Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder laughs, “We like to have the craic” – and great craic (or fun) – it is. Ahead of their biggest Australian tour yet, fans of the Aria and Billboard topping supergroup should expect an enjoyable show. “There are upbeat songs that people can dance around to as well as songs that deal with real human emotion and people can relate to that,” says Cahill.
Born out of the struggles of a troubled past, Irish music has always had a special connection with people. Great songs are often written out of resilience and strife, giving way to optimism and joy. Says Cahill: “We’re doing Irish music but modernising it and putting our own spin on it. We often get three or four generations of families to our shows.”
While excited to be in Australia again, the tour is tinged with sadness following the sudden passing of George Donaldson. ‘Big George’ as he was affectionately known among friends and fans alike, was a founding member of the group.
“It’s been a pretty difficult couple of months, suddenly losing George,” explains Cahill. “We’ve rallied round each other, stuck together and decided we want to pay tribute to George by dedicating the tour to him – he will be in our minds every second of the day.”
Cahill continues: “The Celtic Thunder vibe is spreading right across the country and we are really looking forward to getting the gigs going.” (GW)
May 30, Star Event Centre, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont, $99-299, ticketek.com.au