Celtic Thunder to take Australian audiences by storm for their upcoming ‘Mythology’ tour.

The sudden and unexpected passing of principal singer George Donaldson last month has been tough for the tightly-knit Celtic Thunder.

“It’s been a really heartbreaking time,” says singer Neil Byrne. “George was like a brother. I have more photographs with George and the band than I do with family because that’s been my life for the last seven years.

“It’s been a huge blow and a huge shock to us but we have to carry on and just live with the loving memory of him.”

Despite the tragic loss, the group is excited to bring the Mythology tour, which is dedicated to Donaldson, to Australia.

“I’m really looking forward to the Australian tour,” says Byrne, adding that Mythology may be the best show Celtic Thunder have ever produced.

“We’ve grown into our roles so much and we’re so comfortable in what we do, more than ever.”

The reception from previous Australian audiences has always been uplifting and Byrne says he wishes the tour could last longer.

“I remember the first show we played in Sydney – we were all very nervous because we didn’t know if these people knew us, or if they liked our music,” he says. “I’ll always remember going out on stage and there were 5000 people in the arena and they were stamping their feet and chanting for us… we realised we were preaching to the converted.”

Celtic Thunder will perform at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Friday 23 May, to book call 13 28 49 or visit www.ticketek.com.au