Celtic Woman Music: A 'Must Hear' for Anyone Interested in Their Musical Irish Heritage!

We are captivated by Celtic Woman music. We stumbled upon a televised concert several years ago, and have been big fans ever since.

This unique all-female group offers a different take on the traditional varieties of Irish music, magically combining Celtic, classical, folk and contemporary styles into their own unique sound.

Celtic Woman.  Picture Credit:  Daniel Ogren.

Celtic Woman music has been continually pleasing fans internationally since their inception in 2004 and their popularity hasn't stopped.

Their shows continue to sell out and the international public's interest in their albums continues to grow.

The group might not be for everyone, but that’s the point, they fill a void that has been long forgotten in most cultures with their exciting and entertaining approach to music.

Celtic Woman Music:  Where Did They Come From?

The group began in 2004, founded by Sharon Browne and David Downes who used to be a director of an Irish dance show.

Their Irish roots and talents gave David Downes the inspiration to stay true to Celtic sounds, and at the same time put together a unique blend of skills, genres and stage visuals.

The material, as well as the women themselves is what sets this band apart.

Where Are They Now?

Many people have described their style as “Riverdance for the voice” and that seems to encompass the energy they show on stage quite well.

Celtic Woman is now most popular for their annual Christmas symphony tour. The North American tour is the largest one and the tour dates are always greatly anticipated.

The group often goes back to Ireland but luckily you can always expect another tour nearby and more album releases as well.

Since their introduction they have released numerous popular albums, one of which can be viewed at the top of this article.

This terrific music is one more example of an expression of Irish culture you can enjoy, wherever in the world you are!

Let Me Hear Them!

Here are three of our favorite songs, beautifully sung by this beautiful team.

O' Danny Boy

The famous Irish 'anthem' sung live at Slane Castle, by Hayley Westenra, Chloë Agnew, Órla Fallon, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Lisa Kelly, Mairead Nesbitt.


You Raise Me Up

The lovely modern hymn, originally composed by  Secret Garden's Rolf Løvland and Brendan Graham. Also sung live at Slane Castle by Hayley Westenra, Chloë Agnew, Órla Fallon, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Lisa Kelly, Mairead Nesbitt.


Amazing Grace

The Christian hymn written by John Newton in 1779, one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.  Performed by - you guessed it!  Celtic Woman at Slane Castle.


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