Returning to Dublin's Helix, the set for Mythology is in the shape of a beautiful Celtic cross with ancient stones as background. It sets the tone for an evening of strong music, taking the listener into the heart of Celtic roots, that is some of the best that they've ever done, certainly rivalling their original show and perhaps even topping it. Of particular delight is the abandonment of inserting shots of the audience every other ten seconds. The cinematography stays on the singer or ensemble throughout entire songs, which is so much more enjoyable!
There are so many good songs and so many good performances in Mythology that it is truly difficult to pick the stand-outs.
Neil Byrne's sweet romantic side comes to the forefront in his version of Carolina Rua. It's an easygoing melody that matches Neil's style nicely. Another standout is his Rock n Roll Kids duet with Ryan. These two sound really beautiful together with a gorgeous blend. On his own, Ryan Kelly performs a tender version of Carrickfergus, full of moving feeling and a reminder that there is far more to him than the Dark Destroyer. Coming as a bit of surprise, Ryan channels his inner rocker in his cover of the Horslips' Dearg Doom. Easily one of my favorites in the whole show, it is completely entertaining to watch and very cool!
Newcomer Colm Keegan, with the blue-est eyes you've ever seen, accompanies himself on piano in the lovely Katie. It's a sweet song whose melody sticks with me throughout the day. He has his own duet with Keith in a terrific cover of Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence. Keith Harkin shines himself in his performance of A Man of Constant Sorrow. Appealing to any bluegrass fan, the song is a lot of fun and features half of the Celtic Thunder Band as well. Emmet Cahill, with the warmest most buttery voice, sings a truly beautiful Always There.
George Donaldson sings the lovely ballad, Scarlet Ribbons for Her Hair. As a parent, it is touching and heartwarming to see songs in which he at least appears to be singing to his own daughter, always a favorite. Neil croons a lovely Summer in Dublin. This is staged well and hints of the dramatic possibilities inherent in Neil's talents that I hope are further explored as the show develops down the road. Emmet has such a lovely voice, and his Isle of Innisfree is beautiful. The Celtic Thunder Band presents in two instrumentals: Lonesome Boatman Into Reels and the very entertaining Hoedown, complete with lovely dancers!
The Ones I Didn't Care For
Ryan, Keith, Neil, and Emmet collect to sing.... The Boys are Back in Town. Yes, you heard that right. It's just... Emmet is honestly one of my favorites in the show, and I love his voice so much. But rock star, he really isn't. If they try to do a KISS song next, I swear I'm leaving.