Presented by The Stanley Theatre
Wednesday, June 6th at 7:30pm at The Stanley Theatre, Utica
In conjunction with The Great American Irish Festival
Utica, N.Y. (April 23)– The Stanley Theater presents a night of Celtic music with GAELIC STORM on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:30pm. This is the first time Gaelic Storm has performed at The Stanley Theater. Their concert tours have taken them across America and now, Central New York fans will get a chance to enjoy their live concert appearance at The Stanley in Utica.
It’s hard to imagine a band just coming into their own after 20 years of success, but that’s exactly what makes Gaelic Storm’s story so special. This multi-national, Celtic juggernaut grows stronger with each live performance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, it is a true force to be reckoned with. With their latest release, Go Climb a Tree, their music has never sounded more representative of themselves as musicians and as live performers.
The band attributes their continued success to their loyal following, and it’s a well-diversified crowd for sure. The country-music folks adore the storytelling, the bluegrass-heads love the instrumentals, Celtic fans love their devotion to tradition, and the rockers simply relish the passion they play their instruments with. Gaelic Storm takes a true blue-collar, hard-nose approach to touring, consistently traveling the US and internationally over 200 days a year, forging a unique path in the Celtic music world. “You have to see us live. We are the true ‘working-mans’ band,” says Ryan Lacey, who joined the lineup in 2003. “We still, and most likely always will, tour most of the year, and that’s how we constantly hone our craft.”
The dedication to live shows date all the way back to the mid-1990s, when Gaelic Storm kicked off its career as a pub band in Santa Monica, California. Due to their discovery at the pub, by the end of the decade, the musicians had appeared in the blockbuster film Titanic (where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class”). This laid the groundwork for a career that would eventually find them topping the Billboard World Chart six times, making appearances at mainstream music festivals, and regularly headlining the largest Irish Festivals across the country.
Looking to the future, Gaelic Storm is excited about what lies ahead. They’ve added a new fiddle player, Katie Grennen, and she has affectionately become the “purple squirrel” of the band, meaning she is the perfect new addition. Pete Purvis who joined the band in 2005 said, “With the addition of Katie, the band has never sounded better, we’re gelling on a whole new level, and the idea of sharing these new songs with our fans is exciting!”
Tickets go on sale to Stanley Theater members on Wednesday, April 25th and to the general public on Thursday, April 26th. Prices range from $20.00 – $30.00 – $40.00. Additional service charges may apply. To purchase tickets come down to the box office Monday through Friday from 10:00am – 4:00pm, give us a call at (315) 724-4000 or go to Ticketmaster.com.
This concert is being presented in conjunction with The Great American Irish Fest.
About The Stanley Theatre
For nearly a century, The Stanley has been bringing the community together with live concerts, Broadway shows, musicals, ballets, movies, graduations and recitals. Today The Stanley operates as a not-for-profit organization run by the Central New York Community Arts Council. Originally built as a movie theatre, The Stanley opened its doors in 1928 with 2,963 seats, a grand entry staircase that resembles the main staircase on the Titanic, a gold leaf interior and terra cotta and tiled mosaic exterior. Designed by renowned architect Thomas Lamb, whose remaining creations include The Stanley Theatre, Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady, N.Y., and The Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, N.Y.
Jerry Kraus I Executive Director I The Stanley I 315.624.2913 I jkraus@TheStanley.org