Because we only filmed the Christmas show in late September, (hadn't intended to use it until next year!), it's late for PBS stations to schedule it.
It would be enormously helpful if you could all phone your local PBS station and ask them when they will be airing the "New Celtic Thunder Christmas Special". If the demand is there, they are more likely to schedule it.
Back in NY, flight was very long today for some reason an hour and a half longer than usual. Back on a plane again in the morning to the west coast to the tour.
Speaking of which, before I left there was a lot of slagging going on in the crew because a lot of you know our Chief Carpenter and Stage Manager Dave Greene and fans frequently recognise him or call out if they see him during set changes.
So..... the ones giving him all the slagging are our Monitor Engineer Andreas Linde-Buchner. His job is to organise the playback that the performers all hear in their in ears during the show. Every day he has to set up, find a frequency available (takes time as there are always so many TV Stations, Radio Stations etc using different frequencies. During rehearsals he spends a day or two when we run every number and he tweaks the level of Orchestra track, each member of the band and each of the singers for every song, for every singer and performer on stage until they are happy with the various levels they are hearing in each song so they are comfortable with what they hear to perform best themselves. He's a German man, tall, dark hair and sits stage left (which is just to the right of the stage you see sitting in the audience.
Behind him is David Shimer, he is our Pro-Tools engineer and programmes all the Orchestra tracks etc to blend with the live Strings, Band and Singers to send to the Front of House Engineer who controls the volume levels of each sound to get the best level for each sound to make the whole show sound great to the audience. Different buildings have different acoustics so this has to be "sound checked" at every new venue every day to get it right.
Like all the crew on Celtic Thunder, they all work very hard but have a lot of laughs too. Just thought I'd introduce you to two more crew members so Dave isn't the only one recognised anymore or the only one getting slagged for being recognised...