World Stage Coordinator
On February 17, Gaelic Storm returns to the Union Theater, after giving a thrilling performance last year to a nearly sold out house of loyal fans. Hearing Gaelic Storm at the Union Theater last year was my first encounter with Irish music. At the time I didn't know anything about the band, or the cultural traditions and history behind the music, but I knew I liked it.
To me, Irish music was only something heard once a year, cornily humming out of the speakers at a parade or a bar on St. Patrick's Day, accompanied by all of the four leaf clover and green regalia associated with the day. Gaelic Storm, however, is much more than just a fiddle reeling off notes with a person dressed as the infamous leprechaun. Gaelic Storm is an experience that authentically represents both traditional Celtic music and Irish culture.
The band is traditional in the sense that the members play traditional instruments characteristic of the region, and they always incorporate old popular folk tunes which are undoubtedly recognizable to Irish people around the world. In addition to being rooted in the history and traditions of the culture, as seen in songs like, Tell Me Ma off their first album, their music at times has elements of fusion with rock or pop. Most of the songs they perform are original compositions that incorporate well known tunes. They offer a very high-energy performance, complete with driving beats and occasional dancing, all while staying very grounded and connected to their fans.
I'm excited to see them again and am especially looking forward to this performance because it is going to feature songs off of their newest album, Cabbage. I hope to see you there!