Celtic Woman Announces New Album, Live DVD, Tour

Courtesy:  Manhattan Records/Blue Note Records

Courtesy: Manhattan Records/Blue Note Records

Music phenomenon Celtic Woman returns this Winter in a big way.  The four-piece will release a new album and DVD titled Emerald: Musical Gems Tuesday February 25th.  The new album and DVD will be released via Manhattan Records.  The dual release is a greatest hits package from the quartet includes hits such as ‘Mo Ghile Mear’, ‘Dulaman’, ‘She Moves Through The Fair’, ‘Caladonia’ and its own take on the timeless classic ‘Danny Boy’ among many more.  Fans can also look forward to the group’s new takes on ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘You Raise Me Up’ on the new dual release.  The combo release can be pre-ordered now online via Amazon and Target at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HF95OMI?tag=smarturl-20 and http://www.target.com/p/celtic-woman-emerald-musical-gems-only-at-target/-/A-15141298 respectively.  The track listing for both the CD and DVD are available below.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING:

1.     Mo Ghile Mear

2.     Dúlaman

3.     Caladonia

4.     Amazing Grace

5.     The New Ground

6.     She Moved Through The Fair

7.     Bridge Over Troubled Water

8.     Níl Sé’n Lá

9.     Danny Boy

10.   The Voice

11.   The Parting Glass

12.   You Raise Me Up

DVD TRACKLISTING:

1.     AWAKENING

2.     DULAMAN

3.     NOCTURNE

4.     TEIR ABHAILE RIU

5.     COAST OF GALICIA

6.     DANNY BOY

7.     MO GHILE MEAR

8.     AMAZING GRACE

9.     SHE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR

10.   NIL SE’N LA

11.   SHENANDOAH-DANCER

12.   THE VOICE

13.   YOU RAISE ME UP

14.   PARTING GLASS

15.   CELTIC WOMAN PLAYOFF

BONUS

1.     CALEDONIA

2.     BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED

3.     AVE MARIA

 

Emerald: Musical Gems is not all that fans of Celtic Woman have to anticipate this year.  The group will follow up its upcoming dual release with a new PBS special, too.  The trailer for that special can be viewed online via YouTube now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIzXDygc1Qk.

Celtic Woman’s upcoming live DVD, EMERALD: Musical Gems Live in Concert was recorded in 2013 in South Bend, IL, the home of the University of Notre Dame.  The production was recorded under the direction of Emmy® Award-winning music producer David Downes.  Downes previously served as music director for the famed Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance.

Downes discussed the new release in a recent interview.  He explained what the opportunity meant for him and what it will mean for Celtic Woman’s fans.  “Creating the new show allowed me the opportunity to revisit and re-imagine some of our most popular Irish songs, as well as writing some exciting new material for the show” said Downes.  “With all-new performances of these great songs—Emerald has created a whole new experience for both our longstanding fans, and for those who have just discovered our music. This is a Celtic Woman experience that will soothe the soul and have you dancing in the aisles!”

In coordination with the new releases and PBS special, Celtic Woman also has announced details for a seventy-five date North American tour that will run from February 14th – June 3rd.  The tour includes a trio of dates in North Carolina.  The first of those dates sees Celtic Woman perform at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, March 6th.  From there, Celtic Woman will move on to perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, North Carolina on Friday, March 7th and the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) on Saturday, March 8th.

The complete tour schedule is listed below.

