Heartfelt for Celt
SINGER Susan McFadden’s heart belongs to Ireland, so it seems fitting she moved home to Dublin last year after joining all-female Irish ensemble Celtic Woman.
The 32-year-old had been living in London performing in West End shows, including Grease and Legally Blonde, when the invitation to sing with the internationally successful group came her way in 2012.
“It was something completely different from what I’d been doing,” she said.
“It was an opportunity to get back to performing the songs I grew up singing and to be back working with a lot of Irish people, which is always so much fun, although it was quite daunting to come on board an established show that’s been successful for so long.
“I’m on the road most of the year and when I was pining for home, it was always Ireland, so I decided I wanted to be going ‘home, home’ every time I leave the road.”
Celtic Woman was last in Australia in 2014 but there will be a few milestones when the group of four play Perth Arena on September 25.
Not only will they be supported for the first time by special guests The Celtic Tenors, but Celtic Woman will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.
“So the concert takes the fan favourites from the past 10 years and puts them in to the one show,” McFadden said.
“It’s very lively, which is how Celtic Woman has evolved over the years. It used to be a very static show, just the four or five girls standing and singing, but now we have Irish dancers, there’s a lot of up tempo numbers and there’s interaction with the audience.
“It’s good fun but there are also serious moments with Amazing Grace and Danny Boy, where the audience can sit and reflect.”
Susan McFadden (second from left) with Celtic Woman, celebrating 10 years.