$18 in advance / $25 day of concertGaelic Storm
is back in full-force with their seventh and newest album, Cabbage
. The record held the #1 position on the Billboard World Music Album Chart for 3 consecutive weeks in 2010. Following the path of the band's 2008 release, What's The Rumpus?,
debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Chart, additionally peaking at #14 on the iTunes overall Album Chart and #11 on the Billboard Independent Album Chart.
As many hundreds of thousands of record buyers and live music lovers know, Gaelic Storm
is "a whirlwind ruckus" (Village Voice) that tours over two hundred days per year and play high-energy, foot-stomping, feel-good music. Cabbage
is further testament to the band's contagious energy, combining influences from rock, bluegrass, Jamaican, African and Middle Eastern music that may surprise those expecting purely traditional Celtic music. The quintet's new release once again showcases Gaelic Storm's
signature acoustic sound with a brand new batch of crafted story-songs and driving instrumentals.
After a start playing monthly gigs for friends at Santa Monica's O'Brien's Tavern in 1995, the band's popularity skyrocketed when it appeared in James Cameron's Titanic as the Celtic party band in the ship's steerage. Unlike so many other bands that were unable to sustain a career after receiving near-blinding initial exposure, Gaelic Storm
has amassed a large, loyal and ever-growing following. After three studio albums on Virgin/EMI early on, the band has since flourished in an extreme DIY fashion by not only launching their own label, Lost Again Records, but also by designing all their own album art, posters and advertisements, and spearheading all their own merchandising, book-keeping and marketing. Gaelic Storm
is a truly self-contained entity; an indie model for the new music industry that knows its identity and audience, and stays in close contact with its fans.
Once they hit stage, however, it's all about the music. According to band guitarist-singer Steve Twigger, "We are first and foremost a live band. We got together to play music. To enjoy ourselves and enjoy being out with the audience. As the world has gotten darker, people have come and found us as a means to escape."
The band takes a distinct pride in the fact that its music and performances are a celebration of Irish culture as well as a medium of connection for many of the 36 million Irish-Americans who have at least some Irish blood in them. "I brought a few friends over from Ireland for the Irish Festival in Milwaukee," band singer Patrick Murphy recalls with a chuckle, "and after three days of seeing people with elaborate Celtic knot tattoos and Irish flags on their shoulders, these guys were in shock about the amount Irish pride people displayed here in America."
Yet while Gaelic Storm
plays Celtic music that hearkens back to the traditional music of Ireland, they are hardly traditionalists, adding modern sounds and drawing influences from American rock and pop as well as music styles from around the world. This is a band with its feet firmly planted in the present, appearing on two EA Sports Games and their song "Kiss Me I'm Irish" has been used in a Hallmark greeting card since 2008. The band has made countless television and radio appearances, and there are official videos and heaps of fan-posted live YouTube clips (often with the crowd singing as loud as the band).
The quintet has seen a few members pass through its ranks over its 12 years together, but at the center of the band are Patrick Murphy (Cork, Ireland) and Steve Twigger (Coventry, England). As the main singer, accordion player and resident Irishman, Murphy is generally the recognizable face of the band and his knack for storytelling is the inspiration for many of the band's songs. Guitarist and vocalist Twigger is the primary songwriter in the band and produced Cabbage
, with co-production by percussionist Ryan Lacey (Pasadena, CA), who has been a member of the band since 2003. Pipes and whistle player Peter Purvis (Ottawa, Canada) joined Gaelic Storm
in 2004 and violinist Jessie Burns (Suffolk, England) came onboard in 2007. The band's line-up has remained unchanged for the past two album releases and the chemistry is apparent both in their studio recordings and their high-energy live performances.
Speaking with the band, there's talk about good times for both the band and its fans at the concerts and after, but the true foundation of what keeps Gaelic Storm
going is the ongoing comradeship amongst the group. "We made a promise to each other that the day we stop having fun, we stop," Murphy says. "If it becomes work or a hassle, just stop. And at the end of every year we look back and go, "Wow, that was a great year." We just keep looking forward to the next year because each year it gets better and better."
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