Celtic Thunder is a Celtic music group, composed of five Celtic male soloists who perform both solo and ensemble numbers. Celtic Thunder debuted in August 2007 at the Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland.
Since the group's formation, Celtic Thunder has released two albums: Celtic Thunder and Act Two and a live performance DVD entitled Celtic Thunder: The Show, with a new album titled "Take Me Home" to be released on July 14, 2009.
Celtic Thunder is known for its eclectic style with songs ranging from a soloist to an ensemble focus. The group is backed by the Celtic Concert Orchestra, and their live shows are known for the use of dramatic effects via lighting and choreography as well as a stage set resembling an ancient stone pathway suggestive of those referenced in Celtic lore.
In March 2009, Celtic Thunder opened the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in New York City, and later that day performed for President Obama, Mrs. Obama and Taoiseach Brian Cowen (or Irish Prime Minister) at the White House.
The members of Celtic Thunder are (in order of youngest to oldest):
Damian Joseph McGinty, Jr. (born September 9, 1992) is the youngest member of the group and is from Derry, Northern Ireland. He recorded the first Celtic Thunder album when he was only fourteen years old.
Keith R. Harkin, (born June 10, 1986) is also, like Damian, from Derry, Northern Ireland. He plays the guitar and has written one of the songs for Celtic Thunder: "Lauren and I". In 2008, a new solo album by Keith was rumoured to be in the working stages but has not yet been released as of early 2009. Keith enjoys surfing and has written a song called Chasing Dreams that articulates his love for it.
Paul Michael Byrom (born April 11, 1979) is from Dublin, Ireland. In addition to Celtic Thunder, he has also performed at major sporting events in Ireland and abroad, including singing at the All Ireland Finals in Dublin's Croke Park and at Heinz Field for a Pittsburgh Steelers game in the USA. He has also performed for Ireland's President, Mary McAleese, and for Emperor Akihito of Japan. Paul has released two albums: Velvet and I'll Be Home For Christmas.
Ryan John Kelly (born November 6, 1978) is from The Moy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He holds two degrees from the Queen's University Belfast, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and also a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting, qualifying Ryan to be a chartered accountant.
George Donaldson (born February 1, 1968) is the oldest member of the group and is a well-known balladeer, guitarist and flutist from Glasgow, Scotland. At Scotland's Celtic Park, Donaldson played to 65,000 fans at the opening match of the 2000-2001 season.
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I've been to 5 CT show (2 since George passed away) and they are just as wonderful now as when they first started out. The last show I saw was in the beginning of April this year (the Best of Celtic Thunder) some of the songs have been rearranged vocally with the additions of Emmett O'Halon, Colm Keegen and Damian McGinty (since his return) and the the deletions of Emmet Cahill and George Donaldson.The ensemble songs have been rearranged, Emmett O'Halon was given some solo songs from Emmet Cahill's part and some of his own, Damian no longer sings his 'teen songs' because his voice is much deeper now. I think he took over some of George's parts in ensemble songs. As a tribute to George they sang 1 of his songs towards the end of the show and Emmett O'Halon left the stage (since he never met George only the lads that knew him sang his song).
Member Name: domtierno
Date Posted: 22-Apr-2015
Has anyone seen Celtic Thunder perform since George Donaldson passed away? How have they filled the gap he left? I know they performed in NJ several months ago, but we had tickets to see the Irish Tenors, in New Brunswick, the same night. Any comments would be appreciated!
Member Name: southernbel
Date Posted: 04-Sep-2014
Hi out there!, I haven't been around to talk lately, but i have been keeping up with CT and all the lads. Neil/Ryan have finished their tour and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Keith is starting his tour, Colm/Laura are on their FIRST tour and doing great. Our new Emmet will get his breaking in come Nov, but I know he will do great. He has a marvelous voice and will fit in very well. Declan is working on some new merchandise for us, that will come out in Oct 2014. Keith's parents are up and running with their soaps and they are wonderful. I have just about tried all the selections. I'm not able to go on the cruise this year, so i hope there is one for 2015. They are coming back to LA in Feb 2015, and I can't wait to see them. Well take care and keep listening to CELTIC RADIO!!
Member Name: Grace2302
Date Posted: 21-Nov-2012
I attended a CT show earlier this month with my sister, mom and aunt. The guys were even better than last year. I loved the format for the show and the fact that the guys were able to interact more with the audience. It was the first CT concert for my mom and aunt and they both loved it. My mom was already a fan, but the concert converted my aunt. Colm is a great addition to the group and Emmet seems to be much more at ease on stage this year. It was wonderful to see Ryan so healthy and happy after a difficult year. (He's my favorite ) It's always nice to see and hear George, Keith and Neil as well. I'm looking forward to what the guys have in store for us in the new show coming out next year.
Member Name: surfersully13
Date Posted: 11-Sep-2012
An amazing group of talented young men (3 of my girls are older than George, so he will always be young to me) individually & as a group. While I think the original group had a magical sound, I do like the new lads. Their live performances are outstanding. These lads enjoy their work! I found Celtic Radio through them & in turn found more Celtic music to love.
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