- Michael Londra and The Celtic Fire
Michael Londra and The Celtic Fire
This show focuses on the traditional culture of song and dance in Ireland that generates an electric atmosphere that sweeps audiences away to Ireland, its culture, its land, its pubs, its music and its heart. Celtic Fire doesn’t rehash the art form, but strips it to its bare essentials. Presenting traditional dance presented by world champion Irish dancers, the show has a vital feel; cast members are more creative and dynamic, audiences are more engaged and everyone leaves the show feeling they have been more involved and have had more of an insight into what Ireland and its country really is.
Michael Londra has been described as "one of the greatest Irish singers of all our time." Since his breakthrough role as the Voice of Riverdance on Broadway, Londra has become one of the top international soloists. He has recently appeared in the headlines for his PBS special "Beyond Celtic" receiving two Emmy awards and for being invited to perform at the 50th anniversary of JFK's visit to Ireand. (more info here)
His recording of "Danny Boy" is now regarded as "one of the best recordings in history," with over 6 million views on YouTube. Michael was nominated for two Irish Music Awards for Best Solo Performance and Best Irish Tenor in which he won Best Irish Tenor at the 2012 Irish Music Awards.
Chicago based Celtic singer, Michael Londra is from the opera capital of Ireland, a small town on the South East coast called Wexford. He decided in the early 90s to follow his heart and started singing professionally. His leap of faith was rewarded when he soon became a leading man in musical theater in Dublin playing many roles. US director and choreographer, Larry Fuller asked Michael to play Bobby Kennedy in the world premiere of "JFK" where he was noticed by the producers of Riverdance. He went on and sang lead in first Riverdance tour of North America in 1998 as well as Riverdance on Broadway 2000 and 2001.
Londra has been featured on the Universal Records Arias Ancora project with Luciano Pavarotte, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. He is the creator of Radiocelt, which is part of Accuradio Network, one of the top ten internet radio stations. He also produces and stars in the touring Irish shows and is an ambassador for Concern Worldwide.
Most recently, Michael co-produced his own PBS special titled Michael Londra’s Beyond Celtic which aired across the United States over 300 times from August through December 2011.
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