Personnel: Brendan Monaghan (whistling, pipe, bodhran); Ivan Gilliland (guitar, mandolin); Alan Barr (pipe, drums); Dave Cooke (keyboards); Nicky Scott (double bass, bass guitar); Liam Bradley (drums).
Recording information: Amberville Studios, County Antrim; WindMill Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
Creator: Sharon Browne.
Arrangers: Dave Gold; Michael Keeney; Phil Coulter.
CELTIC THUNDER THE SHOW, the audio companion for the popular PBS television special, showcases the five Irish vocalists in their ideal setting, a stage in Dublin. Celtic Thunder thrives on the contrast of its various voices (four tenors and a baritone) creating a surreal musical landscape. Paul Byrum's assured operatic tones on "Remember Me (Recuerdeme)" crest against the doleful pop of Ryan Kelly's "Desperado" and the nascent rumble of Darien McGinty on "Come By the Hills." The concert is tied together by the steady hand of songwriter/pianist Phil Coulter, who also produced the show.