‘Celtic Woman’ at Wolf Trap by Erica Laxson

Celtic Woman performed a dazzling sold out show at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts last night and have just two shows left in their North American tour. The musically talented quartet of women and incredibly accomplished Music Director, David Downes, have created a musical spectacular all ages can enjoy. An absolutely thrilling modern twist on Irish music and culture that will have you dancing in your seat and clapping your hands.

Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.
Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

A vast multi-leveled set with a stair down the middle and dual percussion platforms to either side filled the stage. The swirling Celtic inspired paint glowed with a different color for each song and the wonderfully choreographed performers moved with grace and meaningful execution. A row of talented musicians played by the platforms and two brilliant percussionists danced from instrument to instrument to set the stage for Celtic Woman.

Máiréad Nesbitt, an original member of the group, delighted with her frolicking fiddling and fancy footwork. Nesbitt’s unique style is vigorously full of energy and her absolute love of what she does. She roused the crowd with every performance, but her solo’s, “Coast Of Galicia” and “Granuaile’s Dance” earned standing ovations while her piece Shenandoah-dancer’was an incredible display of the dancing versus the violin.

Chloë Agnew, also an original member, wowed with her crystal clear voice and a fun and engaging personality. Her performance of “Nocturne” was hauntingly beautiful and everyone stood to cheer her pitch perfect rendition of “Ave Maria.”. Agnew is fun to watch, as her love to entertain clearly shines through.

Lisa Lambe’s powerful voice and her flaming red hair lit up the stage. “Dulaman” was achingly beautiful while her other solo, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” stirred even the most frigid hearts. Susan McFadden, the newest member, gracefully stood out with rendition of “Caledonia” and her angelic voice was a match made in heaven for her and Nesbitt’s moving performance of “The Voice.”

Celtic Woman "Believe" tour 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia at The Fox Theatre. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.
Celtic Woman “Believe” tour 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia at The Fox Theatre. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

Celtic Woman is an all around feel-good experience and wonderfully entertaining evening of music, dance, and Irish culture. Apart they each shone in a unique way, but their group performances of “Awakening,” the hilarious subtext of “Teir Abhaile” and the spine tingling beauty of “Parting Glass” were perfect in both harmony and arrangement. These women are truly a music lover’s dream come true, but the incredibly talented and engaging team of musicians and a harmonious choir complete the whole package.

5 stars for a beautifully crafted and perfectly executed show that addresses both love and loss through music, Irish culture, and a genuine love of entertaining.

Running Time: Two hours and 15 minutes, wit a 20-minute intermission.

Celtic Women played one night only on June 14, 2013 at The Filene Center at Wolf Trap – 1645 Trap Road, in Vienna, VA. For future performances and Information: Call (877) 965-3872, or check their calendar of eventsCeltic Women’s 2013 North American tour ends tomorrow at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia, PA.



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