Genres: World
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Named after the ancient Celtic harvest festival in honour of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa was formed by members of some of the most important traditional/roots bands of the 90s. Inspired by the Bothy Band, Seán Smyth (Straide, County Mayo, Eire; fiddle/whistle, ex-Coolfin), Kevin Crawford (b. Birmingham, England; flute/whistle/bodhrán), Trevor Hutchinson (b. Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland; bass, ex-Waterboys, Sharon Shannon Band), and Donogh Hennessy (b. Dublin, Eire; guitar, ex-Sharon Shannon Band) first played together in early 1997.

Lúnasa uses wind and string instruments, pairing flutes, fiddle, whistle and pipes in breathtaking instrumental arrangements. The result is a sound that, though distinctly Irish in flavour, touches on jazz and other improvisational music forms. Their debut, Lúnasa, became an immediate bestseller in Ireland, topping the Hot Press Folk Charts and...

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