Friday, 2 August 2013

Lúnasa in the UK

Ireland's premier traditional acoustic band Lúnasa will return to the UK for a ten date tour in September.
Lunasa - logging on for UK tour

The band has been playing to French, English and Spanish festival audiences this summer, and is poised to embark on concert-goers the length and breadth of the country. 

The September tour will promote the offical album release 'Lúnasa with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra' a musical collaboration that marks a true first for the all-star band and the world-renowned national orchestra of Ireland. Initially filmed live in concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on 19 June 2012, the album was recorded following the broadcast of the concert on RTÉ Radio shortly thereafter.

Formed in 1996 Lúnasa is widely-known for original compositions, powered by double bass-driven rhythms. The band features Kevin Crawford, Sean Smyth and Cillian Vallely on traditional Irish instrumentation of low whistle, uilleann pipes, tin whistles and fiddle, augmented by Trevor Hutchinson on double bass and Ed Boyd on guitar.

Sold out tours of the UK, USA, Europe and Japan have helped Lúnasa gain major international acknowledgement.

In addition to the band's own tours, Lunasa has toured and performed with some well-known and respected artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Rosanne Cash, and Billy Bragg

Drawing on a repertoire from nine albums Lúnasa create memorable musical evenings that will leave audiences in no doubt that, in the words of the Sydney Herald, "Lúnasa is the most exciting band to emerge from Ireland in a long, long time".

21 Sep             Rye Arts Fest                          Rye College
22 Sep             Crawley                                   The Hawth
23 Sep             Frome                                      Cheese & Grain
24 Sep             Wellingborough                       The Castle
25 Sep             Birmingham                             Town Hall
26 Sep             London                                    Bush Hall
27 Sep             Leicester                                 Grammar School
28 Sep             Liverpool                                 Citadel
29 Sep             Burnley                                    The Mechanics (recording for BBC Radio Lancashire)
30 Sep             Newcastle-under-Lyme           New Vic

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