While many got up bright and early to hit the stores this “Black Friday” in preparation for Christmas, I was up and getting ready for Christmas in another way—by going to see the Celtic Thunder Christmas show with my parents in Atlantic City. If you haven’t heard these guys sing, you might want to plug in their name on Youtube.com. They’re absolutely amazing—and each and every one of them has such a different voice that harmonizes oh so well with the entire group. In addition, they’re just really fun to watch. You can tell they have an absolute blast up on stage together. All of them are from Ireland, apart from George, who is Scottish. In fact, if you’re an avid Glee watcher, you’ve most likely seen Damian McGinty, who used to be a member of Celtic Thunder.
My Mom, Dad, and I arrived in Atlantic City hours before the show started; we anticipated much worse traffic than there was. Upon getting into Harrah’s, we asked one of the women working at a restaurant if we could go in and see the concert venue; it was five hours til show time, after all. She said yes, so we walk in. Immediately, we hear strains of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” a song sung by my favorite Celtic Thunder member, Ryan Kelly. Assuming that it’s a CD playing just to produce a vibe, we wandered out to look at the venue, to find that Ryan Kelly was on stage. Rehearsing. And we were so close to him. To say that I freaked out was an understatement; I nearly cried. We ended up just leaving, so as not to distract him and the rest of the group, but to catch a glimpse of the show—and of Ryan—beforehand was really amazing.
Hope everyone’s Thanksgivings were delightful! I, for one, was so thankful to be spending this year’s at home with the people I love most.
And, just so, you can see how amazing Celtic Thunder is, rather than just hear me go on and on (and I could really go on and on about how much I love them), here’s a link! J
Amanda Marello '12