Celtic Surge

The times, they are a-changin' for Irish music enthusiasts — and their feet too. When the Pogues emerged from the early-'80s post-punk landscape, most of their fans wore Doc Martens. Some two decades later, though, California's Gaelic Storm dropped its latest album, 2006's Bring Yer Wellies, offering a spirited mix of Celtic folk and world music as well as a new mandate on footwear (wellies being the rubber boots farmers wear to keep their tootsies dry). The album's full of fiddle-laced jigs, string-heavy ballads, and various tales of life in the Emerald Isle, such as "Never Drink 'Em Dry (Johnny Tarr's Funeral)," a feisty narrative about a dead boozer. And though it's been ten years, the band's still proud of its biggest commercial accomplishment — a cameo performance in the film Titanic. Now there's a boatload of people who could have used some wellies.

Gaelic Storm performs Saturday, January 20, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Call 954-564-1047, or visit

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Jason Budjinski