"Celtic Woman," at the Greek Theatre on Thursday, might more accurately have been titled "Celtic Women," since the concert served as a starring vehicle for five talented Irish performers. Four were singers: Deirdre Shannon, Lisa Kelly, Chloe Agnew and Orla Fallon. The fifth was a dynamite fiddler, Mairead Nesbitt.
There was, of course, a broader implication in the title, suggesting that the five beautifully garbed vocalists, collectively, symbolized the essence of Celtic femininity. And, to the extent that Celtic women are lovely creatures with amazing hair, that was surely true.
But on the downside, the similarities in the singers' voices and styles also suggested that Celtic singing takes place within a very narrow interpretive range, which is most definitely not the case.
"Celtic Woman" began as a television special, seen in the U.S. on PBS, followed by a CD that has sold about 250,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The production is now in the early stages of a 25-city tour.