Win Tickets ($50): Gaelic Storm @ Revolution Hall | Celtic, Celtic rock, Folk, Bluegrass

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Gaelic Storm @ Revolution Hall on October 6. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, October 2.



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From our sponsors:
Gaelic Storm
October 6, 2017
Doors: 7 PM. Show: 8 PM | $25 ADV/DOS | 21+
More info: revolutionhall.com

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR

After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.

From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock & rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music. Matching Sweaters helps explain the broad appeal. Rooted in the songwriting of founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, the album moves from drinking songs (“Another Stupid Drinking Song”) to energetic instrumentals (“The Narwhaling Cheesehead”) to rootsy pop/rockers (“Whiskeyed Up and Womaned Out”), gluing everything together with the spark and spirit of a band that’s spent close to 20 years on the road.

“We’re a touring band,” says percussionist Ryan Lacey, who joined the lineup in 2003. “That’s how this band works. Matching Sweaters is one of the most complete albums we’ve done so far, because it taps into every facet of our live show.”

Those 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. By the end of the decade, the musicians had appeared in the blockbuster film “Titanic” (where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class”) and laid the groundwork for a career that would eventually find them topping the Billboard World Chart five times, making appearances at mainstream music festivals such as Summerfest, Telluride and The Rock Boat Cruise, and regularly headlining the largest Irish Festivals across the country, all the while gaining a reputation as a genre-bending Irish band whose songs mix Celtic traditions with something new and unexpected. Now, with the band’s 20th anniversary on the horizon, they’re putting even more emphasis on those newer directions.

“We’ll push the envelope, then reel it back in, then push it again,” says Murphy. “There’s a lot of variety here, and that’s why we can play country festivals, bluegrass festivals and rock festivals, and still fit in perfectly with each one. We wanted Matching Sweaters to reflect that range, so people could buy the CD and hear everything we’re able to do in concert.”

When it came time to write Matching Sweaters’ 12 songs, Murphy and Twigger teamed up with longtime friend and co-writer Steve Wehmeyer. Together, the three found inspiration in everything from old Irish newspapers (“The Rustling Goat Gang,” whose details were gleaned from an article about a vanishing goat herd from Waterford) to bits of conversation overheard in local pubs (“Paddy’s Rubber Arm”).

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55 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Gaelic Storm @ Revolution Hall | Celtic, Celtic rock, Folk, Bluegrass

  1. Victor Enriquez September 15, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    What an amazing show this would be!

    • KRogers September 21, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

      Love Irish music!

    • Angela October 1, 2017 at 7:40 am #

      It’s been several years since I’ve had a chance to see these guys live. They always put on a great show. I’d love to see them again.

  2. Aleks September 15, 2017 at 7:03 pm #

    Sounds fun. I’d love this.

  3. Ben September 15, 2017 at 10:33 pm #

    I narrowly escaped a near-death fall a year ago, didn’t break anything due to throwing myself into a spin in midair to avoid an iron speartopped gate- and all I listen to these days is irish music. Top of the list? Gaelic Storm, hands down. I hope to dance at last to their jigs and reels. ;)

  4. Julie D September 16, 2017 at 8:00 am #

    I was an Irish dancer in my youth and would do a proper Irish Jig to win these Gaelic Storm tickets! Plus I love Revolution Hall. I would love to go to this.

  5. Heather September 16, 2017 at 8:36 am #

    I love a good bluegrass show. Reminds me of the Appalachias where I grew up.

  6. Troy September 16, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    Am a fan of traditional Irish since the 80s — De Danaan, Planxty, Allan, Paul Brady, Andy Irvine, Dubliners…Would also like to check out Revolution Hall.

  7. Bogdan September 17, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    Sounds like fun performance! Would love a chance to attend.

  8. Desiree September 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    This would be so much fun! Would love to go!

  9. Nancy Glassman September 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    My husband and I need a date night.

  10. Rebecca September 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

    My Scallywag self and my best friend Jonny Tarr would love to wear our matching sweaters to the show where we would celebrate one more day above the roses

  11. Kathleen September 17, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

    I’ve wanted to see these guys in concert for a while but I keep missing out! This would be perfect

  12. Brian Jim September 17, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    would love to see this group at this venue…..in Oct…..!

  13. Marguerite Wizeman September 17, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

    Cuz I was laid up for six months with a broken ankle and need to start getting out more. Would love to see this band at this venue.

