Gaelic Storm to play Egyptian Theatre


Courtesy of Gaelic Storm

By Katie Finlon

Irish eyes are smiling on DeKalb.

Gaelic Storm will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Gaelic Storm is an Irish band that performs spin-offs of Celtic classics and their own original songs with a modern twist of American pop and rock.

Alex Nerad, executive director at the Egyptian Theatre, said that many assume that the group plays solely traditional Irish folk music.

“I think a lot of people assume it’s some sort of traditional Irish music,” Nerad said. “We’ve had tons of people that come to the show and they’re like, ‘Oh my goodness, I wish I would’ve come to this years ago. This was an awesome show.’ They just put on a very lively, entertaining show.”

The band has released seven albums, all of which charted on Billboard World Music charts. Their newest album, Cabbage, had a No. 1 hit on Billboard and iTunes World Album charts.

“They’ve been here a couple of times over the past few years and sell tons of tickets every single time,” Nerad said.

Gaelic Storm started to make a name for themselves after their appearance as a steerage band in the movie Titanic, where they played the tune “An Irish Part in Third Class,” according to the band’s website. More than ten years later, they are performing around 200 days a year around the world.

However, they have special ties to DeKalb, Nerad said.

“The band themselves absolutely love performing here,” he said. “One of the band members actually met his current wife here in DeKalb at a concert back in the ‘90s at Eduardo’s, so DeKalb has kind of a sentimental meaning to the band as well.”

Nerad said, with the band touring as much as they do, that the theater is fortunate to get them somewhat close to St. Patrick’s Day.

“It’s just a really fantastic show to go see live, something that almost everybody would enjoy,” Nerad said. “They have a very wide appeal.”

Tickets are on sale at the box office and online.