We're Back... Apologies we have had no website and no emails since Hurricane Sandy. This was because the servers are based in NY and of course, NYC has been devastated by Sandy, no power, flooding, gas shortages, stores closed, 49.000 people displaced, dreadful conditions. Our web hosts have been working non stop since to get us back online, up and running again.
Delighted they've been able to do this through third party servers and all sorts of technical challenges.
On news, the Tour is still out and going great. The time is flying by, can't believe we left home 31st August and it's now 9th November already.
The sound check parties are going well. We have been listening to everyone's comments good and bad and have been paying attention and fine tuning it. Tickets for upcoming dates are still available via the link below -
Sorry to anyone trying to order products from our online shop or those of you trying to make contact about orders that had just been placed before we went offline. Declan has hired 2 people in to help with the backlog and everyone will have their orders within 14 days. Lots of lovely stuff in the store. I pinched a sample of the purse hook, really handy little thing. It folds up so you can keep it in your purse and then when you are in a coffee shop or restaurant and there isn't room on top of the table and you don't want to be leaving your purse on the floor where you can't keep an eye on it, you just take it out, open it, hang it on the side of the table and hang your purse/hand bag from the hook. Really clever little thing, I use it all the time.
I've finished the edit of the new show. It's 2 hours long (on DVD) and I'm very happy with it. I fly to LA to present it to the label this Sunday. There are heaps of great bonus footage segments for this one. So much that they will all be on a separate disc in the DVD pack. I know you're all going to love them!
It will air on PBS in March and in Australia in July next year and will tour Canada and the USA next Fall 2013 and Australia early in 2014, fans there will be glad we are pretty much caught up there now with releases.
On news from the road, a lot of you will already know Keith had an accident with glass and managed to nick an artery in his wrist on Halloween and we ended up in the emergency room in Sarasota getting the bleeding stopped and him stitched up. Not a fun day and made worse by the hangovers from our Halloween party the night before - how do kids always manage to have you running to emergency rooms at times when you are looking and feeling awful? It's a knack they all have, my own too.
Ryan's birthday was on a day off going through Nashville and they had a great time by all accounts. There were plans for a cast vs crew football match, there was a lot of talk about it but as it was the 2nd of 3 days off I'm not sure if it happened or not.
I missed it as I was in London at the Music Industry Trust annual dinner. It's for Nordoff Robbins / Music Industry Trust charities. They do fantastic work with music therapy for kids with special needs and music schools, really worthwhile and impressive. My mentor is chairman of the board and I go over every year. Have to say this years was the best I've been at yet. Gary Barlow was being honoured. Elton John was there to present the award and after we'd eaten, Gary Barlow performed, Take That came on and performed with him, then Robbie Williams made a guest appearance after he'd turned on the lights on the Oxford St Christmas Tree. Imelda May performed. Because Gary Barlow is in X-Factor UK now as a Judge, Louis Walsh and Dermot O'Leary and all the X-Factor gang were there. Got to meet Jasmine, the lovely dancer from the opening ceremony of the Olympics in London this year, very sweet girl.
Matthew came over to meet me for it, he'd a great night, we partied till late (after 3am) and managed to miss our 6:40am flights home - don't do that very often but worth it, great night out, really enjoyed it.
After LA I start on the scheduling of next years tours - I know... already..... Has to be done if I'm to have it ready by beginning of February for the stations to plan their pledging.
All the deals for the Cruise are signed off on now so that's finalised and in motion, I know lots of you have signed up already. We're really looking forward to that particular "working holiday" on a fabulous ship in the Caribbean!
Sound Check Parties - http://www.celticthunder.ie/soundcheck
Tour Tickets USA - http://www.celticthunder.ie/tour
Tour Tickets Australia - http://www.celticthunder.ie/tour
Celtic Thunder official online Store - http://www.celticthunder.ie/shop
Celtic Thunder Cruise Bookings - http://www.celticthundercruise.com/2013/Booking
That's about it for today. Glad to be back on line, keep letting us know what you think, what you like and what you don't!