The Irish Voice called Lúnasa “the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet.” LiveIreland.com named them “Performers of the Decade.” They’ve played sold out shows across North America, Europe, and Japan, and appeared as guest artists on Natalie Merchant’s hit album, Leave Your Sleep. Their fiery style features buoyant rhythms, impeccable musicianship, and inventive arrangements rich in melody and texture.
Named after Lughnasadh, an ancient Irish harvest festival, the band is rooted in the best of Irish traditional music, with a jazz-inspired regard for improvisation. The musicians in the band have been the backbone of many of the great Irish groups of recent years. Trevor Hutchinson, formerly of The Waterboys, plays bass. Kevin Crawford, formerly of Moving Cloud, plays flute. Sean Smyth, formerly of Donal Lunny’s Coolfin, plays fiddle. Cillian Vallely plays pipes, and Ed Boyd plays guitar. The band has recorded nine albums, including Lá Nua, which the newspaper Irish Echo ranked as the #2 Traditional Album of 2010, and Lúnasa with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, a live album recorded on June 19, 2012 at Dublin's National Concert Hall with the help of Ireland’s beloved RTÉ Concert Orchestra.