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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Recorded live at Kinnitty Castle, County Offaly, The Kinnitty Sessions, Ireland's Lúnasa's fifth record, is an electrifying affair that proves that there should be an exclamation point at the end of their name. The group handles traditional music with the ease of veteran jazz players, bypassing head nods and hand signals and simply tearing through the tunes like a singular organism. What makes these 11 songs so remarkable is the band's understanding of folk music's utter simplicity. By remaining so reverent to the source material, the occasional detours never come off as coy or forced; the James Bond motif that sneaks into "Ballyogan" is simply part of the ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Recorded live at Kinnitty Castle, County Offaly, The Kinnitty Sessions, Ireland's Lúnasa's fifth record, is an electrifying affair that proves that there should be an exclamation point at the end of their name. The group handles traditional music with the ease of veteran jazz players, bypassing head nods and hand signals and simply tearing through the tunes like a singular organism. What makes these 11 songs so remarkable is the band's understanding of folk music's utter simplicity. By remaining so reverent to the source material, the occasional detours never come off as coy or forced; the James Bond motif that sneaks into "Ballyogan" is simply part of the song. Ballads and airs fare just as well. Their gentle handling of Jerry O'Sullivan's "The Dimmers," with its serpentine pipe, guitar, flute, and fiddle parts, never reaches for a crescendo, allowing ex-Waterboy Trevor Hutchinson's double bass to steer the ship into some truly sublime waters. The fiery style that the group has become synonymous with is evident on "Island Paddy," featuring a true whistle workout for Kevin Crawford and some deft low-end bowing from Hutchinson, and piper Cillian Vallely goes to enormous lengths to keep the hair on your arms bristling during his solo showcase, "The Wounded Hussar." While so many of their contemporaries are giving in to the homogenized adult contemporary and new age drivel that passes for serious Celtic music, Lúnasa are keeping the peat fires of old not only lit, but roaring, and the wonderful Kinnitty Sessions is a testament to their love of performing and, more importantly, to listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397437729
  • Catalog Number: 974377

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lúnasa Primary Artist
Trevor Hutchinson Double Bass, Group Member
Kevin Crawford Flute, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument), Bodhran, Low Whistle, Group Member
Sean Smyth Fiddle, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument), Low Whistle, Group Member
Donogh Hennessy Guitar, Group Member
Cillian Vallely Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument), uillean pipes, Low Whistle, Group Member
Donogh Guitar
Sean Fiddle
Kevin Flute
Technical Credits
Kevin Burke Composer
Gerry O'Connor Composer
Richard Ford Engineer
Trevor Hutchinson Arranger
Charlie Lennon Composer
Kevin Crawford Arranger, Composer
Sean Smyth Arranger
Peter Browne Composer
Angus McDonald Composer
Lúnasa Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Donogh Hennessy Arranger, Composer
Cillian Vallely Arranger
Traditional Composer
Kevin Whistle
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Would award more stars if they were available!

    Lunasa continues to get better with each new CD. Listening to this CD is like having a seat in the pub - it is immediate, vibrant, dynamic, and transporting. You can never go wrong with Lunasa if you enjoy invigorating Celtic music, and the Kinnitty Sessions is a brilliant CD from these incredibly talented musicians.

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