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|Genre||Music Videos & Concerts, Performing Arts|
|Format||Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC|
|Contributor||Sharon Brown, Celtic Thunder|
|Number Of Discs||1|
The new show (DVD) from Celtic Thunder. Following the incredible success ofHeritage, Celtic Thunder continues to explore their Irish and Celticroots in Voyage. The ensemble performances in this new PublicTelevision special highlight the diversity of Irish music and song,from the powerful rendition of Dulamanto the love song Maid of Culmore,from the rousing performance of Galway Girl to beloved Irish Party songs, Seven Drunken Nights and My Irish Molly-O,VOYAGEexplores all aspects of Irish music and song. The solo performances areequally wonderful and showcase the musical talent of the 6 soloists (13year old Daniel Furlong has joined the group as a guest artist for thisrecording).VOYAGE depicts the journey of musical development that eachsoloist has undertaken since the beginning of Celtic Thunder four yearsago. It is also the first Celtic Thunder show where all of the artistsplay different instruments.Keith Harkin plays guitar on his originalsong All Day Long, George and Neil also play guitar on Cat's in the Cradle and Past The Point of Rescue while Ryan and Emmet pick up the tin whistle and fiddle during the ensemble rendition of Galway Girl.
CelticThunder VOYAGE takes a journey through the varying styles of Celtic andIrish music, from old and traditional standards such as Lagan Love and Maid of Culmore to more contemporary, modern Irish songs, Past The Point of Rescue, Ride On and All Day Long, stopping at lively ensembles Galway Girl and attribute to the Clancy Brothers in the Clancy Brother Medley along the way. VOYAGE also offers soulful ballads in Scorn Not His Simplicity and Kindred Spirits, and love songs such as the classic Black is the Color and the Maid of Culmore to run the gamut of Irish music.
Voyage is the 6th Public Television special for Celtic Thunder and the shows' 7th DVD release.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.7 x 5.4 inches; 1.59 Ounces
- Director : Sharon Brown
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour
- Release date : February 28, 2012
- Actors : Celtic Thunder
- Studio : Celtic Thunder
- ASIN : B006PF64AO
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #100,379 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The DVD release that came out at the end of February 2012 is just Part 1. Part 2 will come out in the fall of 2012 with the rest of the songs from the concert. Why not just make it a 2-disc set? Well, check out Sharon Browne's blog on the Celtic Thunder web site. Sorry I can't put the link here. I tried twice, and apparently Amazon blocks that sort of thing, so just Google "Sharon Browne blog", and it will show up at the top of the list of choices. Then look for her blog comments titled "VOYAGE - DVD's vs TV show - March 14, 2012". There she gives a full explanation of what's going on. It has to do with copyright law. She mentioned keeping DVDs at about an hour in length to avoid problems. She also said that a standard USA CD is 12 songs as compared to 16 in Europe. I guess they can have more than the standard 12 cuts, as evidenced by the fact that all of their CDs to date have more than 12 cuts.
(1) As I was watching the PBS airing of Voyage, I heard The Irish Rover (part of a medley?), but it doesn't appear to be on the new Voyage CD that I just sampled on Amazon. George also sang Red Rose Cafe on the Voyage PBS show, but that song is not on the Voyage CD. However, it is on the Heritage CD (but not the Heritage DVD), which leads to my next comment.
(2) It is a confusing and very annoying practice that songs missing from a particular Celtic Thunder DVD may appear on either a past or a future CD of a different title. The same is true regarding songs missing from a CD appearing on another DVD. The only way to get all the songs in both formats is to just buy all the CDs and all the DVDs. It would be far better if the DVD and CD for a particular show would have the same track list. No more hunting around trying to find what you're missing.
(3) As for the repeated songs, at least they are not forgetting all their songs from previous releases just because they have a new show. If every project was nothing but all-new songs, then you'd never hear any variety of their new and old together in the same show. Of course, the trick with repeating songs is to choose the right ones and not to overdo it. I'm sure they get a lot of comments from fans about this sort of thing. If you think Voyage is too full of repeats, then check out the Take Me Home DVD. Of 29 songs, 19 are from The Show, their first DVD, leaving only 10 new ones. Maybe that was due to that copyright issue? Only 10 new songs, hmmm.
4) Except for "The Show" DVD, the "Take Me Home" DVD, and the two-part "Voyage" DVDs, all the other DVDs (It's Entertainment, Heritage, Christmas, Storm) have been close to that one-hour mark that Sharon Browne was speaking of in her blog. This makes me wonder what we're missing from the actual concerts of these other DVDs. I don't know myself since I have only seen the original "The Show" in concert. I wonder if they sing some of their previous songs, or whether they are just plainly leaving out new songs from both the DVD and CD, though that would be a completely pointless action. Why create new concert material and then refuse to release a lot of it on DVD and CD? If anyone has insightful information, please share it with us. Thanks.
1. Atmos, Druids, Deas Meus
3. Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears
4. The Dutchman
5. Jigs & Reels
6. Lagan Love
7. Black Is the Color
8. Over the Rainbow
9. Maid of Culmore
10. Girls, Girls, Girls
11. Red Rose Cafe
12. Kindred Spirits
13. Clancy Bros Medley
(I'll Tell Me Ma, Courtin' in the Kitchen, Irish Rover)
14. Past the Point of Rescue
15. Ride on
16. All Day Long
17. The Galway Girl
Second, here are the perfomers.
Four of the establshed singers are in this concert.
Two have left the group and are not in this concert.
One new singer has been added.
And there is one special guest singer who is very young and extremely talented.
The first song is in Latin, the second song is in Irish, and the fifth song is a jig. All the rest is in English, with at least one performed in an older, but clearly understandable, form of English. It's a very nice concert, but it's edited to last about 56 minutes, so it's a little short and it felt a little incomplete and truncated. I would have loved to see and hear a few more songs, especially from Mr. Donaldson.
[Update: March 12, 2012]
[Other reviewers have compared the DVD to the PBS special. I watched Boston's PBS special a couple of days ago, and the PBS concert does contain quite a few more songs than the DVD. Plus, the TV special was in high definition with excellent sound and much better picture quality in comparison to the DVD. Still, the DVD looks and sounds good and I enjoyed it.]
The first time I heard them sing was when they were on PBS and I was clicking through the channels on the tv - but I stopped as soon as I heard them sing. I have been a devoted fan since that first song. They have never disappointed me. When you see them live or watch a DVD, you'll notice that the audience is from the young to the old and all points in-between.
I love the sound of their songs, I love the song selection, I love the production of each number ... they are just awesome.
If you have heard them before, you know you won't be disappointed with any of their CDs or DVDs. If you have never heard them before, check them out and listen to a little clip or watch something on you tube - you won't be disappointed. Then pick anything they have done and you will find yourself smiling or singing along ... or there may be a song or two that will bring a tear to your eye because it touched you.
This group never disappoints.
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As for criticism of the DVD, please check out Celtic Thunder's website. Sharon Browne, producer, has noted that a second Voyage DVD will be released mid to late 2012. The reason for splitting the DVD and CD was related to the cost associated with buying rights to the songs, which is an expensive venture.
Regardless, this is a great DVD filled with an hour of great music and wonderful performances. If you love great music, do yourself a favour, and indulged in the world of Celtic Thunder!
I now have six DVDS by Celtic Thunder and will be buying more no doubt,