CELTIC WOMAN   —   2014 THE EMERALD TOUR

14-Feb

Nashville, TN

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

15-Feb

Nashville, TN

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

16-Feb

Huntsville, AL

Von Braun Center

18-Feb

Montgomery, AL

Montgomery Performing Arts Centre

20-Feb

Macon, GA

Macon City Auditorium

21-Feb

Pensacola, FL

Saenger Theatre

22-Feb

Clearwater, FL

Ruth Eckerd Hall

23-Feb

Melbourne, FL

Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

25-Feb

Lakeland, FL

Lakeland Center

27-Feb

Daytona, FL

Peabody Auditorium

28-Feb

Jacksonville, FL

Times-Union Center For The Performing Arts

1-Mar

Gainesville, FL

Curtis M. Phillips Center

2-Mar

Columbia, SC

Township Auditorium

4-Mar

N. Charleston, SC

North Charleston Performing Arts Center

6-Mar

Charlotte, NC

Ovens Auditorium

7-Mar

Asheville, NC

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

8-Mar

Durham, NC

Durham Performing Arts Center

9-Mar

Roanoke, VA

Roanoke Civic Center

11-Mar

Richmond, KY

EKU Center For The Arts

13-Mar

Elizabeth, IN

The Showroom At Horseshoe Southern Indiana

14-Mar

St. Louis MO

Fox Theatre

15-Mar

Green Bay, WI

Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

17-Mar

St. Paul, MN

Xcel Energy Center

19-Mar

Saskatoon, SK

TCU Place – Sid Buckwold Theatre

21-Mar

Edmonton, ON

Edmonton Expo Centre

22-Mar

Calgary, AB

Jack Singer Concert Hall

23-Mar

Abbotsford, BC

Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre

25-Mar

Everett, WA

Comcast Arena at Everett

26-Mar

Eugene, OR

Hult Center for the Performing Arts

28-Mar

Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

29-Mar

Oakland, CA

Paramount Theatre

30-Mar

Ontario, CA

Citizens Business Bank Arena

31-Mar

San Diego, CA

San Diego Symphony Hall

1-Apr

Costa Mesa, CA

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

7-Apr

Tucson, AZ

Tucson Music Hall

8-Apr

Tempe, AZ

ASU Gammage Auditorium

9-Apr

Albuquerque, NM

Popejoy Hall

10-Apr

El Paso, TX

Plaza Theatre

13-Apr

Houston, TX

Hobby Center

14-Apr

Corpus Christi, TX

American Bank Center – Selena Auditorium

15-Apr

San Antonio, TX

Majestic Theatre

17-Apr

Tulsa, OK

Mabee Center

19-Apr

Denver, CO

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts

22-Apr

Greeley CO

Union Colony Civic Center – Monfort Concert Hall

23-Apr

Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne Civic Center Performing Arts Theatre

24-Apr

Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak Center

26-Apr

Lawrence, KS

Lied Center of Kansas

27-Apr

Sioux City, IA

Orpheum Theatre

29-Apr

Duluth, MN

Symphony Hall

1-May

Rockford, IL

Coronado Performing Arts Center

2-May

Peoria, IL

Peoria Civic Center

3-May

Milwaukee, WI

Riverside Theater

6-May

Evansville, IN

The Centre

8-May

Detroit, MI

Fox Theatre

9-May

Ann Arbor, MI

Michigan Theater

10-May

Saginaw, MI

The Dow Event Center – The Heritage Theater

11-May

Columbus, OH

Palace Theatre

13-May

Cincinnati, OH

Aronoff Center for the Arts

14-May

Akron, OH

Akron Civic Theatre

17-May

Pittsburgh, PA

The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

18-May

Dayton, OH

Schuster Performing Arts Center

20-May

Williamsport, PA

Community Arts Center

21-May

New York, NY

Radio City Music Hall

22-May

Washington, DC

Warner Theatre

27-May

Baltimore, MD

The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

29-May

Burlington, VT

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

30-May

Bangor, ME

Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

3-Jun

Albany, NY

Palace Theatre

5-Jun

Red Bank, NJ

Count Basie Theater

6-Jun

Red Bank, NJ

Count Basie Theater

7-Jun

Lancaster, PA

American Music Theater

 

More information on Celtic Woman’s upcoming CD/DVD, PBS special, tour and more is available online at http://celticwoman.com, http://www.facebook.comcelticwoman and http://twitter.com/Celtic_Woman.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Pixies Announce New EP, Prep For Next Leg Of Tour

Courtesy:  Herfitz PR

Courtesy: Herfitz PR

Another new Pixies release is on the way.  The band has announced that its new EP, EP-2 is available now for fans via the band’s official website, http://pixiesmusic.com.  The new EP-contains four new songs – ‘Blue-Eyed Hexe’, ‘Magdalena’, ‘Greens and Blues’, and ‘Snakes.’  It also includes a music video for ‘Blue-Eyed Hexe.’

The band recorded the songs last October at Rockfield Studios in Wales, UK.  All four of the songs on the new EP were written by the band members.  EP-2 also includes special artwork by Vaughan Oliverat v23.  It is available as an MP3, lossless DDL, limited edition ten-inch vinyl, and as part of special bundles.  The video for ‘Blue-Eyed Hexe’ can be viewed via YouTube now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEBpvpomwG4.  The band recently discussed the songs included in its new EP.  Their thoughts on each song are shared below.

