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January 18, 2001


LA CROSSE, Wis.— Experience the infectious flavor of traditional Irish music, fun, and dance with Gaelic Storm, the steerage party band seen in the movie Titanic, on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

With their first album remaining on the charts for more than 30 weeks, Gaelic Storm’s second album, Herding Cats, released in fall 1999 received even more enthusiastic reviews. Celebtalk magazine said Gaelic Storm is "non-stop music and laughs…an energy so powerful you can’t do anything but join in the fun."

The group is comprised of Patrick Murphy, Cork City, Ireland; Steve Wehmeyer, Olean, N.Y.; Steve Twigger, Coventry, England; Shep Lonsdale, London; and Kathleen Keane, Chicago. Gaelic Storm has drawn record-braking crowds at Milwaukee’s famed IrishFest for two years running, Celtic-Fest Chicago, the Dublin Ohio Irish Festival, and the Pittsburgh Irish Festival as well as Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France (the largest Celtic festival in the world). The band has likewise played to capacity crowds at countless clubs and theatres across the country. Nominated as the "performers of the year" in 1999 and 2000 by the National Association of Campus Activities, Gaelic Storm has garnered a huge following among college students from Hawaii to New Hampshire. A mini documentary about the band airs regularly on Cinemax, and the band has appeared numerous times on national TV.

Gaelic Storm’s performance is part of the Viterbo NexStar Season and is sponsored by Centurytel.  It is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Tickets for Gaelic Storm are $21 and $15. To order tickets, please contact the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Box Office at 608-796-3100. 

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