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Song originally released by Empire of the Sun in 2013 from the album “Ice on the Dune”
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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:
Hello my friends…
This has been probably the busiest year of my life, not complaining but it was a very heavy undertaking.
When John (my manager) came to me with these words… “Neil, I think you should write an album” I had just returned from the 2010 Celtic Thunder Fall Tour and Sensitive Souls was not that long out but getting great reviews and a lot of positive feedback.
I do remember replying to John and it was something to the tune of this…. John, there is no way I can put together a full album between now and August, I have the cruise in January, an Irish tour with an Irish artist in Febuary, three weeks of Celtic Thunder promotions in the U.S. in March and to top it all off a new Celtic Thunder show to record along with rehearsals.
I was waiting for John to gently say, yes Neil I suppose you are right, there is simply not enough time… next year maybe!!! Instead, what he said was “you can do it, you will do it and it will be the best you have ever done”.
I can safely say my debut solo album would not exist without John’s faith, encouragement and confidence.
So I began to write some ideas, gather music and lyrics I had been building up over the years… I wanted something that would excite me, something that would make me cry, something that would make me laugh, something I would find myself dancing to without trying and most importantly something with a cool vibe. I want these songs to mean as much to the listener as they do to me. Writing random songs is not what I wanted to achieve. I was after a common thread throughout…. I could visualize the live performance, an unconventional, energetic, charismatic, quirkey show all in one mix.
Not easy to create but not impossible.
I then needed more help and am so lucky to have such a talented group of friends to call on. Without the amazing contributions of Nicole Hudson, Declan O’Donoghue, Conor McCreanor, Ailbhe McDonagh, Michael Keeney and my dad, it could not have happened.
It was a race against the clock… with the time given I was writing songs in the car on my way to studio, on my lunch breaks – from morning until night and forfeiting any possible social time. In one respect, I do feel regret about neglecting time with friends and family but at the same time they are the ones who encourage me too. They have always been my biggest supporters and it is because of them that I am in a position to do what I love to do.
I felt a bit of added pressure when my niece of three years, Sophie informed me that she wanted more music for dad’s car to listen to as she is being dropped to play school! Sensitive Souls had been worn
I promised her some new songs!
With this new concept album in mind, I felt that there was something missing… “The Title”. This was a brand of music I had been trying to create, rather than songs sung by Neil Byrne… therefore I was on the hunt for my brand name.
Random names where going through my head for weeks but nothing was sticking.
I asked myself what would describe the music!? Well, it is quite animated thus putting a colour in the name. A lot of the songs that I write are made up of characters, so a name thrown in there could be
cool! For some reason within this train of thought a name came into my
head.. straight off it sounded right, I could not get past it! I said to myself, “I will sleep on it” and I did. When I woke the first thing that came into my head was