Internationally Acclaimed Gaelic Storm Performs at The State Theatre

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016

Internationally Acclaimed Gaelic Storm Performs at The State Theatre

Culpeper, VA, June 15, 2016 — The State Theatre of Culpeper (the Premier Venue of the Virginia Piedmont) will host Gaelic Storm in concert on Friday, June 25th at 8pm. The State Theatre is located at 305 S. Main Street, Culpeper VA 22701. Tickets are available by visiting The State Theatre box office Tuesday through Saturday, or online at www.culpepertheatre.org/event.

Gaelic Storm is a chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band – currently on national tour and celebrating its latest album release, “Matching Sweaters.” The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience. From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock & rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music.

“We’ll push the envelope, then reel it back in, then push it again,” says Murphy. “There’s a lot of variety here, and that’s why we can play country festivals, bluegrass festivals and rock festivals, and still fit in perfectly with each one. We wanted Matching Sweaters to reflect that range, so people could buy the CD and hear everything we’re able to do in concert.”

This is Gaelic Storm’s twelfth studio album, again delivering the foot-stomping, eclectic mix of tunes that have established the band as one of world music’s premier live acts. “Matching Sweaters” infuses traditional Celtic music with modern influences, updating the genre for a new generation of fans raised on rock, country, and folk.

“We’re a touring band,” says percussionist Ryan Lacey, who joined the lineup in 2003. “That’s how this band works. Matching Sweaters is one of the most complete albums we’ve done so far, because it taps into every facet of our live show.”

Those live shows date all the way back to the mid-1990s, when Gaelic Storm kicked off its career as a pub band in Santa Monica, California. By the end of the decade, the musicians had appeared in the blockbuster film “Titanic” (where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class”) and laid the groundwork for a career that would eventually find them topping the Billboard World Chart five times, making appearances at mainstream music festivals such as Summerfest, Telluride and The Rock Boat Cruise, and regularly headlining the largest Irish Festivals across the country, all the while gaining a reputation as a genre-bending Irish band whose songs mix Celtic traditions with something new and unexpected. Now, with the band’s 20th anniversary on the horizon, they’re putting even more emphasis on those newer directions.

“Playing for a new crowd is great,” says Twigger. “It takes you back to those early days, where you’ve got something to prove. We could just do Irish festivals, but why not play a crossover show where 90% of the audience doesn’t know you, and you have to make them know you? That’s what makes your band good.”

After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm is rooted in the songwriting of founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger. The most recent moves from drinking songs (“Another Stupid Drinking Song”) to energetic instrumentals (“The Narwhaling Cheesehead”) to rootsy pop/rockers (“Whiskeyed Up and Womaned Out”), gluing everything together with the spark and spirit of a band that’s spent close to 20 years on the road.

The Gaelic Storm concert event will take place on June 25th at 8pm inside The State Theatre’s 493-seat Halsey Auditorium. Tickets are on sale today at www.culpepertheatre.org/event.