St. James’s Gate was formed in January of 1982. At the time, riding on the folk revival of the 60's and 70's, Irish traditional music was re-emerging in the United States. St. James's Gate was among the vanguard in San Antonio.
In 1986 the band won the prestigious All-Ireland Music Competition for Instrumental Group, the first American band to win this award. Cliff Moses and Tom McMasters were founding and regular members from the beginning. Long-time member, Mark Stone, joined the group in 1987. Erik Tullberg is the newest member of the group. Over the years, “The Gate” has produced 6 albums of their music. 2019 marks the return of "The Gate" after a lengthy hiatus - and everyone is happy to be playing together again.