’t need to register with uStream.tv to view this live webstream
Tickets still available for some of the remaining dates on the Celtic Thunder Australia Tour 2013:
Returning home for the holidays and avoiding the demon jet lag was the main objective this time as I was pretty much landing on home soil the foot of Christmas Eve. Following a 78 show tour just two days before Christmas, I was not expecting the 15hr flight delay!!! Partner in crime RK and I were a sight for sore eyes in Washington airport, two lost souls some might say! This said, my heart goes out to anyone that gets stuck in any airport during holiday time. We were extremely lucky that the weather allowed us to make it home!
The last thing I wanted was to doze off on mother Byrnes amazing Christmas day dinner she had prepared for me. One of the most important learning curves my job has taught me about is simply, prospective. The importance of spending time with my family, especially when it is so limited these days is vital for me. Surrounded by family on Christmas day I find myself asking a million questions. Mam & Dad, Paul, Grace, Gill and I gleaming to sit around the table together again. Not forgetting the apple of my eye, Sophie! What a girl! So hilarious She has become the family comedian!! I always see a difference in her each time I return home, getting taller, becoming smarter and so much wiser, more than I give her credit for sometimes. She knows every word to every track on the “Faces” album, her favorite being, “Let ‘em in”.
Everything in moderation. Catching up with friends has become more like a round of golf or a game of pool, rather than always meeting in the pub. However, last night there was a gathering in a well known Dublin bar with the CT gang. Ryan, Colm, Emmet and I were there along with David, Nicole, John, Belinda, Ger and Sharon and many more. It was 5.30am when I got home! Yes, we had more fun!
Thinking back on the last four months on the road having met thousands of CT fans, many familiar faces and so many new ones too throughout the US and Canada has yet again given us memories that stay with us forever. The atmosphere at the CT shows were electric this tour. Thank you for that.
Needless to say, only home a week left me with itchy fingers to create new music. So I cranked up the studio and recorded some new demos with no time constraints! I plan to continue working on more material later in the year. Now the Australian tour is literally a sip of tea away. Well rested? I guess… But definitely raring to go
New Year’s Resolution… I will use my treadmill for something other than resting my guitar case on it
Celtic Thunder MYTHOLOGY is the latest show from Celtic Thunder. Filmed on location at the Helix Theater in Dublin, it’s fitting that Celtic Thunder have chosen to return to their roots in order to film this musical odyssey.
The core theme of Mythology is found in the original opening number “Voices”, “Voices call from the old days, Voices tell from the past, Ancient laws and ancient old ways to recast.” It’s the story of the Celtic People, their legends, their culture and their stories. It’s the lifeblood of modern day Celtic people everywhere and the influences from our Celtic past, which are still carried in each one of us as part of whom we are and where we come from. Voices, quoted above, is a collaboration between Celtic Thunder Musical Director/Composer David Munro and world-renowned song writer Brendan Graham, who also wrote the international hit “You Raise Me Up”.
The set of Mythology is big; it’s dramatic and imposing. The new and the old combine. Modern catalyst images are projected onto ancient monolithic standing stones, a giant Celtic cross takes center stage and the tempo of the music is strongly echoed in the theatrical and moody lighting.
Mythology is by far Celtic Thunder’s most impressive production to date, bar none. All six Celtic Thunder principals feature prominently (Neil Byrne, Ryan Kelly, Keith Harkin, George Donaldson, Emmet Cahill, Colm Keegan) in Mythology, from haunting solo numbers such as “Carrickfergus”, “The Isle of Inisfree”, “Scarlet Ribbons”, “Katie”, “Carolina Rua” and “Now We Free” to rousing ensembles “The Boys are Back in Town”, “The Star of the County Down” and “The Rocky Road to Dublin”. There are also great original tracks that were written especially for Mythology, such as the opening number Voices, “Hunter’s Moon” performed in the show by Ryan Kelly and “My Land” the anthem which is the show’s powerful finale.
Celtic Thunder MYTHOLOGY will air on Public Television across the USA in March 2013. The CD & DVD releases will be out on February 19th. They will be available in Walmart, Target, Costco, Barnes & Noble & Amazon.
The special Deluxe 2 Disc versions will only be available as pledge gifts from Public Television Stations and the Celtic Thunder website.
You can also pre-order it from the Celtic Thunder webstore: