News release from Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation:
Gaelic Storm to play Foellinger Theatre September 5th
(August 9, 2018) – The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department announced today that the band Gaelic Storm will perform at the Foellinger Theatre on Wednesday, September 5 at 8:00 p.m. Seating is general admission and tickets are $24 plus fees. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 10 and will be available at Foellingertheatre.org, at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department offices at 705 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN or on-line at: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4971830/gaelic-storm-fort-wayne-foellinger-theatre. Sponsored by: Fort Wayne CW and Whatzup.
Gaelic Storm is a Celtic band. Their musical output includes pieces from traditional Irish music, Scottish music, and original tunes in both the Celtic and Celtic rock genres. Their most recent album, Go Climb A Tree, was released on July 28, 2017.
Gaelic Storm’s origins can be traced back to 1996, when Patrick Murphy and Steve Wehmeyer joined with Steve Twigger and Uillean piper Brian Walsh to perform at O’Brien’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Santa Monica, California, of which Murphy was the manager. This led to a number of pub performances for the next year.
In 1997, the band appeared in the film Titanic as the steerage band. This appearance catapulted them into the touring scene; their performances were met with critical praise and popularity. They have toured throughout the United States and Canada, in the United Kingdom, France and Japan.
Gaelic Storm features founders Patrick Murphy, lead vocalist and Steve Twigger on acoustic guitar along with Ryan Lacey on drums and world percussion (a two-time graduate of the Los Angeles Music Academy, first for hands and then for sticks), Pete Purvis of Merrickville, Ontario, on uilleann pipes, tin whistle, deger pipes and highland pipes (a Grade 1 piper who toured with award-winning pipe bands including the Braemar Pipe Band and played at the 2000 Sydney Olympics), and Katie Grennan of Pittsburgh on fiddle.
Gaelic Storm takes a true blue-collar, hard-nose approach to touring, consistently traveling the US and internationally over 200 days a year, forging a unique path in the Celtic music world. “You have to see us live. We are the true working-mans’ band,” says Ryan Lacey, 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.”