It’s true that George lived life to the full - he had the greatest sense of fun and was always ready with a smile, a joke and a bear hug. He imbued a sense of camaraderie with him wherever he went and he was the focal point and rock in any group. All of this is evident in the photos that we have selected for the “George” Photo Book, be it a “show shot” of George performing one of his solo numbers or a “candid shot” of him laughing and joking with Keith, Ryan, Emmet, Neil, Colm, Paul or Damian. The “George” Photo Book charts his journey in Celtic Thunder from his very first Public Television Special “Celtic Thunder - The Show” at The Helix in Dublin, to his last Public TV Special “Mythology”, also fittingly filmed at The Helix, and many recordings in between. It offers great shots that capture the Big Man’s persona on stage and some intimate behind the scenes photos that capture his relationship with his pals in what he called “Celtic Thunderland”. It is clear from the photos featured in the “George” Photo Book just what an enormous role George played in the Celtic Thunder family George was. He was beloved his friends and colleagues; a sentiment that he returned in spades.

The photo book is simply great. This is a really special book that just shows George's life with Celtic Thunder from beginning to end and just how loved he was by all of us. It really is a true keepsake.



TRIBUTE DVD TEST - June 23, 2014


Celtic Thunder fans, “Thunderheads” as they are affectionately known, took great joy in watching George perform his signature solos within each of the Celtic Thunder shows. This DVD, which is a tribute to George’s life and love of performance, highlights those moments that his fans loved so much. From proudly singing his lead line in the Scottish anthem “Caledonia” to his poignant performance of “The Old Man” and “My Boy”, George’s performances oozed charisma, always meeting the mark and connecting with his audience. His song choices throughout all of the Celtic Thunder shows follow a common theme. They are a reflection of a man’s passage through life, covering the most important themes that we associate with our journey through adulthood; Love and commitment “Life With You” and “The Voyage”; Career “Working Man” and “Yesterday’s Men”; Loss of a parent “The Old Man”; Relationship with one’s children “My Boy” and “Cat’s In The Cradle”; Aging “Gold and Silver Days” and “Life In The Old Dog Yet” and patriotism in “Skye Boat Song” and “Caledonia”.

We wrap up our tribute DVD to George back in Dublin at The Helix with Mythology and we meet Colm who had recently joined Celtic Thunder. We see a very happy and relaxed George singing "The Grand Affaire" and "Scarlet Ribbon" and there’s no doubt who the big smile and the wink is for, sorry if you thought it was for you, his biggest fans Carolyn and Sarah were in their usual seats in the front row. We could not leave the next song out, "Life Without You" it’s a big number sung so passionately by the Big Man. The DVD finishes with "Unseen Footage" which was edited from the footage that our very own Angie has filmed while on tour with the guys. In all the DVD features 23 tracks that highlight just what a special part of Celtic Thunder that George was. It has been difficult to put the DVD, CD and Photo Book together, so many memories flooding in, but we are really happy with the end result and know that George would have approved.



tribute cd test - June 23, 2014


“George” CD charts George’s journey within Celtic Thunder from the first show at The Helix in Dublin in 2007 to Mythology. “The Old Man” and “My Boy” were two songs that he performed in that first Celtic Thunder show and whenever George met fans while out on tour or on a promo trip they would often have a story about how his songs resonated with them, reminding them of a special person or time in their life. That was part of George’s magic - his ability to touch others through his music and his performances. Over the course of eleven Celtic Thunder CDs George continued to delight fans with his versions of classic love songs and ballads “The Grand Affaire” and “Red Rose Café”; classic songs from his homeland of Scotland “Skye Boat Song” and the Proclaimer’s “500 Miles” and “Life With You” and a special homage to his musical icon Harry Chapin with “Cat’s in the Cradle”. No matter what he was performing, George’s talent, warmth and love of music always shone through. The song “The Parting Glass” featured on the “George” CD is a song from George’s own personal recordings and has been included here courtesy of his wife Carolyn.



Will you be attending a Celtic Thunder Show and would like to meet a the Celtic Thunder Performers Face to Face? Celtic Thunder works closely with it's sponsors where fans can have their photo taken with a participating Celtic Thunder Performer, get their autograph and ask them questions. Each "Meet & Greet" has 2 different performers present where most "Meet & Greets" photo sets will be available online to view, share with family, friends and co workers.

