GAELIC STORM - We Missed You Tour
MAXXMUSIC, Neighborhood Theatre at Neighborhood Theatre
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MaxxMusic presentsGAELIC STORM
Irish / Folk / Celtic Rock
It’s hard to imagine a band just cominginto their own after 20 years of success, but that’s exactly what makes a trueanomaly. This multi-national, Celtic juggernaut grows stronger with each liveperformance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, itis a true force to be reckoned with. With their latest release, Go Climb aTree, their music has never sounded more representative of themselves asmusicians and as live performers.
The band attributes their continuedsuccess to their fanatic audience, and it’s a well-diversified crowd for sure.The country-music folks adore the storytelling, the bluegrass-heads love theinstrumentals, Celtic fans love their devotion to tradition, and the rockerssimply relish the passion they play their instruments with. Each band member,in their own way, expresses a deep gratitude for their fans, but it’s bestsummed up in the words of Patrick Murphy: “The fans are the ones that havegiven us this life. We’re here for them.”
On Go Climb a Tree, co-founders ofGaelic Storm, Steve Twigger and Patrick Murphy, along with longtime friend andco-writer Steve Wehmever, are again at the helm of song-writing duties. Thealbum has everything—party drinking songs (“The Beer Song”), patrioticanthems (“Green, White and Orange”), beautiful folk songs (“Monday MorningGirl”), spritely instrumentals “”The Night of Tomfoolery”), perfectly poppysongs (“Shine On”), and even a raucous pirate song (“Shanghai Kelly”). Whenspeaking of the overall concept of the album, Patrick Murphy gives someinsight: “With all the craziness and division in the world, we wanted to makean album about ‘contemplative escapism.’ Go Climb a Tree certainly isn’t aboutdropping out of the conversation, it’s just about taking a short hiatus torecharge the batteries before you take on the world again.”
Gaelic Storm takes a true blue-collar,hard-nose approach to touring, consistently traveling the US andinternationally over 200 days a year, forging a unique path in the Celtic musicworld. “You have to see us live. We are the true working-mans’ band,” says RyanLacey, who joined the lineup in 2003. “We still, and most likely always will,tour most of the year, and that’s how we constantly hone our craft.”
The dedication to live shows date allthe way back to the mid-1990s, when Gaelic Storm kicked off its career as a pubband in Santa Monica, California. Due to their discovery at the pub, by the endof the decade, the musicians had appeared in the blockbuster film Titanic(where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class”). This laid the groundworkfor a career that would eventually find them topping the Billboard World Chartsix times, making appearances at mainstream music festivals, and regularlyheadlining the largest Irish Festivals across the country, all the whilegaining a reputation as a genre-bending Irish rock band, whose songs mix Celtictraditions with something uniquely creative.
Looking to the future, Gaelic Storm is excited aboutwhat lies ahead. They’ve added a new fiddle player, Katie Grennen, and she hasaffectionately become the “purple squirrel” of the band, meaning she is theperfect new addition. Pete Purvis who joined the band in 2005 said, “With theaddition of Katie, the band has never sounded better, we’re gelling on a wholenew level, and the idea of sharing these new songs with our fans is exciting!”