Celtus – Reviewed by The Sunday Citizen Milton Keynes on the 12th March, 2000 – by Paul Brookman

Celtus Reviewed by The Sunday Citizen Milton Keynes

Celtus are simply the best!

CELTUS are quite simply the best band Ireland has ever produced.

Forget U2, The Corrs, Them or any group of any genre – this trio from County Donegal are head and shoulders above them all.

After two brilliant albums their record label, Sony, dropped them just before Christmas – a decision they will live to regret.

Undeterred Celtus have recorded a third album, Rooted, and they have distributed it on their current tour which came to The Stables on Sunday.

I first discovered Celtus when they supported Paul Carrick at Woughton a few years ago. I was impressed then.

This time they were headlining at a packed Wavendon venue and were out of this world.

If some of the audience were not sure what to expect, brothers Pat and John McManus, plus new keyboard player, Dan Axtell (who’s actually from London), had them eating out of their hands by the third number.

Celtus have been likened to a cross between Pink Floyd and Clannad.

Throw in Mike Oldfield influences, together with traditional Irish music, and you’ll get an idea what they might sound like.

But be prepared for the unexpected with Celtus. The Stables set comprised songs from all three albums and showed the depth of their musical range.


Folking.com’s very own Paul Johnson, and the Folking.com team look forward to covering the New Forest Folk Festival again this year with bigger and better coverage.

Paul will be at The New Forest Folk Festival bringing folking.com coverage and as many of his audio interviews with the performers as he can grab and Lewis Beech will be face-booking, insta-gramming and Tweeting from the festival all weekend. ~ find out more here ~

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