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March 20, 2014

Gaelic Storm rocks Cleveland House of Blues

Crowd mesmerized in high-energy interactive Celtic rock show

By Hannah Corcoran

Fans of all ages packed into House of Blues Saturday March 8, to see Gaelic Storm who made a stop in Cleveland as part of their 2014 “Down the Hatch” tour. The Celtic rock band from Santa Monica, Calif. went on around 9:45 p.m. and played for about two hours. The Danny Burns Band opened for the group.

Members Patrick Murphy, Steve Twigger, Ryan Lacey, Pete Purvis and Kiana Weber combined the guitar, drums, violin, accordion, bagpipe and killer vocals to excite the crowd in a high-energy show, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

Many songs from the band’s newest album, “The Boathouse,” were performed, such as “Yarmouth Town,” “Mingulay Boat Song,” “Whiskey Johnny,” “Girls of Dublin Town,” and “Liverpool Judies.”

They also played songs from older albums such as, “Rag and Bone,” and “Scalliwag.”
The crowd went crazy when a group of Irish dancers and bagpipe players lined the stage. The audience was mesmerized by all of the action on stage.

The band transitioned songs and maintained the energy of the show by interacting with the audience. They threw inflatable beach balls to the crowd and chanted “USA!” and “Cleveland Rocks!” The band also won fans over by telling the crowd that Cleveland was better than Pittsburgh.

Gaelic Storm paid tribute to Queen by playing a “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” mash-up, which had the audience singing right along with them.

The night ended on a high note, in tune with the fast-paced energy of the whole show.