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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

CT in Loveland, Concert Review

I posted a 2-part concert review on tonight's Celtic Thunder show in Loveland, on my main blog. I'll probably post a bit more in the next few week following this show on Ravenmount Celtic Corner, but for now it is nearly 3:30am and I am going to bed, finally.

Part 1 – Observations from a friend new to Celtic Thunder

"... We were 9 rows above the sound & lights consoles, almost exactly even with center-stage. We were still too far away to see Colm blush, which sadly may have happened without my seeing it tonight, but since we were in the front of our section and on a slope, it was easy to forget there were other people in the seats around me and just get sucked in to the performances. I doubt that anyone on stage could see me, but it felt like they were singing just for me sometimes. ..."

Part 2: My Own Reactions

"... This year Celtic Thunder was in fine form, despite whatever audio issues were making it harder to stay in tune and in time with each other. Emmet Cahill needs to practice singing American rock & roll, but while his parts in “The Boys Are Back in Town” sounded a bit like garbled tongue-twisters at times, Emmet’s voice was lovely (enough to win him a new fan anyway) and he seemed to be handling the high-altitude well. I think Colm was a bit short of breath in his song “Katie”, but otherwise it seemed that the whole group was better prepared this time to sing at ~5000+ feet above sea-level. ..."

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Celtic Thunder 2013: The Adventure Begins

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As unlikely as it seemed for a while there, I am just about to head out to the Celtic Thunder concert in Loveland. I bought my tickets back in April, the very first day they were available, two tickets because I can’t drive and there is no bus at night to and from the Budweiser Events Center. Last year I got two different friends with cars to go with me, so that I got to see Celtic Thunder twice (and since the group by the buses was small both nights I got to meet all of the lads except Keith, and got autographs from all the lads except George). This year my sister wanted to go with me, and while she doesn’t drive right now either, she was going to pay for a taxi for us.
Well, as always happens with ‘best laid plans’, this one fell apart. My sister is not going to be back in town till Christmas, and I found out she was not going to be back with too short notice to find a lot of friends interested in going to see a pop Irish band in suits doing a variation on musical theater, especially the week of Thanksgiving. I did find a friend to go with me, though, two days ago, and that night I realized that a) I had memorized the wrong date, and the show was in fact on the 26th, not the 29th, and b) I misplaced my tickets.
All is well that ends well, though. A worried call to the events center’s ticket office fixed the lost tickets problem, and my friend didn’t mind the earlier date. Moral of this story: sometimes it is better to choose the option to pick up your tickets at Will Call, even if that means not holding and petting the tickets and admiring them for months before the show. I knew when I bought these tickets that I had to move in July, and underestimated the chaos of moving; my tickets are somewhere in my new apartment, safely put away where even I won’t find them except by accident.
Celtic Thunder performs at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are still available.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Winter Cheer from Ryan Kelly (& musings on Social Toaster)

While the Social Toaster promo wound up being more of a time-waster and an irritant, rather than a useful communications tool, it did serve some purpose, by keeping more Thunderheads online and talking to each other daily. Had Celtic Thunder developed a better plan with respect to having enough regular shareable content, plans for ongoing rewards and recognition for the super-fans at the top of the rankings, etc., it could have been a great tool to keep us all connected better. Still, we have the vestiges of the Social Toaster experiment in the form of all the extra interconnectedness Thunderheads still maintain on facebook. We didn't all feel inclined to unfriend each other once the promo ended, so we are still a bit better networked than before.

Well, through those connections I occasionally come across Celtic Thunder related links despite my attention being mostly elsewhere these days (I realized only today that 'my' Celtic Thunder concert is tomorrow, if that is any indication fo how distracted I've been from CT). Here is a link to a streamable version of Baby It's Cold Outside, recorded by Ryan Kelly and Natalie Toro, off Natalie's album Just in Time for Christmas, which was released last year.