Sydney Morning Herald

Fit as a fiddle John Shand Published: Irish Music Altan and Lunasa The Factory Theatre, March 2 This double shot of Irish music provides living, breathing proof of the idiom’s breadth and malleability. Lunasa showed how feisty and energetic it can be, before Altan dug deep into traditional music — particularly that from Donegal and […]

THE HERALD

Lúnasa/Lau, Old Fruitmarket STUART MORRISON Star rating: **** There has been some inspired programming at this year’s Celtic Connections and the pairing of two of the finest Celtic bands on the planet was a mouth-watering prospect. They did not disappoint. Lau are fiddler Aiden O’Rourke, singer/guitarist Kris Drever and accordionist Martin Green. All three are […]

IRISH TIMES

Strong roots SIOBHÁN LONG CD Choice: Trad LÚNASA The Story So Far – Compass The layered tapestry that underpins Lúnasa’s sound is one defined by driving, occasionally jazz-inflected rhythms, impeccable individual musicianship and an unswerving faith in the music’s ability to navigate new territory with the same confidence it revisits the old. This retrospective is […]

IRISH ECHO (USA)

Lunasa Stirs Crowd at Bodles Opera House Band’s Flutist Gets Wiggy CEOL By Earle Hitchner [Published on October 10, 2007, in the IRISH ECHO newspaper, New York City. Copyright (c) Earle Hitchner. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of author.] After 19 concerts in 22 days, it’s understandable why Lunasa would want to let their […]

THE NASHVILLE SCENE

LUNASA This Irish quintet’s intricate, groove-driven acoustic sound makes them one of Celtic music’s most highly regarded modern instrumental groups. Revered like rock stars back home, Lunasa take traditional Irish instruments, fiddle, pipes, flute and guitar and shift them into rhythmic overdrive with intricate arrangements. At the center of their sound is the playing of […]

VINTAGE GUITAR

Lunasa Sé Compass Records The term super-group and Celtic music don’t often end up in the same sentence, but Lunasa qualifies as the first and perhaps only Celtic super-group around. Here on their sixth album they prove that Celtic music can be as vibrant and musically adventurous as any genre. With two new guitarists added […]

HOT PRESS

Se (Compass Records) 23 Feb 2006 Like their English counterparts Flook, Lunasa continue to plough their no-vocal take on the Irish tradition with considerable success, and those who enjoyed the zest and brio of their live Kinnity Sessions will luxuriate in this fresh studio-bound set. Many of the tracks on Se (Irish for six, so […]

IRISH ECHO

Lunasa’s New CD: When Four Make “Six” By Earle Hitchner [Published on February 22, 2006, in the IRISH ECHO newspaper, New York City. Copyright (c) Earle Hitchner. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of author.] Six albums in ten years: it’s as good a time as any to take stock of Lunasa’s musical stock. They […]

TEMPLE BAR MUSIC CENTRE

Lúnasa Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin 17th April 2004 Times have changed. When a trad outfit draw the multitudes into Temple Bar to hear a reprise of the latest addition to their repertoire, recorded in the magisterial surroundings of Kinnitty Castle, in Co Offaly, and released as The Kinnitty Sessions, all the signs point towards […]