GAELIC STORM – AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2008
The Gaelic Storm are making their debut tour to Australia and will be playing on the same night as the Ireland VS Australia game. So when not watch both at the one place, 2 massive events under the one roof!!
In 1997, Gaelic Storm was catapulted out of their formative pub haunts by an infamous appearance in James Cameron’s blockbuster film Titanic. Cast as the "party band" in the steerage scene, they landed the part while still drinking pints and playing weekly at O'Brien's Pub in Santa Monica, California. In a career now spanning over a decade Gaelic Storm have added a mini-documentary on Cinemax, six Billboard Chart topping albums, and a DVD to their CV.
The band has played to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States, playing over 125 dates a year. They have also played alongside of Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Patty Griffin and John Hiatt, to name but a few. Gaelic Storm regularly headline some of the largest Celtic and Folk festivals in the world including Milwaukee Irish Festival, Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany, the Pittsburgh Irish Festival, and the Dublin Irish Festival and now they are heading down under for the first time, kicking off their tour at The National Celtic Festival in Portarlington, Victoria in June with a further date in Victoria, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory.
Gaelic Storm routinely breaks attendance and merchandise sales records, pushing their popularity beyond the World music genre and into the mainstream music consciousness. They continue to broaden the horizons of Celtic music by creating compelling originals and fresh arrangements steeped in Irish traditional melody and acoustic instrumentation, combined with their unique blend of world rhythms. ‘What’s The Rumpus?’, their seventh album will be released throughout Australia in August 2008, following on from ‘Bring Yer Wellies’ which debuted at #2 on the Billboard World Chart in 2006.
The new album captures the contagious energy of Gaelic Storm’s renowned live performances, channeling the rowdy communal feel of an Irish pub on raucous sing-alongs, driving pipe sets and spirited fiddle tunes.
Gaelic Storm formed on St. Patrick's Day, 1996 when co-founders Patrick Murphy of Cork City, Ireland (vocals, piano, accordion, spoons, harmonica) and New Yorker Steve Wehmeyer (bodhran, vocals, didgeridoo) officially joined forces with Steve Twigger of Coventry, England (vocals, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki). Their first performance was such a hit that the crowd refused to let them off the stage for the next act.
Steve Wehmeyer no longer tours or records with Gaelic Storm but he continues to co-write with the band, carrying on their endearing chemistry with each new record. Gaelic Storm also includes: Ryan Lacey on drums and world percussion, Pete Purvis of Ontario on uilleann pipes, tin whistle, deger pipes and highland pipes (a Grade 1 piper who toured with the Braemar Pipe Band and played at 2000 Sydney Olympics) and the newest member of the band Jessie Burns on fiddle (originally from Suffolk, England, now living in Colorado).
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