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Lúnasa (IRL)

Thursday 23 of August: Telt 1: 21:45
Music Programme 2018

With a new album on the stocks, Lúnasa are once more ready to travel the world with a repertoire nourished at the spring of Irish traditional folk music. Lúnasa began in the late 90s around fiddler Séan Smyth and flute player Kevin Crawford. In subsequent years, Lúnasa became one of the trend-setting Irish traditional bands. Their repertoire consists of traditional and newly-written Irish tunes, played with refreshing looseness and perfect timing. The unforeseeable, often daring arrangements drive the melodies with an energy that has delighted audiences all over the world. In 2010 the critically acclaimed album Lá Nua appeared, and Lúnasa also collaborated with Natalie Merchant on her album Leave Your Sleep. Natalie Merchant’s name is also among the imposing list of guest musicians on Lúnasa’s new album, Cas. Here, the band are assisted by Tim O’Brien, Daoiri Farrell and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Besides Séan Smyth and Kevin Crawford, Lúnasa comprises bass player Trevor Hutchinson, a former member of The Waterboys; uilleann piper Cillian Vallely, who plays on Springsteen’s High Hopes; and guitarist Ed Boyd, whose name is known from his work with Cara Dillon and the group Flook.