Personnel: Michael Ramos (accordion).
Recording information: The Zone, Austin, TX.
Photographers: Bill Baker ; Kevin Gilbert; Jim Wright .
It's been 15 years since American-Celtic folk-pop outfit Gaelic Storm first appeared on the public radar as the rowdy steerage band in James Cameron's Titanic. Nine albums in, and the band's still hosting its own private dance party, successfully fusing Irish and Scottish traditional music, contemporary folk-pop, and worldbeat into a whirlwind of sound that's managed to land them the number one spot on the World Music Chart two consecutive times. The 16-track Chicken Boxer, the group's fifth independent release on their own Lost Again label, builds on the spirited foundation of its predecessors with another fine set of songs that effortlessly juggle the old and the new. ~ James Christopher Monger