Ireland’s Popular Group is Back in Canada
Meet the women behind the angelic voices
The phenomenal Celtic Woman, about to embark on yet another world tour, is celebrating 12 years of success this year, with over 10 million albums… and 3 million tickets sold worldwide. Let’s meet these talented, virtuoso singers. Máiréad Carlin
Mairead has been immersed in music since her early days: “Derry, my hometown, is a very cultured and very musical place. Wherever you turn, there’s always music,” she says. “That was especially true in my family. We’d just sit around the fire, sing, and drink tea. There was no alcohol involved, despite what people always think about the Irish!”
She has toured the UK and Ireland with legendary American singer-songwriter Don McLean (“American Pie”), including a sellout concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
“A motto I’ve used throughout my career so far,” she says, “is a quote from the award-winning poet Seamus Heaney: ‘Sing yourself to where the singing comes from.’ I think there’s a lot to be said for that.”
Susan trained from a young age at the famous Billie Barry Stage School, while performing in theatre and television. Landing her first professional lead role in Annie at the age of 11, she later toured in Ireland and the United States with Irish entertainers such as Tony Kenny, June Rogers, and Noel V Ginnity.
Susan won the reality ITV show Grease Is the Word. The prize? Playing Sandy in the West End production of Grease! Susan then played Serena in the original cast for the UK premier of Legally Blonde the Musical and subsequently took over the lead of Elle Woods.
Éabha is a fluent Irish speaker and was brought up singing and speaking Irish at home in Dublin. She studied sean nós singing, a traditional style of Irish song, under famous singers such as Máire Ní Choilm, Séamus Mac Mathúna, Moya Brennan, and Íde Mac Mathúna.
In that year, Éabha was approached to audition for Anúna, a famous Irish choir that is celebrating 30 years this year and was the original choir for Riverdance in the 1990s. She toured with Anúna in 2006 in the US, where the Anúna Christmas Memories DVD was recorded for PBS and reached the top 10 in the Billboard charts that year.
Tara is only the second violinist to ever join Celtic Woman and the first instrumentalist to play an additional instrument, the harp. She also sings.
Tara has toured Canada, China, Japan, and Holland as both a singer and solo violinist with the vocal group Anúna. She is also the solo violinist on their album Illumination. In Celtic Woman’s 2015 TV special Destiny, Tara appears playing the harp.
3 Doors Down: Good Ol’ Southern Boys
The Better Life Foundation has supported dozens of children’s and family charities
3 Doors Down established The Better Life Foundation in March of 2004 with the mission to make a positive change… in the lives of children and young adults in need of food, shelter and medical assistance, and to also enhance their lives. The money that 3 Doors Down’s charity raises is distributed to organizations and hospitals that help children afford a better life, one in which they can develop their potential, achieve their goals, and become caring and responsible adults.
A benefit weekend for the group’s fundraising efforts is the main avenue for fundraising. The one in 2016, for example, included a VIP party, motorcycle ride, silent auction, a raffle for a custom-built motorcycle, and a concert. Past guest performers have included: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tracey Lawrence, Shinedown, Staind, Hinder, Sara Evans, Muzikmafia, Daughtry, Theory of a Deadman, Jamey Johnson, SEETHER, Saving Abel and more.
To date the foundation has raised and distributed over $3,000,000 to children’s charities, local municipalities and faith-based groups to achieve its goals in helping communities and children in need. They’ve helped Special Olympics in Mississippi (their home state), Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, and Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast, to name a few.
In 2005 when hurricane Katrina stuck New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, The Better Life Foundation was committed to donating funds, providing support and relief to southern Mississippi that was largely overlooked by the press and media. Working directly with local municipalities, the foundation provided funding to support the rebuilding process as well as buying fire trucks and police cars.Here’s a montage the group put together to document some of their efforts to help in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Aside from being passionate philanthropists, 3 Doors Down are committed to giving their fans a great live show! They will be performing on our stage on March 13. You can order your tickets here.
Accelerator Centre’s CEO Dr. Paul Salvini brings his dynamic leadership to Centre In The Square’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining the Accelerator Centre, Salvini held senior positions at Christie Digital and at Side Effects Software for over 18… years.
On September 17, The Centre welcomed Bruce Gordon as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. Bruce is a resident of Waterloo, and has truly made a name for himself as an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer for a number of… organizations since he moved to the community 15 years ago. He is Chairman, Manulife Canada and Manulife Bank of Canada and serves on the board of the C.D. Howe Institute.
Over the last week we’ve received feedback and inquiries from a number of patrons about the recommendations presented to Kitchener City Council on August 25. The external review provided information across a range of issues for… consideration by City of Kitchener, KWS and CITS. From this information, there were four key recommendations which City Council approved: revisit the mission and mandate of CITS; review existing plans for the city’s funding relationship with CITS specifically as it relates to the city’s arts and culture strategy; review existing plans for physical improvements to the facility; and, analyze the costs and make recommendations to council regarding the proposed improvements.
We wanted to share a few of these questions and answers with you.
This afternoon, four key recommendations coming from an Operational and Strategic Review of the Centre In The Square (CITS) and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) were presented to Kitchener city council.
With a vision to make this fine venue into an even greater hall, we continue to expand our programming to inspire and engage the largest proportion of our community. We satisfy existing audiences with legendary artists such as … target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Boz Scaggs and Ziggy Marley to engaging those who do not traditionally engage with the venue using accessible programming and participation.