Gaelic Storm first performed at the Opera House in 2007, and with the exception of pandemic-related cancellations, they have been beloved regulars at this historic venue. On Thursday, June 23, the Gaelic Storm will blow into the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor.
It’s hard to imagine a band just coming into their own after 20 years of success, but that’s exactly what makes Gaelic Storm a true anomaly. This multi-national, Celtic juggernaut grows stronger with each live performance, and after two decades and over 2,000 shows, it is a true force to be reckoned with. With their latest release, “Go Climb a Tree,” their music has never sounded more representative of themselves as musicians and as live performers.
The band attributes their continued success to their fanatic, well-diversified audience. The country-music fans adore their storytelling, the bluegrass seekers love the instrumentals, Celtic fans love their devotion to tradition, and the rockers simply relish the passion they play their instruments with. Each band member, in their own way, expresses a deep gratitude for their fans, but it’s best summed up in the words of Patrick Murphy: “The fans are the ones that have given us this life. We’re here for them.”
Gaelic Storm takes a true blue-collar, hard-nose approach to touring, consistently traveling the U.S., 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-man’s band,” says Ryan Lacey, who joined the lineup in 2003. “We still tour most of the year, and that’s how we constantly hone our craft.”
Their dedication to live shows dates to the mid-1990s, when Gaelic Storm kicked off its career as a pub band in Santa Monica, California. They were quickly discovered and their fan base grew. By the end of the decade, the musicians had appeared in the blockbuster film “Titanic” (where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class”).
Gaelic Storm is a storm you want to get caught in! Rockin’ Celtic with Irish storytelling, laughing and dancing along the way. Advance discounted $30 tickets are on sale available by visiting the box office at 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor or by calling 207-633-5159. The box office is open Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular tickets are available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and at the door. All seating is general admission. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the fun gets underway at 7:30.