Sunday, April 13, 2014

Album Review: Celtic Thunder - Heritage

Heritage is Celtic Thunder's 2011 release. You may dismiss the "Celtic" groups as just boy/girl Irish bands, but if you do, you simply aren't listening enough.

The album opens with Keith Harkin's gentle "The Dutchman." Keith's vocals are the most youth friendly...or if you are into demographics he's appeals highly to that 18-28 group. His voice handles songs with pop/rock flair.

He rocks out on "Whiskey In The Jar" and proves that he's more than just a pretty face. He handles the guitar with the best of them. Yes, his guitar weeps and wails on this song.

The most fun songs on any Celtic Thunder album are the one's that feature all of the guys, like  the sea shanty "Home From The Sea."  But if you are looking for a song that is pure fun, look no further than "A Place In The Choir." This silly little ditty will appeal to young and old alike. Then there's "Galway Girl" which is full of rollicking fun.

"Just A Song At Twilight" gives you a taste of the guys at their theatrical best. The vocals are handled by Paul Byrom (all the ladies swoon) and Damian McGinty (The young one).

"Kindred Spirits" is a beautifully emotional tune sung by Emmet Cahill. He's another member that you'd expect to see on a Broadway or West End stage.

Ryan and George shine on "Gold and Silver Days" that will likely bring a tear to the eyes of fans of Mr. Donaldson who passed away in March.

George is the voice of "Red Rose Cafe." His Scottish accent is what really brings life to his songs along with his winning personality.

There's something for most every type of listener in Heritage, whether or not you are a fan of Celtic music.

Watch: Home From The Sea

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