Pixies talk about the four new songs on “EP-2”

“Blue-Eyed Hexe”

About this track, Pixies’ Black Francis explained, “It’s a tale from the northwestern part of the UK, and it’s a witch-woman kind of a song. That’s what a ‘hexe’ is, and ours is a blue-eyed hexe.” Guitarist Joey Santiago added, “Gil wanted a swagger, he wanted the guitar solo to sound like you’re going to have sex with this blue-eyed hexe.”

 

“Magdalena”

“This song is so atmospheric,” remembered Santiago. “We had these weird Moog pedals that sounded like water. It was a very mood-based, atmospheric sound, not based on any lyrics or anything.” Added drummer David Lovering, “One of my favorites, maybe tied with ‘Indie Cindy.’ It’s cool the way it flows, and it’s a very simplistic song, very pretty, cool and moving.”

 

“Greens and Blues”

Said Black Francis, “As with all my songs, I would prefer people add their own interpretation to it. But, in this case, let’s just say that we had done ‘Gigantic’ as the closer for many years at our reunion shows and it worked really well. But I could see that we were going to grow weary of that and I felt like we basically needed a better ‘Gigantic.’ It was my attempt to come up with another song that would – musically, emotionally and psychologically – sit in the same place that ‘Gigantic’ has sat. Not that I could ever replace that song: you write songs and they come out the way they come out. So perhaps it can be said that this song fills the emotional niche that ‘Gigantic’ occupied, another show-closer. I think the lyric alludes to that, the fact that it’s the end of the night, the end of something. And a separation if you will, between the band and the audience. So I guess it’s kind of a goodbye song, or really more of a ‘good night’ song.

 

“Snakes”

“I’m not a jammer,” said Santiago, “but Black Francis and I started jamming it out. I had this little idea and I did that sliding guitar just to emulate a snake.” Black Francis adds, “This one was totally written in the studio session. It proved to be a little bit difficult to play and a little bit difficult to record, sonically, but we stuck with it and I like the result.”

 

The new EP comes as the band continues its tour in support of EP-1.  The next leg of the band’s tour begins January 15th in Toronto.  Pixies fans in North Carolina will get the chance to see the band live on this leg of its tour when it makes a stop in Durham on January 31st at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC).  The most up-to-date list of the band’s tour dates is available below.  More dates will be announced at later dates.

JANUARY

15 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA (Fidlar)

16 Metropolis, Montreal, QC CANADA (Fidlar)

18 Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA (Fidlar)

19 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (Fidlar)

21 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ (Fidlar)

22 Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT (Fidlar)

24 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA (Fidlar)

25 Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA (Fidlar)

26 Strathmore, Washington, DC (Fidlar)

29 National Theatre, Richmond, VA (Fidlar)

31 Durham PAC, Durham, NC (Cults)

FEBRUARY

1 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC (Cults)

2 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN (Cults)

4 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA (Cults)

6 Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO (Cults)

7 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH (Cults)

8 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI (Cults)

9 Rivera Theatre, Chicago, IL (Cults)

11 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO (Cults)

13 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO (Best Coast)

14 Belly Up, Aspen, CO (Best Coast)

15 The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT (Best Coast)

17 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA (Best Coast)

18 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA (Best Coast)

19 Schnitzer Auditorium, Portland, OR (Best Coast)

21 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA (Best Coast)

22 San Jose Civic, San Jose, CA

23 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV (Best Coast)

24 Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, AZ (Best Coast)

25 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM (Best Coast)

27 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX (Best Coast)

28 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX (Best Coast)

MARCH

1 Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX (Best Coast)

APRIL

1 Rock’n’Fall, Montevideo, Uruguay

1/3 Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

3/5 Festival Estereo Picnic, Bogota Colombia

5/6 Lollapalooza Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

MAY

29/30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain

JUNE

6/7 Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal

8 Field Day, Victoria Park, London, UK

15 Northside, Arhus, Denmark

20 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, Holland

20/22 Hurricane, Schessel, Germany

20/22 Southside, Neuhausen, Germany

25 Inmusic, Zagreb, Croatia

29 Marley Park, Dublin, Ireland (with Arcade Fire)

30 Live at the Marquee, Cork, Ireland

JULY

5 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium

6 Beauregard, Herouville-St. Clair, France

 

More information on the band’s tour, its new EP, and more is available online at http://pixiesmusic.com, http://www.facebook.com/pixiesofficial, http://twitter.com/pixies, and http://www.myspace.com/pixies. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

