Celtic Woman!

Have you heard them? If not, you haven’t heard angels.

Celtic WomanCeltic 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 Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Méav NiMhaolchatha, Órla Fallon and Máiréad 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 Chloë Agnew, accompanied on the harp by Órla 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:

mp3Ave Maria (565KB MP3)
mp3Somewhere (549KB MP3)

If these samples don’t hook you, then you’re not human.