Celtic/Americana from the Twin Cities

The Northerly Gales is a Twin Cities-based Celtic/Americana group.  From the soaring highland pipes and fiddle to the driving rhythm, the Gales are always ready to rock.  Whether you're looking to tap your feet, forget your troubles, or just share a pint over some great tunes, look no further than The Northerly Gales.

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4 years! 

With all of the excitement this week, we completely missed what day it was! Exactly 4 years (and 4 days...) ago, the four of us met together for the first time at the Dubliner's Shanty Sing. After some hearty singing, a first jam session, and a few pints, TNG was born! Though this photo isn't from that day, it is the earliest we could find... 

It's been four great years of performing, writing, recording, and general craic, shenanigans, and tomfoolery. We want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us these past four years! It's been a blast, and we're ready for many more! 


-Randy, Jimmy, Tamara, Danny

Baby Blue Arts! 

Back in January, we made the short trek out to Brooklyn Park to meet with the wonderful folks at Baby Blue Arts, a group of volunteers that dedicates their time to filming Minnesota musicians and performers.  We met them at their studio and played some of our songs and tunes while they worked their camera magic.  The result of this great experience can be seen on their website by following this link or clicking the image below: http://babybluearts.com/the-northerly-gales/.  While you're there, check out the many, many other performances by fantastic Minnesota musicians and performers!

Thank you, Baby Blue Arts!

Side note to fellow performers:  This was a wonderful experience for us and we'd be happy to help you get in touch with these great people.

"Together" Launch Party 

The album is here! Join us April 29th at 7pm at the Celtic Junction Arts Center to celebrate the launch of our debut album, "Together." This album is the culmination of a great deal of hard (but quite fun) work, and we want to celebrate with you! We're also happy to say that we will be joined on stage by both the Unwelcome Visitors and The Langer's Ball

Tickets are $5 at the door. Join us for the craic and pick up your copy of the album! For more information and updates, check out the FB event.

This show is also part of Irish Fair of Minnesota's Irish Arts Week. For more information about the many other events happening throughout the week, visit their website.

"Together" is the debut release from The Northerly Gales, featuring of mixture of original compositions and both modern and traditional Celtic and American covers and arrangements.  "Together" was largely funded by TNG's fans and supporters through a crowd-funding campaign, was produced by John Wright and TNG, and released through New Folk Records.  The album was recorded/engineered/mixed by John Wright at The Villa.


We are so excited to share the cover of our debut album, "Together!" Follow the link below to check out the first track! 


Album artwork by Carrie Finnigan!

The Campaign is Done 

We can't begin to express our gratitude to everyone who contributed to our crowd-funding campaign!  Without your financial support, without your help spreading the word, this album would still be nothing more than an idea.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As it stands, we've got just one more session of recording to go, and have started mixing the tracks.  It's starting to sound like a real album!  It still won't be completely ready for a few months, but perhaps we'll give you little taste before the official release...

It's Time for an Album! 

The time has come for the Northerly Gales to make their very first album!  We've been playing around the Twin Cities for over a year now, and we think it's high time we head into the studio to record some of our hottest tracks, tunes, and jams.  Why should the fun stop when the bar closes? 

So here's how it works.  In order to make this album, we need funds for: 

Studio time 
Album artwork 
Physical albums 

This adds up pretty quick, and frankly, we're not able to do it all on our own.  That's where you come in! You can contribute to our campaign by following this link: https://igg.me/at/thenortherlygales/x/14229881

But we wouldn't dream of asking so much of you without offering something in return!  By simply funding us and helping us reach our goal, you unlock a world of perks, gifts, and thank yous.  T-shirts, flasks, stickers, artwork, even a personal concert from the Gales!  All of these are available to you through just a few clicks of a button (okay, and a financial contribution as well).  Oh, and I guess the album, too. 

This album isn't going to happen without you!  Yes, you!  Whether you help fund our campaign or share it through the vast tangles of social media and the internet, we greatly appreciate your contribution!


It's a Website! 

We're proud to announce our new website!  Take a moment to peruse the various pages and become more familiar with the Gales.  Want to know about the band?  We've got that!  Want to see photos from a few of our past shows?  This is the place!  Need to know when you can get your next dose of Gale-tastic craic?  Look no further!