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    Backed by the amazing Celtic Thunder Band, the singers (Damian McGinty, Ryan Kelly, Michael O’Dwyer, Emmet Cahill & Neil Byrne) deliver new ensemble numbers including “Sons of Light,” “Toora, Loora, Lay,” “The Wild Rover,” “Right all right,” and “Castle on the Hill,” followed in the second act by nostalgic fun songs like “Celebration,” “I’m a Believer,” “Seasons in the Sun,” and “Rise Again.”  No Celtic Thunder show would be complete without an encore of their rousing anthem “Ireland’s Call,” the only song in CELTIC THUNDER X that isn’t a new song but which never fails to bring the audience to its feet.

     

    "We had a blast making CELTIC THUNDER X. The music choices were carefully selected to suit each member’s personality and gave us something we could really dig our teeth into. The musical arrangements, the orchestra and the band are all great, and they really helped to create our best show to date. We love singing songs that are a perfect mix of traditional and contemporary Irish Songs, along with the fun we have performing hit songs that are known worldwide." Damian, Michael, Emmet, Ryan & Neil, Celtic Thunder


    DAMIAN MCGINTY
     

    In less than a decade, Damian McGinty has gone from a virtually unknown singer in his local church choir, to an internationally adored singer and actor with a fan base almost ten times the size of his hometown population. 

     

    24-year-old Damian was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. His career began at the age of 13 when he recorded a charity CD, and his unmistakable talent and charisma quickly catapulted him into fame and success. Selected in 2007 by producer Sharon Browne and musical director Phil Coulter to join the inaugural cast of Celtic Thunder, Damian quickly became a fan favorite for his friendly charm and his deep baritone voice. In the time he was with the group, Damian performed in six specials for Public Television and completed four coast-to-coast tours of the U.S. and Canada, and Celtic Thunder sold over two million CDs and DVDs as well as over a million concert tickets.

     

    Following his own advice to “Dream Big,” Damian took his career to the next level by auditioning for the Oxygen network’s “The Glee Project” in 2011. Out of 40,000 applicants, Damian was chosen to appear on the show with only 11 other hopefuls. Alongside several cast-mates with exceptional talent, Damian’s work was cut out for him. Extreme dedication and an intense work ethic took him to the final four, and ultimately he was chosen as one of two winners. As a winner of the project, Damian landed a guest star role in Fox’s hit television series “Glee,” as foreign exchange student Rory Flanagan. Initially slated to appear in just seven episodes, Damian was so popular his role was extended to finish out the rest of Season 3. 

    With fans clamoring for more, Damian self-produced an eponymously titled EP in late 2012. The 5-track album raced up the iTunes charts to hit #3 in the U.S. (as well as #1 in Ireland, Mexico, and Peru). 

     

    In 2013, Damian returned to the Public Television forum. First, he worked with former Celtic Thunder cast-mate Paul Byrom in Paul’s PBS special, “This is the Moment,” and then he appeared with child prodigy Ethan Bortnick in Ethan’s special, “The Power of Music,” which went on to be a #1 concert pledge show on PBS. To the great delight of eager fans, Damian toured across the U.S. with Ethan in the 2014 “The Power of Music” spring and fall tours. 

     

    In 2015 Celtic Thunder announced Damian as a Special Guest on the “Very Best of Celtic Thunder” Tour of the US and Canada, much to the delight of Damian McGinty and Celtic Thunder fans everywhere. The hugely successful tour ran from February-April 2015 and traveled coast to coast in the US and Canada. Damian also collaborated with Celtic Thunder on the recording of their last show Legacy, Volume I & Volume II released on CD, DVD/Blu-Ray and Vinyl in 2016. 

     

    He also toured with Celtic Thunder when the “Legacy” Tour hit Australia’s shores in May ’16, a 72-city North American tour in fall/winter 2016.

     

    2017, Damian featured on the Celtic Thunder 10th Anniversary Cruise, Nov 6th-11th and on Celtic Thunder’s 2017 Symphony Tour November & December.

     

    2018 is looking up to be a huge year for Damian too. Damian has been cast in lead role of 2018 Christmas Movie ‘Santa Fake’ where Damian will play Pat Keeley a young man from Ireland who has emigrated from the United States.

     

    Damian is also getting ready to set off on the Celtic Thunder 10th Anniversary tour aptly named ‘Celtic Thunder ‘X’ which will tour the US & Canada Fall 2018. Celtic Thunder are set to appear on the Today Show around St Patrick’s day whilst also opening the St Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC.

     

    EMMET CAHILL 

    Emmet Cahill is 27 years old and hails from Mullingar in County Westmeath in Ireland. His musical journey began with a piano lesson when he was just 5 years old. By the time he turned 7 Emmet had begun to have his voice professionally trained and he later went on to win a music scholarship for high school in Mullingar. Emmet spent the next 5 years intensively studying and playing music. At school he furthered his studies in piano, organ, violin and vocal training, but singing was always his true choice. He continued his education at the prestigious Royal Irish Academy of Music where he received a university degree in Music Performance.  

