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An Irish party at the Calumet Theatre

March 8, 2012
By ZACH KUKKONEN - Features Editor/DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - One of the most requested bands of the Calumet Theatre is returning Monday, as Irish party band Gaelic Storm will bring their raucous, high-energy show to the Copper Country.

Gaelic Storm, most known as the "Steerage Party Band" that Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet dance to in the film "Titanic," have been touring for 15 years with a unique blend of Celtic-fusion and world music.

"They are a real high-energy Irish band," Calumet Theatre Artistic/Technical Director Davey Holmbo said. "Their show is riddled with humor and traditional Irish music."

While "Titanic" is what may have brought the band its notoriety - and fans will be re-introduced to the band with the film's upcoming 3D release - co-founder Steve Twigger believes the band has gotten better since then.

"We've progressed musically a long way from those days," Twigger said via phone interview. "It'll definitely be a historic trip back."

Composed of Twigger, fellow co-founder Patrick Murphy, Ryan Lacey, Pete Purvis and Jessie Burns, the show features a mix of rowdy dance numbers and haunting Celtic ballads. The quintet features accordion, bagpipes, violin, fiddle and a unique percussion section.

"People are blown away at how energetic, lively and full of humor our shows are," Twigger said.

Gaelic Storm's music mixes traditional Irish music with a myriad of influences from all around the world, including modern American rock and pop. The band mixes a cover or two in with a bunch of original tunes off their numerous albums, including their newest, "Cabbage," released in August of 2010.

"We've got eight CDs out right now, so that's a lot of material," Twigger said. "People have many different favorites, so we try to rotate those favorites."

After viewing their past two shows at the Calumet Theatre, Holmbo believes people are in for a treat when seeing Gaelic Storm.

"They've been really exciting," he said. "The energy they have just (emanates) from the stage and their humor is so infectious."

For more information on the band, visit

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Calumet Theatre. Reserved seating is $25 to $30, with a discount for theatre members. Tickets are available by phone or by visiting the Calumet Theatre Box Office. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and two-and-a-half hours before showtime. For more information, call the Calumet Theatre box office at 337-2610 or check the web page at



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