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Gaelic Storm’s Patrick Murphy joked, as he and band played a brief early set today at the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis. The Celtic band is in town for a proper show tonight at venue Mill City Nights, but was somehow coaxed into an early AM performance, along with Toronto reggae-pop band, Magic! and new UK songstress Jetta, for a St. Patrick’s Day radio promotion called “Keggs and Eggs” for local Modern Adult Contemporary Station Cities97.
Canadian four-piece Magic! opened with a brief set, featuring their single, “Rude”, from an upcoming debut album on Sony Music International. Singer Nasri Atweh is an established songwriter and producer (Pitbull, Chris Brown) and along with Mark Pelli, Alex Tanas and Ben Spivak brings plenty of rhythm to their songs, and is also featured on a track on Shakira’s upcoming album.
23 year-old Liverpool born, London-based Jetta then took to the stage for a brief 4-song set, including the radio single, “Feels Like Coming Home” from her debut EP, Start a Riot (Lava Music / Republic Records). After singing backup for Paloma Faith, the singer is ready to step out on her own, with a set of soulful songs that shows off her soaring range and guarantees we’ll be talking about her again soon, as bigger things are ahead.
An instrumental started the 30 minute set on the right foot, with fiddle, tin whistle, and bagpipes getting the green-garbed crowd in the proper spirit. “Raised on Black and Tans” had Guinness pints in the air as newest member, fiddle player Kiana Weber, put bow to violin with a focused passion.
“How come you guys ain’t got work?”, Murphy teased to the early drinking crowd, “…I want your job!”. “Drink the Night Away” followed, and though the day was early, many responded to the rallying call.
Murphy then took a shamrock-colored Vikings hat from a fan that had flown in from Las Vegas to see them, and launched into “Girls of Dublin Town”, about ship The Shenandoah that traveled between Mobile in Ireland and Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Returning the green cap, Murphy gave the woman a tambourine as well, to play along on their final song, remarking, “I hope you’re good…!”. The stomper, “Tell Me Ma” which the band describes as a children’s song, ended with the crowd arm-in-arm, dancing about and clapping along.
With Gaelic Storm playing tonight at Mill City Nights, and Celtic Woman across the river in St. Paul, it’s a very lucky night indeed, for local Irish music lovers.
Gaelic Storm at Fine Line, Minneapolis (17 March 2014)