Please keep in mind that "Meet & Greets" are exclusive to participating sponsors, and are not available through Celtic Thunder, with the availability and cost determined by the participating sponsor. Most "Meet & Greet" Photo Sets will be available Online a few days after the show, and are downloadable for your convenience. Celtic Thunder respects the privacy of fans, so if you do not want your "Meet & Greet" photo shared online, please use the Contact Form to contact Celtic Thunder and have your photo removed from Public View.
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George Donaldson - March 13, 2014

In Memory of George Donaldson 1st February 1968 - 12th March 2014
"When starting Celtic Thunder, I wanted to cast a mature, dependable Man as one of the characters. Over the 7 years since, I learned that George Donaldson was the embodiment of such a Man.A kind, loving, gentle giant, George was as affectionate as he was professional.  A pleasure to work with, an amazing family man to his wife Carolyn and his daughter Sarah, an important and loved friend to myself and everyone in Celtic Thunder. I am devastated at his sudden and untimely death. Rest in Peace with your parents George, you will be sorely missed." - Sharon Browne

"Always looking to laugh, joke and see the best in things, no matter how dark or dreary the situation. A big kid at heart, the fatherly figure that never stopped breathing, eating and sleeping Sarah and Carolyn. George was a good man, a hard worker and one of the best people to have on the road, both on and off the stage. I'm sure you’re playing music with the angels now George, I am going to miss you man. This is one of the hardest things I have ever had to write. RIP George Donaldson." – Keith Harkin

"Today I lost a colleague, a Celtic Thunder original brother, but, more importantly, I lost a very good friend. From the first day I met him at the audition for Celtic Thunder in 2007, we became "thick as thieves" and shared so many great times together - on and off the stage. I know he's looking down now on the two most important people in his life - Carolyn and Sarah - and on the rest of us holding them up for him, with his guitar strapped around his neck and a pint in his hand with that big smile of his. As he always sang Phil's words, in his own inimitable way: "though he may be gone, memories linger on, and I'll miss him... My Old "Bro"... Rest in peace Big Man. Those of us in what you deemed "Celtic Thunderland" will miss you more than you'll ever know..." – Ryan Kelly

"To a dear friend, my days spent with you have been some of the happiest days of my life. Always remembering the countless inspiring stage performances we shared and, more importantly, the confidences and laughs. Holding you close to my heart for the rest of my days, my friend George" -  Neil Byrne

"I really don't know what I can say to either sum up how I feel, or how to pay tribute to one of my best friends. George wasn't just an incredible friend from my first second in Celtic Thunder, but a role model. He constantly looked out for me. The two things I know more than anything in the world are firstly how much he loved Celtic Thunder; he really had his dream job and his love for everyone in the company was contagious. Secondly, more importantly, is how much he loved Carolyn and Sarah. They were the 7th and 8th members of our group because of how he included them. He loved them both more than anything else and was so proud of both of them. I’ll miss you so much G, always. RIP Big Man." - Colm Keegan

"George you were a wonderful friend to me. I can only look back on my memories with you and laugh to my hearts content. You were a true gentleman. A gentle giant. You have left a great legacy behind you and most of all, you were a wonderful spirit. I will miss you so much bro. Rest in peace Big G." - Emmet Cahill

"George was the first member of the group I met at the auditions, and from day 1 he made me laugh. He had a great sense of humour and made working away from home a hell of a lot easier. I have many great memories with the big man. He will be sorely missed but I know his musical legacy will live on in many hearts and minds. Till we meet again George, May you rest in peace." - Paul Byrom

"George was a man who brought light to peoples Lives. An incredible talent. Working with him from a young age, he was always the man to make all the Celtic Thunder gang laugh. He had such joy for life. I am deeply saddened by his loss, and my heartfelt condolences go to his family at this time. RIP George. Love," - Damian McGinty

"A wise man once said, when a friend dies it's like a library burning down. Today my life is poorer for the loss of the man who never failed to call me 'brother' and I never failed to feel like he meant it. Goodbye brother and I'm happy to say there are no regrets. I was proud of you every single time I had the pleasure of hearing you tell your stories." - David Munro
Celtic Thunder are deeply saddened to announce the loss of principal singer George Donaldson, who passed away Wednesday, 12th March 2014 at his home in Glasgow, Scotland. The cause of death was a massive heart attack. Born February 1st, 1968, Donaldson was 46 years old. His wife, Carolyn, and his daughter, Sarah, 13, who he described as the “light of my life,” survive him.
Born and raised in Glasgow, George Donaldson was a self-taught musician, accomplished on both guitar and flute, with a lifelong passion for Celtic music inspired by his late father Bernard. One of George’s greatest thrills was performing for his Dad – and 65,000 other fans – at the Celtics opening match of the 2000 season at Celtic Park in Glasgow.

