Ever since I was 7-years-old, I knew I wanted to be a writer and made my own Mr Men books. Today, I am a freelance writer and have the privilege to review bands, theatre and comedy across Melbourne, not to mention interview some incredible artists.
Irish Celtic makes its debut in Australia
After a successful tour in France and Germany, Irish Celtic has arrived in Melbourne at the Palms at Crown Casino. Created by Toby Gough (Artistic Director), Jim Murrihy (Choreographer), and Musical Director Anthony Davis, Irish Celtic is a mixture of high energy dancing, storytelling and rhythmic music.
Set in a traditional Irish pub in Ireland, Irish Celtic centres on the life of landlord and bar owner, Paddy Flynn (James Horsby), who is preparing to hand over the reins of the pub to his to his son Diarmuid (Emmett McMorrow). Prior to Diarmuid inheriting the keys to the pub, his father recounts the story of Ireland through songs, legends, and traditional Irish dancing.
The five-piece band are extraordinarily infectious and perform theme tunes from Braveheart and Last of the Mohicans to perfection. Helping the story along are fellow cast members, which include; John Declan Crowley, Laura Casey, Roisin McManus Sarah-Mai Fitzpatrick, Owen Sherman, Diarmuid Meade, Dylan John Millar, Gillian Monahan, Shea Bilton - Gough, Jessie Driscoll and Jennifer Corless. The 12 remarkable dancers tell stories of Celtic history through exceptional dance moves that become hypnotic as they whirl around the stage. Their precision and timely moves are invigorating and helped to propel the narrative along with fluidity.
At the core of Irish Celtic is the passion for traditional dance which has become wildly popular over the last two decades. One thing that shone through was the casts willingness to include the audience in the show as they smiled, waved and continue the playful banter to the very end. Narrator, James Hornsby was endearing as Patty Flynn and demonstrated his prowess as a comedian. Highly energetic and much loved by the audience.