Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: February 28, 2009

celtic Celtic Woman appeared in Columbus at the great Ohio Theatre last night and brought down the house. They have a better show (called Isle of Hope) compared to when I saw them two years ago and performed some new songs from an upcoming CD. We were seated among WOSU contributors who had the time of their life. My only criticism is their selection of some knockoffs from Enya and Elton John, which seem dated. They all have that lovely Irish accent and it would’ve been nice for them to talk to the audience a bit.

Save that, Máiréad Nesbitt is an exquisite fiddler and prances around while playing so much you wonder about her safety. It would be worth the ticket price to just see her.

Still, the best performance of the night was the four vocalists singing Danny Boy. The women had three standing ovations from the full house at the Ohio. If you ever have a chance, go see Celtic Woman — but contribute through a future WOSU TV pledge drive for the best tickets in the house. I’m sure they will be back next year. Here’s a video clip from a previous performance of THE VOICE with Lisa Kelly and Máiréad.