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Gaelic Storm singer breaks both legs at The Kate, finishes show

When The Who's Keith Moon passed out during a 1973 show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, an amateur drummer emerged from the crowd to help the band finish their set. A few years ago, vocalist/guitarist Dave Grohl broke his leg in a Foo Fighters concert in Sweden — returned to the stage after an ER visit, limb in a cast, and the band continued.

A similar "show must go on" spirit was in place Thursday in Old Saybrook's Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center during the last song of a set by the popular Celtic roots band Gaelic Storm. Vocalist Patrick Murphy, according to a posting he wrote for the band's Facebook page, suffered multiple fractures to both legs after jumping from the venue balcony, landing, then tumbling down a set of unseen stairs. Murphy indeed finished the show.

Afterwards, Murphy was treated at New London's L+M hospital before rejoining the band, which headed to Brownfield, Maine, for a Friday show. On the Facebook page, Murphy posted, "Special thanks to the good folks at L&M Hospital in New London" for taking care of him during his six-hour ER stay.


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