The Washington Post

The Bothy Band meets the Flecktones in Lunasa, Ireland’s new all-starquartet. Like the late, lamented Bothy Band, Lunasa emphasizes flute,fiddle and pipes in it’s dazzling reworkings of traditional Irish folktunes. As Bela Fleck’s Flecktones have with bluegrass, Lunasa managesto marry jazz-rock bass lines and an expanded harmonic sensibility to anolder rural music. The impressive results […]

The Georgia Straight (Vancouver BC)

Otherworld Out of this World: Lunasa shows the future of traditional Irish music is a bright oneOtherworld is as close to perfection as any recording of instrumentalCeltic music I can recall, and there aren’t enough fresh superlatives toto praise it adequately. The musicianship of fiddler and whistle playerSean Smyth, flutist Kevin Crawford, guitarist Donogh Hennessey, […]

The Irish Echo

The exciting sound this all-instrumental band creates is even betterthan that heard on their superb debut recording in 1997. KevinCrawford, Sean Smyth, Trevor Hutchinson, and Donogh Hennessey combine astrong sense of spontaneity and risk-taking with remarkable disciplineand outstanding talent. Even hard-charging dance tunes, such as “TheFloating Crowbar/McGlinchey’s/The Almost Reel,” display deft,jazz-inspired flourishes, while in the […]

Boston Herald

Not since the debut of Solas has an Irish traditional band been aslavishly praised as has Lunasa since its 1997 eponymous debut. Itsfollow-up, “Otherworld,” proves the group worthy of all the hype andthen some. With a front line of flute, pipes and fiddle whose cohesionrecalls the legendary Bothy Band, and propelled from the bottom by […]