CELTIC WOMAN8 p.m., Alltel Arena, $40-$58.
Flipping channels recently, I paused on AETN to watch an ensemble of five young women sing traditional numbers and perform in what appeared to be a European cathedral, accompanied by a composer and beautiful stage scenery. I was either stoned (as a co-worker charges), or maybe the angelic voices hailing from five criminally attractive Irish women were enough to pierce the hard exterior of this weathered acid rocker. Although the foundation for Celtic Woman's
popularity outside of Ireland and Europe was previously set by artists Enya and Clannad, along with stage shows “Riverdance” and “Lord of the Dance,” credit Celtic Woman's American popularity to a 2005 PBS broadcast that resulted in their debut album skyrocketing to No. 1 on Billboard's World Music charts and holding that position for a record 81 weeks. Expect the heavens to part when these lasses deliver their world-class performance at Alltel Arena.