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Celtic Woman is
the realization
of a dream for
Composer and Musical Director, David Downes and Show
Producer, Sharon Browne. Together with Dave Kavanagh,
Executive Producer of the Show, they created Celtic Woman
to feature the very special talents of four young Irish female
vocalists and a very exciting young fiddle player. The five
women vocalists, Chloe, Lisa, Meav and Órla and fiddle player
Mairead are led by David Downes, a prodigious young Irish
talent, who has previously worked as musical director of
Riverdance. Celtic Woman portrays the unique voices and
styles of each of the girls as soloists as well as fantastic
ensemble numbers. Performing beautiful and much-loved
songs, Celtic Woman features unique renditions of Irish songs
such as: "Danny Boy," timeless classics like "Ave Maria",
contemporary songs such as Enya's "Orinoco Flow" and
Clannad's "Harry's Game", and a host of spellbinding original
songs created by David Downes.Celtic Woman started life as a
90-minute show for PBS, which premiered in the US in March
2005. The show was broadcast on over 300 stations and such
was its success that it was developed into a full scale touring
production.The Celtic Woman CD & DVD were released
through Manhattan Records (EMI) on March 1st 2005. Since
its release the CD has been certified gold and the DVD has
been certified platinum. The CD has also been No 1 in the
Billboard World Music Chart for over 60 weeks.


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Chlöe: Vocalist
Chlöe Agnew is a gifted musician studying piano, guitar
and recorder as well as being a magnificent singer.
Agnew made her debut television performance at just
four weeks old and first sang on television at the age of
six! She won the Grand Prix at the first International
Children's Song Competition in Cairo in 1998
representing Ireland with a song entitled "The Friendship
Tree.´

She recorded and released her debut album, Chlöe, at


the young age of twelve. Her second Album Walking in
the Air, was released and drew huge attention in the
internationally. It was the interest in her album and Celtic
Collections other Irish Female Soloists that spawned the
concept for the Celtic Woman show.

Lisa: Vocalist

Lisa Kelly was born in Dublin and has been singing since
the age of 7. Classically trained in both piano and
singing, Lisa started her professional career in musicals.
She has played many roles including ³Velma Kelly´ in
Chicago, ³Florence´ in Chess, ³Laurie´ in Oklahoma and
³Sandy´ in Grease. Lisa has also performed in many
concerts at Dublin¶s National Concert Hall including: ³The
Magic of Gershwin,´ ³The Music of Cole Porter,´ and
³From Romberg to Rodgers´ to name but a few.

Lisa was the lead female vocalist of Riverdance. It was


here that she met her husband Scott and they toured
with the show for four years taking in cities such as Los
Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, Miami,
Toronto and many more. Lisa recorded her debut album
entitled Lisa. Now a mother to two boys, Cian and Jack,
Lisa has just finished filming her first Solo DVD.

Méav: Soloist

Méav Ní Mhaolchatha has a broad range of performing


experience in Ireland and abroad. Her first solo album,
Méav, has sold extremely well in the US, Japan and
Korea. Her second solo album, Silver Sea, has recently
been released and is available in specialist music stores
across Europe and America under the Celtic Collections
Label.

Méav has been invited to perform her own music at many


festivals worldwide. She headlined at a major open-air
festival in Seoul as part of the Korean World
Cupcelebrations and launched her second album there.
She recently performed to great acclaim at a prestigious
Celtic Festival in Tokyo and sang in the Beo Festival of
Irish Music at the National Concert Hall Dublin.

Orla: Harpist & Singer


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Orla has featured as a soloist in concerts around Ireland


at such venues as The National Concert Hall, Dublin, The
Opera House, Belfast and The Waterfront Theatre,
Belfast. She has recorded, performed and toured with
Internationally renowned groups Clannad and Anuna, as
well as the oboist David Agnew.

A popular soloist in the corporate sector in Dublin, Orla


appears regularly at such venues as Dublin Castle,
Humewood Castle, The Royal Hospital Kilmainham and
Luttrellstown Castle. Orla was invited to play for The
Pope in Rome and she is invited regularly to perform at
Aras An Uactarain for The President Of Ireland. Orla¶s
debut album The Water is Wide has earned her much
critical acclaim and has led to countless television and
radio broadcasts. She has toured extensively throughout
Europe and North America where her reputation is
steadily growing for her renditions of haunting Irish airs
as well as her own vocal and instrumental compositions.
Mairead Nesbitt: Fiddle Player

Máiréad, who began playing the piano at the age of 4 and


the fiddle at 6, is a former All-Ireland fiddle champion.
She began formal training in music at an early age, at
the Ursuline Convent in Thurles, and continued at The
Waterford Institute of Technology, at the Cork School of
Music under Cornelia Zanidache and at the London Royal
Academy, London Trinity College, with Post Graduate
Studies under Emanuel Hurwitz on violin and piano. She
is a past member of the National Youth Orchestra of
Ireland.

Following her formal training, she became a professional


violinist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in 1991. She also
worked on-stage and in-studio with many well-known
musicians, among them Nigel Kennedy, Van Morrison,
Sinead O'Connor, Clannad, Emmylou Harris, Aslan, Chris
De Burgh and Jimmy Webb, and including more
traditional Irish artists Dónal Lunny, Sharon Shannon,
Paul Brady, Frances Black, Cooney and Begley, and
Jimmy McCarthy. Mairead had the honor of performing
privately for HRH - The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) on
her secret visit to Dublin last September.
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