Celtic Thunder: The Start of the Storm

It’s hard to believe that Celtic Thunder has been around for 10 years now. The male group of singers from Ireland, plus the Celtic Thunder band, have entertained millions around the world. But where did it all begin?

Celtic Thunder is the brainchild of Sharon Browne, who has been working in the music industry for over 30 years. She’s helped build some major careers after she created Irish record label Celtic Collections out of K-Tel in Ireland. You’ve likely heard of some of the names Celtic Collections represents: Phil Coulter, The Dubliners, The Wolfetones, The Furey Bros & Davy Arthur, as well as Celtic Woman (who performed here previously).

For Browne, though, it was time for a new challenge and a new chapter in her life. No longer with Celtic Collections, she channeled all her years of music industry experience, her production expertise, and her unique vision into sculpting a new and exciting show from scratch: Celtic Thunder.

In 2007, Sharon held auditions in Ireland and Scotland to cast the new show, which featured 5 talented male soloists performing Celtic and international hits. She shot the Public Television special at the Helix in Dublin in August 2007. It first broadcast in the US in March 2008 and immediately captured the imagination and hearts of the US public television audience.

Upon its release, the show’s debut album, Celtic Thunder, shot straight to the top of Billboard‘s World Music Charts. Since then, the show has released a steady and impressive collection of best-selling albums, all developed around the show initially conceptualized by Browne: Celtic Thunder, Act Two, Take Me Home, It’s Entertainment, Christmas, Heritage, Storm, Voyage, Mythology, Holiday Symphony and Very Best of Celtic Thunder, plus multiple live performances on DVD and live touring shows.

Having well surpassed sales of two million units combined, Celtic Thunder has regularly topped the Billboard World Music Charts since 2008 and was named Billboard’s Top World Music Artist in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Celtic Thunder X is a brand new show—with 27 new songs—that’ll celebrate 10 years of Celtic Thunder. The show comes to the Centre In The Square on Thursday, October 4th @ 8PM. Get your tickets now for a night of Celtic fun that’ll be an entertaining mix of traditional and contemporary Irish songs, classic hits, love songs, nostalgic songs, and fun retro songs from the soundtracks of viewers’ lives.