Gaelic Storm Storms Into the Stanley!

June 1, 2018

Here’s your chance to meet the stars of the epic movie “Titanic.”

OK, so it’s not Leo and Kate. Not even former “Rat Patrol” villain Eric Braeden.

You remember the “Irish Party in Third Class,” the scene in the steerage section that you watched and thought, “Man, that band looks like fun. I wish I was there”?

Well, that band is fun. And now you can see them live.

The band, “Gaelic Storm,” is much more than a background band in a movie. They are arguably the No. 1 band on the Irish festival circuit. They have recorded eight albums that consistently have topped the Billboard world music charts. And they’re coming to Utica.

On June 6, Gaelic Storm hits the Stanley Center for the Arts stage for a 7:30 p.m. show that you’re not going to want to miss.

The Stanley has become a home for Irish music and with the Gaelic Storm appearance, looks to be taking that to the next level.

“This area loves Irish music and we’ve had some great Celtic shows here recently,” noted Stanley Executive Director Jerry Kraus. “The opportunity to bring in Gaelic Storm was one we couldn’t pass up and we’re looking forward to a great night here.”

Take it from someone who’s attended hundreds of Irish music performances, you have never seen a band like Gaelic Storm. Their humor, high-energy, audience interplay and technical proficiency set them apart from every other act on the Celtic circuit, and the meteoric rise brought about by their appearance in one of the most watched movies in history hasn’t altered any of that.

“The overall music-making concept of the band has never changed, it has always been to serve the song with no ego,” explains drummer/percussionist Ryan Lacey. “It’s our privilege to get to entertain for a few hours. We certainly never take that lightly.”

Gaelic Storm features co-founders Patrick Murphy (accordion, spoons, bodhrán, harmonica, vocals) and Steve Twigger (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, lead vocals), together with Lacey, Grade 1 piper Pete Purvis on pipes and whistles, and Katie Grennan on fiddle.

Get your tickets now, because they’ll go fast. But be warned, you will find yourself dancing as if you were Jack and Rose in the steerage deck.

“We consider the audience as the 6th member of the band, so our goal every night is to make them feel as if they are one of us,” says Lacey. “We want to pump them up, make them laugh, all the while playing our hearts out for them.”  “The fans are the ones that have given us this life,” agrees Murphy. “We’re here for them.”

Tickets range from $20 to $40 and can be purchased at the Stanley Box Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by calling 315-724-4000. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster.com. This event is co-sponsored by the Great American Irish Festival.

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