THE SCOTSMAN – Record Of The Week

Lúnasa: The Kinnitty Sessions ****

THE excellent Irish quintet Lúnasa are in full flight in this uplifting session, recorded live for an invited audience (not heard on the disc) at Kinnitty Castle in Co Offaly late last year. Much of their material is traditional and the newer tunes are very much in that idiom, although they do dip into Eastern European mode in a set combining Kevin Burke’s Split Rock with Djinovsko Horo. For the most part, though, it is unadulterated Irish music with a contemporary edge, played with style, flair, spirit and wit by a high-power instrumental ensemble.
Kenny Mathieson