In an exclusive interview with Today’s CNY Woman, Celtic Woman’s Lisa Lambe shares her experience as a member of the world-renowned female ensemble group and talks about their upcoming concert at the Landmark Theater, Syracuse.
How would you characterize Celtic Woman’s music?
“There’s a great fusion of traditional and contemporary music. The root of all the music is Irish, but there’s something for everyone. The amazing thing is that there’s this universal age of people that love Celtic Woman, from children to grandparents.”
Do you feel that your music celebrates women?
“In Ireland, from long ago, women have always been the center of the house and home. All throughout mystical history, there are stories of very strong women characters. Growing up with that, it’s really in your blood.”
What are some of your favorite songs to perform?
“I get to perform amazing songs in the show. One of my favorites is Dúlamán, which is the Irish word for seaweed. It’s about this young Irish woman who’s in love with two men. And she’s unsure of which man to choose. In order to decide, she compares them to two pieces of seaweed.”
What is your favorite part about performing?
“What I actually find amazing is the live component of the performance. It’s something that doesn’t change whether I’m singing or acting. That’s the beauty of Celtic Woman. You feel like you’re performing a song for the very first time.”
Are you excited to visit Central New York in March? Any plans?
“When I visit Syracuse, I’d love to go downtown and drink some tea or coffee. And maybe get to do some shopping. I’ll go to a restaurant and check out a basketball game.”
What’s on your playlist right now?
“If you look at my iPod, it’s very disorganized. I love American country music. I have a real passion for strong female singers. I love Shelby Lynne, Lucinda Williams and Sara Bareilles. I love Joni Mitchell as well. Music means so much to me. It has been a part of my life since I was 3 and made my first performance as a cast member of Madame Butterfly.”