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 on: February 23, 2018, 08:50:43 PM 
Started by Moscapoet - Last post by Moscapoet
Dear Máiréad,

   Ten years ago last night we met for the very first time. At that meeting it seemed you knew almost as much about me as I did about you. The meet and greet was huge with dozens of people. I was mid way through the line yet you took extraordinary time and care with me. A certain tour manager was getting very antsy about it but you persisted. I came away from it floating on a cloud. I had finally met my muse and inspiration. And you also had great things to say about the then infant fan forum built for you. This place is still here thanks to you. And I am still here and will forever be a most avid fan and supporter of your work and career. You continue to inspire even though my writings have slowed. But back then things were new. You could have dismissed me and moved me along, but you didn't. I said all I wanted and need ed to and your responses were most kind. Thank you for that and all the marvelous moments on stage and off this past ten years. 

 on: February 23, 2018, 08:44:09 PM 
Started by Moscapoet - Last post by Moscapoet
   So hard to believe it has been ten years since the start of this forum. Founders, Scott Meenen, and Dave Bussells, could hardly have known the impact this place would have on artist and fan alike in the years to come.

   Some argued that separate forums outside the CWF should not exist. Some felt otherwise, that the artists within CW had careers before, and would have careers after Celtic Woman. It was never the intention to divide the fan base, but for a time there was a bit of bad blood. That has long since eased. From the start we were told that she did not want a forum. This forum replaced one that had been short lived and taken down on short notice by its creator. So, how would Máiréad react to this place?

   Ten years ago last night I was in Birmingham Alabama for the Celtic Woman show there. It was my very first meet and greet. It was my first time sharing a show with other known fans. It was my first time up close to the stage. Back then the meet and greet was held after the show. And this one was huge. It was easily 80 or so people. I had brought a card to give to Máiréad, and I ran into the tour manager in the hallway. I asked her if she would give the card to the artist, and she said I could do so myself as she was one of the two in the meeting.  Odo's Bucket I was half way through the line and it was incredibly humid. One woman fainted. I was sweating like crazy. By the time I got up to the table I think I ran out of fluid!  Roll Eyes

   And there she was, the diminutive pixie fiddler. She took A LOT of time with me. I'll get into most of it in another post, but when I told her about the forum this is how it went: I said, "Máiréad, I know you don't like forums, but.........", and she cut me off and said, "Yes, Scott, but yours is different".  Shocked Well, it wasn't and isn't "mine" but I got the message and relayed it to Dave here. She said she was willing to give it a chance under the idea that she could ask to have the plug pulled at any time. We're still here.

   I was made an administrator early on, and was the face of the forum at many concerts until Mike took over that role. From the start we have had great graphics artists, the best CW reviews posted anywhere, and been cutting edge in fan gatherings and special events. The first MáiréadFest would be held the next year, and we had several in the years to come. We also raised funds for her charity of choice, Oxfam Ireland Unwrapped. Checks were formally presented for many years. The initial fest was held in 2009 in Wilkes-Barre PA and was of a twofold purpose. One was so that an autistic girl named Kimberly could meet her idol, Chloe. The other was to celebrate our favorite fiddler. The event was off the charts. up to that point they did not generally allow photos. They made an exception and we were granted a great deal of time. At the end she tried to give a speech and thank us but was overwhelmed with emotion and Chloe finished for her. Yep, we love our fiddler. Other fests were held of decent size but the biggest by far was the gathering in Atlanta 2011 for the Believe DVD recording. By the time the numbers were in over 150 familiar faces had attended the gathering on day one, and the show. That night history was made. The forum folks generated full house standing ovations for every song. Unprecedented. The forum has given the artist some fine gifts as well for her birthday over the years as well.

    These are just some high points of our history. We recognize that forums have faded in popularity as the social media pages have taken over. That's why we have a Facebook page. It has been a very caring family over the years and many a friendship has been built from it. Many have experienced things they otherwise never would have without it. We hope that each of you will take the time to look back this past ten years on your most favorite memories. Go back and read old reviews, look at graphics, and various other sections of interest to you. We thank each and every one of you for making this place truly special for other fans and for the artist.

 on: February 23, 2018, 08:18:45 PM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by Moscapoet
Very nice, Tom. Good that accurate information is getting into Wiki about her.

 on: January 31, 2018, 01:50:24 AM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by CWazyTom
A while back...

I created an article on Wikipedia for Hibernia:

I updated Mairead's Wikipedia page with info / links to the new Hibernia article:

I also added the Hibernia album to the Hibernia disambiguation page:

This morning, I finally got around to adding chart performance to the Hibernia article on Wikipedia.