     

    Emmet has been cast in many stage productions and has performed on stage at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin and as a soloist at the National Concert Hall. He is an avid sports fan and has twice sung the Irish national anthem at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin in front of crowds of 90,000. Emmet has also performed for the former President of Ireland Mary McAleese and has sung at several international rugby games in Dublin’s new Aviva Stadium.  

     

    2010 proved to be a very exciting year for Emmet Cahill. He was awarded The John McCormack Bursary for the most Promising Young Tenor, was named the most promising young singer at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, was a multiple prizewinner at the National Feis Ceoil singing competition in Ireland and was approached by Celtic Thunder producer Sharon Browne and invited to join the show. He recorded and toured with Celtic Thunder from 2011 to 2014. 

     

    Emmet started his Celtic Thunder journey on the Heritage tour with his rendition of an original song Kindred Spirits that Phil Coulter had written especially for him. The baritone of Celtic Thunder shows, Emmett performed belting solo numbers showcasing the richness of his voice. During his time with Celtic Thunder Emmet recorded the Voyage and Mythology CDs and Public TV specials as well as the Heritage and Holiday Symphony CDs. In Mythology Emmet performed the inspirational love song Always There, the haunting Irish ballad Isle of Inisfree and a uniquely beautiful version of the all-time favorite Danny Boy.  

     

    While Emmet has carved out his own unique identity as a solo artist over the past number of years, he is still an integral member or Celtic Thunder and continues to tour with the show. Emmet was also on the 2017 Celtic Thunder Cruise followed by the 2017 Symphony Tour of North America.

     

    In addition to his role with Celtic Thunder, Emmet released his eagerly anticipated debut solo album “Emmet Cahill’s Ireland” which released February 2017. During his professional career to date, Emmet has immersed in a variety of distinct musical genres, awakening his passion for Irish music as well as other styles. Indeed the Irish Music Association named him “Tenor Of The Year” in 2013.

     

    Michael O Dwyer

    Michael O Dwyer is an Irish singer, songwriter, composer, multi-faceted instrumentalist and actor from Carrick on Suir Co Tipperary. He is part-time studying for a BA in Popular Music at the prestigious Cork School of Music, majoring in Keyboards.  

     

    Michael first discovered music when he started playing the Cornet in the Carrick on Suir Brass band at the age of seven, graduating to guitar by the time he turned twelve. He quickly fell in love with the instrument and has been studying and honing his guitar skills ever since; he has also learned to play Saxophone, Drums, Bass guitar and Piano. 

     

    Michael has a wealth of musical theater behind him; making his stage debut at fifteen in the role of Joseph in a youth production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He later joined his hometown’s musical society and has been cast in the roles of Pish Tush Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado; Jesus in Godspell as well as leading roles in several pantomime productions. As a student at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in Limerick, Ireland, Michael joined the Mary I Drama & Arts Society and played the role of Danny Zuko in their production of Grease.  He also joined The Cecillian Musical Society where he played the role of Riff in their production of West Side Story and was named by AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) as ‘someone to watch for the future’.  Michael has also been cast in the role of Curly in a Limerick Musical Society production of Oklahoma.   

     

    During his college years Michael worked part-time with Shannon Heritage as part of the musical entertainment team at Knappogue Castle Banquet, playing the part of the Earl’s Butler. He has also won several musical competitions and awards including 1st prize in MIC’s ‘Original Song Contest’ with his own song entitled ‘The Difference Between Love And Fun’.  

     

    Michael has played with several bands both in Limerick and Cork and is currently lead singer with The Love Junkies wedding band.  He is passionate about music and is currently working on his debut EP that he hopes to complete in August. Michael came to the attention of Celtic Thunder’s producer Sharon Browne and Musical Director David Munro in 2016. They invited him to audition for them, and asked him to join Celtic Thunder as a cast member in the North American and Canada Legacy Tour in Fall 2016.  

     

    Michael has proved a worthy cast member in Celtic Thunder as he featured on Celtic Thunder’s 10th Anniversary Cruise, Nov 6th-11th, 2017 and on Celtic Thunder’s 2017 Symphony Tour in the US Fall 2017. Michael had a key role in the recording of Celtic Thunder ‘X’ which some incredible solo performances that we are sure are going to stun audiences this year!

     

    NEIL BYRNE

    Neil fell in love with music as a kid when he dragged some suitcases down from the attic and started drumming on them. His destiny was sealed when he was six and watched his father’s three-piece band play at a wedding. “The sound just completely blew me away,” he recalls. “I didn’t really understand what I was listening to but I just understood it was absolutely wonderful.”  

