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Celtic Spring
Celticspring
Information
Sex Mixed
Act Violin/Irish Dance Group
Seasons 1
Position Reached Top 5

Celtic Spring was a Violin/Irish Dance group act from Season 1 of America's Got Talent. It finished in the Top 5.

Background

Celtic Spring consists of six siblings who play the fiddle and step-dance, backed by their mom on the keyboard and their dad on percussion. Celtic Spring's 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; they hardly remember when they did not play the fiddle and dance! The siblings are also classically trained violinists. 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 Liz Carroll.

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. The tight choreography, powerful footwork, intricacy and precision of the dancing astound audiences. Just when the audience might think that they have seen it all, Celtic Spring erupts into the exceptional feat of dancing and fiddling at the same time.

Celtic Spring's amazing performances have taken the band around the United States, Canada, and Europe. They have performed at theaters nation wide, 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, in Hollywood. Celtic Spring has been featured on The Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, WB's Steve Harvey Show, the TomJoyner Show, P.B.S., E.W.T.N, and Japan's Nippon Television. [1]

Audition

Celtic Spring's audition in Episode 101 was never televised. It is unknown whether or not it was buzzed, but at least two judges voted "Yes," sending the group to the Semifinals.

Semifinals

Celtic Spring's Week 4 Semifinals performance in Episode 110 consisted of performing "Farewell to Erin" on the violin while Irish dancing. Piers Morgan recommended that the group drop the parents and youngest brother from the group, but they refused. Although Piers gave the group an "X" vote, Brandy Norwood and David Hasselhoff both gave the group "✓" votes. Celtic Spring finished in first place in America's Vote, sending it to the Finals in Episode 111 instead of second-place vote-getter David & Dania - Quick Change.

Finals

Before its performance, Celtic Spring was guided by celebrity coach Tara Barry. Celtic Spring's Finals performance in Episode 114 consisted of performing "Amazing Grace" and an Irish song on the violin and clogging. Although Piers Morgan gave the group an "X" vote, Brandy Norwood and David Hasselhoff both gave Celtic Spring "✓" votes.

Finale

At the finale, Celtic Spring was eliminated from the competition in Episode 115 after it was revealed that the group finished the competition in either 4th or 5th Place along with Taylor Ware.

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