5 Reasons You Should See Celtic Woman Live

*note: if you are not familiar with Celtic Woman, start by reading my review of their newest CD, Believe.

This week my husband and I were able to attend the Houston stop of the Celtic Woman Believe North American tour. It also happened to be our 19th wedding anniversary, which made the night extra special.

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I have been a fan of Celtic Woman for a few years, and have seen their concert specials on PBS, but had never been to a live show. The evening was so powerful and enjoyable for me, I felt I needed to dedicate a few words to the experience and share with you FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD SEE CELTIC WOMAN LIVE (if you ever get the chance):

1. They leave everything on the stage. I was so impressed by the level of passion, heart, enthusiasm and talent these ladies sustained through the entire performance. There was never a lag in the energy – every song, every movement, even every instance of personal commentary was shared with dedication and care. It really kept the night rolling along.

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photo credit: Tracy May. click for source

2. They play to the whole house. There seemed to be a conscious effort to acknowledge all the sections of our large audience, and it’s hard to imagine anyone feeling left out of the performance. It also felt that although we were in little ol’ Houston, Celtic Woman may have been playing for Madison Square Garden; nothing was toned down, we got the full superstar, entertain-your-socks-off treatment. I will say that if you can afford tickets in the first few rows of the theater, go for it. The ladies interacted quite a bit with these fans, and you could tell those seat-holders were thrilled.

our seats at Celtic Woman

I have to say, we had pretty great seats! But you get a fabulous show with Celtic Woman no matter where you sit.

3. The supporting “cast” is amazing. It’s not just the women of Celtic Woman who are oozing with talent. Their supporting crew includes a fabulous Irish dancer, a stellar bagpipe player, a handful of men on a variety of instruments (some traditional, even – spoons, Irish pipes, Celtic flute and drum, and more), and a wonderful supporting choir. They each get a chance to shine, and the display of their skills in highly entertaining.

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Anthony Byrne, the "Celtic Piper" featured in the Celtic Woman concert. He was playing in the lobby after the show and taking pictures with people - I wish I would have grabbed my chance! photo from his website, click for source

4. The super-fans are awesome. We had a handful of “super fans” in our audience, as I’m sure there are at any Celtic Woman concert. These fans wore t-shirts and buttons and made a habit of regularly standing and cheering/screaming at the end of every single song. I found their energy infectious, and the women really responded to the adoration.

5. Violinist and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt. Yes, I am dedicating an entire reason to ONE member of Celtic Woman, because…well…she’s my favorite! Every time she was on stage, my arm hairs stood on end. She is just so talented and her energy is so electric! She had a few serene moments during quieter songs in the concert, but most of the time she was onstage, she was dancing left and right, bounding up and down the risers, literally shouting out to the audience in whoops and hollers – all while playing pitch-perfect on her violin. She was such a joy to watch!

photo credit: Máiréad Nesbitt's official website. click for source.

There are only a handful of Celtic Woman Believe North American Tour dates left, so – especially if you’re on the West Coast – check out this list and see if a Celtic Woman concert is in your near future! (you can buy tickets HERE)

  • April 19, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
  • April 21, 2012 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
  • April 22, 2012 Spokane, WA INB PAC
  • April 23, 2012 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
  • April 25, 2012 Sacramento, CA Memorial Auditorium
  • April 27, 2012 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
  • April 28, 2012 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
  • April 29, 2012 Las Vegas, NV The Smith Center for Performing Arts

And if you happen to miss this tour, don’t worry. Just keep your eyes out and try to catch Celtic Woman the next time they’re in the US.

*Disclosure: We were provided tickets in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.


  • Rachel Kipper

    what an amazing review! I was one of those “super fans” and its good to see that others don’t mind that we were always standing or clapping. Some find is annoying.

  • Rick Shears

    Sounds like you had fun! I am also one of those down front yelling. It is hard to not get energized from CW.  I too am a Máiréad fan and who technique is very impressive.

  • Great review!! I completely agree about being in the first few rows. If you can manage to get one of those seats, DO! The girls interact like crazy, especially if they “know” you from previous shows and Meet and Greets. 

    Also, I’m a HUGE Máiréad Nesbitt fan myself so I COMPLETELY LOVED #5!!!! AGREED!! 🙂

  • Ron Sloan

    Saw them in St.Louis last week.Have been to their concerts 7 times in the past 6 years and even though faces change, their performances are always top shelf! Had a meet and greet last year with Lisa L. and Mairead. They were so humble and friendly. I agree, if you get the opportunity,it is a true joy to attend their performance.

  • Marji Piercy-Schacht

    I was a lucky girl last year and hubby bought me and 3 friends third row center stage tickets-what an amazing time and they do interact and entertain. One of my most favorite shows EVER. I also caught them at Mohegan Sun last month St.Paddys Day weekend; tickets werent on the floor but the show was fantastic:)

  • Sillybear7922

    I had the pleasure of seeing these women live 2 yrs ago and am so THRILLED to get to see them again this Sun. in Spokane, WA.!!! I think I may be one of those “super -fans.” At the last concert, the little old lady that was standing next to me ended up in front of the person on the other side of her, either to get away from me, or afraid I might knock her over in my excitement of the show. Either way, I think a great time was had by all! 

  • Hpdrew15

    I’ve had the amazing pleasure of seeing them three years in a row! The first two that I saw were part of the same tour and the second time was just as amazing as the first; not a feat many other artists can pull off. If you get the chance to see the same tour twice, it’s worth it; because they change it up a bit!