Celtic Thunder brings classic Irish sound to Stephens Auditorium

Margaret Troup

Celtic Thunder, the popular Irish singing group, will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Stephens Auditorium.

Celtic Thunder is currently on their 75 city North America tour titled “Celtic Thunder X,” celebrating 10 years since the band’s first debut. Their most recently released EP, also titled “Celtic Thunder X” features group and solo performances scattered throughout.

Celtic Thunder’s music ranges from Christian lyrical to upbeat romps that everyone can enjoy. Arguably their most popular track on their newest album, “The Galway Girl” is a fast paced and cheery tune that consists of each of the current members voices with distinct solos from Damian McGinty and Emmet Cahill.

Celtic Thunder debuted their show Aug. 2007, at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland. Performing were original members McGinty, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne and Emmett O’Hanlon. The quintet released their first album, “Celtic Thunder: The Show” on March 18, 2008, but soon changed the dynamic of the members of the group with various additions and removals to the band.

As of 2018, Celtic Thunder is made up of original singers McGinty, Kelly and Bryne, and additions Michael O’Dwyer and Emmet Cahill.

Each of the singers seamlessly play off each other’s tones and harmonies in their songs. The individual vocalists have their own distinctive timbre but they blend together flawlessly. Producing a balanced yet harmonized sound is no easy task, but Celtic Thunder manages to accomplish it in every song they perform.

The members of Celtic Thunder work together to make their songs come to life, be it in the studio or live on stage. The Irish singers wouldn’t be as successful without the help of The Celtic Thunder Band. Each of the eight band members tour with Celtic Thunder to every show, providing booming music that supports the vocalists.

Together, the entire group carries the audience away to a simpler, more relaxing and certainly more Irish time. 

Tickets to see Celtic Thunder start at $39 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online on Ticketmaster’s website and are available in the Stephens Auditorium box office.