- Gaelic Storm
The band's break came when it appeared in what the members call a "three-and-a-half-hour promotional video also starring Leo and Kate." You know it better as the film Titanic, with Gaelic Storm as the steerage band. Though their characters were sunk, GS saw its ship come in, via the wild popularity of that flick, resulting in the '98 release of their debut CD. Two more, Herding Cats ('99) and Tree ('01), solidified Gaelic Storm's reputation as one of the more high-energy Irish folk ensembles in the business (although they can still tackle a weeper like "Black Is the Colour"). Sing-alongs, jigs, and reels are their thing, and though a rock and roll attitude permeates, GS has far more in common with straight folk groups, such as the Chieftains and Solas, than it has with such fellow Los Angeles-based Celtic-rock fusion acts as Flogging Molly or the Fenians.