It’s nat­u­ral that Celtic Thun­der will at­tract com­par­isons over their cover ver­sions, but the group has enough dis­tinct voices to stand out

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LISTINGS -

Colm Kee­gan be­gan his love af­fair with singing be­hind a song­book as a church choir­boy in Dublin.

Now the 24-year-old is a mem­ber of Celtic Thun­der, the in­ter­na­tion­ally suc­cess­ful Ir­ish singing group that is bring­ing its big­gest show yet, Mythol­ogy, to Aus­tralia in May.

The Mythol­ogy DVD de­buted at No.1 on the ARIA chart and re­mained on the chart for 25 weeks.

Mythol­ogy is a mix of tra­di­tional Ir­ish favourites like Danny Boy, cov­ers, and orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions like Voices, writ­ten by mu­si­cal di­rec­tor David Munro.

“What makes the show spe­cial is the di­ver­sity in the gen­res that we do per­form,” Kee­gan says.

Among his songs in the show, Kee­gan per­forms a cover of Paul Si­mon’s The Sound of Si­lence, which was writ­ten af­ter John F. Kennedy’s as­sas­si­na­tion in the 1960s.

“It is dif­fi­cult in that you’re go­ing to be au­to­mat­i­cally com­pared to one of the great­est song­writ­ers of all time straight away,” Kee­gan says. “(But) I am for­tu­nate to sing one of my favourites songs.”

Kee­gan, who was a lead soloist in the Palest­rina Choir, be­gan singing when he started speak­ing and his sib­lings all sang and played the gui­tar and piano.

“Mu­sic in Ire­land is sec­ond na­ture to ev­ery fam­ily and ours was no dif­fer­ent,” he says.

It will be Kee­gan’s first trip Down Un­der.

“I think I’m the only per­son in Ire­land who hasn’t been to Aus­tralia,” he says.

Dur­ing the tour mem­bers plan to pay homage to 46year-old prin­ci­pal singer Ge­orge Don­ald­son, who died from a heart at­tack last month. Celtic Thun­der play Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino Theatre on May 25.

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