Heart­felt for Celt

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

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.

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