About Celtic Collections


Celtic Collections is an Irish independent record label founded in 1996, and based in Dublin, Ireland. Celtic Collections specialises in Irish traditional and Celtic music, and has built up a large catalogue of prestigious albums by Irish artists. Celtic Collections’ evolution over time has seen it grow to nurture and promote Irish artists, particularly outside Ireland.

1996 - 2004

In its formative years the labels roster included acts as popular as:


Phil Coulter


The Chieftains

The Dubliners

In May 2004 David Kavanagh’s Liffey Records purchased the Celtic Collections label. Irish music businessman and former manager of Clannad, David Kavanagh had, in 1993, set up the successful record label, Celtic Heartbeat, with Paul McGuinness, then manager of U2. Celtic Heartbeat capitalised on the resurgence of interest in Irish music, notably in America. Its first major success was an album based on the music from the phenomenally successful theatrical show, Riverdance.

David Kavanagh’s marketing strategy included a thorough refurbishment of the way in which the label’s music – as well as the overall image of Irish music - was represented internationally. The label’s emphasis was on improving recording standards for an audience whose tastes were becoming more attuned & sophisticated.


One of the most successful of releases under the new owners of Celtic Collections was Celtic Woman, released in 2005, which was the self-titled debut album from the all-female vocal group, Celtic Woman. The album reached the top of the World Music charts within weeks, and remained there for a record 81 weeks. The album was certified Gold (sales of 500,000) in November 2005, and Platinum (sales of 1,000,000) in December 2006 by the RIAA.

David Kavanagh continued to build the Celtic Collections catalogue and promote Irish music sales around the world. Celtic Collections continued to work with numerous legendary acts including:


The Wolfe Tones

Ronnie Drew

Mick Hanly and many more.

By 2008, Celtic Collections had signed another very successful music act – The High Kings, an Irish folk/ballad group that has gone on to achieve huge success across Ireland, the UK, Europe and America.

Releases by The High Kings between 2006 and 2016 include:

The High Kings The High Kings (2008)

The High Kings Live in Dublin (DVD) (2008)

The High Kings Memory Lane (2010)

The High Kings Live in Ireland (CD/DVD) (2011)

The High Kings Four Friends Live (2014)

The High Kings Grace & Glory (2016)

Celtic Woman albums released between 2006 and 2016 include:

Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration, 2006

Celtic Woman: A New Journey, 2007

Celtic Woman: Songs From The Heart, 2010

Celtic Woman: Lullaby, 2011

Celtic Woman: Emerald – Musical Gems, 2014

Celtic Woman: Destiny, 2015  [This album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the World Music category]

Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels, 2016 

In 2016, Janine Nallen joined Celtic Collections as CEO. Future plans for the label include the reinvigoration of its rich back catalogue, to continue to work with recording artists, and to actively search for new voices, songwriters and musicians.

2016 also saw the launch of Celtic Collections’ new online store www.celticcollections.com, which is home to a large selection of Irish and Celtic music.

Celtic Collections began 2017 with the release of Sharon Shannon's Sacred Earth on St Patrick's Day, March 17th and is set for a number of other releases throughout the year. Watch our home page for further details and updates...

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