The winds will be blowing again this January at The Lyric Theatre when Gaelic Storm returns to the stage. With their blend of animated instrumentals, lyrical honesty, and raw Celtic spirit, the pop-folk band has attracted a throng of devoted fans after their appearance in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic. With a high-energy group like Gaelic Storm, there’s nothing like experiencing them live.
In 1996, Patrick Murphy, Steve Wehmeyer, Steve Twigger, and Brian Walsh got together at O’Brien’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Santa Monica, California, experimenting with a unique blend of Scottish, Irish, and pop music. With the overwhelming support of the local audience, the musicians decided to form a band and Gaelic Storm was born. After only a short time performing at a number of pubs in the area, the group received the attention of James Cameron, who asked them to play the role of the band in the ship steerage party scene. This big break launched Gaelic Storm into international focus and gained the group a considerable number of followers. Today, the Irish-bred band plays over 125 dates every year, performing nationally and internationally from the United Kingdom to Japan.
Still consisting of original members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, Gaelic storm has introduced percussionist Ryan Lacey, fiddler Jessie Burns, and multi-talented musician Pete Purvis, who excels on a variety of instruments, including the uilleann pipes, tin whistle, deger pipes, and highland pipes. Maintaining their signature Celtic flair, Gaelic Storm continues to produce unique, foot-stomping music for old and new fans alike to great acclaim. Their 2010 album, Cabbage, achieved quick success, debuting immediately at #1 on the Billboard world chart. Their latest album, entitled Chicken Boxer was released last year and proves that Gaelic Storm has no intention of changing their folk-inspired, raw Irish attitude.