Gaelic Storm will perform at the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College on Feb. 26.
Gaelic Storm will perform at the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College on Feb. 26.

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Gaelic Storm thunders into Mendel Center Feb. 26

Published 8:49am Tuesday, February 2, 2010

BENTON HARBOR – Gaelic Storm stormed the silver screen in the 1997 blockbuster movie, Titanic.

The one-time-pub-band, and current premier touring act in the Celtic music world, will be at Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

After more than a decade since Gaelic Storm’s career lifted off with their appearance in Titanic, the band’s fan base has continued to multiply with each new album.

Gaelic Storm’s compelling original and fresh arrangements steeped in Celtic traditional melody, combined with their unique blend of world rhythms, continue to broaden the musical horizons of the Celtic music.

Gaelic Storm has sold out hundreds of theaters and performing arts centers and has played to audiences totaling in the millions.

Highlights from their phenomenal career include seven Billboard chart- topping albums, a DVD, a full-length concert film featured on HD.net in 2007-2008, song placement on two EA Sports Games, a 2008 Hallmark greeting card featuring their song “Kiss Me I’m Irish” and countless television and radio appearances.

The band released their seventh album, What’s the Rumpus?, in July 2008.

It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard World Album Chart, and No. 1 on the iTunes World Album Chart.

What’s the Rumpus? is a wild party of an album, full of colorful characters and outrageous stories, flavored with Gaelic Storm’s signature acoustic sound.

From the upbeat opening title track to the final cut, “The Night I Punched Russell Crowe” (a true story involving singer Patrick Murphy), the music captures the contagious energy of the band’s carefree attitude and infectious live performances. With instruments ranging from African drums, Irish bagpipes and Celtic fiddle to trombones and Cajun-style accordions, What’s the Rumpus? is a three-ring circus of acrobatic songs, swirling tunes and galloping rhythms.

Tickets for the Gaelic Storm concert at the 1,517-seat LMC Mendel Center Mainstage are available by calling (269) 927-1221 or visiting lmcmainstage.org.

Students (kindergarten through college) and senior adults (60 and over) receive a 10-percent discount off single ticket prices.

Special group rates are available to parties of 20 or more. These groups receive 15 percent savings on ticket prices.

For further information about group rates and special arrangements, call the group coordinator at (269) 927-8109 or e-mail questions to groups@lakemichigancollege.edu.

The Mendel Center is located one mile east of I-94 on Napier Avenue (Exit 30) in Benton Township.

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