Have you heard them? If not, you haven’t heard angels.
Celtic Woman is a group of five women with the most angelic voices you’ve ever heard. Traditionally, I’m not much of a fan of women’s voices like this. But these ladies are different. There’s something about the music they create that just hooked me.
They got famous mostly from their PBS special which debuted in March 2005. The ensemble, put together by musical director David Downes, consists of ChloÃ« Agnew, Lisa Kelly, MÃ©av NiMhaolchatha, Ã“rla Fallon and MÃ¡irÃ©ad Nesbitt.
I’ve got the DVD, but they also have a CD available. My favorite track is “Ave Maria”, sung beautifully by 15-year-old ChloÃ« Agnew, accompanied on the harp by Ã“rla Fallon. That’s it, just the two of them. You’ve never heard it done like this. There’s also a fantastic arrangement of “Somewhere” from West Side Story, done by four of the women in 4-part harmony a cappella. Just beautiful. Check out their sound:
If these samples don’t hook you, then you’re not human.