Audiences don't know what to make of Celtic group Gaelic Storm, says singer and guitarist Steve Twigger. The band -- which headlines the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival this weekend -- got its big break as the accordion- and bouzouki-playing combo that got Leonardo DiCaprio dancing a jig in Titanic. "People think we were manufactured for the movie," says Twigger. "They think we don't have credentials. It's frustrating. We would have faded long ago if we were manufactured."
Twigger also stresses that Gaelic Storm doesn't just play songs that go well with alcohol. "That's part of the beauty of it," he says. "But there's lots of breadth and depth to Celtic music." The globe-spanning quintet boasts one Irishman, a Californian, a Canadian, and a fiddle player from Cincinnati. That mix, he says, helps define the music on its new CD, Bring Yer Wellies, out Tuesday. "We all grew up with Celtic music, but we all have different stories. All kinds of perspectives come together."
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