Gaelic Storm Performs in Tampa

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Source: TBO.com

By KLINT LOWRY | The Suncoast News

NEW PORT RICHEY – The Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation’s 2010 Performing Arts Series starts off with a big weekend, featuring one of music’s most timeless genres one night and another that defined a decade the next.

In what has become something of a tradition, Gaelic Storm will lead off the season with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the school’s recently refurbished Performing Arts Center at the PHCC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road.

The quintet has appeared there each of the last three years, mesmerizing audiences with their repertoire that includes both Celtic rock and the traditional Irish and Scottish music that inspired it, with which they have entertained audiences around the world for over a decade.

Gaelic Storm formed in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1996, at a neighborhood Irish pub. A year later, the band gained notoriety portraying a steerage class band in the movie “Titanic”. Since then, they have toured extensively, spreading the popularity of Celtic music while expanding the genre with new arrangements of traditional melodies as well as original compositions that encompass both the energetic, upbeat humor and haunting ballads it is known for.

Three of Gaelic Storm’s albums have made the Top 10 on Billboard’s World Chart, with the 2008 release “What’s the Rumpus?” reaching the No. 1 slot in its second week.

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