Celtic Woman (album)

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Celtic Woman
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1, 2005
RecordedSeptember 2004
GenreCeltic, new-age, adult contemporary, classical
LanguageEnglish, Irish, Latin, Italian
LabelManhattan
Celtic Woman chronology
Celtic Woman
(2005)
Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration
(2006)

Celtic Woman is the eponymous debut album of Irish singing group Celtic Woman. The members of the group were first featured on a PBS[clarification needed] musical special of the same name. With the help of the special, Celtic Woman reached #1 on the World Music charts within weeks and remained there for a record 86 weeks.

This success led the group's musical director, David Downes, to adopt the title 'Celtic Woman' as their permanent name. Since then, Celtic Woman have toured the United States and Japan. The album was performed by vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Órla Fallon, and violinist Máiréad Nesbitt.

The album was certified Gold in August 2005 (for sales of 500,000), and Platinum in December 2006 (for sales of 1,000,000), by the RIAA.[1]

Performers[edit]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Last Rose of Summer (Intro) / Walking in the Air"Chloë Agnew04:22
2."May It Be"Lisa Kelly03:47
3."Isle of Inisfree"Órla Fallon (harp by Órla Fallon)03:28
4."Danny Boy"Méav Ní Mhaolchatha03:26
5."One World"Chloë Agnew, Órla Fallon, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha03:50
6."Ave Maria"Chloë Agnew (harp by Orla Fallon)02:56
7."Send Me a Song"Lisa Kelly04:23
8."Siúil A Rún (Walk My Love)"Órla Fallon03:17
9."Orinoco Flow"Órla Fallon, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha03:32
10."Someday"Chloë Agnew04:22
11."She Moved Thru' the Fair"Méav Ní Mhaolchatha03:31
12."Nella Fantasia"Chloë Agnew03:42
13."The Butterfly"Máiréad Nesbitt03:02
14."Harry's Game"Órla Fallon02:32
15."The Soft Goodbye"Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha03:59
16."You Raise Me Up"Chloë Agnew, Órla Fallon, Lisa Kelly, Máiréad Nesbitt, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha04:34
17."The Ashoken Farewell / The Contradiction" (Bonus Live Track)Máiréad Nesbitt04:10
18."Sí Do Mhaimeo í (The Wealthy Window)" (Bonus Live Track)Máiréad Nesbitt, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha02:13
19."Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" (Only on the Live Concert)Chloe Agnew, Orla Fallon, Meav Ni Mhaolchatha, Mairead NesbittN/A

DVD Tour Setlist[edit]

2004

  1. "The Last Rose of Summer(intro)/Walking in the Air"-(Chloe)
  2. "Danny Boy"-(Meav)
  3. "The Butterfly"-(Mairead)
  4. "Siúil A Rúin"-(Orla)
  5. "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring"-(Chloe, Mairead, Meav, & Orla)
  6. "May it Be"-(Lisa)
  7. "Isle of Innisfree"-(Orla w/harp)
  8. "Ave Maria"-(Chloe w/Orla on Harp)
  9. "Sí Do Mhaimeo í"-(Meav & Mairead)
  10. "My Lagan Love"-(Mairead)
  11. "Somewhere"-(Chloe, Lisa, Meav, & Orla)

● Intermission

  1. "The Soft Goodbye"-(Chloe, Lisa, & Meav)
  2. "She Moved Thru the Fair"-(Meav)
  3. "Send Me a Song"-(Lisa)
  4. "Someday"-(Chloe)
  5. "I dreamt I dwelt In Marble Halls"-(Meav)
  6. "Orinoco Flow"-(Lisa, Meav, & Orla)
  7. "The Ashoken Farewell/The Contradiction"-(Mairead)
  8. "Harry's Game"-(Orla)
  9. "Nella Fantasia"-(Chloe)
  10. "One World"-(Chloe, Lisa, Meav, & Orla)
  11. "You Raise Me Up"-(All)

Personnel[edit]

Information is taken from Liner Notes[2]

Celtic Woman members:

  • Chloë Agnew (lead vocals- tracks 1, 5-6, 10, 12, 15-16, 19), (All vocals- 1, 6, 12)
  • Lisa Kelly (lead vocals- tracks 2, 5, 7, 9, 15-16), (All vocals- 7)
  • Meav Ni Mhaolchatha (lead vocals- tracks 4-5, 9, 11, 15-16, 18-19)
  • Orla Fallon (vocals, harp) (tracks 3, 5, 8-9, 14, 16, 19)
  • Mairead Nesbitt (violin/fiddle) (tracks 13, 16-18, 19)

The Irish Film Orchestra was recorded at Slane Studios, Dublin, Ireland. (tracks 1-3, 5, 7-12, 14-16)
Orchestra Conducted by John Page. (tracks 1-3, 5, 7-12, 14-16)

Celtic Woman's Backing Band:

  • Keyboards (tracks 1, 5, 8-9), Piano (7, 13, 15-17), Whistle (1, 7), Celesta (10), Harpsichord (12), Low Whistle (15) : David Downes
  • Bodhran Drums (track 17), Percussion (5, 8-9, 11, 13, 15-16, 18) : Ray Fean, & Robbie Casserly
  • Guitars: Des Moore (tracks 5, 8, 10, 12, 15-16)
  • Bagpipes (tracks 9, 16), Uilleann pipes (9, 16), Low Whistle (14) : John O'Brien
  • Bass Guitar: Eoghan O'Neill (tracks 1, 5, 7-11, 13, 15-16)
  • Percussion: Andrew Boland (track 13)
  • Bagpipes: Anthony Byrne

The Aontas Choir was recorded at Powerscourt Studios, County Wicklow, Ireland. (tracks 2, 4-5, 8-11, 14-16, 18)
Choir Directed by Rosemary Collier. (tracks 2, 4-5, 8-11, 14-16, 18)
All songs arranged by David Downes.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005–06) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3] 74
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[4] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[5] 69
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[6] 29
French Albums (SNEP)[7] 144
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[8] 20
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[9] 20
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[10] 16
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[11] 15
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 27
US Billboard 200[13] 53
US World Albums (Billboard)[14] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Germany (BVMI)[15] Gold 100,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[16] Gold 7,500^
Japan (RIAJ)[17] Platinum 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,029,000[18]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
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  8. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Celtic Woman – Celtic Woman". Hung Medien.
  10. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Celtic Woman – Celtic Woman". Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Celtic Woman – Celtic Woman". Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Celtic Woman – Celtic Woman". Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Celtic Woman Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Celtic Woman Chart History (World Albums)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Celtic Woman; 'Celtic Woman')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Irish album certifications – Celtic Woman – Celtic Woman". Irish Recorded Music Association.
  17. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Celtic Woman – Celtic Woman" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 29 May 2019. Select 2007年6月 on the drop-down menu
  18. ^ "World's greatest". Billboard. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Celtic Woman – Celtic Woman". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.