The historic Tybee Island Post Theatre was privileged to host Irish vocalist and previous member of Celtic Woman, Chloe Agnew and Irish tenor Dermot Kiernon on March. 10. Chloe began her solo career in 2013, traveling throughout the world, sharing her own songs as well as some of her favorites. Dermot was also a part of Celtic Woman and has toured in the United States, Australia, Japan, and Europe—even making an appearance on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Visitors donning green from head to toe journeyed from all over the Lowcountry, some traveling as far as Orlando up to see the soulful soprano.
Agnew and Kiernan shared a variety of Irish classics, “Galway Bay”, a medley of “Oh Danny Boy, Red is the Rose, & Will Ye Go Lassie Go”, “Rattlin’ Bog”, musical ONCE’s “Falling Slowly”, The Greatest Showman’s “A Million Dreams”, and others. For each tune she encouraged audience participation, encouraging them to either clap, snap, or sing along. She also shared personal stories from her life and backstories to the songs she’s written.
Agnew wrapped the concert with another of her songs “The Gatherin’” wishing the audience well in both English and Gaelic:
“Gather near, gather far, wherever you are. In the name of Caid me failte. Here’s to you and I and the times gone by, won’t be long till the next slán go fóill, so raise your glass and sing with me for the gatherin’ .”
Her song “Shortcut” was inspired by an older man in her hometown who, having heard of Chloe’s journey of going solo, said, “Well, there’s no shortcut to the place worth going to”; Agnew took those words and crafted them into an inspirational tune nestling the phrase into the chorus.
She also shared “Grace”, a bittersweet romantic song about the marriage of Easter Rising militarist Joseph Plunkett to Grace Gifford the night before his execution at the hands of a corrupt government.