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Interview:
Celtic Thunder at the Fox: 3 things to know
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Damian McGinty joined Celtic Thunder in August of 2007, when he was just 15 years old. Now, after some personnel changes during the past year, he's third in the pecking order -- though, he's quick to point out, still the vocal group's youngest member.

Celtic Thunder's latest project is a two-volume "Legacy" set, a presentation the troupe's indigenous music -- overseen by creator and producer Sharon Browne -- including "Danny Boy," "Galway Girl" and "Caldonia" -- as well as contemporary favorites such as Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." As usual, it's also an album, home video and PBS TV special.

McGinty -- a Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Michael Buble disciple -- took a break from the group to be part of "The Glee Project" on the Oxygen Network but returned last year as a "guest artist" for The Very Best of Celtic Thunder Tour. Now back in the fold, he's enthused about the current state of the group and is looking forward to adding to the "Legacy" down the road...

Emmet Cahill rejoined Celtic Thunder during 2015 to replace Colm Keegan, while Michael O'Dwyer signed on in April of this year after Keith Harkin Left. With McGinty's own return in 2015 that's a lot of change, but he says it's only been for the better: "It's actually been great. It has refreshed the entire brand and the feel of Celtic thunder. I think that's a good thing about a rotating lineup; It brings in different elements every time. I think our currently lineup is probably the closest that we've ever had to the first lineup, the originals. We're all experts in our own areas of the vocals, and we work really well together."

The "Legacy" concept has been a hit with both the group and its fans. "We did the Very Best Of tour last year, and we ended up getting such a great reaction that we wanted to turn it into a show and make a record and a DVD," McGinty says. "This is what Celtic Thunder is about; These are the songs that have shaped Celtic Thunder, so we wanted to present our legacy with this type of material. The reaction has been phenomenal. We are frequently having people tell us it's their favorite show yet. They really buzz of it. They just love the feel of it. So we're really glad we did the project."

McGinty says there's been no official conversation between the singers and creator Browne about what's next -- but he has a guess. "Y'know, coming up in the next 18 months there's a 10th anniversary, which is kind of hard to believe," he says. "So I'm pretty sure that's going to be celebrated in some shape or form and (Browne) will be looking at possibilities as to what that's gonna look like, whether it's a tour, a record, a (TV) special. I'd say that'll not go by unnoticed."

Celtic Thunder

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

The Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $20-$50.

Call 313-471-6611 or visit olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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