Lúnasa is flautist, whistle-player, and lead man/comic Kevin Crawford, piper and whistle player Cillian Vallely, fiddler and whistle-player Colin Farrell, Trevor Hutchinson on upright bass, and guitarist Patrick Doocey. Since coming together in 1996, Lúnasa has performed over 2000 concerts, and achieved a worldwide reputation as a different breed of Irish traditional music group – one with the repertoire of life-long traditional musicians, the intricate harmonies of a jazz combo, and the energy of a rock band. The all-instrumental quintet is noted for double-bass and guitar-driven rhythms, original compositions mixed with material from Celtic regions such as Brittany, Galicia, and Asturias, and a surprising focus on slower melodies involving three-part harmonies played on the traditional pipes, fiddle, and flute.
Audiences can take a break from the holiday hustle-bustle and canned carols, and join Lúnasa and Ashley Davis for an evening of spirited instrumental music, evocative airs, spoken word, and songs both unknown and familiar. The ensemble will appear at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 251/2 Court Street, One Village Green North, Plymouth, MA 02360, on Thursday, December 12, at 8:00 p.m. For more information or to make reservations: (508) 746-4488; firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.spirecenter.org.