Gaelic Storm

Gaelic Storm is a Celtic band founded in Santa Monica, California in 1996. Their musical output includes pieces from traditional Irish music, Scottish music, and original tunes in both the Celtic and Celtic rock genres. The band had its first big break in 1997, appearing in the blockbuster film, Titanic and recording songs on the movie's soundtrack. Their most recent album, Go Climb A Tree, was released on July 28, 2017.


Gaelic Storm's origins can be traced back to 1996, when Patrick Murphy and Steve Wehmeyer joined with Steve Twigger, drummer Shep Lonsdale, and Uillean piper Brian Walsh to perform at O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Santa Monica, California, of which Murphy was the manager. Samantha Hunt joined them on fiddle. This led to a number of pub performances for the next year.

In 1997, Gaelic Storm appeared in the film Titanic as the steerage band, performing Blarney Pilgrim (Jig), John Ryan's Polka, Kesh Jig and Drowsy Maggie (Reel). The first two were published on the second soundtrack album as An Irish Party in Third Class. This appearance catapulted them into the touring scene; their performances were met with critical praise and popularity. On their second album Herding Cats, the tunes Blarney Pilgrim and Drowsy Maggie are featured as Titanic Set (Medley). They have toured throughout the United States and Canada, in the United Kingdom, France and Japan.

Gaelic Storm continues to tour aggressively, playing over 125 days a year. The group has released 13 albums since its inception, including the compilation album Special Reserve. The band is known for their energetic renditions of traditional Irish music and Scottish traditional music, and for their albums which consistently top the Billboard world music charts.

Gaelic Storm's fifth album, How Are We Getting Home?, was released in August 2004 and debuted at #3 on the Billboard World Music Charts, #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, and re-entered the September 2005 World Albums Chart at #3. The band's sixth album Bring Yer Wellies was released on July 25, 2006 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard World Chart, #16 on the Internet Sales Chart, and #31 on the Independent Album Chart. Gaelic Storm's next album, "What's the Rumpus?" was released on July 8, 2008 on the band's label, Lost Again Records. It reached #1 on the Billboard World Chart.

Over its history, the band has replaced its fiddle player a number of times, its drummer once, and added Highland, Uilleann, and Deger (electronic) bagpipes to its instrumentation.

In January 2006, the band released their first DVD titled "Gaelic Storm: Live In Chicago". The show was filmed live at the House of Blues in Chicago.

A Simlish version of the song, Scalliwag, from the album Bring Yer Wellies, was recorded and featured on the World music channel in the expansion pack, The Sims 2: Bon Voyage, for the popular PC Game, The Sims 2.

Gaelic Storm features Ryan Lacey on drums and world percussion (a two-time graduate of the Los Angeles Music Academy, first for hands and then for sticks), Pete Purvis of Merrickville, Ontario, on uilleann pipes, tin whistle, deger pipes and highland pipes (a Grade 1 piper who toured with award-winning pipe bands including the Braemar Pipe Band and played at 2000 Sydney Olympics), and Katie Grennan of Pittsburgh on fiddle.

Band members

  • Patrick Murphy (Accordion, Spoons, Bodhrán, Harmonica, Lead Vocals)
  • Steve Twigger (Guitar, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Lead Vocals)
  • Ryan Lacey (Djembe, Doumbek, Surdo, Cajón, Ukulele, Vocals, Various Percussion)
  • Peter Purvis (Highland Bagpipes, Uillean pipes, DegerPipes, Whistle)
  • Katie Grennan (Fiddle, Vocals)

    Former members:
  • Kiana Weber (Fiddle, Vocals, Mandolin)
  • Jessie Burns (Fiddle, Vocals)
  • Brian Walsh (Uillean pipes)
  • Samantha Hunt (Fiddle)
  • Kathleen Keane (Fiddle, whistle, Vocals)
  • Ellery Klein (Fiddle, Vocals)
  • Shep Lonsdale (Djembe, Doumbek, Surdo, and Various Other Percussion)
  • Steve Wehmeyer (Bodhrán, Didgeridoo, Vocals)
  • Tom Brown (Bagpipes, Tin Whistle, DegerPipes)
  • Bob Banerjee (Fiddle)
  • Teresa Gowan (Fiddle)

    Guest musicians by album:
  • Herding Cats
  • John Whelan (Button Accordion)
  • Eric Rigler (Uilleann pipes, Low "D" Whistle)
  • Marie Reilly (Fiddle)
  • Tree
  • Mike Porcaro (Bass)
  • Special Reserve
  • Deborah Clark Colón (Fiddle on Tracks 1, 3, & 8)
  • How Are We Getting Home?
  • Dave Pomeroy (Bass Guitars)
  • Nanci Griffith (special guest vocals on Track 5)
  • Bring Yer Wellies
  • Jeff May (Bass Guitar)
  • Rob Forkner (Bodhran)
  • Michael Ramos (Accordion)
  • Lauren Dilbert (Didgeridoo)
  • What's The Rumpus?
  • "Crazy" Arthur Brown (Vocals)
  • Jeff May (Bass Guitar)
  • Lloyd Maines (pedal steel, Mandolin, Banjo)
  • David Boyle (keyboards, Accordion)
  • Cabbage
  • Jeff May (Bass Guitar)
  • Kevin Smith (Bass Guitar)
  • David Boyle (Keyboards)
  • Michael Ramos (Accordion)


  • Gaelic Storm (July 28, 1998)
  • Herding Cats (September 20, 1999)
  • Tree (June 19, 2001)
  • Special Reserve (August 19, 2003) (compilation)
  • How Are We Getting Home? (August 3, 2004)
  • Bring Yer Wellies (July 25, 2006)
  • What's The Rumpus? (July 8, 2008)
  • Cabbage (August 3, 2010)
  • Chicken Boxer (July 31, 2012)
  • The Boathouse (August 20, 2013)
  • Full Irish (July 29, 2014) (compilation)
  • Matching Sweaters (July 24, 2015)
  • Go Climb a Tree (July 28, 2017)


  • Titanic (1997)
  • Gaelic Storm Live in Chicago (2006)


  • [ Rambles.NET interview with Patrick Murphy]
  • [ Rambles.NET interview with Steve Twigger]
  • [ Tap Milwaukee interview w/ Steve Twigger & Patrick Murphy]