Lúnasa makes welcome return

Lúnasa are making welcome return to Letterkenny.

Irish trad heroes Lúnasa, once described as an ‘Irish music dream team’, are coming to the Regional Cultural Centre on Thursday, 14th May.

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.

From the start, the band’s complex arrangements and unique sound reshaped the boundaries of traditional music and energised audiences the world over.

Critical acclaim followed, with The Irish Echo describing the band as the ‘the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet’, MOJO Magazine describing the band as ‘the new gods of Irish music’, adding that nobody since the Bothies had wielded such a thrilling rhythmic underlay.” Billboard raved that ‘anybody who listens can’t help but find them contagious’.

Having since sold over a quarter of a million records and performed over 2,000 shows across 36 countries, Lúnasa have 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 O’Brien and high-profile concerts at The Hollywood Bowl, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Glastonbury Festival and Bercy Arena Paris helped broaden the band’s audience and cement its place at the forefront of contemporary Irish music.

Lúnasa’s current line-up features Trevor Hutchinson, who achieved fame as the bassist with The Waterboys, uilleann piper Cillian Vallely, who was a member of Riverdance and recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Kevin Crawford who is considered one of Ireland’s greatest flute players, award-winning fiddle player Sean Smyth who performed with Donal Lunny’s legendary Coolfin, multiple award-winning fiddle player Colin Farrell who has toured with Project West, Grada and Michael McGoldrick and guitarist Ed Boyd who made a name for himself on the UK folk scene with bands such as Flook, Kate Rusby, and Cara Dillon.

Lúnasa play the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on on Thursday, 14th May. Tickets are available HERE, or by calling An Grianán Theatre Box Office on Tel +353 (0) 7491 20777.

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