     

    Shortly after Neil swapped his drums for a guitar and then added vocals at the recommendation of his dad. “He told me, ‘Listen, if you learn to sing, you’ll never go hungry.’” Neil took the advice and started playing professionally with his father’s band before branching out into jazz and then forming a retro funk band called Hipple Street that had a fair amount of chart success. At the same time he was fortunate to play (and study) alongside one of Irelands most renowned jazz bass players, Frank Hess, and begin to learn about musical arrangements. 

     

    If he woke up one day to find that playing music wasn’t a career option, Neil would be designing expensive automobiles. “In addition to being a full time musician, my dad was a Mercedes mechanic,” he explains. “He used to bring home some of the big S-class Mercedes sometimes and as kids, he used to bring us out in them on the duel carriageway.” 

     

    A mutual friend invited Neil to play at a function for one of Ireland’s most renowned songwriters and producers, Phil Coulter. This led to him playing bass in Phil Coulter’s band on a full time basis. From there Neil was asked to record backing vocals for the Celtic Thunder DVD, from there he moved to lead guitar position in the Celtic Thunder band and eventually became one of the lead vocalists in the show. In 2010, Neil also released “Sensitive Souls” a solo EP, which Hotpress Magazine says, “shows him as a classy singer of soulful pop,” proving that his dad knew what he was talking about. 

     

    Since joining Celtic Thunder Neil has toured America, Canada and Australia extensively with the show and has with joined the other principals as a lead vocalist in the show. 2014 saw Neil on the road with Celtic Thunder again. He toured Australia in May with the Mythology Tour and the United States in the fall as part of Celtic Thunder Symphony. He was also onboard the 2nd Celtic Thunder Cruise which sailed from Miami to the Caribbean in November 2014.  

     

    In 2015, Neil recorded and toured "Best Of" with Celtic Thunder which included hits and fan favorites of over the past eight years. Neil's talents were utilized on stage playing lead guitar, bass guitar, and percussion as well as performing as a lead vocalist.  

     

    In the summer of 2015 Neil embarked on another tour as part of Irish duo "Byrne and Kelly", covering a mere spin of 30,000 miles over U.S. terrain. 2015 proved to be a very busy year for Neil; when he was not out touring he was buried in studio writing and recording a brand new album alongside Ryan Kelly. He also partnered with animator Aidan McAteer and composed the musical score to a new Irish short film “Deadly”. Collaborating with Celtic Thunder musical director David Munro, Neil and David were eventually awarded "Best Film Score" out of a field of 110 films at the Underground Cinema Awards for Short Film.  

     

    2016 shaped up to be just as busy for Neil Byrne. The release of Celtic Thunder’s new show Legacy on CD and DVD/ Blu-Ray in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Australia, coupled with extensive tours of Australia and North America kept him on the go. Add to that the release of his new Byrne and Kelly album Echoes and its subsequent tour and Neil’s diary was pretty full for 2016. 

     

    Neil also toured with Celtic Thunder in 2017 on both their 10th Anniversary Cruise and their 2017 Symphony Tour. 2018 Neil will be doing another Byrne & Kelly tour then re-joining Celtic Thunder on their much anticipated 10th Anniversary show, Celtic Thunder ‘X’

     

    RYAN KELLY

    Ryan comes from The Moy in Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland. Although he studied accountancy at Queens University, Belfast and is a qualified Chartered Accountant by trade, music and theater have always been Ryan’s true passion. He first began singing in public at the age of seven and has won many accolades and awards for his performances, including SCOR 2007, a national Irish Singing Competition and the BBC’s “Country Cool” competition in 2003. In his solo career, Ryan has released two World Billboard chart-topping self-penned solo albums, “In Time” in October 2011 and “Life” in December 2013 to great critical acclaim and has won several Irish Music Awards – including “Top Solo Performer in a Concert” in 2011 and 2014. Ryan’s love of musical theatre has led him to perform the lead role of Mickey in the Willie Russell musical “Blood Brothers” and the role of Judas Iscariot in “Jesus Christ Superstar”. 

      

    Ryan is a fanatical sports fan and has played Gaelic football and basketball at national level. When he’s not on the road, Ryan can still be found training with his local GAA football club and playing basketball as often as possible. He is also an avid runner, he spends his mornings on tour running through different cities and has completed several 10Ks and half marathons. Regardless of whether he is out on the road touring, or at home in The Moy, Ryan can usually be found catching up on his favorite sports on television and online. He is a lifelong supporter of the Boston Celtics. He mentions the opportunity to stand alongside his Celtic Thunder cast mates in TD Garden in Boston and sing the US National Anthem at the opening of a Celtics game as one of the highlights of his Celtic Thunder journey so far. 