 

Pixies Announce New Tour Dates, Music Video

Photo Credit:  Michael Halsband

Photo Credit: Michael Halsband

The road rolls on for veteran rock group, The Pixies.  The Boston based quartet has announced that it has added a new North American leg to its current worldwide tour.  The thirty-three date tour will kick off on January 15th in Toronto, Ontario Canada.  From there, the band will hit a number of dates in the Northeast before heading south to finish off the month of January.  It will close out January with a performance at the famed Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) in Durham, North Carolina on January 31st.  It will kick off the month of February by heading west to the mountains of North Carolina and a performance in Asheville, NC on February 1st.  That performance will be at Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.  Cults will provide support for both performances.

The remainder of February will see the Pixies perform at dates in the Midwest, West Coast, and Southwest.  It all wraps up on March 1st with a performance at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, TX.  Tickets for this and other shows are available online at http://www.pixiesmusic.com.

Along with the upcoming U.S. tour, Pixies fans have a new video from the band to check out, too.  The band has debuted the video for ‘Andro Queen’, the opening track from the band’s new EP, EP-1.  The video was created and directed by filmmaker Ondi Timoner through her Interloper Films production company.  Timoner’s resume is quite extensive.  She has won the Grand Jury prize for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival twice and has work permanently displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  She was also the creative force behind VH-1’s series, Sound Effects.  These aren’t her only credentials.  She also crafted the opening film for President Clinton’s 2011 birthday/fundraiser at the Hollywood Bowl.  That even featured celebrities such as: Steven Spielberg, Barbara Streisand, Jay-Z, and President Clinton himself.  She even has her hands in the online world.  She is the founder and director of the web-channel, “A Total Disruption.”  This channel features the works of other ingenious individuals and business people that use technology to transform lives, the economy, and the path of mankind.

More information on the band’s upcoming U.S. tour and its new EP, EP-1, is available online at http://www.pixiesmusic.com, http://www.facebook.com/pixiesofficial, http://www.myspace.com/pixies, and http://twitter.com/pixies.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Joe Bonamassa adds one more to the list of 2012’s great live recordings

Joe Bonamassa is a modern day music legend.  This guitar virtuoso is right up there with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Satriani, B.B. King and so many other guitar greats.  That multi-faceted mix of raw talent has been expertly captured on his new live double disc dvd, “Beacon Theatre:  Live From new York.”

Bonamassa and his band are shown at the top of their game in this performance, recorded last year.  From the raw energy of ‘Cradle Rock’ to the beautiful, emotional ‘Bird on a Wire’ to the Jimi Hendrix-esque ‘Blue and Evil’, there is little, if anything, bad that can be said of Joe Bonamasa and company in this performance.  The entire band shines both on its own and as a supporting act to guest artists Beth Hart, John Hiatt, and Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, The Firm).  Audiences really do feel the respect between the band and the guest vocalists throughout the duration of the concert.

Of course, those moments aren’t all that make this performance so great.  One of the greatest moments of the show comes in the show’s closer, ‘Young Man Blues.’  The control of drummer Tal Bergman is immense with each (yes,each) drum solo used to set up each segment of the song.  It does so to help build the anticipationof what’s to come next.  the music presented by Joe Bonamasa and his bandmates makes for an outstanding show.  But one would be remiss to ignore the show’s production values, as they add their own element to the overall enjoyment of seeing J.B. and company live.

Kudos are in order to director Scot McFadyen and eveybody behind the scenes of the show.  The video and audio are very well balanced throughout the course of the concert.  This is the case both on the blu-ray and standard def dvd presentation.  The video is especially clear on both versions, as the concert was shot in high definition.  So no matter which format audiences may choose, they will be getting an excellent presention, all the way around.  Combine the top notch production values of the concert recording with a solid set list, and audiences get a show that is easily one of the best home live releases of the year.

For fans who want more new material from Joe, fear not.  Joe has a new album out later this month titled, “Driving Towards The Daylight.”  And in support of the album, he’s already headed out on a tour that will take him straight through December.  North Carolina fans will be excited to know that Joe will be making a stop at the nationally known Durham Performing Arts Center on November 28th.  Fans can check into tickets and more on the DPAC website, http://www.dpacnc.com.  Joe’s fans can follow his tour news and more online at http://www.jbonamasa.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JoeBonamassa, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JBONAMASSA