Donaldson joined Celtic Thunder in 2007 after auditioning for the show’s producer Sharon Browne and was invaluable in helping to establish the show’s trademark celebration of Irish and Scottish heritage.Known in Celtic Thunder as the “steadfast” one, Donaldson carried the distinction of being the sole Scotsman in the show, as well as the only married family man of the group. He appeared in all nine Celtic Thunder concert specials and on all of the show’s CDs and DVDs released to date, the most recent being last year’s Mythology. A hugely successful touring act, Donaldson and Celtic Thunder performed to rapturous audiences around the world, with highlights including St. Patrick’s Day parades in Chicago, Boston, and New York City, as well as President and Mrs. Obama’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the White House.
In addition to his beloved work with Celtic Thunder, Donaldson was a well-established artist in his own right, acclaimed as one of the finest singer/songwriters in the ever-vibrant Glasgow folk scene. He won the Irish Music Awards in both 2011 and 2012. His first solo CD, entitled The White Rose, was released to critical acclaim in 2011, as was last year’s follow-up, The World In My Mind.
Celtic Thunder request that their Fans respect the family’s devastation and privacy at this time and restrict their comments and messages for the family here
- For anyone wishing to make a gesture to George's Family -
You can make a contribution for the ongoing, and future education, of his daughter Sarah here


George Donaldson Official Memorabilia

George Donaldson Tribute DVD
George Donaldson Tribute CD
Tribute CD/DVD Combo
George Donaldson Photo Album


Sound Checks - February 21, 2014

Celtic Thunder invites fans to experience attending the Sound Check for our Mythology Show.  Sound Check Parties for our TASMANIA & AUSTRALIA tour dates take place at the venue the afternoon of the show. To clarify, these are NOT the same thing as The Celtic Thunder VIP Experience offer (which contains a Meet & Greet with the Performers, available through Nine Live). Sound Check Parties are something new and unique and at a different time of the show day.

Sound Check Party Passes include:

    - Attend a sound check the same day of the show
        *Where Show Start time is 7:30pm, the Sound Check Party will be at 4:00pm
        *Where Show Start time is 5:00pm, the Sound Check Party will be at 2:00pm
    - An exclusive Celtic Thunder Sound Check booklet, autographed by the Celtic Thunder Performers
    - Ability to take photos of the cast on stage during the sound check. (Photos during the LIVE Show are not permitted)

Passes to attend the Sound Check are $75 each + AU Tax for a single Sound Check and $70 + AU Tax for multi-purchase passes. Small Children (12 years & under - max of 4) are free once they are accompanied by 1 paying adult. More than four children require an additional paying adult to accompany.

There has to be at least 30 people for each at each 'Sound Check Party' to make it viable to host a Celtic Thunder 'Sound Check Party'.

Numbers are limited to a maximum of 50 people.  One we have reached capacity for a Sound Check we will mark the it as "Sold Out".

If for any reason the sound check cannot  go ahead in your city, we will inform you of this and refund your payment immediately.

Once you have purchased your "Sound Check Party" pass you will receive a confirmation email from Paypal. Please print your receipt from your Paypal Account and present it at the merchandise booth at 4:00 PM Sharp. From here you will be escorted into the sound check by Stephen Mc Cabe.

You don't need to bring anything else, just your receipt email from paypal as proof of purchase.
Are you a great photographer and would like to share your Soundcheck Photos with the Celtic Thunder Community? Just upload all your Soundcheck Photos to a public Folder on your facebook and send the a private message to the Celtic Thunder's Facebook with the link to your Public Soundcheck Album here
May 12, 2014
Hotel Grand Chancellor
Soundcheck Passes

May 13, 2014
Princess Theatre
Soundcheck Passes

May 17, 2014
Townsville Ent Centre
Soundcheck Passes

May 18, 2014
Mackay Convention Centre
Soundcheck Passes

May 20, 2014
Pilbeam Theatre
Soundcheck Passes

May 21, 2014
Brolga Theatre
Soundcheck Passes

May 23, 2014
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Soundcheck Passes

May 24, 2014
Gold Coast
Jupiters Casino Theatre
Soundcheck Passes

May 25, 2014
Tamworth Regional Enter CTR
Soundcheck Passes

May 27, 2014
Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Soundcheck Passes

May 28, 2014
Wollongong Entertainment Centre
Soundcheck Passes

May 30, 2014
The Star Event Centre
Soundcheck Passes

May 31, 2014
Royal Theatre
Soundcheck Passes

June 01, 2014
Albury Entertainment Centre
Soundcheck Passes

June 03, 2014
Bendigo Stadium
Soundcheck Passes

June 04, 2014
Wendouree Performing Arts Centre
Soundcheck Passes

June 06, 2014
Geelong Arena
Soundcheck Passes

June 07, 2014
Melbourne Convention Centre
Soundcheck Passes

June 09, 2014
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Soundcheck Passes

