Review: Celtic Legends’ 15th Anniversary Tour Stops in Québec City
Review by Nathalie Peron
Québec City (Québec) April 14th, 2017, Théâtre Le Capitole –This is nothing new: ain’t nobody better than the Irish to get the party started and start it did. The Celtic Legends, a traditional Irish dance and music troupe in existence since 2001, was in town and their objective was clear: to shake off the winter sludge and party into spring. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if half the audience spilt over to the nearest Irish pub to finish off a perfect evening, inspired by the music and the dance that was hand-delivered to us straight from the Emerald Isle.
Irish-lilted French interspersed with some English and Irish, provided by the violinist, charmed the audience straight away and the magnetic performances offered by all five musicians – bodhrán, flute, violin, accordion and guitar – as well as by the 14 dancers took care of winning over its heart. At times whimsical and moving, the show often turned to more energetic and upbeat rhythms and by the start of the second half the only thing stopping people from getting up to dance was obstructing the neighbour’s view.
The troupe, arriving from a 60 shows in 70 days tour (no small feat!), presented a well-oiled show. The chemistry and experience – mostly among the band, as we were privy to – was obvious from the start when technical issues were dealt with with sleight of hand, the audience being none the wiser. It was smooth-sailing throughout and the transitions between songs moved the show right along at light speed, the intermission coming as a surprise.
As for the dancing aspect of the show, flawless execution – award-winning execution for certain dancers, in fact – was most impressive. The use of both reels and jigs, alternating in styles, provided a varied sample of traditional Irish dancing. To the audience’s untrained eye, the performance was spot on and impeccable, even at times breathtaking, when the dance and the music combined to hit the mark and leave one captivated. And let us not refrain from mentioning the lead dancer Jason’s entertaining comic dance solo that thrilled and delighted the audience.
The Legends will be performing this evening in La Baie at the Palais du Théâtre Municipal and then get a well-deserved break before crossing over to France to enchant the French audiences later this year in July.
Definitely an entertaining evening with wonderful artists and an excellent show, I encourage you to come and enjoy their talent the next time they are in town. Let’s hope they won’t wait too long.
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