Global music sensation Celtic Woman will release a brand-new album and DVD on February 25, 2014 titled "Emerald: Musical Gems" (Manhattan Records) that spotlights newly reimagined performances of fan favorites from the group’s treasure chest of Celtic songs.
A celebration of the Emerald Isles’ rich musical heritage, "Emerald: Musical Gems" includes the uplifting “Mo Ghile Mear” and “Dulaman”, the enchanting “She Moves Thru the Fair” and “Caladonia” and the ever-haunting “Danny Boy” and “The Voice”. Also featured are new interpretations of Celtic Woman’s inspiring performances of the beloved “Amazing Grace” and “You Raise Me Up”.
The companion DVD, "Emerald: Musical Gems - Live in Concert," was filmed this past year on American soil in South Bend, IN on the doorstep of the University of Notre Dame, where it dazzled the family-friendly audience with a one-of-a-kind interactive concert experience that showcased the group’s sparkling pure voices, bewitching choreography and fairytale charms along with the talents of a group of world-class musicians, The Aontas Choir, bagpipers, and championship Irish dancers all under the direction of Emmy®-nominated music producer David Downes, former music director for Irish stage show Riverdance.
"Creating the new show allowed me the opportunity to revisit and re-imagine some of our most popular Irish songs, as well as writing some exciting new material for the show” said Downes. “With all-new performances of these great songs—Emerald has created a whole new experience for both our longstanding fans, and for those who have just discovered our music. This is a Celtic Woman experience that will soothe the soul and have you dancing in the aisles!”
A 75-date North American Emerald concert tour will run from Feb 14 – June 3 and a PBS TV pledge campaign will run during the March drive. Since its inception in 2004, Celtic Woman has emerged as both a spectacular commercial success and a genuine cultural phenomenon. The group's uplifting mix of timeless tradition and contemporary craft has transcended national and cultural borders to touch the hearts of a loyal international fan base, who've embraced Celtic Woman's hugely successful public television specials.