I also added Devil's Bit Sessions chart performance to Mairead's main article on Wikipedia.

Lastly, added Rocktopia info to Mairead's main Wikipedia page.

Now to wait and see if the Wiki auditors will contend that mentioning the Broadway run is non-noteworthy information, because it's not going to run for 5 years and outsell Hamilton for 60 consecutive months...  Roll Eyes

 on: January 31, 2018, 01:44:52 AM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by CWazyTom
Thanks Tom for the back-up link.

You did a lot of work there and it looks very professional.

Thank you.

Yeah, I thought it was formatted well enough and had enough content and relevance to justify its existence, but apparently not.

Anyways, I added the most relevant information and the chart performance to Mairead's main Wikipedia article instead.

 on: January 30, 2018, 11:14:17 PM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by VonnyandJohn from Oz
Thanks Tom for the back-up link.

You did a lot of work there and it looks very professional.

 on: January 28, 2018, 06:40:34 PM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by Moscapoet
Hardly non-notable. Roll Eyes

 on: January 28, 2018, 02:42:49 AM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by CWazyTom

So I logged on to Wikipedia tonight and found a nice little present. The auditors removed my Devil's Bit Sessions page.

Here's the note they left:

Non notable album by a non notable group.

Non-notable group. Umm, how about this...

With Celtic Woman, Mairead Nesbitt had:
- 15 albums that got to the top 10 in the Billboard World Albums chart
- 12 albums that got to #1 in the Billboard World Albums chart
- 2 top 10 albums in the Billboard 200 chart (A New Journey, Songs from the Heart)
- 11 albums that appeared on the Billboard 200 chart
- The debut Celtic Woman album reached #1 on Billboard's World Music Chart and occupied the top slot for an unprecedented 81 weeks.
- It remained there until the release of Celtic Woman's second album, 2006's A Christmas Celebration
- Celtic Woman remained in the top spot for a total of 112 consecutive weeks!!!
- A GRAMMY nomination (should have won)

She had a solo album (Hibernia) that was in the top 10 of the Billboard World Music chart and Devil's Bit Sessions made the top 10 as well. But I guess that's not worth noting at all...

Let's see. What else. She's appearing on Broadway with Rocktopia. She was an important inspiration for Lindsey Stirling, played for multiple US presidents, and ... oh yeah is one of the BEST VIOLINISTS IN THE WORLD / EVER!!!!

Non-notable??? That's completely inaccurate. Nearly slanderous!

What exactly is their criteria to be noteworthy? Does one have to be a rapper, spit out 50 expletives during the course of a song, and make music that completely SUCKS???

How about if one writes a song that was widely regarded as one of the most hated songs ever ... one of her subsequent songs that didn't even make the Billboard 200 chart at all has it's very own Wikipedia page! For one song, much less an album! Are you kidding me? I'm not saying that song (not the super-hated one but one of the subsequent ones) shouldn't have a page. I am saying if that deserves to have a page, there is NO WAY that they can get away with calling Mairead Nesbitt a non-noteworthy artist.

Obviously they don't care that it took me in excess of 10 hours to research everything, type it, format it, source it, test the links, cross-link it with other articles etc. They probably feel like they should delete my account and ban me for making them take 15 seconds out of their time to delete the page.

Well, there's definitely going to be more articles I wrote getting the axe. They'll probably go ahead and convert O Christmas Tree back in to a redirect to the main Celtic Woman page, because it makes WAY more sense to have a page that just redirects in a loop instead of having ACTUAL USEFUL CONTENT on that page.

Anyways, I dug a backup of the Devil's Bit Sessions article out of their archive, so if anyone wants to see what it was like before they removed it, here it is:

 on: January 17, 2018, 10:56:19 PM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by CWazyTom
I checked the Celtic Nights tour dates out of curiosity. They do have one show that's in range! ...

... but it's on the same day I drive 7 hours in the opposite direction to see Chloë with an orchestra so ... better luck next time, Celtic Nights.  Cheesy

 on: January 17, 2018, 08:52:02 PM 
Started by dbbii - Last post by CWazyTom
Chloe Lowery did a Q+A on Facebook today. She indicated the plan was to tour Rocktopia a bunch after its Broadway run, most likely in the fall of this year.

P.S. Chloe (one of the amazing singers in Rocktopia), is wrapping up her album. It's recorded and is just in mixing now. She's doing a PledgeMusic campaign much like Mairead did: Chloe Lowery also plans to do her own solo tour after the Rocktopia Broadway run, possibly this summer.

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