Megan Walsh was 7 years old when she fell in love with Celtic Woman, the all-female Irish musical ensemble.
Epic PBS musical specials set in atmospheric castles marked Walsh’s young heart. And now, almost two decades later, the 25-year-old soprano from Navan, County Meath, Ireland, is the one singing her heart out against majestic backdrops as a member of the popular band.
The group will perform Saturday at the Pikes Peak Center.
“It’s the most beautiful, magical thing I’ve ever seen,” Walsh said of the musical specials during a stop on the tour in Oklahoma City. “Celtic Woman is an incredible platform for Irish women. They travel the world and show what they are trained for. It’s a dream for anyone to be in something like this.
Walsh joined the band in 2018, adding the high-profile role to an impressive musical resume filled with accomplishments: training at the Royal Academy of Music in London and starring roles in Broadway musicals such as “Les Miserables,” “Jesus Christ Superstar “, “Hairspray”, “Cats” and “High School Musical”.
At the age of 17, she won a competition in 2014 with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland which sent her to the United States, where she performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.
She may have a classically trained voice, but Walsh loves playing the belt when it comes to her musical roles on Broadway and dreams of one day playing the lead role in the musical “Waitress.” Meanwhile, she’s addicted to American R&B singer HER
“I love classical music,” she said. “I like folk, pop, country. I just like to sing.
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Since its debut in 2005, the Celtic Woman roster has seen women come and go, but the music remains the same. The fusion of traditional and contemporary Irish music celebrates the country’s history and includes classic and original songs.
The current tour, “Postcards From Ireland”, will feature the band’s most popular songs, as well as material from their new album “Postcards From Ireland”. Walsh likes to call it a “spectacle for the eyes and ears”, with beautiful dresses, a live band and traditional Irish instruments.
“We have never wavered from the love for Irish music,” she said. “We spread the message of love and hope and tell great stories all over the world. People of Irish descent like to come to the show to connect with the music of their great-grandfather or great-grandmother.
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In the four years she has been with the group, Walsh has established herself. She was shy when she joined the band, but has gained confidence and learned to embrace her own gifts as a performer, as well as what she brings to the set.
She is also quite good at non-musical things.
“I’m also like the mother of the band,” Walsh said. “I love taking care of people. We get along so well. Each of us brings something different to the table. We complement each other’s personalities.
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