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First broadcast in 1994, Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program showcasing the best live recordings from acclaimed music acts and entertainers who grace the Big Top Chautauqua stage each summer in beautiful Bayfield, WI. In the program's nearly 30 year history it has featured artists like Johnny Cash, B.B King, Brandi Carlile, Willie Nelson, Don McLean, and many more. Hosted by celebrated New York Times best-selling author Michael Perry-who weaves stories and humor throughout each episode - Tent Show Radio features performances from renowned national & regional artists, with regular appearances featuring Big Top’s own unique brand of shows that feature songs and stories performed by its acclaimed house band, The Blue Canvas Orchestra.


Tent Show Radio is independently produced by Big Top Chautauqua, a non-profit performing arts organization, with a mission to present performances and events that celebrate history and the environment - along with their annual summer concert series - nestled in the woods on the shores of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.

Nov 5, 2022

This week on Tent Show Radio, enjoy an electric episode from the archives featuring multi-national Celtic juggernaut Gaelic Storm.

Since forming in 1997, Gaelic Storm has risen from hometown pub performers to a world-famous touring and recording act that continues to grow stronger with each live performance. The band’s first major career breakthrough came with their appearance in the 1997 Blockbuster Film Titanic as the “steerage band” where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class.” Throughout their career, Gaelic Storm has racked up numerous Top 10 spots on the Billboard World Charts, released 13 studio albums including Bring Yer Wellies which reached #2 on the World charts, What’s The Rumpus which reached #1 on the World charts, and their most recent release 2017’s Go Climb A Tree, in addition to amassing more than 250 million streams across platforms.

This episode of Tent Show Radio features recordings from Gaelic Storm’s 2017 performance under the Big Top tent.