Jan. 15, 2007

Celtic band comes to PAC

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Tickets will be on sale starting Tuesday for the upcoming performance of the Celtic band Gaelic Storm to be performing at the Performing Arts Center in February.

Gaelic Storm was co-founded by Patrick Murphy of Cork City, Ireland and Steve Wehmeyer of New York, before joining Steve Twigger of Coventry, England.

During an act at O’Brien’s pub in Santa Monica, Calif., the band was cast for the “party band” in the steerage scene in the blockbuster film “Titanic.”

Some of the instruments used in their unique Celtic sound are accordion, harmonica, bouzouki, bagpipes, fiddle, and tin whistle.

Gaelic Storm performs more than 125 dates a year including the hot spot House of Blues in Chicago, where it produced its first concert DVD, “Live in Chicago” which was first released this month.

The band has performed on The Rock Boat 2004, along with the popular rock bands Tonic, Sister Hazel, and Gavin Degraw. Gaelic Storm was invited back in 2006 and performed with popular acts like Better Than Ezra and Marc Broussard.

The band has headlined the largest US Irish Festival in Milwaukee, Wis. for four straight years, becoming the exception to the festival’s policy of not inviting artists to perform in consecutive years.

Gaelic Storm’s combination of Irish traditional melody, acoustic instrumentation, and unique blend of world rhythm can be seen and heard at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center, Sunday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

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