Gaelic Storm attributes their continued success to their fanatic, well -diversified audience. Country-music fans adore the band’s storytelling, bluegrass fans love the instrumentals, Celtic fans love their devotion to tradition, while rock fans simply relish the passion they play their instruments with. On Tuesday, June 25, Gaelic Storm blows into Boothbay Harbor to help celebrate Windjammers Festival with a concert at the historic Opera House and promises fans a great kick-off to the summer season.
Gaelic Storm takes a true blue-collar, hard-nose approach to touring, consistently traveling the US and internationally over 200 days a year, forging a unique path in the Celtic music world. “You have to see us live. We are the true working-mans’ band,” says Ryan Lacey, who joined the lineup in 2003. “We still, and most likely always will, tour most of the year, and that’s how we constantly hone our craft.”
The dedication to live shows date all the way back to the mid-1990’s, when Gaelic Storm kicked off its career as a pub band in Santa Monica, California. Due to their discovery at the pub, by the end of the decade, the musicians had appeared in the blockbuster film Titanic (where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class”). This laid the groundwork for a career that would eventually find them topping the Billboard World Chart 6 times, making appearances at mainstream music festivals, and regularly headlining the largest Irish Festivals across the country, all the while gaining a reputation as a genre-bending Irish rock band, whose songs mix Celtic traditions with something uniquely creative.
Advance tickets are $30, on sale at the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue, or by calling 207-633-5159. Regular tickets, $35, are available online at www.boothbayoperahouse.com and at the door. Doors for seating open at 7 pm, with the music beginning at 7:30 pm. The upstairs bar at the Opera House will open at 6:30 pm for ticket holders.