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By Charles Leslie
Special to The PREVIEW
The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College welcomes the rousing and fun-filled band Gaelic Storm on Saturday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
The dance floor will be open.
Gaelic Storm has, since its inception, broadened the musical horizons of the Celtic music genre by combining a unique blend of world rhythms with compelling originals and fresh arrangements steeped in Irish traditional melody and acoustic instrumentation.
Catapulted into the international spotlight with an appearance as the party band in the steerage scene from the film “Titanic,” Gaelic Storm recreates the rowdy feel of an Irish pub with raucous sing-alongs and driving bagpipe sets and fiddle tunes, steadily increasing the band’s popularity throughout the world. The group is touring in support of its July 2012 release of the No. 1 Billboard World Album “Chicken Boxer,” which showcases the songwriting and accomplished musicianship of a band that has made its mark bringing fans to their feet 200 days per year.
Through the course of nine albums, the core of Gaelic Storm — frontman Patrick Murphy and guitarist-vocalist Steve Twigger — have lived, written and recorded in the United States, far from the overseas environs of Murphy’s native Ireland and Twigger’s birthplace of England. So, when it came time to find inspiration for “Chicken Boxer,” the group’s chief songwriters took a trip back across the pond to re-immerse themselves in their roots. Ryan Lacey, Pete Purvis and Jessie Burns complete the band lineup.
According to the album’s promotional material, “With its signature acoustic production, Gaelic Storm blends indie-folk and world grooves with Celtic tradition to serve up a ringside seat for 15 rounds of pugilistic poultry pounding sound. In other words, ‘Chicken Boxer’ will knock you out.”
Gaelic Storm’s ability to deftly incorporate a rock sensibility into its sound affords the band rare crossover appeal. In recent years, Gaelic Storm has performed on the same bill with acts ranging from Zac Brown Band and the Goo Goo Dolls to Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett, and at events as varied as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee’s Summerfest.
The true foundation of the band is about “good times,” and the ongoing camaraderie among the members keeps Gaelic Storm going.
Noted Patrick Murphy in a press release, “We made a promise to each other that the day we stop having fun, we stop. If it becomes work or a hassle, just stop… We just keep looking forward to the next year because each year it gets better and better.”
View a variety of Gaelic Storm performance videos at www.youtube.com/user/gaelicstormvideos.
Tickets for Gaelic Storm — $24 and $34 — are available by calling 247-7657 and on the web at www.durangoconcerts.com. Purchase tickets to three or more Concert Hall productions in one sales transaction and receive 10 percent off each ticket. Discounts cannot be combined, and all sales are final.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 6:30.