'Hallelujah' by Celtic Thunder is probably the most powerful version of this legendary song

Apr 04, 2018
10:26 P.M.
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There are numerous versions of this timeless song.


According to, the Celtic Thunder’s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah has been one the most popular versions.

Celtic Thunder is an Irish singing group and is known around the world for their popular stage shows. The group is often accompanied by the incredibly talented Celtic Thunder Band.

Their rendition of the timeless classic, Hallelujah, has been viewed more than 1,070,000 times on YouTube.

The video features vocalists Neil Byrne, Ryan Kelly, and Keith Harkin in that order.

The group is known for its eclectic, theatrical-style shows, while their concert tours and live shows are known for the use of dramatic set pieces, often invoking symbols of ancient Celtic mythology, visual effects, and high choreographed staging.


The group was formed in 2007 and has released twelve albums and 10 live performances on DVD. Celtic Thunder was conceived by producer Sharon Browne and the group debuted in August 2007 at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland.

The Celtic Concert Orchestra is directed by Phil Coulter, the musical director of the group.


The group was named Top World Album Artist by Billboard magazine in December 2008, 2009, and 2011. Their first three albums were placed in the top 10 for World Albums.

The Celtic Thunder opened the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City in March 2009, after completing their US tour of fifty cities on December 17, 2008. They also toured the country extensively in fall 2009.

They toured Canada, while also playing some concerts in the northeastern US in the spring of 2009. Their popularity skyrocketed as they sold over 125,000 tickets in 49 shows during their 2008 fall tour.

Celtic Thunder released their first studio album and first concert special DVD on March 18, 2008. 

In November and December 2014, the group toured the Eastern United States with songs from Christmas Voices. The tour was the first with symphonies such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.