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Youngest member of Celtic Woman to perform at Cumming Playhouse
A St. Patricks Day Celebration is 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 4
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Forsyth County News

CUMMING -- Ireland may be her homeland, but Chloe Agnew seems to have found a home away from home in Georgia.

The youngest original member of the well-known group, Celtic Woman, will continue her new tradition of performing in Georgia during two upcoming shows at the Cumming Playhouse on March 4.

Agnew left Celtic Woman in 2011 to begin a solo career after having performed with the world-renowned group for a nearly a decade, since its beginning when she was just 14 years old.

“I can’t picture my life without Celtic Woman,” Agnew said. “When that opportunity came along, we all joined together for what we were under the impression was going to be just a one-night show … and then it just kind of exploded and turned into 10 years of my life.

“I feel very lucky to have been a part of Celtic Woman since it allowed us, as Irish musicians, to really make our mark all over the world.”

Now a resident of Los Angeles, Agnew said she began playing shows in Georgia primarily because of her friend and fellow Celtic Woman member, Lisa Kelly, who now lives in Peachtree City.

“Lisa, who is my Celtic Woman sister, has invited me to perform with her several times at different shows there in Georgia,” Agnew said. “So I’ve spent a lot of time in Georgia and it’s one of my favorite places to visit. The people there are so warm and welcoming; it really reminds me a lot of being home in Ireland.”

Agnew has performed at several venues in the Atlanta area, including locations in Peachtree City and Mableton. Her first visit to the Atlanta area was in 2011 for a performance at the Fox Theatre with Celtic Woman, when she said audiences “treated us like we were The Beatles.”

“I think there’s something in the water there,” she joked. “Every time I’ve been there, everyone has welcomed me with such open arms. The people seem to have such a great love of the Celtic music tradition that it’s almost like being back in Ireland.”

On March 4, she will be joined by friend Dermot Kiernan in “A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration” at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Cumming Playhouse. This will be her first time performing at the local venue.

“When I was working with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, preparing for an upcoming concert, one of the women there who books venues for a lot of the performances suggested the Cumming Playhouse to me,” Agnew said. “She told me that it was the most beautiful little theatre. Since I love playing smaller, more intimate venues, I’m really looking forward to singing there.”

Audiences to the show will be swept away to the Emerald Isle as Agnew and Kiernan, also an Irish native who has worked with many choral ensembles in Dublin and Paris, present an array of traditional and modern Irish music.

“Since Celtic Woman was such a huge part of my life for such a long time, I wanted to choose music for this show that I already had a connection with, but I also wanted to explore some other Irish music,” Agnew said. “I chose some pieces that people will know and some that they probably won’t. It’s all about celebrating our Irish culture with all of these beautiful sounds.”

Agnew said the show also incorporates Irish poetry and stories, which she loves to intertwine with the music of her homeland. But there will also be a little Georgia flare, Agnew said, noting that she and Kiernan will be joined for a few numbers by a local Georgia fiddler.

“There is a strong similarity between the South and Ireland — there’s this amazing sense of hospitality, kindness, warmth and sense of community in both places. I can’t wait for my first visit to the Cumming Playhouse so I can get to know even more people in the beautiful state of Georgia.”

Tickets to “A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration” are $25, or $20 for veterans, seniors 60 and over, students 18 and under, and groups of 25 or more.

For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, go to www.playhousecumming.com or call (770) 781-9178. To learn more about Chloe Agnew, go to www.chloeagnewofficial.com or follow her on social media.