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on February 23, 2013
From the first time I saw Celtic Thunder perform on a PBS Special, I've been hooked. As fans, we've heard hints of something new coming, but just whispers about it, and nothing concrete about the direction. When they announced "it" would be in February, I could barely wait. Since it got here last week, I've played the DVD repeatedly. It is obvious that Sharon Browne and David Munro of Celtic Thunder have hit yet another one out of the park with "Mythology." Their talent has been to put the best people that they can find together, and let them do what they do best. Even the Mythology set is new and different - a huge Celtic Cross along with replicas of ancient stones on which appear visions of the past or the future. In an age where everything is run by computers, this whole undertaking represents the best of technology along with a practiced-eye toward what works well on stage.

Two years ago, when they lost two popular members of the group, there was some question about whether or not CT could take the hit - particularly since Ryan Kelly had already stepped back due to what was first described as personal problems, but what was later revealed to be threats made to he and his family by a deranged fan. They proved they could, and with the "promotion" of Neil Byrne, the return of Ryan Kelly, and the addition of Emmett Cahill, proved it well! "Voyage" and "Voyage II" were as strong, if not more so, and the new "sound" was, to me, even better. You wondered how they could top THAT...and along came the whispers of something that was to come..."Mythology." The harmonies on "Mythology" are just incredible, and much of the time you can't even pick out the solo voices in the group numbers. There's also another new performer, Colm Keegan.

Colm auditioned for a future position with the group and their intent was to bring him along slowly. It was a good thing that they had, because Ryan Kelly, "The Dark Destroyer" sustained an injury at home last summer which landed him in a local hospital in an induced coma for 3 weeks. Keegan stepped up and with but a few rough edges at first, has come into his own with "Mythology." Luckily, Ryan healed quickly and although he looks a bit peaked, you won't know unless you look for it. The Deluxe version of the DVD contains an extra CD of the lads showing you the Ireland they love. It's a bit of fun, and it's obvious that they like each other and have good times together. The second part of the Deluxe edition is about the making of "Mythology." It's not the fluff piece that so many DVD's have - it's each and every person who is a part of this effort, showing you just what it is they do - even the wardrobe mistress is shown "dressing" the Rookie, Keegan. Great fun! It's nice to see the mums and grand-mums, cousins and friends, and it is obvious that they are proud of CT - as they should be!

Whenever I've purchased a CD or a DVD, there are usually one or more tracks that I'm not very fond of. That's not so with "Mythology." From the first "Voices" calling you in, everything is beautifully lit, high-energy musical theatre at its best. Colm Keegan's version of "Katie" is almost haunting it's so ethereal, as is "The Edge of the Moon." I only wish I was 21 again - those blue eyes are to die for! Since he first replaced Paul Byrom, Emmet Cahill has made his own of the role of "The Irish Tenor." His "Isle of Innisfree" and "Danny Boy" give you a new look at the Irish Favorites - he literally lives the roles as he sings them, especially with the intro on "Danny Boy".

In "Mythology" you'll see Ryan's return to the role of "Dark Destroyer", but there's another level of feeling there. Perhaps it is due to his fear for his family's safety or it's his reality that life can end so quickly, but in either case, "Carricfergus" "House of the Rising Sun" and "The Thunder Rolls" all have a new dimension to them. I've loved watching Neil grow as a musician and a soloist, bringing us the best of his Irish wit, and the beautiful "Carolina Rua" from his solo album. Keith continues to amaze with cuts from his solo album showing up in "Mythology." "Tears of Hercules" is beautiful - and if you get the CD, make note of the fact that David Foster does the piano accompanyment. George Donaldson does "Scarlet Ribbons" and if I had to pick a favorite, this would be it, because it reminds me of my own dad singing it along with the radio when I was a little girl. "The Grande Affaire" is also a strong number.

The solos on this DVD are all unique, but it's the duets and the rollicking-fun ensemble pieces where Celtic Thunder shines. The band and the dancers get you stomping your feet and clapping to a rollicking "Hoedown" and "Lonesome Boatman into Reels." It's classically-Irish and when you watch Declan O'Donoghue just banging away on his drums and the rest of the musicians having fun too, you really want to jump up and join in. Belinda Murphy has choreographed this show as well - she knows just how to move everyone around on the stage, making it look natural and gay...or moody and touching at the same time. I love "Star of the County Down" and keep humming "The Rocky Road to Dub-u-lin 1-2-3-4-5" - you just can't figure out how on earth they can get all the words in without losing their breath! (If you watch the accompanying DVD in the Deluxe Edition, David Munro will show you how!)

I feel as though I'm I write about one song, another one comes to mind. Let me finish by saying that from the first moment you hear "Voices" through to the anthem, "My Land," at the end, you will find song after song, solo after solo and ensemble pieces as well, that you'll have trouble figuring out which YOU like the best. I hope you'll enjoy their performance as much as I have. Celtic Thunder - you continue to be an experience more than just a band, and I thank you so very much for all you've put into "Mythology." It was nice to see your families, and touching to see their pride in you so evident. Can't wait for the Fall Tour!
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on March 28, 2013
I ordered this based on the notices I got from Amazon, AND the previews of the PBS concert during their fund raiser. I received the DVD from Amazon about the same time as the PBS show aired. It turns out that the show is nearly twice as long as the DVD. I was very disappointed. I really like the group and their music though, so I still think it is OK. I just wish I had known I was only getting part of the concert on this DVD.
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on January 20, 2013
WARNING: May Contain Spoilers.