      

    One of the original members of Celtic Thunder, Ryan was between banking jobs when his brother told him about the audition for “an Irish touring band of America”. Celtic Thunder Producer Sharon Browne was looking for someone who could “sing like they had a mean streak” and when Ryan sang as Judas Iscariot from Jesus Christ Superstar, it all came together. Ryan’s love for drama made him the perfect pick for the role of the “rogue” or “Dark Destroyer” in Celtic Thunder Shows. Celtic Thunder fans enthusiasm for his performances ensure that he enjoys every moment onstage - “It’s clichéd, but music is my life. It’s what makes me happy and I feel blessed to be able to call this my job.” 

      

    Ryan has toured the US, Canada and Australia with Celtic Thunder since 2008. 2016 saw is his fourth tour “Down Under” with Celtic Thunder and also toured the country twice with Neil Byrne with their acoustic “Byrne and Kelly” shows. He notes that Australia will always have a special meaning for him as his aunt and uncle emigrated to Newcastle, New South Wales over fifty years ago and made Australia their home ever since. “It’s great to be able to come out here and sing songs that I’ve grown up singing from home to a lot of people who have strong connections to Ireland and its culture – including my own family.” 

     

    Ryan also featured in Celtic Thunder’s 72 North American LEGACY Tour in Fall 2016, the Celtic Thunder 10th Anniversary Cruise out of Miami Nov 6th-11th 2017 followed by the 2017 Symphony Tour.

     

    2018 is looking to be a big year for Ryan, starting off with his Byrne & Kelly world tour followed by the much anticipated Celtic Thunder 10th Anniversary show aptly named Celtic Thunder ‘X’.

     

    DAVID MUNRO 

    A graduate of Glasgow University, David started his musical life as a concert pianist then turned his attentions to theatre, notably ballet and opera. He has worked as musical director, répétiteur and composer for many ballet and contemporary dance companies including The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Singapore Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Company, Jiri Kylian (NDT), Random Dance and L.C.T.D. 

     

    He was on the music staff of Scottish Opera where he was musical director of a wide range of works from Rossini through Puccini to Janacek and has composed numerous works for the stage and orchestra that have been produced and broadcast throughout the world. A prolific composer, his commissions “The Musical Story Book” for B.B.C. Radio 4 were nominated for a Sony Award in the UK as have been his many works for Scottish Opera. Amongst others, he has worked with Sinead O’Connor, Maire Breatnach (Clannad), Finbar Furey, Phil Coulter, The Dubliners, Brian Kennedy, Samantha Mumba and Hayley Westenra. 

     

    He has conducted, collaborated and performed with many orchestras including The Orchestra Of Scottish Opera, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), The Spokane Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. David was musical director with The Celtic Tenors for several years achieving several No. #1 albums with them as producer and musical director and more recently with The Canadian Tenors, collaborating on their recent No. #1 album.  

     

    David joined Celtic Thunder in 2011 as Musical Director and has toured with the show ever since. He has composed several original songs for Celtic Thunder and is responsible for all musical and vocal arrangements on the recent tours of Voyage, Mythology, Celtic Thunder Symphony, Very Best of Celtic Thunder and now Legacy. “One word sums up the prevailing mood behind every note in Celtic Thunder. That word is collaboration. The creativity that involved in making a Celtic Thunder show is immense. From the moment the first note is struck in rehearsal to the final gloss put on each track in the studio, I search for the best possible arrangement for each song. We have the finest singers, musicians and engineers on every project that we can find, and they have all contributed greatly to what you hear.” 

     

    “A creative endeavor like this has two distinct sides to it. Firstly the choice of material and secondly ensuring those final choices work. The Celtic Thunder tradition has always been to bring you the best possible versions of music that you know and love and so continuing that tradition is no easy matter.” 

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Show Description

There’s no resting on your laurels for Public Television phenomenon Celtic Thunder! The multi-platinum Irish group disembarked from its third Celtic Thunder Cruise in November and completed a US Symphony Tour in December, all the while making preparations for the all new CELTIC THUNDER X Deluxe Double CD, Deluxe Double DVD packages, released on March 2, 2018.  The releases celebrate the group’s 10th Anniversary, and the Celtic Thunder X tour of 75 cities across the US and Canada will begin in the fall of 2018. 

 

The brand new music and footage from CELTIC THUNDER X is also a highly anticipated television special, which began airing nationally on March 1, 2018. The special was filmed in Dublin on October 30, 2017 at the Helix Theatre.  Celtic Thunder has become one of public television’s largest draws. Their shows have aired over 22,500 times across 50 states on PBS. The group is among the top five audience-generating acts on the network. Check local listings for airing dates/times of Celtic Thunder's new CELTIC THUNDER X special.

 

Special offer! A Celtic Thunder CD is included with every order for this show. You will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem this offer approximately 7 days after your ticket purchase.