by Lúnasa


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Named for a Celtic harvest festival, Lúnasa itself is the bounty stemming from several Irish traditional bands. Two of its members comprised the rhythm section for accordionist Sharon Shannon's band, while another was part of the noted group Moving Cloud. Lúnasa's four members and their guests create Irish traditional music that dazzles with its energy. Playing traditional and original instrumental tunes, the band flies through each track like wind through a green, sunny meadow. The band tweaks the trad formula a bit, using a stand-up double bass and a crisply played acoustic guitar for extra rhythmic muscle. The lead instruments -- which tumble together as they chase the intertwining melodies -- are flutes, pipes, fiddle and occasional uilleann pipes. This predominance of wind instruments adds to the group's effervescence. While the music is definitely Irish, the band distinguishes itself from other trad bands with its fleet-fingered playing, pristine sound, and inventive arrangements.

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Release Date: 10/12/1999
Label: Green Linnet
UPC: 0048248120029
catalogNumber: 481200
Rank: 35574

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