With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to start celebrating the season with an incredible Christmas classic, “Hallelujah.” One of the most popular versions is sung by the Celtic Thunder based on Leonard Cohen’s interpretation.
Celtic Thunder’s Irish roots shine brightly in this haunting, melodic version of one of the most beloved and recognizable Christmas songs of all time.
The voices of Neil Byrne, Ryan Kelly and Keith Harkin blend in perfect harmony, yet each vocalist clearly shines throughout their solos.
In the background, the magnificent orchestra extends the mood of reverence throughout the entire performance. These men harmonize so well together that they sound like they are all family. THIS is the kind of music we all need.
The Hebrew meaning of Hallelujah is “Glory to God.” The Canadian songwriter and renowned poet, Leonard Cohen wrote the lyrics in such a manner that they can be interpreted in many different ways.
Celtic Thunder’s rendition is so beautifully and sensitively performed, and with a resounding message. While there are many biblical references, the song lyrics beg everyone to make the meaning personal to themselves.
Before Celtic Thunder was a world famous group trotting the globe, they were singers with a passion for their culture. Being able to perform and tour together is something vocalist Damian McGinty told AXS that is a dream come true.
Lead singer McGinty said: “Every day you get to travel to a new and different city, but every night you have to do the same task –deliver a high standard of performance. So on a daily basis, it’s never the same, but at the same time, you have to continue to challenge yourself…
“Celtic Thunder has really grown and has turned into something that has its own life. It allows artists to be individuals as well as challenges them to come together as an ensemble piece. It’s something we’re all very passionate about. We’ve only done a few shows for this tour but it’s already been incredible and the reaction has been outstanding.”
Indeed, Celtic Thunder is not only outstanding, they are hypnotizing. Watch members of the audience in this video sway to the music. You too will be mesmerized. Beautiful harmonizing from Celtic Thunder!!! 🎄
I fell in love with the group about 8 years ago when I saw them on PBS. I try to listen each time they are on. I’m Irish. I love good music, it keeps you young at heart. I never get tired of listening to Celtic Thunder. The voices are amazing.
If you felt the power of Celtic Thunder and their powerful ‘Hallelujah’, share their video because this is one not to be missed.