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BACK OFF THE ROAD AGAIN :)

Wow! That has to just about the most action-packed and exciting 2 weeks in the life of Lúnasa … UK, France and Canada – Cambridge Folk Festival; Festival Interceltique de Lorient; and, Edmonton Folk Music Festival. It certainly made us realise how fortunate we are to do what we do and have the wonderful supporters we have. Next up is our UK tour. Full details here. We hope to see you soon.

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About

Lúnasa is 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).

Lúnasa have sold more than quarter of a million albums in the course of the band’s career and boast an impressive back catalogue of 7 highly acclaimed and award-winning studio albums.

The band is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. They are renowned for their stunning shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring cycle. They have performed over 1,500 shows across 36 countries since the band formed in 1997. The band has appeared at internationally renowned venues such as The Hollywood Bowl, National Concert Hall (Dublin), Sydney Opera House and Moscow International House of Music. They have been invited to appear at the White House.

Their inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music.

Of the band, legendary Irish fiddler Kevin Burke says, “Maintaining the unique, intimate qualities of a musical tradition while at the same time meeting and fulfilling the demands of the contemporary music world is a difficult juxtaposition to achieve, yet Lúnasa have managed to accomplish exactly that.”

With the release of LÚNASA WITH THE RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA in 2013, the band continued to explore new directions in the world of Irish traditional music. “Thankfully, the huge melting pot of music that exists within the Irish tradition allows us to seek out exciting and unexplored melodies that work for a band like ourselves,” says Kevin Crawford. “This combined with the newer self composed pieces and strong belief in what we do help to keep both the band and the tradition very much alive and kicking.” Referencing the new CD in particular, Seán Smyth adds: “As for the future, there are many, many musical journeys left open to us. For now, we’re going to savor the orchestral theme and look forward to recreating these wonderful arrangements in theatres and with audiences around the world.”

The individual members are in increasing demand across the globe for touring and recording work – Trevor went out on a European tour with his old band mates, The Waterboys; Cillian collaborated with The Boss, Bruce Springsteen on his 2014 release ‘High Hopes’ – the album went straight in at #1 on the album charts across the world; Kevin toured with Martin Hayes and John Doyle as The Teetotalers; while Ed has toured with Flook and Cara Dillon; while Sean transforms back to being Dr Smyth and his medical profession between Lúnasa tours.

The summer of 2014 sees the band performing at 3 of the biggest music festivals in the world over a 10 day period in August – Cambridge Folk Festival, UK; Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France; and, Edmonton Folk Festival, Canada.

Band

Lúnasa Biography

Lúnasa Biography

Music is one of Ireland's most celebrated exports, and Lúnasa, a band like no other, has been at the forefront of that musical migration. Since[...]

Seán Smyth – Fiddles and Whistles

Seán Smyth – Fiddles and Whistles

Lúnasa founder Sean Smyth was Born in Straide, County Mayo. Sean is an All-Ireland champion on both fiddle and whistle. His 1993 solo debut, ‘The[...]

Kevin Crawford – Flutes and Whistles

Kevin Crawford – Flutes and Whistles

Born in Birmingham – UK, Kevin's early life was one long journey into Irish music and Co. Clare, to where he eventually moved while in[...]

Trevor Hutchinson – Stand-up Bass

Trevor Hutchinson – Stand-up Bass

From Cookstown, County Tyrone, Trevor played bass with the Waterboys from 1986 to 1991, recording Fisherman’s Blues (1988) and Room to Roam (1990), the latter[...]

Cillian Vallely – Uilleann Pipes and Whistles

Cillian Vallely – Uilleann Pipes and Whistles

A gifted Armagh uilleann pipes and low whistle player, Cillian comes from a renowned and talented musical dynasty.He has spent most of the recent past[...]

Ed Boyd – Guitar

Ed Boyd - Guitar

  Ed Boyd, who permanently joined Lúnasa in 2012, is widely regarded as the finest acoustic guitarist on the European folk circuit. He is a founding[...]

Albums

Lúnasa With The RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Lúnasa With The RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Mar 2013

Lúnasa With The RTE Concert Orchestra is a glittering collection of tunes sparked from a brilliant union of two of Ireland's brightest musical stars -[...]

Lá Nua

Lá Nua

Apr 2010

Lúnasa celebrate the arrival of a new decade with Lá Nua (Irish for 'new day'). After a 4-year hiatus from the studio, this highly-anticipated album[...]

