and Natalie Merchant
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Doors: 7pm | Show: 7:30pm
Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, Manhattan
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!
Formed in 1997, Lúnasa has long been one of contemporary Irish music’s leading voices. The group that Folk Roots magazine once called an “Irish music dream team” was formed from members of some of Ireland’s greatest bands and over the years has proven its mettle time and again, having sold over a quarter of a million records, and collaborated with artists outside the tradition such as Natalie Merchant, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, and Tim O’Brien. They have performed more than 2,000 shows across 36 countries including Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, National Concert Hall (Dublin), and many of the leading festivals such as Glastonbury.
From the start, the band’s complex arrangements and unique sound reshaped the boundaries of traditional music and energized audiences the world over. Critical acclaim followed, MOJO magazine named the band "the new gods of Irish music,” adding that “nobody since the Bothies has wielded such a thrilling rhythmic underlay.”
Lunasa’s current lineup includes Trevor Hutchinson, who achieved fame as the bassist with the The Waterboys; uilleann piper Cillian Vallely, who toured with Riverdance and recorded with Bruce Springsteen; Kevin Crawford, widely considered one of Ireland’s greatest flute players; award-winning fiddler Colin Farrell, who has performed with Project West, Grada and Michael McGoldrick; and guitarist Ed Boyd, known on the UK folk circuit for his work with bands such as Flook, Kate Rusby, and Cara Dillon.
Their latest album Cas is available now via the band’s online store. Natalie makes an appearance on the track “The Bonny Light Horseman.” Natalie and Lúnasa first collaborated on her 2010 release Leave Your Sleep and Natalie makes an appearance on the track “The Bonny Light Horseman” on Lunasa’s latest album Cas.
"the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet" - Irish Echo