In the humble and intimate space of Brisbane's Tivoli Theatre, the Celtic Divas sang a beguiling repertoire of traditional and original Celtic songs. The numinous voices of the Celtic Divas consist of the duo Lumiere, Eilis Kennedy & Pauline Scanlon, and Noriana Kennedy and Nicola Joyce. Each of these women brings to the stage their own unique vocal talents, qualities and true Celtic sounds. Individually and together they charmed with their warmth, wit and unfailing vocal ability. With delicacy and veracity, the Celtic Divas performance of songs steeped in ancient Celtic sensibilities, tales of murder, romance, war and love was vibrantly alive, emotive and grounded in the present.
The Celtic Divas performing in Australia is a glorious privilege. To witness the superb talents of each of these performers live, together and in the southern hemisphere isn't an opportunity that comes along every day. Among them, these elegant females have expansive and acclaimed singing careers in Ireland and internationally. The music from their individual projects as well as the songs from their latest album Celtic Divas II feature in this performance.
Noriana Kennedy and Nicola Joyce open the performance. Noriana's voice is bright; she sings with passion, verve, and with a gorgeous tonal clarity to convey the narrative depth of each song. Nicola (from the successful Irish band Grada) possesses a warm and dulcet vocal quality, grounded and soulful, she affects the audience with her earthy vocal resonance. Eilis Kennedy and Pauline Scanlon from Lumiere complete the quartet. Eilis' vocal lines are lithe and delicate; her sound is pure, beautiful and completely enchanting. Pauline brings an angelic presence to the stage with her ethereal, soft and wispy, yet strong vocal quality.
Supporting this alluring collaboration of female Celtic songstresses are four brilliant local and international musicians. Folk guitarist, Gerry Paul (from New Zealand) the musical director of Celtic Divas, played with a delightful enthusiasm that was deliciously infectious to watch. Noelie McDonnell (from Gallway), who also played guitar, was charismatic and it was great to hear his vocals backing on the occasional song. The Aussie contingent, Ben Franz on double bass (know from The Waifs) and Chris Stone on the fiddle, both added a sharp and dynamic edge to the performance.
Experiencing Celtic Divas live is about so much more than just sitting and blissfully listening to the sublime female voices that reach out from the stage to portray moments of love, loss, murder, history, or the Celtic landscape. It's a true sharing of story, with each of the Celtic sirens inviting you, drawing you into their beautiful musical auras as they tell their tales. It's quite impossible to resist their charming Irish lilts, their humor, and some of the dark and timeless themes revealed within the songs. The lyrics and the music are deeply stirring, their voices evoking the poetic, haunting and vivid imagery that comes from and has been inspired by the rich tradition of Irish, Scottish and English folksongs.
Venue: The Tivoli | 52 Costin Street, Bowen Hills
Date: Saturday 16th June
Bookings: 132 849 | www.ticketek.com.au
Australian Tour 2012
31 May - 30 June
Wednesday 20th June Albany, WAAlbany Entertainment Centre
Thursday 21st June Bunbury, WANew Lyric Theatre
Friday 22nd June Mandurah, WAMandurah Performing Arts Centre
Saturday 23rd June Crawley, WAPerth Octagon Theatre
Tuesday 26th June Albury, NSWAlbury Entertainment Centre
Thursday 28th June Frankston, VICFrankston Performing Arts centre
Friday 29th June Southbank, VICMelbourne Recital Centre
Saturday 30th June Bendigo, VICCapital Arts Centre