Hi everyone I hope you are all well. We've just finished two amazing nights in Radio City Music Hall. What a fantastic time we had. Apart from the snow, that stopped a few people getting to the show on Friday night, it all went incredibly well. We were so extremely lucky to have the PS22 school choir join us for two numbers. They helped us out with You Raise Me Up and then lifted all our spirits with their rendition of Spanish Lady. What very special talented children. I've never met a nicer bunch of kids. They performed under the guidance of their choral leader Gregg, who was just an inspiration himself. He had a unique ability to bring out the best in these kids by such kind, gentle words of encouragement. It was definitely the highlight of my time with Celtic Woman. We were sad to see them go! We've been to Wilkes Barre, Erie, Baltimore, Charlottesville, Charlotte, Atlanta, Greenville, Durham and Roanoke and haven't escaped the snow once!!! Bring on Florida. But the cold outside hasn't affected the warmth of our audiences. We have had such a wonderful response to our Songs From the Heart tour. It's such an enjoyable show for all of us and we really are having a ball. There is such a lovely mix of songs. I won't give it away to any of you holding out for your first viewing. Thank you so much for all the cards and gifts of encouragement. Special thanks to Annie who sent me a huge Tinkerbell embroidered picture. It must have taken her months. Looking forward to seeing some of you in the upcoming weeks Love and best wishes Lisaxxxxxx
Hope this blog finds you all well and happy and getting settled in to the New Year. We are just about ready to hit the road with out first Songs From The Heart Tour. We are really looking forward to it and can't wait to see what you all think.
I had a wonderful break over the Christmas. It was such a lovely time. The children were ecstatic on Christmas Day when they woke to find their gifts. We then spent the day with my family in Dublin. New Years Eve was particularly memorable this year as we had really heavy snowfall. Quite rare in Dublin. New Year's Eve is also our wedding anniversary so it was particularly picturesque and romantic. The snow lasted on and off for nearly 10 days after that. Our country came to a complete standstill as we are not equipped to deal with the snow. However, the kids all had a blast. Schools were closed for an extra few days too which made them all the merrier.
So here we are about to embark on the new tour. We have lots of interviews to do in NY and Canada next week so we are all looking forward to that and then it is off to Roanoke, VA.
We hope to see many of you in the audience over the coming months and I promise to try to keep you all updated as much as I can
So as per usual, i'll start with apologising for not writing sooner!!! It's funny how the shorter tours end up being the busiest and feeling like the longest!. I hope this post finds you all well. Well this have been a whirlwind tour. We started out in Waukeegan and of course being the fall i've packed my winter wollies and have yet to hit cold weather. It has been incredible. I don't think i've worn my coat once!. We were in some cities that I have never been to before like Paducah, Sioux Falls, Prior Lake, Merrillville, Lubbock and Appleton. These were smaller cities but you wouldn't know it by the audiences. We've been so lucky to have such wonderful audiences in all our venues. The crowds seem to be getting larger and louder!. Plenty of singing and dancing. It's also getting to the stage that nearly every night there are people in the audience that we recognise. Your dedication is incredible and very much appreciated.
We got meet some fans that have written to us that we have never met before and of course we got to meet the good ole regulars that turn up at many concerts. With the economy the way it is, it never ceases to amaze me how many of you still come to as many shows as you can. But please know that we just love the fact that you are there, you don't need to bring gifts. They are always so thoughtful and appreciated but times are tough these days and we really don't expect it. But thank you for all the gifts that we have received!.
I think the highlight of this tour was probably the showing of the special on CPTV in Connecticut. We were so excited to see it finally on some of your screens. We're incredibly proud of this production and hope that all of you will get a chance to see it before you get the DVD.
So here will are in the final week of the tour. It's been a great few weeks. We finish on Sunday and have a few days off before we have promo with PBS for a week. We're all heading off in different directions for the PBS interviews so keep an eye on the celtic woman website for listings and any other appearances that we may be making!.
I'd like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. I'm very excited to be in the USA for thanksgiving. It's a very special time.