June 12, 2014
The Boardwalk Theatre
Soundcheck Passes

June 13, 2014
Perth Arena
Soundcheck Passes


'Notes from Napal' - A very special message from Colm & Ryan
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Working together, ordinary people can perform extraordinary feats. They can lift things a little higher, a little farther, towards excellence." Author Unknown

If you would like help this very worthy cause, you can contribute to THE AMERICAN LEPROSY MISSIONS & LEPROSY MISSIONS OF CANADA right here on the Celtic Thunder Website, by visiting or by clicking the links above. Donations will be tracked and the first 15 people that make a 'monthly' donation will receive these beautiful hand crafted Nepalese Notebooks signed by Colm & ryan as a specal 'thank you'



Colm Keegan & Ryan Kelly's visit to Nepal by Tim Mowers

Something you may not know is that Celtic Thunder partners with both The Leprosy Mission Canada and American Leprosy Missions (ALM for short) to raise awareness of the effects of leprosy, and support for people with the disease. Although I am acting as your host and guide on this journey, with us is my friend Dr Hugh Cross from ALM. Together, both organizations partner with The Nepal Leprosy Trust to make a transformative difference in the lives and communities of people affected by leprosy in central Nepal and in particular for the Terai people whom are the dalits or untouchables.

Ryan and Colm are about to see this amazing work in action. At the Lalgadh Leprosy Centre, they will meet people who are in the process of having their physical health restored. People come from all over the region to be diagnosed and receive the cure, a combination of 3 drugs (provided for free by the Novartis Foundation). Others come for a myriad other treatments for the physical consequences of leprosy. The outpatient dept has seen an increase of now 50000 cases each year. Colm and Ryan will meet folks who are at the centre for ulcer care, some who are recovering from reconstructive surgery, yet others who need eye care, or fitting for prostheses. The Centre also offers care to general patients. The really neat thing that the guys will see is the programmes that happen throughout the communities in the area. The Village Alive and RECLAIM projects focus on restoring the spiritual and emotional wellness of the person. Once hope and health are restored, many once-sick and dejected people become vibrant community leaders and agents for change.

RECLAIM mobilizes those disabled by leprosy to initiate actions to reduce poverty, and help to realize the rights of people with disabilities in their communities. Ryan and Colm will meet the Self-Help Groups who are actually working together, with support of staff, to start micro-lending projects, lobby local government and start community development initiatives. It is so inspiring. The hope is that the Self-Help Groups will be a big part of leprosy elimination the area. The Groups are also key to helping all people with disabilities enjoy a more fulfilling life. Cool, right?! Some of the leaders of the Groups were once cast-off by their families, and communities. Now they are healthy, empowered and leading the charge for change.

I can’t wait to tell you more about the work. I don’t want to give it all away yet, and I’m sure the guys will want to share some of it with you, too. For now, keep reading and keep sharing. Your well wishes and prayers are almost a better cure for exhaustion than sleep. We are all energized to see how you are telling the world what you #DidntKnow about leprosy. You are making a big difference just by spreading the word.
Working together, ordinary people can perform extraordinary feats. They can lift things a little higher, a little farther, towards excellence." Author Unknown

If you would like help this very worthy cause, you can contribute to THE AMERICAN LEPROSY MISSIONS & LEPROSY MISSIONS OF CANADA right here on the Celtic Thunder Website. All donations are Tax Deductible and everyone's help is greatly appreciated!
Be sure to keep an eye on FRIDAY for a very special message from the guys!






1. Carol of the Bells
2. Gaudete
3. Mary did you know?
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. In the Bleak Mid-Winter
6. Gabriel's Message
7. Christmas Medley
8. Away in a Manger
9. Fairytale in New York
10. Comfort Ye
11. Have yourself a Merry little Christmas
12. Mary's Boy Child
13. The Christmas Song
14. Oh Holy Night
15. O Come All Ye Faithful


