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Performances at 4pm and 7.30pm
Lúnasa, composed of Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles), is one of the most influential bands in the history of Irish traditional music, celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2017.
Named after an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honour of the Irish god Lugh, the group that Folk Roots magazine once called an ‘Irish music dream team’ have sold over a quarter of a million records, performed more than 2,000 shows in high-profile concert venues across 36 countries, and collaborated with many notable artists outside the tradition.
In 2013 the band released Lúnasa with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, a bold collaboration with the in-house orchestra of Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ. Its release led to groundbreaking performances in Ireland, France, and the US that critics called ‘a successful blend of articulation and raw nerveend pulse’ (fRoots).
In recent years, Lúnasa has continued to tour, dazzling crowds all over the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe. In addition to major collaborations with the likes of legendary singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter (2015) and bluegrass superstar Tim O’Brien (2016).
‘…state-of-the-art Irish music as aggressively infectious as you’ll ever hear.’ Dirty Linen