Celtic Woman is an all-female musical ensemble conceived and assembled by Sharon Browne and David Downes, a former musical director of the Irish stage show Riverdance. Downes’ concept was to tap into the American marketplace’s taste for Celtic music and culture by confecting a group that blended the Irish elements of Michael Flatley’s music and dance with the structure of all-girl pop groups such as Spice Girls and Pussycat Dolls. In 2004, he recruited five Irish female musicians who had not previously performed together : vocalists Chloë Agnew, Órla Fallon, Lisa Kelly and Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, and fiddler Máiréa Nesbitt, and shaped them into the first lineup of the group that he named Celtic Woman. Downes chose a repertoire that would range from traditional Celtic tunes to modern songs.
The group’s lineup has changed over the years. In 2009, the group consisted of Chloë Agnew, Lynn Hilary, Lisa Kelly, Alex Sharpe and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt. Alex Sharpe left the group in May 2010.
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Celtic Woman est un groupe de musique celtique irlandais créé en 2004.
Celtic Woman se compose de quatre chanteuses :
. Méav Ni Mhaolchatha, Orla Fallon, Lisa Kelly, Chloë Agnew,
d’une violoniste, Mairead Nesbitt et d’un compositeur, David Downes.
C’est un collectif de chanteuses présentes sur les scènes internationales.
Elles ont sorti cinq albums :
. Celtic Woman, A Christmas Celebration, A New Journey, The Greatest Journey, Songs from the Heart.
Hayley Westenra, the newest member of Celtic Woman performs, “Scarborough Fair” at Slane Castle, Ireland.