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Search Name: Celtic Thunder 2013
AWARD WINNING VOCALISTS TO PERFORM
CELTIC TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Sunday, October 6, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
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Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the award-winning vocalists, Celtic Thunder, at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PAon Sunday, October 6, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices start at $37.75. For information, visit www.TrustArts.org, call (412) 456-6666, or in person: Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.
From rousing ensemble numbers to solos showcasing each members’ vocal style and personality, Celtic Thunder performs powerful ballads, popular hits, and heartwarming songs of love and loss from across the Celtic music spectrum—Irish, Scottish, traditional and contemporary.Celtic Thunder was formed when creator/producer Sharon Browne teamed up with legendary Irish composer Phil Coulter (Elvis Presley’s My Boy, Sandie Shaw’s Puppet on a String, and the now-classic Irish ballad The Town I Loved So Well), to audition men from all over Ireland and Scotland for the group. Their first album included an eclectic mix of music with traditional songs, pop classics and Coulter originals, accompanied by The Celtic Concert Orchestra, a full band, bagpipes and monks. Since then, Celtic Thunder has produced six more albums including VOYAGE and was recently hailed as Billboard’s Top World Music Artist along with numerous other accolades.
Born into a musical family, Neil Byrne began learning the guitar and piano at age seven and by age 11, he was playing in his own band. Over the years, Neil’s performing and recording career allowed him to perform throughout Ireland and with one of Ireland’s most renowned jazz bass players, Frank Hess. While performing at a musical function in Ireland for Celtic Thunder producer Phil Coulter, Neil was subsequently invited to record backing vocals for the group’s debut DVD, and went to become the lead guitar player for the live show. Since then he has toured America and Canada extensively with Celtic Thunder and most recently has joined the group as 6th leading vocalist.
George Donaldson is a self-taught and accomplished musician. George plays guitar, flute, mandolin, bodhran, and banjo. George’s love of Celtic music stems from his childhood in Glasgow, where his main influence was his late father Bernard, who had a love and appreciation of all kinds of live music played from the heart. He has recorded folk sessions for BBC Scotland and made appearances at Glasgow’s own Celtic Connections and the Glasgow West End Festival. He also released his first solo CD in 2011 entitled The White Rose, and was also nominated for an Irish Music award in 2011.
Keith Harkin has been wowing audiences with his beautiful voice and musical virtuosity from the age of four. Keith is an accomplished songwriter and guitarist and has played at the Tavistock Festival, UK as well as performed as the opening act for John Martyn, The Undertons and David Kitt. He has been signed to the newly helmed David Foster Verve Music Group, and has recently released his self-titled solo debut album.
Ryan Kelly has always been passionate about music and theater. He holds a degree in Accounting from Queen’s University, Belfast and a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting. Ryan has been singing since the age of seven in various choirs and enjoys singing Irish Traditional and Folk Music. Ryan has performed with Westlife, Girls Aloud and Simply Red during the Children in Need Live Charity Concert. Other career highlights include winner of the SCOR competition (2007) and second place in the nationwide BBC television music competition (2003). He also released his solo debut album In Time in October 2011 to great critical acclaim and was nominated for an Irish Music Award in the same year.
The newest member of Celtic Thunder, Emmet Cahill, has been playing piano since he was five years old and singing since he was seven. He has performed in many stage productions in Dublin, including onstage in the Gaiety Theatre, as a soloist at the National Concert Hall, and in many other impressive venues. In 2010 Emmet was awarded The John McCormack Bursary for the most Promising Young Tenor and was a multiple prizewinner at the National Feis Ceoil singing competition in Ireland.
The youngest member of the group, Daniel Furlong, has already been performing for the public for six years. He was cast as Edgar in the Wexford Light Opera Society production of Ragtime in 2008 and played the lead role of Oliver in the musical Oliver for several productions in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, he also won an All Ireland Song Contest as a solo singer, and he won "The All Ireland Talent Show" in 2011, a nationally televised talent competition. It was his success on “The All Ireland Talent Show” that brought him to Sharon Browne’s attention. His energy and enthusiasm is infectious and he was quickly asked to join Celtic Thunder.
ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.