Celtic Thunder’s heart warming new holiday CD makes it easy to get in the holiday spirit. Christmas Voices features 15 soaring tracks of holiday cheer; an eclecic selection of Christmas standards from around the world and delivered with Celtic Thunder’s signature big production sound. Celtic Thunder's six male soloists Ryan, Keith, Colm, George, Neil and Emmet perform solo and ensemble numbers in Christmas Voices and are backed by a 90-piece Orchestra.
The tracks on the album range from the traditional carols Away in A Manger, Come All Ye Faithful and O Holy Night to the more contemporary Carribbean-style carol Mary’s Boy Child and pop classic Fairytale of New York. Like the song selection, the tempo of the album also ranges from slow and pensive numbers Gabriel’s Message and Comfort Ye (Aria from Handel’s Messiah), building speed with the larger ensemble numbers Carol of the Bells, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and culminating with the wonderfully fast-paced arrangement of a new Christmas Medley Sleigh Ride, Here Comes Santa Claus, The Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town & I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. Recorded in Ireland in Summer 2013 Christmas Voices is the latest CD from Celtic Thunder creator Sharon Browne and Musical Director David Munro.
Celtic Thunder's latest release is a heart-warming Christmas CD which embraces the very essence of the Festive Season. Christmas Voices  brings together cherished Holiday favorites, new and old, from all corners of the globe and delivers them with upbeat and unique interpretations of Seasonal classics.



1. Voices
2. Isle of Inisfree
3. Carolina Rua
4. Carrickfergus
5. Hoe Down
6. Katie
7. The Star of County Down
8. The Grand Affair
9. Summer In Dublin
10. Tears of Hercules
11. Scarlet Ribbons
12. Hunter's Moon
13. She Moved Through The Fair
14. The Sound of Silence
15. Dearg Doom
16. The Rocky Road To Dublin
17. The House of The Rising Sun
18. Turning Away
19. Danny Boy
20. The Edge of The Moon
21. Seven Drunken Nights
22. Perfect
23. Always There
24. Rock N' Roll Kids
25. A Man of Constant Sorrow
26. The Thunder Rolls
27. The Boys Are Back In Town
28. Life With You
29. Now We Are Free
30. The Lonesome Boatman and Reels
31. My Land


Celtic Thunder MYTHOLOGY is the latest show from Celtic Thunder. Filmed on location at the Helix Theater in Dublin, it’s fitting that Celtic Thunder have chosen to return to their roots in order to film this musical odyssey.

The core theme of Mythology is found in the original opening number "Voices",  “Voices call from the old days, Voices tell from the past, Ancient laws and ancient old ways to recast.”  It’s the story of the Celtic People, their legends, their culture and their stories. It’s the lifeblood of modern day Celtic people everywhere and the influences from our Celtic past, which are still carried in each one of us as part of whom we are and where we come from. Voices, quoted above, is a collaboration between Celtic Thunder Musical Director/Composer David Munro and world-renowned song writer Brendan Graham, who also wrote the international hit “You Raise Me Up”.

The set of Mythology is big; it’s dramatic and imposing. The new and the old combine. Modern catalyst images are projected onto ancient monolithic standing stones, a giant Celtic cross takes center stage and the tempo of the music is strongly echoed in the theatrical and moody lighting.

Mythology is by far Celtic Thunder’s most impressive production to date, bar none. All six Celtic Thunder principals feature prominently in Mythology, from haunting solo numbers such as “Carrickfergus”,  “The Isle of Inisfree”, "Scarlet Ribbons", "Katie", "Carolina Rua"  and “Now We Free” to rousing ensembles “The Boys are Back in Town”, “The Star of the County Down” and “The Rocky Road to Dublin”. There are also great original tracks that were written especially for Mythology, such as the opening number Voices, as well as  “Hunter’s Moon” which is  performed in the show by Ryan Kelly. Celtic Thunder also perform a stunning anthem  “My Land”which is the show’s powerful finale.


Acoustically Irish Track Listings

01. Don't Go
02. Beautiful Affair
03. The Rose of Allendale
04. Back Home in Derry
05. The Water is Wide
06. Brown Eyed Girl
07. No Man's Land
08. Captured
09. The Fields of Athenry
10. On Raglan Road
11. Saints and Sinners

Crossing traditional Irish music with Americana sounds and many World music influences, “Acoustically Irish” contains a selection of familiar classic tunes and some contemporary ones too - seamlessly reworked into a fresh sound. At the core of this album are Ryan and Neil's vocal harmonies.

The songs on "Acoustically Irish" were all carefully chosen and embrace Celtic and Irish sounds, ranging from "The Fields of Athenry", "The Rose of Allendale" and "The Water is Wide" to the Hothouse Flower's "Don't Go", Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" and Paddy Casey's "Saints and Sinners" - amongst many others.

Celtic Thunder followers will be very familiar with the musicians who helped to complete the recording of this album. Joining Ryan and Neil in the studios were Nicole Hudson on violin and viola, Declan O'Donoghue on precussion and Barry Kerr on tin whistle.