Regular is Great but Deluxe version is outstanding, although there are some more familiar songs on the Deluxe such as The House of the Rising Sun, The Thunder Rolls and The Boys of Summer. Seven Drunken Nights is slightly changed on this album for comedic purposes, lines are the same except George doesn't say his BALD head, he just says head. Danny Boy is sung by Emmett alone and it starts a bit differently before going into the regular Danny Boy song.

The set is awesome, it has a big celtic cross in the middle of the stage. One of the best sets since the very first dvd's.

Neil Byrne plays the piano on Rock n Roll Kids which is only on the deluxe version, so if you want to hear and see him play that you will need the deluxe version. GOOF: They goofed in the printed booklet and sleeve, the booklet says Neil/Ryan performed Rock N Roll Kids and the sleeve says Neil/Colm. The booklet is correct on this song. For alot of the songs the booklet and sleeve do not line up on who sings which songs. They will list 5 singers on one and 4 on the other for instance. This stuff should be polished and be mistake free before being released.

Colm Keegan: My review on him is simply this, he is better than Paul Byrom, but I'd much rather have Damian Mcginty or Daniel Furlong any day. It allows you to do more things when having a younger 6th member.

Deluxe version has a 2nd disc as well you dont get in the regular version from Amazon which includes My Land and hour long trip into the lives of the singers and The Making of Mythology which is also an hour long.

This is an outstanding dvd, Celtic Thunder continues to deliver the best everytime. This one is probably one of the best as only really rehash one song without making changes and that is Seven Drunken Nights, other than that every song is new and the other being Danny Boy is a solo with a new intro verse.

My star rating for the Deluxe Version is: *****
My star rating for the Amazon Version is what I will post officially above.
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on February 14, 2013
I was lucky enough to receive my copy of Mythology six days before the release as I pre-ordered it from the official site. Yes, there is a deluxe version (which I ordered) which has more tracks and A LOT of bonus footage but for those who either can't afford it or just want the basic version this is perfect.

I have been a fan of Celtic Thunder since the very first show and I have to say that this is the best show to date. The set is very striking and I thought that the stage being a large Celtic cross would be destracting but it adds to the feel of the show and drives the message home that the lads have gone back to their Celtic roots. Add in traditional dancers, powerful musical numbers, and some of the best musicians on the planet and you have a show that can't be described without sitting down and just watching it.

Whether you have been a fan for years or if you've just been introduced to Celtic Thunder you don't want to miss out on 'Mythology'! Trust me, you won't be disappointed!
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on March 7, 2013
I am a great fan of Celtic Thunder and do enjoy this DVD....just not as much as the previous ones. I can't really put my finger on why but it didn't immediately 'grab' me as their other shows have done.
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on May 27, 2013
There really isin't anything special about this that you can't see on PBS.

The Celtic Thunder show is great, but it's missing something. It's almost better to get the full double disc version off their site for a little bit more.
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on March 26, 2013
When I Placed my preorder for this video, I specifically checked to make sure it was the double disk version that contained all 30 songs. When I received the video, it was a single disk with only 15 songs. I returned it and was told it would be corrected. The replacement I received was exactly the same thing I had returned. I normally really like the things I purchase from Amazon, but this time you dropped the ball. I ordered the full 2 disk video directly from the Celtic Thunder website.
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on February 24, 2013
This is another great DVD from Celtic Thunder. The songs were very good and while I love that they do some modern songs, I love the irish/celtic songs more :-) Celtic Thunder The Show, Heritage and Voyage are my favorite DVDs and Mythology will also be another favorite. I particularly loved She Moved Through The Fair; Emmett has a great voice for that song. I was pleased to see Now We Are Free (people may recognize it as it was the theme song for the film, Gladiator) and Keith did a beautiful job singing the song - I'd love to see more songs like that! Ryan did a great job with Carrickfergus and Hunter's Moon. Seven Drunken Nights is pretty funny, you can see that the boys are enjoying themselves. All the boys do a great job and all contribute something to the group. I have been a fan of Celtic Thunder since the beginning and I'm always excited when a new DVD or CD is out. I can't for their next tour; their performances are always enjoyable and entertaining.
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on March 28, 2013
My husband and I have liked all of "Celtic Thunder" CDs. He felt it was more irish songs than they have previously recorded and he liked that especially about this one. I just enjoyed listening to all of the songs and didn't dislike any. I would recommend this DC to anyone who likes this particular kind of music.
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on July 24, 2013
I turned Celtic Thunder on one night when I was flipping through the channels and thought they would be a stupid group that I could laugh at on a tuesday night. Since then I've bought 2 DVDs and a CD of theirs and I think I've watched this particular DVD 15 times. They are a charming and talented group of singers and the production values are astounding for the genre. Plus, all my female friends fight over who the most attractive one is (it's George)
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