Gaelic Storm to bring Celtic music to the Egyptian Theatre

By Deanna Frances

Some say “old” music is becoming a lost art. These music types include classical, folk and Celtic. Of course, for music sensation Gaelic Storm, Celtic music is a way of life.

Gaelic Storm, a Celtic-based music group that has been around since the 1990s, will be performing 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Egyptian Theater, 135 N. Second St.

The group, which was founded by Ireland native Patrick Murphy in the 1990s, is widely known for its music and its 1997 cameo as the Irish band in James Cameron’s award-winning film, “Titanic.”

The band has performed at the Egyptian Theater a handful of times, according to band member Steve Twigger.

“It’s becoming sort of an annual thing,” Twigger said in a phone interview. “We have a fantastic time.”

Twigger also mentioned that the band brings a very mixed crowd to the performance.

“We honestly get people to drive hours and hours to see us,” said Twigger. “It’s a mixed crowd. We’ve had farmers and students–it will be a mixture.”

As for the music selections, the band is planning to play a mixture of songs from all of their nine albums, including some of the fans’ favorite pieces.

When asked about the fact that Celtic music is often seen as a lost art, Twigger said Gaelic Storm has a more contemporary view of Celtic music and often finds other Celtic bands covering its music.

“We’ve been writing original songs for 15 years,” Twigger said. “We have songs influenced by music from 100 to 150 years old. If you don’t try to contemporize it, [Celtic folk music] tends to get lost. We play it to keep that spirit [of folk music] alive.”

To get inspiration for their original music, the band members have traveled to Ireland several times. Twigger returned to Ireland last year with Murphy to gain inspiration for the band’s new album “Chicken Boxer,” which was released in 2012.

“I couldn’t write this album without reconnecting with the people and culture,” Twigger said. “We’ve rubbed shoulders with every type of person out there.”

Tickets for the concert are still available at the Egyptian Theater’s website,