Irish Super Group, Celtic Thunder, Returns to CFCC’s Wilson Center with New Show Odyssey

Wilmington, NC (June 12, 2023) – Cape Fear Community College’s Wilson Center is excited to announce the return of Celtic Thunder on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at7:30 p.m. Odyssey, the latest show from the internationally acclaimed group, is a fascinating exploration of Irish music and culture, firmly grounded in the ensemble’s impressive history, while ambitiously forging new paths.

Tickets are available for Wilson Center members beginning Tuesday, June 13, at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday, June 16, at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are available online at or by contacting the Ticket Central box office. Ticket Central is open for telephone and in-person sales Monday through Friday, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can reach Ticket Central at (910) 362-7999.

In Odyssey, Celtic Thunder invites audiences on a sweeping voyage through the heartlands of traditional Irish music, and the innovative, original arrangements emblematic of the ensemble’s unique sound. The shared musical chemistry of Celtic Thunder’s lead vocalists Ryan Kelly, Damian McGinty, Neil Byrne, and Emmet Cahill, gives the show its compelling power, while each singer adds their distinctive voice and charm to this musical journey, creating a harmonious blend that appeals to a broad spectrum of tastes. The Odysseysongbook is steeped in their Irish heritage, weaving a rich tapestry of emotional and musical tones.

Audiences will be swept up in an energetic rendition of “Go Lassie Go”, a traditional folk song that has been given a new lease of life through Celtic Thunder’s vibrant harmonies and fresh musical interpretation. The poignant “City of Chicago” is a moving tribute to the Irish diaspora, resonating deeply with its heartfelt lyrics and evocative melodies. And “The Parting Glass”, an iconic classic from the annals of Irish music, is delivered with such profound emotion that it reverberates through the soul.

Memorable musical moments take place on a stage that brilliantly embodies the ethereal mystique of Celtic folklore and the grounded reality of contemporary Irish life. The talented Celtic Thunder Band lends its instrumental prowess throughout, providing an authentic and sonically rich backdrop to the vocal performances. A world-class production quality and stunning lighting design paint an atmospheric picture that enhances the emotive resonance of the songs. Detailed and elegant costumes balance traditional Celtic attire and modern aesthetics, symbolizing the group’s successful fusion of the old and the new.

Odyssey is not simply a concert; it’s a powerful theatrical experience that honors Celtic Thunder’s rich musical legacy and blazes new trails – an evocative journey through time, sound, and culture, as educational as it is entertaining. The captivating blend of music, storytelling, and atmospheric stagecraft makes Odyssey a must-see spectacle for fans of Celtic Thunder and Irish music in general.

Formed in Dublin in 2007, Celtic Thunder is a multi-dimensional musical and theatrical ensemble celebrated worldwide for emotionally powerful performances and state-of-the-art production. Billboard magazine has named Celtic Thunder the Top World Album Artist 5 times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, and 2016), while the group has had LPs placed in the World Album Top 10 every release year since 2008.

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