Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honour of the Irish god Lugh, Lúnasa was formed in 1997 from members of some of the greatest Irish groups of the previous decade, an early review from Folk Roots magazine describing the band as an Irish music dream team. From the start, the bands complex arrangements and unique sound reshaped the boundaries of traditional music and energized audiences the world over. Critical acclaim followed, The Irish Echo describing the band as the the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet; MOJO magazine named the band "the new gods of Irish music, adding that nobody since the Bothies has wielded such a thrilling rhythmic underlay. Billboard raved that anybody who listens cant help but find them contagious.
Having since sold over a quarter of a million records and performed over 2,000 shows across 36 countries, Lunasa has won multiple awards and become one of the most influential bands in the history of traditional music. Collaborations with singers Natalie Merchant, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, and Tim OBrien and high-profile concerts at The Hollywood Bowl, New Yorks Carnegie Hall, Glastonbury Festival and Bercy Arena Paris helped broaden the bands audience and cement it place at the forefront of contemporary Irish music.
Lunasas current lineup features: Trevor Hutchinson, who achieved fame as the bassist with the The Waterboys: piper Cillian Vallely was a member of Riverdance and recorded with Bruce Springsteen: Flute player Kevin Crawford, considered one of Irelands greatest flute players, was a member of Moving Cloud: award-winning ddler Sean Smyth, who performed with Donal Lunnys legendary Cooln and accordionist Alan Kelly; Colin Farrell is a multiple award winning fiddler, who has toured with Project West, Grada and Michael McGoldrick: Guitarist Ed Boyd made a name for himself in the UK folkscene with bands such as Flook, Kate Rusby, and Cara Dillon.
Currently the band is touring their most recent cd, Cas. Released in the spring of 2018, the album breaks new ground for the band, and features for the first time guest singers
"this album is brilliant with a capital B...a new feather in the cap of the talented and influential musicians we know and love as Lunasa Irish American News
an Irish music dream team FOLK ROOTS (UK)
the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet. IRISH VOICE (USA)
Lúnasa have catapulted both themselves and the music onto another plane where creative
juices reign supreme. THE IRISH TIMES (IRELAND
"the new gods of Irish music . Lúnasas musicianship is awesome ..nobody since the
Bothies has wielded such a thrilling rhythmic underlay. MOJO (UK)
Lúnasa are at that place where the past meets the future . they reveal a spirit few of their
contemporaries can equal, as they seem to choose from a palette containing a range of
sounds and moods not available to more mortal players. HOT PRESS (IRELAND)
anybody who listens cant help but find them contagious. BILLBOARD (USA)
Lúnasa reigns as the new Celtic royalty BOSTON HERALD (USA)
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