The Story so Far….

The Story so Far....

Mar 2008

'The Story so Far....' Lúnasa's latest CD celebrating the band's musical journey ... Re-visited and re-mixed, including two new recordings of Lúnasa classics 'Aibreann' and 'Morning[...]

Sé

Feb 2006

Album #6 - Sé (pronounced 'shay) in Irish. Recorded at Amberville, Cullybacky in the north of Ireland and Marguerite Studios, Dublin. Produced by Trevor Hutchinson. Features guitarists[...]

The Kinnitty Sessions

The Kinnitty Sessions

Mar 2004

Recorded in December 2003 in Kinnitty Castle, Co. Offaly. This album is the true Lunasa! 'A dazzling re-assertion of individual and collective strengths.... Lunasa at their edgy[...]

Redwood

Redwood

Jun 2003

This was our last album for Green Linnet. Released in 2003. "Redwood" was conceived during a band break at Matt Greenhill's ranch near Occidental, California in[...]

Merry Sisters of Fate

Merry Sisters of Fate

May 2001

Lunasa's 2001 release on Green Linnet. In March 2002 we were awarded British/Celtic Album of the Year for "Merry Sisters of Fate", by the Association[...]

Otherworld

Otherworld

Oct 1999

The band's first album on the Green Linnet label was released in 1999. It was the fastest selling record in Green Linnet's 25-year history. Tracklisting: 1. Goodbye[...]

Lúnasa

Lúnasa

Jan 1998

Lunasa's first recording and already regarded as a classic. There are two versions - the original released on our own label and licensed to various[...]

Gallery

Band Blog

usa – part 2

usa - part 2

Oct 13th

Hi folks, just checking in after another successful tour in[...]

Festival of World Cultures

Festival of World Cultures

Aug 31st

Hi folks, just checking in after an action packed July[...]

US tour – part 1.

US tour - part 1.

Apr 15th

Well it has been so hectic between long drives, interviews[...]

St Patrick’s Day Italian style

St Patrick's Day Italian style

Apr 13th

A couple of images from our St Patrick's week gigs....and.... [...]

Lá Nua

Lá Nua

Mar 5th

The new album Lá Nua is now available for sale[...]

Awards

Lúnasa finish 2010 and the decade on a high

2010

NAMED 'PERFORMERS OF THE DECADE' (liveireland.com) FEATURED ARTISTS ON NATALIE MERCHANT'S[...]

Irish Echo

2010

IRISH ECHO (USA) Top Ten Traditional Albums of 2010 Lá Nua is[...]

Livies Awards

2010

LIVIES AWARDS (liveireland.com) (International) Performers of the Decade Lúnasa win the Performers[...]

Irish Music Magazine

2005

IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE (Ireland) Best Traditional Album The Kinnitty Sessions - Irish[...]

BBC Radio 2 Awards

2004

BBC RADIO 2 AWARDS (UK) Folk Album Of The Year The Kinnitty[...]

Press

Reviews

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

2014

Fit as a fiddle John Shand Published: Irish Music Altan[...]

THE HERALD

THE HERALD

2009

Lúnasa/Lau, Old Fruitmarket STUART MORRISON Star rating: **** There has[...]

HOT PRESS

HOT PRESS

2008

"Revealing the unique Lúnasa sound in all its innovative, exhilarating,[...]

Press Quotes

Songlines

2014

"... the overall result is altogether spellbinding." [...]

Fatea Magazine (UK) 4 Star

2014

"Let's just say that this is one of the best folk and orchestra combinations I've heard and leave it at that, the arrangements are simply sublime." [...]

Upcoming Shows

December 4, 2014 Weis Center For The Performing Arts, Bucknell University w/Karan Casey.

December 5, 2014 Creative Alliance w/Karan Casey

Location: Baltimore, MD USA
Venue: Creative Alliance w/Karan Casey

December 7, 2014 Univ of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Center w/Karan Casey

Location: Philadelphia, PA USA
Venue: Univ of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Center w/Karan Casey

December 9, 2014 Sierra Nevada Brewing Company w/Karan Casey

Location: Chico, CA USA
Venue: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company w/Karan Casey

December 10, 2014 Crescent Elk Auditorium w/Karan Casey

Location: Crescent City, CA USA
Venue: Crescent Elk Auditorium w/Karan Casey
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