Celtic Woman, assembled by Sharon Browne and David Downes, is an Irish, all-female musical ensemble. By many, it is referred to as “Riverdance for the voice.” Although they have changed throughout the years, the group’s members have consisted of Chloe Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Mairead Nesbitt, Hayley Westenra, Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Meav Ni Mhaolchatha, Orla Fallon, Lynn Hillary, Alex Sharpe, and others. Known for their outstanding harmonies and Irish sound, Celtic Woman has been performing since 2004.
Celtic Woman began touring heavily, sometimes logging as many as 35 weeks a year on the road. While a series of PBS specials ensured that the ladies remained on America’s TV screens, additional album releases helped them remain on the charts. The holiday-themed A Christmas Celebration appeared in 2006, with A New Journey following in 2007. Both albums topped the World Music chart, and A New Journey even achieved some crossover success by peaking at number four on the Billboard 2000.