Ireland's premier traditional acoustic band Lunasa will return to the UK for a ten date tour in September. The band who have been stunning French, English and Spanish festival audiences this summer with its musical prowess is poised to continue that theme to concert-goers the length and breadth of the country. The tour which kicks off at Rye Festival on 21 September will visit Newcastle-under-Lyme, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Frome, Wellingborough, Crawley and Leicester. The band's appearance at The Mechanics in Burnley will be recorded live for later transmission on BBC Radio Lancashire.
The September tour will promote the offical album release 'Lunasa with the RT_ 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 RT_ Radio shortly thereafter.
Formed in 1996 Lunasa 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 Lunasa gain major international acknowledgement. The Coeur Miroir award at the Quebec City Summer festival in 2003 confirmed the band's reputation as masters of modern Irish music, and in 2010 they won further major international acknowledgement in the LIVIES awards when they were named Performers of the Decade. 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 Lunasa create memorable musical evenings that will leave audiences in no doubt that, in the words of the Sydney Herald, "Lunasa 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 /BBC RadioLancashire
30 Sep Newcastle-under-Lyme New Vic