Pop goes Celtic


Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman are touring Japan in late November and early December. Often referred to as “Riverdance for the voice,” the group have a strong fan base in Japan.

Comprising five Irish female artists — four vocalists and a violinist — Celtic Woman have a repertoire ranging from traditional Celtic tunes to modern pop songs. Their debut album in 2005 reached No.1 on Billboard’s World Music chart. It broke a long-standing record by retaining the top spot for 81 weeks, only knocked off by their second album, “Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration.”

At dates in Tokyo, Osaka and Aichi-ken, the Japanese audience can look forward to their version of “You Raise Me Up,” which became a hit after it was used by figure skater Shizuka Arakawa for her 2006 Turin Winter Olympics gold-winning performance.

Celtic Woman perform at Orchard Hall, Tokyo (Nov. 26-28, 7 p.m., ¥8,000-12,000); Osaka Kosei Nenkin Kaikan (Nov. 29, 7 p.m., ¥8,000-12,000); and Aichi Kinrou Kaikan (Dec. 1, ¥12,000).

For tickets and more information, call (0570) 02-9999.