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This week in music: check out the chart-topping Celtic rock group Gaelic Storm

This week in music: check out the chart-topping Celtic rock group Gaelic Storm

The 2019-20 Riverside Presents series begins this Thursday with a performance by the genre-bending Irish rock band Gaelic Storm.

The show, hosted by Riverside Concerts, begins at 7:30 p.m. inside the Mayo Civic Center’s Dr. Charles H. Mayo Presentation Hall.

In the two-plus decades since their appearance in the blockbuster film Titanic — in which they perform “Irish Party in Third Class” — Gaelic Storm has captivated crowds with original music and storytelling.

The group is now a frequent presence at major Irish music festivals. Just last month, they played to thousands as a headliner for the Milwaukee Irish Fest, the largest celebration of Celtic music in North America.

Gaelic Storm’s ability to meld traditional Celtic music with modern influences has been met with widespread acclaim. The group has released 13 albums, six of which have topped the Billboard World Chart.

With their latest release, Go Climb a Tree, Gaelic Storm mixes party drinking tunes with patriotic anthems and gentle folk songs.

In describing the album, Patrick Murphy, the band’s co-founder and lead singer, says: “With all the craziness and division in the world, we wanted to make an album about ‘contemplative escapism.’ Go Climb a Tree certainly isn’t about dropping out of the conversation, it’s just about taking a short hiatus to recharge the batteries before you take on the world again.”

Tickets to Gaelic Storm’s show in Rochester are $32 and can be purchased by visiting Riverside Concerts in City Hall (walk-in or by phone, no handling fees), the Mayo Civic Center Box Office (walk-in, no handling fees), or Ticketmaster (online). You can learn more about the show here.

The 2019-20 Riverside Presents series continues beyond Thursday’s concert with five more shows scheduled from October through March:

October 4: Duluth-based indie group Low

November 2: Multi-platinum Minneapolis rockers Soul Asylum

November 21: Latin Alternative group LADAMA

January 17: Beatles tribute band The Fab Four

March 7: Tuvan throat singers Alash


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Low, one of the Midwest's premier indie groups, to perform Friday in Rochester

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