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Lunasa

The seeds of one of the most highly rated contemporary Irish bands were sown in 1996, when former Waterboy and Sharon Shannon bassist Trevor Hutchinson teamed up with guitarist Donogh Hennessy for a Scandinavian tour. From such tiny acorn beginnings have grown mighty oaks. Back home in Dublin, they drafted uillean piper John McSherry and flutist/piper Michael McGoldrick to record some shows, then hit the jackpot when they landed Kevin Crawford, also a member of Moving Cloud, whose flute and whistle work took them to another level, alongside the whistles and fiddles of Sean Smyth (a qualified doctor who'd achieved musical prominence with his 1993 solo album Blue Fiddle). Their 1997 debut, Lúnasa, leapfrogged them ahead of the competition, and not only became a best-seller in Ireland, but was named one of the albums of the year by the prestigious Irish Echo -- not a bad beginning. By then, Lúnasa was on the road, touring Europe, America, and beyond, and winning plenty of friends with their spirited performances, where they might have taken the music seriously, but had no problem making fun of themselves. McGoldrick had moved on and McSherry had decided not to tour (his replacement for live dates was Cillian Vallely). It was in 1999 that the band really achieved their breakthrough in Celtic circles with Otherworld, recorded for Green Linnet. With a bigger budget, they were able to achieve greater production values, which went a long way to capturing the power of their live performances, with "The Butlers of Glen Avenue/Sliabh Russell/Cathal McConnell's" being a true standout. McGoldrick made a guest appearance, and there was even that traditional Irish instrument, the flügelhorn, in there somewhere. Pushing the envelope on the music, they weren't content to simply play the tunes, but added real live grooves to the music and took it into other areas. This helped bring in plenty more friends when they toured through much of 2000, hitting even more parts of the globe and acquiring an even more glittering reputation. In June 2001 they released their third album, The Merry Sisters of Fate, again mostly comprised of traditional music. 2004 saw the release of The Kinnitty Sessions, an 11-song set recorded live at Kinnitty Castle, Co. Offaly, in Ireland. ~ Chris Nickson, Rovi
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sherryfletch e r
Saw Lunasa play about 15 years ago, they are amazing!
stevebell200 8
Love it!
great!
FaaaaaaaaanT A S T I C ! ! ! ! ! :-D =-O :-D
nunnayobiz42 0
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this is an amazing band..incred i b l e players.
gene35
One of my fave Irish bands.
~MMMM~HMMMMM M , Dat`s Right, Yo!!!
Sho NUFF!!! :-D
lauralee44
Had me wee feet a tapping and me brain doing a jig fur sure. Aye, we will be a kicking up our heels on the great day.
tyler.davis5 4
Fantastico
great stuff
Memories of PJ & Kitty Purcell pub abound....
garzo68
I love these guys my town is in need of some real Celtic
They refer to oak trees in the bio. Fascinating.
agreed
You can't help to want to tap your feet and even dance. Exceptional. Great pick Pandora.
So cheerful, gotta love it
tricianess
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Beeogfffyt
Pandora, please get the rights to The Merry Sisters of Fate!
slovakgirl
absolutely incredible!
players!
makes me want to go home i miss my mema and her beef stew with patatoes and whiskey
I love Celtic music.
finnian.sioc a i n
Le Fheile Padraic shona duit
I'm also Irish
chianablues
Beautiful
Celtic music does a soul good!
pianoprayert r a c y
Glentrasna is now one of my favorites. It soothes me. Thanks for giving me more awesome celtic songs!
Best of Lunasa's albums IMO! But the rest come really close. I have yet to find a more satisfying Irish band. They have so much variety! And their music is well played, sounds traditional, but has just the right touch of modern. I wish they would come to my area some time soon...
just what I need on this week of St. Patrick's Day......Slá i n t e
Great stuff alltogether. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : )
@Nagrom:
Check the Thesession.o r g . They have most of it for free!
stadamnon2
Michael Hogan:What Irish music should sound like!
b.kisacanin
Awakens the spirit within!
man wish i could get the sheet music to a couple of there songs.
absolutely fantastic!!
flipperxlr
Haven't heard a group this tight since Andy Irvine and the old Planxty. House it again!
i love this it reminds me of back home so Póg Mo Thóin to you all and grab me a beer and a whiskey Éire Go Brách
creolelorrai n e d u l e c h e
pleeeeeease. . . . b u r y me in ireland!!!!. . . . t h i s is beautiful!!! !
ambmweber
wow! thats all i can say!
My soul naturally responds, a chord struck in memory, the dance simple, and the spirit shines as a smile blesses my mouth
My nature calls comfort from the guardians of Clan Ferguson
ah, and they did send me music

Blessed Holiday to all...with love
lasylvester4 6
Have been a major fan for several years. Have seen them in concert twice. Delighted to see them on Pandora yay!!!
criggall5
Just saw this group at Ballston Spa, NY in September for the first time. I Like!
katzmyth
I am so glad Pandora put these fellows on my station! I love traditional Irish music! Who would've guessed?
I first heard Lunasa on the "Kinnity Sessions." They beautifully captured the spirit of that ancient castle
a work of art
I saw them at the Birchmere a few years back -- great show. First saw them at the Potomac Celtic Fest. Kevin's flute called to me across the fields, lol.
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