I always seem to start these blogs with an apology for not writing sooner! Each time, I go to write another one, i realise another month or two (ooppss) has passed!!!. Although we are only home 5 weeks, it feels like so much has happened. The tour is nearly a distant memory at this stage!. Obviously the month of July was totally consumed with the DVD special from Powerscourt. We arrived home on the 5th of July and had a few days rest before we headed in to rehearsals. Rehearsals are always so much fun. We have our director and choreographer Daryn Crosbie who takes us through everything from start to finish. He showed us the stage plan, the set list, the set and then hinted at what he thought the dresses were like!. We spent six days in rehearsals and then headed down to Powerscourt on the Tuesday. (By the way, when we arrived they were filming "The Tudors" in the courtyard beside our trailers. Myself and Chloe thought they might give us a walk on part! But it wasn't to be. Seemingly our jeans and leggings were not appropriate attire for the show!) Our show was being filmed on the Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday, however, was a total washout!!!. We managed to get down to set and have a look at it and also take in the breath taking venue!. I haven't been to Powerscourt in a very long time and I had forgotten how incredibly stunning it is. So much so, my aussie husband asked why I had never thought to bring him there in all the years we've been living in Dublin. It really is one of the most amazing places. So we didn't get to do a full run through of the show that day, which was a little worrying. Even though we had done it many times in rehearsals you really need to get on the stage and have a good run through but it wasn't to be and we headed home for some rest and warmth!!!!. And of course to learn the words to some of the songs.
Wednesday morning didn't look all the promising either but we at least got to do a run through. We also got to see the stunning, stunning dresses for the first time. As you can imagine, there were squeals coming from the wardrobe trailer!!! Synan O'Mahony designs all our dresses but this time he excelled himself. They were all amazing and i'm dying for you to see them!. Anyway as the day went by the weather got worse. At 9pm the rain stopped and we got to do the first show. We managed to get through the whole show but it was freezing and damp. I've never been as cold. I know I complained about San Diego being cold but this was like the North Pole in comparison!. The chill in the air was incredible and for me the first night wasn't great as my eyes kept running due to the cold, the wind and the lights!. So poor Sara, our make up artist, made quite a lot of appearances on stage - much to her family's delight though!. Thursday,however, was a different day. It was warm and sunny. We got to run through the whole show again during the day, just to tweak some things and thursday night's show went without a hitch, well that's not entirely true - we did blow a generator but it was fixed in a matter of minutes. The show was a huge success and I really enjoyed every minute. The highlight for all of us girls was not just performing for all our family and friends who rarely get an opportunity to see us live, but also to see so many familiar faces from the US there to cheer us on. It really was wonderful and we are so appreciative to all of you who managed to make it over. And for some of you from the warmer parts of America, I'm sure you didn't know what hit you with the unpredictable Irish weather!. I know many of you made the most of your trip and travelled on around Ireland. I hope it was everything you dreamed it would be. Thanks again for all your encouragement and support. For those of you who couldn't make it, I hope you enjoy the new PBS special and DVD as much as we enjoyed making it. The new songs are incredible, the set was beautiful and as I've said the costumes were stunning and not just ours, the choir girls all looked amazing! I'd just like to thank all of the people involved in the production. It's not just all of us on stage, there is so much work that goes on in the background and we are very lucky to have the "best of the best"!!!!
I hope this finds you all happy and healthy. We're looking forward to getting back on the road in October. Our dates haven't been fully confirmed as of yet but keep a look out on www.celticwoman.com for updates.
