Celtic Woman (album)

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Celtic Woman
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Studio album by
Released1 March 2005
RecordedSeptember 2004
GenreCeltic, new-age, world, classical
LanguageEnglish, Irish, Latin, Italian
LabelManhattan
ProducerDavid Downes
Celtic Woman chronology
Celtic Woman
(2005)
Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration
(2006)

Celtic Woman is the eponymous debut album released by the group Celtic Woman.

Background[edit]

The group first featured on a musical special of the same name on American television broadcaster PBS[clarification needed], filmed live at the Helix Theatre in Dublin, Ireland in September 2004. With the help of the special, which was later made available on DVD, the group reached number one on the Billboard World Music charts within weeks of their debut, and remained there for a record eighty-six weeks. This success led the group's composer and musical director, David Downes, to adopt the title of "Celtic Woman" as their permanent name. Although originally intended as a one-time-only event, the group's music was so warmly received by the public that they immediately followed up with their first concert tour in the United States and Japan.[1]

The album and special feature vocalists Chloë Agnew, Órla Fallon, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt, all of whom had never previously performed together prior to the group's formation.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."Last Rose of Summer (Intro) / Walking in the Air"Traditional (arranged by David Downes), Howard BlakeChloë Agnew04:22
2."May it Be"Enya, Roma Ryan, Nicky RyanLisa Kelly03:47
3."Isle of Innisfree"Dick FarrellyÓrla Fallon03:28
4."Danny Boy"Frederic WeatherlyMéav Ní Mhaolchatha03:26
5."One World"David Downes, Shay HealyAgnew, Fallon, Kelly, Ní Mhaolchatha03:50
6."Ave Maria"Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles GounodAgnew02:56
7."Send Me a Song"David Downes, Caítriona Ní DhubhghaillKelly04:23
8."Siúil a Rún (Walk My Love)"Traditional (arranged by David Downes)Fallon03:17
9."Orinoco Flow"Enya, Roma Ryan, Nicky RyanFallon, Kelly, Ní Mhaolchatha03:32
10."Someday"Alan Menken, Stephen SchwartzAgnew04:22
11."She Moved Thru' the Fair"Traditional (arranged by David Downes)Ní Mhaolchatha03:31
12."Nella Fantasia"Ennio Morricone, Chiara FerraúAgnew03:42
13."The Butterfly"Traditional (arranged by David Downes and Máiréad Nesbitt)Máiréad Nesbitt03:02
14."Harry's Game"Moya Brennan, Ciarán BrennanFallon02:32
15."The Soft Goodbye"David Downes, Caítriona Ní Dhubhghaill, David Agnew, Barry McCreaAgnew, Kelly, Ní Mhaolchatha03:59
16."You Raise Me Up"Brendan Graham, Rolf LøvlandAgnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha04:34
17."The Ashoken Farewell / The Contradiction" (Bonus live track)Traditional (arranged by David Downes and Máiréad Nesbitt)Nesbitt04:10
18."Sí do Mhaimeo Í (The Wealthy Widow)" (Bonus live track)Traditional (arranged by David Downes and Méav Ní Mhaolchatha)Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha02:17
Japanese bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
19."Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (Live)Traditional (arranged by David Downes)Agnew, Fallon, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha04:24
20."I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls" (Live)Michael William Balfe, Alfred BunnNí Mhaolchatha03:38
DVD
No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."Last Rose of Summer (Intro) / Walking in the Air"Traditional (arranged by David Downes), Howard BlakeChloë Agnew04:22
2."Danny Boy"Frederic WeatherlyMéav Ní Mhaolchatha03:26
3."The Butterfly"Traditional (arranged by David Downes and Máiréad Nesbitt)Máiréad Nesbitt03:02
4."Siúil a Rún (Walk My Love)"Traditional (arranged by David Downes)Órla Fallon03:17
5."Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"Traditional (arranged by David Downes)Agnew, Fallon, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha04:24
6."May it Be" (from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)Enya, Roma Ryan, Nicky RyanLisa Kelly03:47
7."Isle of Innisfree" (from The Quiet Man)Dick FarrellyFallon03:28
8."Ave Maria"Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles GounodAgnew, Fallon02:56
9."Sí do Mhaimeo Í (The Wealthy Widow)"Traditional (arranged by David Downes and Méav Ní Mhaolchatha)Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha02:17
10."My Lagan Love"Traditional (arranged by David Downes)Nesbitt02:02
11."Somewhere" (from West Side Story)Leonard Bernstein, Stephen SondheimAgnew, Fallon, Kelly, Ní Mhaolchatha02:03
12."The Soft Goodbye"David Downes, Caítriona Ní Dhubhghaill, David Agnew, Barry McCreaAgnew, Kelly, Ní Mhaolchatha03:59
13."She Moved Thru' the Fair"Traditional (arranged by David Downes)Ní Mhaolchatha03:31
14."Send Me a Song"David Downes, Caítriona Ní DhubhghaillKelly04:23
15."Someday" (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame)Alan Menken, Stephen SchwartzAgnew04:30
16."I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls"Michael William Balfe, Alfred BunnNí Mhaolchatha03:38
17."Orinoco Flow"Enya, Roma Ryan, Nicky RyanFallon, Kelly, Ní Mhaolchatha04:00
18."The Ashoken Farewell / The Contradiction"Traditional (arranged by David Downes and Máiréad Nesbitt)Nesbitt05:20
19."Harry's Game" (from Harry's Game)Moya Brennan, Ciarán BrennanFallon02:42
20."Nella Fantasia"Ennio Morricone, Chiara FerraúAgnew04:00
21."One World"David Downes, Shay HealyAgnew, Fallon, Kelly, Ní Mhaolchatha03:50
22."You Raise Me Up"Brendan Graham, Rolf LøvlandAgnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha04:34

Personnel[edit]

Information is taken from liner notes.[2]

Celtic Woman[edit]

  • 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)

Other musicians[edit]

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)

  • 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]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[16] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Germany (BVMI)[17] Gold 100,000double-dagger
Ireland (IRMA)[18] Gold 7,500^
Japan (RIAJ)[19] Platinum 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] Platinum 1,029,000[20]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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