Lunasa “Christmas from Ireland”
“Lúnasa’s musicianship is awesome…the new gods of Irish music…brilliant…thrilling…breathtaking” MOJO
“They ratchet up the intensity during each set of music…there’s real passion in the performances” NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa gathers of some of the top musical talents in Ireland.
Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade.
Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key member of The Waterboys, and later he, with guitarist Donogh Hennessy, would form the dynamic rhythm section of The Sharon Shannon Band; Ed Boyd (Flook, Michael McGoldrick Band) has recently replaced Hennessy; Fiddler Sean Smyth is an All-Ireland champion who has played with Donal Lunny’s Coolfin; Kevin Crawford, considered to be among the finest flutists in Ireland played with the acclaimed traditional group Moving Cloud; and, piper Cillian Vallely of the famous Vallely artistic clan has performed with Riverdance and recently recorded with Bruce Springsteen. Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed them an “Irish music dream team.”
Special Guest DAVID CURLEY, multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer from County Galway, has been making big waves in the Irish music scene in Ireland, Europe and the US for several years.
After graduating from the University of Limerick’s groundbreaking Music and Dance program with 1st class honors, he joined award-winning bands SLIDE and RUNA, and regularly performs with Grammy Award winner Moya Brennan, more recently The Brock Maguire Band. His latest release A Brand New Day showcases his contemporary sensibility , firmly rooted in tradition.
“ A talented multi- instrumentalist and much requested singer, Dave Curley has become a force in the Irish music scene” WDCB-FM (Chicago)