Gaelic Storm returning to Janesville

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Gazette staff
Monday, March 31, 2014

JANESVILLE—They're back.

The Janesville Performing Arts Center announced today that Gaelic Storm will return for the city's second Irish Fest.

Last year, both Gaelic Storm shows sold out, and many people considered the concerts the highlight of the four-day festival. This year's shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct 4 and 5, according to a news release from the performing arts center.

Tickets go on sale today, and the cost is $34 plus JPAC handling fees.

The band's most recently released CD, “The Boathouse,” reached the number one spot in the Top World Albums categories in 2013 and 2014, according to allmusic.com.

Gaelic Storm's steady rise to fame started after they appeared in the film “Titanic” as the steerage band performing “An Irish Party in Third Class.”

Since then, they have toured the United State, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Japan.

In January, Irish Fest organizers announced that the festival will be held again this year from Oct. 2-5.

Festival co-organizer Dan Fredricks said the event would have "the same basic template.”

Along with the performances by Gaelic Storm, the 2013 event included a “Piper's Ball,” a film about the Irish in Janesville, Irish music and food at local restaurants and family activities.

Many nonprofits -- including the Alzheimer's Support Center, Rotary Gardens and Independent Disability Services -- held fundraising events tied into Irish Fest.

The weekend wrapped up with “Shamrock Around the Block” music event on the north end of Main Street and a family festival in Courthouse Park just a few blocks away.

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