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Celtic Fiddler
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« on: April 13, 2017, 12:46:01 PM »

So has anyone seen the show?
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 05:47:39 PM »

I sure did!

Here's my report.

Yesterday I saw Rocktopia!

It was lots of fun and great music.

As advertised it's a fusion on classical music and classic rock. The group was backed by a medium-sized choir and orchestra. The choir for the show comprised of students from a local high school.

Mairead played a prominent role in the production. She was at the front of the stage for most of the songs. Her style and energy are perfect for this show and she looked like she was having a great time.

The drummer and lead guitarist was really good. The singers were also pretty impressive, particularly the lead female singers. Chloe Lowery and Kimberly Nichole (former contestant on The Voice), have a lot of power and sing with a ton of heart. Ximena Borges has the most classical style of the vocalists and my goodness does she ever have a stunning operatic voice!

All the big numbers from the PBS special were performed, along with some others that weren't aired on the special.

Some of those that stood out were:
- Come Sail Away (Styx)
- I Want to Know What Love Is (Foreigner)
- On the Turning Away (Pink Floyd)
- Because the Night (Patti Smith)
- Dream On (Aerosmith)
- Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Elton John)
- Alone (Heart)
- Don't Stop Believin' (Journey)

I was sitting a few rows back for the first half, then moved up front to some vacant seats for the second half so I could get a closer view. Mairead recognized me and mouthed out "hi" to me during the show.  Cheesy

The venue was pretty up tight about people taking pictures. They basically had people roaming up and down the aisles during the whole show telling people to put their cameras away. Sneaking pictures was pretty challenging.

After the show, the cast sat at a table in the lobby for an autograph signing session. I got a Rocktopia poster signed by the cast.

I got to meet Mairead Nesbitt!!! This was my first time meeting her. I gave her a nice card (one of the ones I've been working on for the past month or so) and told her how amazing she was. She wanted to make sure I enjoyed the show (I did). They had to keep the line moving, but Mairead was nice enough to hang around for me after the line was finished and I got to hug her and take a few pictures with her. She's as sweet as she is talented. Cheesy  There were a couple of things I forgot to say, but most of it was in the card and I Tweeted her whatever else I left out.

I also got to meet the other performers in the signing line. Chloe apparently noticed me from the stage during the show and said she I looked really cute when I was enjoying the show. I was probably blushing a lot. I didn't have time to take pics with her after the line dispersed as it was getting pretty late but I did get a chance to tell her in the signing line how incredible her voice was.

Overall, that was a really enjoyable experience. I thought the music and performers were great. I don't think I'll ever be as passionate about a show as I am for Celtic Woman, but Rocktopia was a lot of fun!

As good as the show was, the highlight of my night was meeting Mairead.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2017, 07:16:17 AM »

I went to the show Friday night its cool if you like 70's and 80's rock hits this show will delight and Mairead is fantastic as usual Edit here is a video clip I shot its a U2 cover enjoy
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2017, 01:25:04 PM »

Several of us went to the Atlanta show. Well worth the ticket as she is on stage a great deal of the show.

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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2017, 09:41:04 PM »

Several of us went to the Atlanta show. Well worth the ticket as she is on stage a great deal of the show.

It was so nice, I saw it twice (once at Shea's in Buffalo, and then again in Atlanta).

I went to see it the first time because:
Small-violin Mairead
2) The signing / M+G after the show (involving Mairead)
3) The much appreciated encouragement from those here on the forum
4) I saw the PBS special and it was pretty good

But I went to see it a second time because all the performers (Mairead of course, but all the others too) have talent off the charts! The arrangements are really good. It couldn't have been particularly easy to blend such radically different styles as classical and rock. What REALLY got me back for a second show (besides Mairead) were the lead female vocalists. Chloe Lowery sings with an enormous amount of passion and she has tremendous power in her voice. Likewise for Kimberly Nichole. Ximena Borges has a ridiculous range and astonishing vocal command.

Chloe Lowery was super sweet to me after both shows. She's so adorable.

Ron, thanks for encouraging me to go see this. I thoroughly enjoyed the show both times.
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2017, 10:22:06 PM »

You're so welcome, Tom. Based on my experience, you just HAD to meet her. I just posted my review. Check it out! Anyway, it was great meeting you. You know, we never had that beer! We'll have to rectify that next time!
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