Irish band Lúnasa set to return to the Midlands for October concert


One of Ireland’s top traditional acoustic bands, Lúnasa, are set to return to the UK for a twelve date tour in October.

The band come to Bromsgrove’s Artrix centre on October 13.

A busy tour schedule sees an array of venues spanning England, Scotland and Wales, covering the entire UK in every direction.

Since Lúnasa’s last UK visit in autumn 2013 the band has been wowing European and American audiences.

Appearances at UK and French festivals such as Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and this summer’s Cambridge and Lorient festivals have helped to spread enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of, the band’s acclaimed musicianship and energetic style of music.

Despite the band’s hectic touring schedule band members have also been busy with their individual projects.

Trevor Hutchinson, a founder member of the Waterboys, rejoined the band for its Fisherman’s Blues box set tour.

Not to be outdone, pipe maestro Cillian Vallely contributed to Bruce Springsteen’s most recent album ‘High Hopes’.

The line-up for this tour will feature Kevin Crawford, and Cillian Vallely on traditional Irish instrumentation of low whistle, uilleann pipes, tin whistles, Tula Custy on fiddle, augmented by Trevor Hutchinson on double bass and Shane McGowan on guitar.

Although there is no new album available for the October tour audiences will have a chance to enjoy some of the band’s back catalogue as well as hearing some new material for the first time which is destined for the next album.

Since the band’s formation in 1996, sold out tours of the UK, USA, Europe and Japan and Australia have helped Lúnasa gain major international recognition.

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.

Drawing on a repertoire from nine albums Lúnasa create memorable musical evenings that will leave audiences in no doubt that, in the words of the Sydney Herald, “Lúnasa is the most exciting band to emerge from Ireland in a long, long time”.