  14. Jodie September 18, 2017 at 11:48 am #

    Would love a night out dancing to great music!

  15. Nick Yoder September 18, 2017 at 5:43 pm #

    My partner and I could really use a night out with some strumming and dancing! Please pick us!

  16. Taylor Jones September 19, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    I’d LOVE the opportunity to see a bluegrass gaelic band…??!? I don’t even know what that means but I am super excited to check out their music right now to find out!!

  17. Jennifer Reid September 19, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    Love my Irish roots and never been to Revolution Hall

  18. Cara September 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    !!!

  19. Lee Phillips September 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    Would LOVE To see them perform and also love the venue. PLEASE pick me

  20. Cody S September 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

    Always wanted to see Gaelic storm! Sounds magical

  21. Sandra September 19, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    I’d love to see this show!

  22. Chris September 19, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

    My wife loves celtic music

  23. Monica September 19, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

    The rustling goat gang? I can’t wait

  24. Lyns September 19, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

    I’ve been listening to Irish music since I was a wee lass. My ancestors lived there. I have Celtic music in my bones. Gaelic Storm: you’ll get thunderous applause from me.

  25. Dave G. September 19, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

    Irish I could win these!!

  26. jamey billig September 20, 2017 at 8:11 am #

    Ia! Ia!

  27. Matthew September 20, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    This sounds incredible! I want in.

  28. Tim September 20, 2017 at 8:01 pm #

    On how I’ve wanted to see these guys but have never been able to buy tickets.
    Free tickets please!!

  29. William J Stewart September 21, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    Party On!!

  30. Paula Seid September 21, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

    I love this type of music but have never seen this group live!

  31. Mikey B September 21, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    Just discovered their song Johnny Tar. Can’t wait to discover more!

  32. Emma September 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    This was my AmeriCorps NCCC team’s theme music as we mucked and gutted houses after the St Louis floods in 2015, poured foundations for habitat with humanity in the Rockies, built trails in the Ozarks, and worked with kids in their school gardens in the Southwest. Ready to rock out fo realz.

  33. Chris September 21, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Please pick me. My wife loves their stuff

  34. Kacy September 21, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

    This would be a really fun band to see at Revolution Hall!

  35. Darcella September 21, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

    I have never seen a Celtic performance and would love to go!

  36. Tim September 21, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    Fun night!!

  37. Robert September 21, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

    This would be the best night! I hope I win!

  38. Susan H September 21, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

    This sounds great! I’d love to go!

  39. DK Wians September 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    Would love to see this band!!!

  40. Barbara September 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    I raise a glass of black and tan to this wonderful band! Bless me with these tickets please.

  41. Glenn September 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    It’s going to be a stormy night at Rev Hall

  42. Alicia September 24, 2017 at 10:25 am #

    Just wait till you see my jig!

  43. Sandra September 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    I so want to see this show!

  44. Jason September 26, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    I’ve always loved Gaelic Storm. I’d love to see them live!

  45. DT September 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    Will be ceilli dancing in the aisles.

  46. Louisa Lynn Xavier September 27, 2017 at 12:16 am #

    I love this group! I would love to see them live. And the 6th is my birthday!!

  47. Dalania September 28, 2017 at 2:26 am #

    IRISH PARTY IN THIRD CLASS!! THE STORY OF MY LIFE! Us peasants have no time for tea an crumpets.

  48. Lee Ann Phillips September 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    My sister is in town and it is her favorite music. Would love love love to surprise her!!

  49. Rich Allen September 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    Lori’s Birthday is that week! Pleas please

  50. Michelle pelletier September 30, 2017 at 12:44 am #

    I would love to see them live! A Gaelic friend of mine used to listen to them while he was preparing for his Belt tests for Shaolin Kempo. My friend is no longer here on this earth but this music is dear to me.

  51. Pat cook September 30, 2017 at 1:36 am #

    Have an album from 15 years agio would love to see them in person.

  52. Katrina October 1, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    One of my best friends is from Cork, and turned me on to Irish folklore and music. I will be grateful to him FOR EVER. I love the music. I haven’t ever been seen a REAL Irish music fest or concert. And I have seen everyone from David Bowie, Greatful Dead, Black Flag, Violent Femmes etc. I would love to see this concert!

  53. Alex Creecy October 3, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

    My friend is dancing in this show! I’d love to see her finally doing her thing! Thanks!

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