Arkansas State University
fax (870) 972-3693
Links to News Releases
KASU Local News
Public activities at ASU
Fowler Center Series presents Celtic
Spring April 10 in final performance of 2009-10 season
March 16, 2010
The Fowler Center Series
presents its eighth event of the 2009-10 season with Celtic Spring as
the closing performance of the season, Saturday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m.,
Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.
Described as “a burst of energy, driving music, riveting dancing,
youthful exuberance, and unparalleled talent all in one family,”
Celtic Spring is six siblings who play the fiddle and step-dance, backed
by their mother on the keyboard and their father on percussion.
Their music hails from Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton, Nova
Scotia. While firmly grounded in the traditions of their ancestors,
Celtic Spring's style is all its own.
The six Wood family siblings have spent their lives on stage, bringing
their unforgettable performance to live and TV audiences in the
millions. They each began learning the fiddle and Irish step dancing at
the age of four years old. The siblings are also classically trained
violinists, and this influence has brought a certain beauty and clarity
to their music.
To learn the traditional fiddle styles of Ireland, Scotland, and Cape
Breton, the siblings have studied under some of the finest fiddlers
today, including Natalie MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser, Martin Hayes, and
A defining element of Celtic Spring is the dual expertise in music and
dance. The Wood siblings are champion Irish dancers, and they have been
influenced by French Canadian and Cape Breton step-dancing styles, as
well. The tight choreography, powerful footwork, intricacy, and
precision of their dancing astounds audiences.
Celtic Spring's amazing performances have taken the band around the
United States, Canada, and Europe. They have performed at theaters
nationwide, including symphony appearances, and at numerous festivals,
including the top Irish festivals in the country, such as the Milwaukee
Irish Fest and the North Texas Irish Festival.
In 2002, Celtic Spring was named Grand Champion of the World at
the World Championships of the Performing Arts
Hollywood. In summer 2007, 12 million people watched Celtic Spring
on the top-rated TV show of the season, NBC's “America's Got
Talent,” produced by American Idol’s Simon Cowell. The band was one of
the top five finalists. Celtic Spring has also been featured on “The
Today Show,” ABC's “Good Morning America,” WB's “Steve Harvey Show,” the
“Tom Joyner Show,” PBS, E.W.T.N. and Japan’s Nippon
This past summer, Celtic Spring performed at the international
festival, World Youth Day 2008, in Sydney, Australia. The band has also
released two albums, “At the Source” and “Cornerstone.”
Ticket prices are $30 and $20 for adults; $24 and $16 for ASU faculty
and staff; $23 and $15 for senior adults and K-12 students; and $10 and
$6 for ASU students. Tickets for all Fowler Center Series events may be
purchased by calling 870-972-2781 or 1-888-278-3267, or online at
On performance evenings, the box office in Fowler Center opens one hour
prior to the event. Visit
www.yourfowlercenter.com, or call Fowler Center at (870) 972-3471.
# # #