Hailing all the way from Ireland, Celtic Thunder will make its way to St. Louis this Thursday, Nov. 8.
Surpassing sales of one million units combined, this musical phenomenon has been hailed as Billboard’s Top World Music Artist, along with Top World Music Imprint and Top World Album of 2011 for “Heritage.”
Celtic Thunder is known for its eclectic style of repertoire, ranging from classical Irish pieces to musical theatre and pop.
The five leading men are backed by the Celtic Thunder Band and their live shows are known for the use of dramatic effects and choreography, as well as a stage set resembling an ancient stone pathway suggestive of those referenced in Celtic lore.
The group was formed in 2007 in Dublin, Ireland. Emmet Cahill, the youngest member of the group, joined last year.
“What I thought was going to be a short lived spell has turned into a full time job,” Cahill said.
Originally from Mullingar, County Westmeath in Ireland, Cahill began playing music and singing at the age of five.
“I always used to sing in school, and the teachers saw I had a talent,” Cahill said.
As his talent and interest in music grew, he began to seek a degree in music, which is currently on hold while he travels with Celtic Thunder.
“I have a broad interest in music and music theatre. [Right now] I’m loving Mumford and Sons,” Cahill said.
Celtic Thunder is currently on tour around the U.S. and Australia.
Although the members love traveling together and experiencing so many different cities, Cahill admits that touring has its downsides as well.
“Sometimes when we come to a city we don’t get time to properly explore it. Also after 14 weeks on a bus you are just craving for your own bed and a home cooked meal!”
The group performs in some incredible locations while touring.
“This year playing in the Pentagon was definitely the highlight for me. It was an amazing day,” Cahill said.
Other performances include opening for the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Cahill describes the show as “a mix of old and new Irish songs plus some mainstream songs as well. It’s a mix for everyone and we try and give each audience a great night out.”
The group encourages SLU students to attend this Thursday.
“I think they will be surprised with how vibrant our show is and to see just how amazing our fans are singing along to all our songs!” Cahill said.
To purchase tickets through the Fox Theatre box office, visit www.fabulousfox.com.
For more information about Celtic Thunder, visit www.celticthunder.ie