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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:
Tickets still available for Celtic Thunder shows all across North America www.celticthunder.ie/tour
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.
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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!
There could be worse ways of passing time than watching Anthony Hopkins playing Alfred Hitchcock as I am flying from Dublin to Atlanta for Celtic Thunder promotions. To be honest, promotion time was never my favourite part of it all but since filming Mythology I have never been more proud, excited and eager to show the world what I think is the best show CT has produced to date.
One of the hardest tasks over the last year was keeping Mythology under wraps. Naturally, all I wanted to do is release our experience from the concept to song choices, rehearsals, blocking, song arrangements, studio recordings, filming of B roll footage and the filming of the show Mythology on the night. Building Mythology upon collaboration brought the best out in everyone; whether it being song choice, choreography and musical arrangements. Over two hundred songs where put forward as suggestions, taking a couple of weeks to narrow it down. The songs that where picked stood out on the page, as they say “what’s for you won’t pass you”. When David and Sharon confirmed our solo song choices, I can safely say we where all more than very happy. Every song that made it to studio fit each of us like a glove and that set us up in mind and body to get out there on that stage in The Helix, Dublin and completely embrace our new show Mythology.
My dad’s band used to tour with another band called Bagatelle. Way back in the 70′s, Bagatelle where and still are today a very well known Irish pop/rock group, who had many hits one being “Summer in Dublin” a song that I have some close connections with. Written about the memories of Dublin city and escaping to the countryside when the hustle and bustle of the city got a bit too much.
I spent much of my life commuting in and out of the city and returning to County Wicklow. One of the descriptive lyrics sings “I jumped on a bus to Dun Laoghaire stopping off to pick up my guitar and a drunk on the bus told me how to get rich, I was glad we wher’nt going too far” my mam grew up in Dun Laoghaire and I’m from there originally before moving to Bray, County Wicklow… I have jumped on many a bus from Bray to Dun Laoghaire every week of the summer growing up with my mam brother and sister. Thank god we didn’t meet too many drunks. I remember that summer in Dublin
Meeting up with friends for a dinner party three years ago, I was introduced to a very talented songwriter named Declan O’Rourke. He had written one of my all time favourite Irish songs “Galileo” I commended him on creating such a beautiful tune and lyric, it always stuck in my thoughts that one day it might make the stage and I would be very proud to sing it.
When David came to me with the song suggestion “Perfect” from the Scottish band Fairground Attraction he told me to take it away and decide on what style we would record the song in. I wanted to give the song a very acoustic vibe, so using collaboration myself and David came up with the Mythology version of “Perfect”. It felt like putty in my hands getting out on that stage with my guitar and singing a Pop song that fit like a glove.
Ireland has no shortage of great songwriters and performers one of which being Mary Black. Going back to the 90′s Mary Black was at the height of it all including an album called “A Woman’s Heart”. One of my favourite songs was one Thom Moore had written for Mary named “Carolina Rua” – Carolina with the red hair. A beautiful love song… I changed the chords in the chorus to a more suitable feel for myself and arranged the song with David.
It was the first completed solo track for me and I felt we where off to a great start with our own version of a lovely Irish tune.
I think there is huge strength in the ensemble pieces chosen for Mythology, “Turning Away”, “The Rocky Road to Dublin”, “Star of the County Down”, “She Moves Thorough the Fair” to name but a few. One of my favourite ingredients in the whole Mythology ensemble sounds are the orchestrations composed by David Munro and Fiachra Trench. When David told us that he was bringing in a friend to work the orchestrations he told us how Fiachra had a back catalogue of over one hundred feature film scores and songs such as “Fairytale of New York” and many more. It was such an honour to have Fiachra conduct the orchestra on the night. It was a real joy for me to chat to him after the filming about his works, and a lovely man he is.
Shooting the DVD in Dublin felt like we where going back to where it all started and I suppose it’s the start of a new era for Celtic Thunder; new members, a completely new show and a look to the future as CT expands.
When we had performed the last song on the night “My Land” we all could feel in our hearts the beginning of something special and although the work was done it had only just begun. Bringing our new show on the road is what we are completely focused on now.
I hope you feel as passionate as I am when you experience Mythology.
The Alfred Hitchcock film just finished, really good. I was always a fan of his stories… And to have Anthony Hopkins play Hitchcock, well, even better.
The new Celtic Thunder CD and DVD “Mythology” are now available and can be ordered from the Celtic Thunder webstore:
A special preview of the new CD and DVD from Celtic Thunder called Mythology. This is Neil singing “Carolina Rua”.
More information can be found here:
The new Celtic Thunder CD and DVD “Mythology” can be pre-ordered on the Celtic Thunder webstore, with the release date set for the 19th of February 2013.
Mythology Deluxe CD 2 disc presale:
Mythology Deluxe DVD 2 disc presale:
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: