Gaelic Storm

Through the course of nine albums, the core of Celtic-rock group Gaelic Storm—frontman Patrick Murphy and guitarist-vocalist Steve Twigger—have lived, written and recorded in the United States, far from the overseas environs of Patrick's native Ireland and Steve's birthplace of England. So when it came time to find inspiration for Gaelic Storm's new album, the group's chief songwriters decided a trip back across the pond was in order.

The result is the dazzling #1 Billboard World Album Chicken Boxer, a heavyweight record that comes out swinging with a mix of empowering anthems and traditional ballads, and the fifth to be released on the band's own label, Lost Again Records.

"Twigger and I returned to Ireland, driving around the entire coastline in search of Irish music," says Patrick. "Going back was great and we got some good stories and ideas for songs."

"That was a really important trip to us," agrees Steve, who produced the album with help from Patrick and drummer Ryan Lacey. Steve says the journey back to their musical home informs the new album. "The idea of home is all over Chicken Boxer. Whether home is where you were born or where you make your living, that theme runs throughout the album."

Rounded out by drummer Ryan, piper Pete Purvis and fiddle player Jessie Burns, Gaelic Storm has earned a reputation as one of the world-music scene's preeminent Celtic bands. With catalog sales of more than 1 million, the group has now had three albums debut at #1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart, 2008's What's the Rumpus?, 2010's Cabbage, which remained parked in the top slot for three consecutive weeks, and 2012's Chicken Boxer.

The group's ability to deftly incorporate a rock sensibility into their sound affords them rare crossover appeal. In recent years, they've performed on the same bill with acts ranging from Zac Brown Band and the Goo Goo Dolls to Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett, at events as varied as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee's Summerfest.

"This is our ninth album and every one seems to be better than the last," Patrick says. "I think this record will take us to another level. It's another step in the journey."

"If you see our show, we have fast singing-and-clapping songs. We have ballads. We have instrumentals. We tell stories. A variety of things can happen," says Steve. "And that all comes out on this album."

In other words, Chicken Boxer will knock you out.

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