Celtic Woman comes to Tucson Sunday with a holiday program that incorporates songs from its Christmas releases, but will make it back to Ireland just in time for the holiday.


The women of Celtic Woman will be cutting it close this year in living up to the title of their latest album, "Home for Christmas."

The vocalists, due on stage at Centennial Hall this Sunday, arrive back in Ireland from their tour through the States at 6 a.m. on Christmas Eve.

The tight turnaround for the holidays barely gives singer Lisa Lambe any time to prep for family festivities, taking place this year at her mom's house in Dublin.

"There is going to have to be some Christmas shopping done in America," Lambe said with a laugh in a phone interview Monday.

Perhaps it's because it is only her second year with Celtic Woman, but Lambe doesn't seem to mind the constant travel away from home, even if it means being gone during the holidays.

Lambe grew up in the theater and she absolutely loves touring, especially when there are others to enjoy it with.

"It is a testament to the Celtic Woman network," Lambe said. "The crew is your family on the road. They look after and take good care of you."

Besides, she said, "when you do a job you love, it doesn't feel as exhausting as it looks on paper."

Celtic Woman comes to Tucson with a holiday program that incorporates songs from its Christmas releases, as well as a few non-holiday tracks, stripped down and set to live classical accompaniment.

Lambe's love for Christmas music goes far beyond her time with Celtic Woman.

It was a very big part of the holidays in her home growing up.

She associates yuletide music with some of her favorite Christmas memories, like when her brother used to visit from Boston.

"It would be so exciting when he would come home," she said. "It really is a time that is all about family and being with the ones you love."

Lambe said she could keep touring, but doesn't mind the break Celtic Woman is getting before it embarks on a monster tour through the United States in February.

"Christmas is about family, but it is also about spending time at home in your pajamas," she said. "It is as simple as that."

If you go

• What: Celtic Woman - A Christmas Celebration.

• When: 7 p.m. Sunday.

• Where: Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.

• Tickets: $40-$115 through the Centennial Hall box office, 621-3341.

• Info: uapresents.org