Their fourth album was released in February 2010. It came with a DVD of the band in concert at the the Toronto International Centre on 1st and 2nd October 2009.
The album and DVD were both titled, It’s Entertainment.
The band had another album, called Storm, in the pipeline and had even performed some of the songs from the Storm album at the Toronto concerts for the DVD. However, the album had to be postponed due to Sharon Browne becoming inundated with requests from fans for the band to play more Irish music and also for them to record some Christmas songs.
In the spirit of giving the fans what they wanted, the boys’ fifth album was full of Christmas songs and was simply called, Christmas. It was released in October 2010 and was followed a month later by a DVD, also called Christmas.
The DVD featured the band in concert at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Emmet Cahill replaces Paul Byrom
The boys had done a huge amount of work in the 18 months since they had sung for the Obamas. Paul Byrom decided the time was right to try other things. He wanted to pursue a solo career. He left in November 2010 and was replaced by Emmet Cahill.
It was a decision that worked out well for Byrom as his debut album, This is the Moment, reached no 1 in the Billboard World Music Charts and he completed a successful tour of North America.
Heritage and Storm
Celtic Thunder’s sixth album was called Heritage and contained a number of Irish songs including Whiskey in the Jar. It was released in September 2010 and came with a DVD of the band performing the songs at the same concert as the ‘Christmas’ DVD at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
The band’s seventh album, Storm, was released just three days later, although they had been waiting two years to release it. They had put it on ice while they recorded their Christmas and Heritage albums.
When it was released on 20th September 2010 it came with a DVD. The DVD was different to previous DVDs that the band had released because it contained a storyline as well as a concert. There are no spoken lines but each song tells its own part of the story.
What next for Celtic Thunder?
Damian McGinty became the second member to leave the band. He had won a role on hit US TV show, Glee and was unable to dedicate himself to both jobs. He made his announcement on the Glee Project’s Live Viewing Party and left in August 2011.
In 2012 they released their eighth album, Voyage. It came with a DVD of the band in concert at the Midland Theater, Kansas City. Following the release of the album, the band toured Australia for the first time and planned to finish the year with a tour of the States.