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Pop goes Celtic

by Mariko Kato

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.