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   from the issue of March 11, 2004

Gaelic Storm to mark St. Patty’s Day at Lied

On March 17, the St. Patrick’s Day party starts at the Lied Center with Gaelic Storm, a high-energy band known for its rousing Irish music. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Gaelic Storm will give a St. Patrick’s Day performance at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
Gaelic Storm will give a St. Patrick’s Day performance at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

On St Patrick’s Day 1996, co-founders Patrick Murphy (vocals, accordion and harmonica) of Cork City, Ireland, and New Yorker Steve Wehmeyer (vocals, bodhran and didgeridoo) joined forces with Steve Twigger (vocals, guitar, and bouzouki) of Coventry, England, at a California pub. They wanted to create a sound that would remain true to traditional Celtic music while adding an original twist of energy - hence the name “Gaelic Storm.” The current line-up of the band includes Ellery Klein on fiddle, Ryan Lacey on percussion, and Tom Brown on the highland bagpipes.

Gaelic Storm has headlined some of the largest Celtic and folk music festivals in the world, attracting crowds at IrishFest in Milwaukee, Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany, Celtic Fest Chicago, and Ohio’s Dublin Irish Festival. The group has also sold out shows at Chicago’s House of Blues and at college campuses across the country and is often recognized for its appearance in James Cameron’s 1997 movie, Titanic.

Gaelic Storm has four successful albums to their credit. Their latest, Special Reserve, released in August, reached No. 2 on the Billboard World Music chart.

Grace McKinley, musician and host of “Celtic Heartland” on KZUM radio, will give a talk 30 minutes before this event in the Lied’s Steinhart Room.

Tickets for this performance are $35, $30 and $25; tickets are half-price for college students and those 18 and under with identification. Call the Lied box office at 472-4747 or (800) 432-3231 for tickets.

Irish dinner

The Friends of Lied invite the public to a dinner before the Gaelic Storm show. The festivities in the Johnny Carson Theater will start with a cash bar at 5:45 p.m. followed by a traditional Irish dinner at 6:15 p.m. Admission will be $13 per person, and reservations must be made in advance. Call Gail McNair at 472-4712 for more information or to make your reservation. Checks can be mailed to Linda Hemmingson at 1600 S. 105th St., Lincoln, 68520.



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