IRISH SINGING SENSATION CELTIC THUNDER RETURNS TO MINNEAPOLIS AT THE STATE THEATRE
Dale B. Stark
Hennepin Theatre Trust
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TICKETS ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC: MONDAY, APRIL 4 AT 10 A.M.
MINNEAPOLIS – Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that CELTIC THUNDER, the international singing sensation, will return to Minneapolis with their brand new North American “Legacy” tour at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis). The “Legacy” tour will feature a mix of lively, fast paced and upbeat songs including “A Place in The Choir,” “Galway Girl” and “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” that represent the fun loving nature of the Irish and slower, classic ballads “Danny Boy,” “Noreen” and “Buachaille On Eirne.”
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 4 at the State Theatre Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 982-2787 and online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.
TICKET PRICES: Start at $43.50
All pricing includes a Building Restoration Fee of $4.00
Continuing their tradition of paying homage to the musical culture and traditions of Ireland, CELTIC THUNDER’S latest show is a depiction both their musical footprint over the past eight years as well as their amazing heritage of Irish and Celtic music.
Both the ensemble and solo performances in this thrilling evening of entertainment highlight the diversity of Irish music and song. Powerful anthems “Ireland’s Call” and “Caledonia,” heartwarming ballads “Song For The Mira” and “Take Me Home,” and lively crowd favorites such as “Seven Drunken Nights” all serve to showcase the musical talent of each soloist.
Pre-sales for the majority of CELTIC THUNDER shows in the U.S. and Canada will begin March 28 for Platinum members of the CELTIC THUNDER Fan Club. Gold members will have access to seats on March 29 with Green members joining the pre-sale on March 30.
For more information and to join the CELTIC THUNDER Fan Club, please visit CelticThunder.com.
In 2007 producer Sharon Browne filmed the first ever CELTIC THUNDER show at the Helix in Dublin, Ireland. The concept was to feature a group of men from Ireland and Scotland, who range in ages from 21 to 42, which features songs celebrating a common Celtic heritage.
The resulting show included an eclectic mix of songs traditional and international hits with some original pieces along the way. The current cast of CELTIC THUNDER is made up of diverse performers, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne and Emmet Cahill, Emmett O’Hanlon and special guest artist Damian McGinty. McGinty was one of the original members of CELTIC THUNDER who left the show in 2011 to compete in the first season of the hit show “The Glee Project,” which he subsequently won. He later joined the cast of the hit show “Glee” and has been pursuing his solo career ever since.
The members of CELTIC THUNDER are each a powerhouse in both their solo and ensemble songs. Ably backed by the dynamic Celtic Thunder Band, their shows are known for the use of dramatic effects of lighting and choreography as well as a stage set resembling an ancient stone pathway suggestive of those referenced in Celtic lore.
The first CELTIC THUNDER CD/DVD was released in March 2008 and was simply called “Celtic Thunder – The Show.” A full U.S. and Canadian tour followed, along with a second CD titled “Act II.” In 2009 CELTIC THUNDER released their second DVD (and third CD) titled “Take Me Home.” This was followed by “It’s Entertainment” in 2010, which paid homage to U.S. pop culture.
Two more releases followed in 2011 for CELTIC THUNDER, “Heritage” in February 2011 and “Storm,” their first theatrical production in August 2011. CELTIC THUNDER also took the “Heritage” show on tour in the U.S. that year. February 2013 saw the show return to the Helix in Dublin to film their ninth DVD and tenth CD titled “Mythology,” which presented a perfect blend of entertainment, ideology and Gaelic spirituality, providing a modern twist on the old Celtic storytelling tradition.
In Fall 2014, CELTIC THUNDER released their 11th CD “Holiday Symphony,” an eclecic selection of Christmas standards from around the world with their signature big production sound, backed by a 90-piece orchestra. In 2015 they released “Very Best of Celtic Thunder,” offering a compilation of their best-loved songs and fan favorites. They followed up with a “Very Best of Tour” which took place from February to April 2015 covering 45 cities in North America.
In 2014 CELTIC THUNDER transitioned to their new home at Sony Records’ Legacy label and their first release on Legacy was “Holiday Symphony,” followed by “The Very Best of Celtic Thunder.” The entire back catalog moved to Sony and was re-released in October 2015.
In March 2015 CELTIC THUNDER filmed their latest show entitled “Legacy” at the Casino Rama in Canada. “Legacy Volume I” was released on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and limited edition vinyl in February 2016.
By the end of 2016 Celtic Thunder will have toured the U.S. and Canada, coast to coast, 11 times, Australia four times, performing nearly 800 shows to date to more than a million fans. CELTIC THUNDER has also undertaken 2 Entertainment Cruises in the Caribbean, each one transporting more than 4,000 fans on a four day musical extravaganza. CELTIC THUNDER has also been hailed as Billboard’s Top World Music Artist, along with Top World Music Imprint and Top World Album of in 2008, 2009, 2011 and again in 2015. The CELTIC THUNDER official YouTube channel, “Thunder Tube” has received more than 77 million views since its inception in 2008.
Hennepin Theatre Trust, owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development. The Trust is located in the WeDo™ MPLS Cultural District. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org and wedompls.org.