With traditional Irish music enjoying a surge in worldwide popularity in the late 90s and early 00s on the back of the success of the show Riverdance, it was inevitable that a group such as Celtic Woman would be created. Formed in 2004 by the established solo singers Chloë Agnew (9 June 1989, Dublin, Eire), Órla Fallon (b. 24 August 1974, Knockananna, County Wicklow, Eire), Lisa Kelly (b. Laoise Ní Cheallaigh, 7 May 1977, Dublin, Eire) and Méav Ní Mhaolchatha (b. Donnybrook, County Dublin, Eire), with fiddler Máiréad Nesbit (b. Loughmore, Country Tipperary, Eire) completing the line-up, the group gave their first live performance on 15 September at the Helix theatre in Dublin. The show had been organised by the US television channel PBS, and when it was screened in America the following March the viewing figures were highly impressive. The groups self-titled debut album, which featured slick readings of a range...
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