Overture and beginners please... Strike up the band... Stand by for Celtic Thunder... and "It's Entertainment."
This stylish and high energy trip through some of the great songs of the last 30years is pure showbiz! It is a tribute from Celtic Thunder to the legacy they have inherited from the great entertainers of the past, and a mark of how far they themselves have travelled as performers, in a few short years.
It evokes an era of big bands and boulevards, top hats and tails and singing and dancin' in the rain! It makes for irresistible listening as the principals from this generation pay their respects to the stars of an earlier time. In the true tradition of variety, the music covers a mix of styles, songs and singers as the lads salute their musical heroes - from Fred Astaire to Neil Diamond, from Jim Croce to Chicago, from Michael Buble to The Beach Boys!
Each member features with two songs, one a serious workout, the other a bit of pure fun and a chance to let the hair down! These lighter choices have George stomping around to The Proclaimer's 'My Life With You,' while Ryan takes on the persona of a Chicago gangster with 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.' Keith slips right into character with a Surfer Medley and Damian becomes a bit of a boulevardier with 'Standing On The Corner.' Paul steps up to the plate as an accomplished song and dance man with the rooty-tooty 'Doo Wacka Doo,' specially written by Phil Coulter.
One big surprise package is guitarist Neil who not only joins Ryan and Keith in a haunting, close harmony version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah,' but also delivers a superb, soulful solo on the Disney classic 'When You Wish Upon A Star.' The show is rounded off by a couple of ensemble numbers, featuring all six singers, the perennial 'Amazing Grace' and U2's anthemic 'Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.'
All in all, this is an inspired celebration of wonderful songs and great singers, an uplifting, feel-good package that is the perfect antidote to the recession blues!