Lots of love
On a side note, i just got back from London after a little trip with my sisters and saw the show Wicked - what an incredible show. I saw it in New York too. If it comes to your city, which i'm sure it will eventually, go see it!!!. Amazing
As i write this we have only 4 more shows in this tour!. I can hardly believe it. Whilst it's been one of our longest tours, it has gone by really quickly. The last month has been quite busy however. After our lovely break in May, which I spent in the gorgeous Ft Lauderdale we spent a few days in Ft Myers and West Palm Beach. I know many of you attended the show in WPB and it was great to see so many familiar faces there. I love WPB, it's probably one of my favourite parts of Florida and the Kravis Centre is an amazing venue. After that we headed to Savannah, GA and in the 9 years I have toured the USA, I can't believe that I have never visited this beautiful city. It is so quaint and of course the southern hospitality is alive and kicking there. They even have an island called "Isle of Hope". I wish I could have spent more time there. We then hit the good ol reliable cities of Charlotte, Roanoke and Raleigh. We even got to have a "cook out" in Roanoke on our day off, which was lovely. Then on to lovely Portsmouth which was an outdoor venue right on the water and of course the gorgeous Wolf Trap!. It's always so nice to for me to go back there as it was the first outdoor venue i'd ever played in back in my Riverdance days. It's so special to me.
We spend Chloe's birthday in Cincinnati and had a fantastic night there and then moved on to Youngstown, Cleveland, Richmond, Lexington and Nashville, where I received the honour of being appointed, "Honorary Chief of Police". I'm not sure what that entitles me to, but i can assure you, there is no living with me now on tour!!!!. The girls are terrified of me!.
We spent a good few days in Philadelphia last week and then headed to Trenton, Penn State University and Ft Wayne. So this month has been quite hectic for us and it's not over yet!. We played Kansas City last night, which was fantastic. I love that city and tonight we're in Little Rock. Then it's on to Tulsa and on Monday we fly to New York to do a Good Morning America slot on Tuesday morning - very exciting and then fly back to Denver for RED ROCKS on Wednesday and Thursday. Red Rocks is one of the most beautiful places in the world and we love ending the tour there!!! So there you have it, i hope you are all well. Thanks so much for your endless support, gifts and letters of encouragement. You have no idea how much it means to me!!!!. I hope you've enjoyed this tour. I'll write after the DVD shoot in Powerscourt and I'll even try to post a few photos, if i learn how to use my computer properly!!!!
As I write this I can't believe that nearly 4 weeks has gone by since I last wrote!!!. Apologies. It's been a really hectic time for all of us and it didn't help that I spilled a cup of tea over my computer a few weeks back!. But luckily, I am now in florida on a 9 day vacation and computer is fixed!!!. Yay. However, I may as well be in Ireland with the weather here! What a mix. Thunder, rain, sun and humidity!.
We've had a fantastic few weeks on the road, plenty of birthdays. Lynn and Mairead in April and then myself and Alex in May. Thanks so much for all the lovely gifts and cards. I'm such a lucky girl!! I spent my birthday in Portland on a travel day. We were making our way from Oakland to Spokane. The girls were so good and organised a dinner for me and then decorated the bus for a little party as we travelled on to Spokane. It's always fun when there's a party on the bus.
We played in some fab venues over the last few weeks, The Greek in LA which was freezing, San Diego Open Air Theatre, also freezing, Santa Barbara Bowl, yes you guessed, freezing!!!! Beautiful venues though!. I spent those three nights with hand warmers in my dress! That's how i got through it. It's been wonderful though being back on the west coast. There's so much to see and do. The kids had a blast in LA going to Universal and they even got to Sea World in San Diego. Very lucky children. i don't think they realise how lucky they are. They think it's the norm!. We finished our West Coast part of the tour in beautiful Seattle. If you have never been there, it is one place you should visit. I've been very fortunate to spend quite a bit of time here between this show and Riverdance. This was the first time i've been there that the weather has been good and it just made me love it even more. It's a stunning, stunning city. I only found out on the last day that they do an underground tour. For those of you that don't know, seemingly Seattle is built on top of a city that was destroyed in the 1800's. Next time I go, i'll definitely do that. Also, it's the home of Starbucks!!!. A manager who works for the company very kindly offered to take me on a tour of the roasting plant, but unfortunately we didn't have time to do it. So thanks Gene for the offer, maybe next time. But he sent me a fantastic Starbucks basket, which brightened my day.
So here we are on the home stretch now. Looking forward to seeing many of you over the next few weeks. Thanks again for all your love and support