Past and Present Members of Celtic Thunder

Clicking on a name will take you to a page with a list of songs they are tagged in.


Colm Keegan
Damian McGinty
Emmet Cahill
Michael O’Dwyer–Newest member; joined April 2016.
Neil Byrne
Ryan Kelly


Daniel Furlong–Left when the 2011 tour wrapped up.  Was only signed to the group as a featured guest.
Emmett O’Hanlon–Left in 2016.
George Donaldson–Tragically passed of a massive heart attack on March 12, 2014 at his home in Glasgow.  He was 46.
Keith Harkin–Left April 29, 2016 to pursue his solo career.
Paul Byrom–Left December 9, 2010.  He has said he will pitch in when needed and when he can as he pursues his solo career.


32 thoughts on “Past and Present Members of Celtic Thunder”

  1. Thank you sooo much for these lyrics! I can never find them (especially the Gaelic lyrics) anywhere so I truly appreciate you putting them up here!
    Oh, and there’s another new member who JUST joined: Daniel Furlong. 13 year old boy soprano who won the All Ireland Talent competition this year. In case you’re updating the page soon 🙂

  2. Celtic Thunder touches my very heartstrings ….. almost every evening before bedtime I listen to their various presentations on my computer, and I go to sleep hearing one or other of them running through my mind. Very beautiful in word and thought and sound. Thank you for enriching my eighty-two year old life.

  3. Bought tickets to see Celtic Thunder here in Australia1213 Not knowing that they have new members,disappointed I will not see two of my favourites

  4. Disappointed that I am not going to see two of my favorites in Celtic Thunder when I go to their concert on the Gold Coast in Australia

  5. As far as I’m concerned, Paul Byrom doesn’t need to ‘pitch in’ any time soon. He’s ‘way too full of himself and didn’t fit in with the rest of the group when he was appearing with them. It would be good to have Damian back, but not at the expense of losing one of the current group.

    I’m STILL hoping to get a mailing address for the CT Fan Club because I DO NOT want to go on Facebook. I don’t think CT realizes how much their fan base is limited by only doing Facebook. I love the group, but after writing a total of 5 personal letters and getting no responses, I am disappointed, to say the least, and I really want to know how to reach them via “Snail Mail”, NOT electronically.

    M. Friedrich

    1. I think Paul was OK when he didn’t do “Opera” but I love Colm Keegan’s sweet magic and Ryan Kelly’s power and pitch.. Great voice’s. Keith is great, too, when he does not do falsetto. They are best at doing songs of Ireland, not Jazzy modern songs, takes away their originality and makes them seem common. Damian is always special. Emmet’s good, too. Love the Irish culture and they sure help you feel it. MY Mom was Irish. So musical.

  6. I am from Canada and have listened to Celtic Thunder since 2007 absolutely love them all. I also miss Damion but not Paul so much. Felt his style was a little to classical. However, my favorite is Keith. Have tickets to see the group in Edmonton in March 2015 and very excited about that.

  7. The new member who started with the summer cruise doesn’t sound like a good fit with the other members from listening to his video on you tube. The group needs to bring Damien, and/or the other Emmet Cahil back.
    Our family’s going to see the group at the end of February. Hope to enjoy the evening. My 10 year old daughter who had open heart surgery wanted to see Celtic Thunder so we are going.

  8. Let me start off by saying I’ve been a CT fan since the first time I saw them on PBS in 2008! I love the musicality that’s evident in every live performance or recorded DVD and CD.

    The original member’s will always be myfavorites!
    The loss of George was felt deeply and CT.just isn’t the same without his voice and stage presence! I miss Damion, Paul and Neil as well! I don’t much care for their new members,I’m sorry to say. Although I still listen to CT, as a musician myself I just don’t care for the new sound, vocal blend. I hope CT will consider bringing back Paul and Neil! Their vocal talent and stage presence is so missed!

  9. I agree with Marlene, the new members Colm, Emmett are fantastic with Keith,Ryan and Neil. Keith is a natural entertainer along with Ryan, more quitar duels with Keith and Neil and more duo’s with Colm and Keith.

  10. I love Celtic Thunder and have been a fan since I first saw them perform on PBS in I believe 2011. Every single singer is fantastic and I think they are a truly gifted group of performers. I was very much saddened at the loss of George, his song “The Grande Affair” is a hauntingly beautiful song and the one I love best. I love Celtic Thunder in all its incarnations. Thank you for the gift of your beautiful songs, music and performances, all are truly magical.

    1. Mine, too. Gave rather large donation to our NC PBS Marathon and got the song by George. Someone took it and I had to buy another 2 discs to get it again. Love it and it should be with “the While Rose” on YouTube!

  11. Have loved Celtic Thunder since I discovered them in 2009. Took my family to see them in Los Angeles at the Orpheum theatre. The show was great. Looking forward to the next concert in southern California.

  12. I am a brand new fan. Last November (2014) I first heard their music. I was so impressed with them that I bought 7 CD’s and 9 DVD’s at once. I have wore out “Heartland” and “Heritage”. I just found out they are going to be in Portland! A friend and I bought tickets yesterday as soon as they went on sale and I was surprised to see how many sections are already filled up. We were able to secure 3rd row seats.

  13. I love them too!!! I’ve been a huge fan from the beginning. I have missed George so much since his sudden death in 2014! I do admit I perfered the original group of men. They are still a great group.

  14. Saw the guys in Kansas City this month. I missed Keith so so much, but I was really glad to see Emmett back with the group. His solos were highlights, and his voice and personality blended well with Ryan, Neil and Damian. I loved every moment of the show but had high hopes of hearing my favorite song, “Calendonia,” which they did not perform. I did not care to much for Keith’s replacement, Michael. His voice is fine but does not have the character of Keith’s.

  15. oh for heavens sake this group CT, with in and outs ups and downs are the best slamming thing to even happen to music and entertainment since the secret cord.

    1. what is not to like ,love and enjoy such a magnificent group of true talented young men-and not to forget the wonderful band. I have been enjoying them for years. I have 10 of their DVD’s and 4 of their CD’s. I am 89 years old and thank God for their MUSIC. Keep on keeping on. Several years ago I was asked to review the group and went to the top of the reviewers. God Bless all of you.

  16. I have been a fan of CT since the first PBS special. It is always hard when a performer you enjoy leaves the group. However, I think Sharon Browne has done an amazing job finding new CT members. I saw the “Very Best of..” tour in 2015 and the “Legacy” tour in 2016. Each show had a different combination of principal singers but both shows were amazing. While it was easy to wish Colm, Emmett, and Keith had been in both shows, I understand why they weren’t in the “Legacy” show. It was wonderful to see Emmet C. back and Michael is a phenomenal fit. CT can always be counted on for beautiful harmonies/

  17. Sad Keith left but love getting to see him in House Tours in small group settings. Mega talent and truly the best entertainer ever.

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