Gaelic Storm to return for 9th show at Egyptian Theatre

By Deanna Frances

A festive night of Irish music will return for the ninth year as Gaelic Storm comes to the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday.

The band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 135 N. Second St. Gaelic Storm has performed annually at the Egyptian Theatre since 2007, said Alex Nerad, Egyptian Theatre executive director. Nerad said the band has become well-known in the area.

“They’re the only show that we’ve had back every year,” said Nerad. “Every year they seem to bring in more people.”

Gaelic Storm’s concert will feature old classics, but also new music from their 2015 album, “Matching Sweaters,” according to a news release from the Egyptian Theatre.

The band was founded almost 20 years ago as a pub band in Santa Monica, Calif., and soon after became well-known for their appearance as the third class Irish band in the blockbuster film, “Titanic,” where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class.”

Since its 1997 film debut, the band has been touring all over the world and has still made time to perform in DeKalb each year. Nerad said even though the band is known for their traditional Irish sound, the upcoming show is much more than just old Celtic music.

“Gaelic Storm is defiantly a unique band,” Nerad said. “It’s more like a rock concert. They put on a show that keeps the audience on their feet for almost the whole show.”

The evening of Irish festivities will begin and end at O’Leary’s Ale House, 260 E. Lincoln Highway, where audience members are invited to a pre-show dinner and a post-show party where the band might make an appearance.

“This is our fifth year hosting the pre-show dinner and the post-[show] party after the performance,” said O’Leary’s owner Mel Whitmer. “We also cater the bars at the Egyptian Theatre. The band usually all comes out after the performance and signs autographs.”

Steve Twigger, Gaelic Storm founding member, said performing at the Egyptian Theatre for many years has been a good experience for the band.

“It’s fun,” Twigger said. “It’s a great theater… and we get a great crowd.”

Twigger said he hopes fans really enjoy this concert.

“We’ll be doing more songs from our new album,” Twigger said. “And we’ll be debuting songs that we’ve never done before. We have 12 albums, and we have so many favorite songs that people want to hear that we can’t even play them all.”

The performance would be a great show for new audience members that have never seen the band perform, Twigger said.

“I think that they’ll be surprised at how much fun it is,” Twigger said. “The music is varied from everything from Scottish Pipes to fiddle and rock, and everyone plays multiple instruments; some that [the audience has] never seen before.”