Steve Twigger is the co-founder of one of the most successful Celtic Rock bands. They have a real talent when it comes to mixing modern with traditional Celtic music. Steve and his band will be brining their unique sound to the Wilbur theatre this month.
SD: How did the band get started? And when it came to the kind of music you were going to play, did you have any inspirations?
ST: We all met in Santa Monica, while hanging out in a pub named “Obrien”. We were drinking buddies and realized that we all had the same taste in music, so we started a band.
SD: While typically an “Irish” band, you can hear influences from around the world. What influences you as a songwriter?
ST: Adding the African percussion was an accident. Anytime we add something new, we are very cautious. The sound has to fit and most importantly work in the song. Motown was a strong influence on me. We all grew up listening to it. Writing together as a band helps big time. Consuming a few whiskeys and telling stories helps with the flow of ideas.
SD: How does your fan base differ in UK versus here in the States?
ST: The band started in the US. We have really performed 99% of our tours here. Since we were not born here, it has been great seeing so much of America. I would have to say our US fans are awesome.
SD: “Full Irish” is your most recent album. How have you grown musically and professionally since releasing your first album back in 1998?
ST: It has been trial by fire. We were in the right place at the right time. Performing in the film “Titanic” really helped launched our career. We have worked very hard over the years and we are a better band for it.
SD: For someone who hasn’t been to a Gaelic Storm show or is new to your music, what can they expect?
ST: It is a very energetic show. We like to engage the audience by telling stories and explaining the songs. It is really one big party! Performing is a release for us. We may have spent 8 hours getting to the show and then a sound check, so by time we go on, we are excited. Our job is to take people away from their troubles for a while.
For more information on Steve Twigger and Gaelic Storm visit www.gaelicstorm.com and to purchase tickets to see them at the Wilbur theatre on Oct 9th visit www.ticketmaster.com.