Catching up with Steve Twigger from Gaelic Storm


Gaelic Storm is an Irish folk rock band that has traveled across the country. They are playing on Friday at the Egyptian Theater.

By Chris Krapek

DeKALB | A storm will hit DeKalb tonight.

Gaelic Storm will perform at 8 p.m. at The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. Tickets range from $30-37.

The folk rock group has been playing across America for the last 15 years. In 1997, they appeared as a band in the now iconic film “Titanic.”

The Northern Star recently spoke to frontman and guitarist Steve Twigger as Gaelic Storm was traveling through Iowa.

Northern Star: You guys are on the road for 200 days a year. Can you describe what life on the road is like?

Steve Twigger: Yeah, we’re driving through the middle of Iowa right now, so that’s pretty exciting. I guess you get into a little bit of a routine. Four or five hours on the road, trying to get some work done, something creative done during the time. And then you know, a few hours of soundcheck and then of course the part that you’ve been looking forward to all day; the two hours of show. It’s nice to be in different towns, we’ve seen the whole United States literally from coast to coast. We’ve met some good people along the way. Of course, after 15 years, there’s not too many sights we haven’t seen.

NS: What are the advantages of having your own label versus being on a major label?

ST: Of course there’s a financial one. The label sucks up a lot of the revenue from the CD, and it goes straight back into the band to help us tour and create the next album. You know, complete freedom, of course. We have freedom to do things on our own time scale and under our own creative forces, there’s no pressure from anybody. Creative freedom is foremost, pretty much. We do what we want whenever we want to.

NS: For someone who is unfamiliar with Gaelic Storm’s music, how would you describe it?

ST: It’s always been difficult to label what we do. We’re taking traditional elements and creating contemporary music. We obviously have a world music influence with percussion sets. I would say it’s sort of folk rock. It’s great that there are bands like Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers hitting mainstream with this crossover folk music. I guess that’s where we’ve sat for a long time.

NS: What’s a Gaelic Storm show like?

ST: We bring a lot of energy with to the stage. People will be clapping and dancing and making fools of themselves.

NS: How does it feel to be a part of history by being in the movie “Titanic?” It’s the second biggest movie of all-time.

ST: It’s kind of cool. It pops in people’s conversations all the time. They’ll reference that movie to a particular time and place or use it in conversation, and it’s kind of cool to say “I was actually in that.” It is a part of history, as you say, and it’s pretty damn cool.