Chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band Gaelic Storm performed at the Pearson Lakes Art Center on Wednesday.
We all know that Celtic music has a lively beat and unique sound. We expected to enjoy that with an Irish pub mentality when Gaelic Storm took to the stage last Wednesday night.
The Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre at the Pearson Lakes Art Center quickly filled with Irish music lovers. We soon found ourselves laughing continually.
The quintet of excellent musicians brought with them joke after joke and silly song after silly song with which to entertain us.
It didn't take us long to find out that the stories being told by Irish-born Patrick Murphy would lead into songs. His favorite line at the end of a story was, "There must be a song in there somewhere." Then they would perform it for us.
The members of Gaelic Storm, in addition to Murphy are British born Steve Twigger, Californian Ryan Lacey, Canadian Pete Purvis and Kiana Weber from Michigan.
The party atmosphere never left the theatre. We sang along, laughed and chair-danced in our seats as they performed for us. When Murphy asked us to sing along, I wondered how he expected us to keep up. He sings really, really fast!
I love the mixture of instruments used to musically entertain us. Weber played the fiddle well. The percussionist played bongos and even sat on a wooden box to tap the beat during one number. Flute, piccolo, guitar, accordion and, of course, bagpipes rounded out the instrumentation.
All five sang very well and the songs were mostly hilarious. Such interesting song topics as "Girls' Night Out in Galway" about a bachelorette party lasting until 5 a.m. with a reference to Johnny Cash somehow showing up in the lyrics. The "Rustling Goat Gang of Waterford Town" was about some goats that didn't drown but were later stolen. "Pina Colada in a Pint Glass" is self-explanatory.
One love song had hauntingly beautiful lyrics: "The ground where on she stands," I loved. When the fiddle and bagpipes are used together, I sit back and thoroughly enjoy the song.
The audience got involved in a song featuring a donkey dancing contest. The six best donkey-dancers were brought on stage. They were from such places as Omaha and Milford, Nebraska, and Jackson, Minnesota.
We learned a little history when they sang the song about the ships that sailed from Dublin, Ireland to Mobile, Alabama and back. I also learned a new word. A dawk means a punch in our language.
The guitar solo performed by Twigger was awesome.
This was the first appearance at PLAC by Gaelic Storm during the summer months. Needless to say, they were thrilled with the Lakes Region and will probably refuse to return during the winter ever again!
It was a great evening of musical entertainment and I am glad they returned to perform for us!