Celtic Thunder is coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton on Sept. 9. Tickets go on sale April 15.

Celtic Thunder is coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton on Sept. 9. Tickets go on sale April 15.

Celtic Thunder performing in Penticton at SOEC

Top world music artists, Celtic Thunder, performing in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre in September.

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The awesome power of Celtic Thunder returns to Canadian stages, bringing an eclectic mix of songs to the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Named top world music artists twice by industry bible Billboard, Celtic Thunder will be performing in Penticton on Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The group is touring across Canada and the U.S. hitting 65 cities to showcase their new album and TV special, Mythology. The tour is a perfect blend of entertainment, ideology and Gaelic spirituality, providing a modern twist on the old Celtic storytelling tradition.

The Mythology television special began airing in February on PBS stations and is their sixth special for the public television network. Celtic Thunder has become one of public TV’s largest draws, ranking among the top five audience-generating acts on the network with over 16,000 airings of their specials.  The companion album and DVD was released by Verve Records on Feb. 19 and was produced by musical director and composer David Munro.

Mythology tells the story of their ancestors in Ireland, their legends, history and stories. It’s the lifeblood of modern day Ireland and it’s influences from its Celtic past that are still reflected in its people today. Like the Celts, Mythology is bold, challenging, strong, proud and steeped in history. On the set of Mythology the old and the new combine, modern catalyst images are projected onto ancient standing stones, a giant Celtic cross takes centre stage and the tempo of the music is strongly echoed in the theatrical and moody lighting.

All six Celtic Thunder principals feature prominently in Mythology, from haunting solo numbers to rousing ensembles and great original tracks that were written especially for the album, such as the show opening number Voices and the finale My Land.

Celtic Thunder is comprised of vocalists Emmet Cahill, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, George Donaldson, Neil Byrne and Colm Keegan who perform a mix of songs from traditional Irish fare to international hits such as The Boys Are Back In Town and Still Haven’t Found, as well as original compositions by the musical directors/composers and individual group member Harkin’s Lauren & I. Their live shows are recognized for the use of dramatic effects via lighting and choreography, as well as a stage set resembling an ancient stone pathway drawn from Celtic lore.

Tickets for Celtic Thunder go on sale Monday, April 15 at 10 a.m. and are $55 and $75 (including tax, plus service charges). They are available in person at the Valley First box office at the SOEC, Wine Country Visitor Centre, by phone at 1-877-763-2849 or online at www.ValleyFirstTix.com or www.UnionEvents.com.