Date:   2/3/2006

Thrasher has “luck of the Irish” in presenting Lunasa

Saturday, March 11th at 7:30 pm, Ireland’s hottest acoustic band Lunasa will take the stage at Thrasher Opera House.  Hailed as “the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet”, Lunasa is sure to deliver an unforgettable performance.

 

Since the release of their self-titled debut CD in 1997, the band has gained immense popularity and garnered tremendous acclaim all over the world.  Their innovative use of traditional Irish-style melodies infused with jazz and blues undertones gives them their distinctive sound.  "There are lots of great melodies in Irish music but often people don’t hear the rhythms underneath," says founding member Sean Smyth. "We try to relate the swing or energy out of the music, using new rhythms, letting each instrument add its own unique layer.”

 

Lunasa, who is named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, has been inspired by another popular Irish group from the 1970’s, The Bothy Band.  Pairing flutes, fiddle, whistle and pipes in often breathtaking arrangements, fans and critics alike have drawn parallels between the two bands.

 

In 1999, Lunasa signed a 3 –album deal with US label, Green Linnet.  This is the largest recording contract that Green Linnet has ever signed with a new band.  In October of that year, ‘Otherworld’ was released. The album is a beautiful blend of instrumentals and the intense energy their performances are notorious for.  This record strengthened Lunasa’s growing global reputation as one of the hottest, most electrifying bands in Irish music today. The album was Green Linnet’s fastest selling record in its 25-year history.

June 2001 saw the release of ‘The Merry Sisters of Fate’, described as the “brilliant third all-instrumental album by the new gods of Irish music”, and named by Thom Duffy of Billboard Magazine as one of the top ten musical events of 2001.  In 2001, Lunasa toured in US, Australia, Israel, Austria, Scandinavia, France, Ireland, and the UK. In summer 2001, they toured as Special Guests of Mary Chapin Carpenter. They also worked with Academy Award winning actress Holly Hunter on her theatre project ‘By the Bog of Cats’. In November, Lunasa toured Ireland with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

 

In 2002, Lunasa toured the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, UK, France and Holland. In the middle of their Spring US tour they scheduled two weeks at the famous Prairie Sun Studios in California to commence recording their fourth album, "Redwood".  In March 2002, Lunasa was awarded British/Celtic Album of the Year for "Merry Sisters of Fate", by the Association for Independent Music in the USA.

 

In 2004, seven years and three albums after their successful début, the band revisited the immediate, live-in-the-studio recording style on their riveting new album ‘The Kinnitty Sessions’.  Recorded in the supposedly-haunted walls of Ireland’s Kinnitty Castle, the album is clearly the work of an ensemble in peak form.  Sharpened by constant touring and endless refinement of the material in a live setting, The Kinnitty Sessions is the most inventive and intense recording yet from Lunasa

 

Buy your tickets today for what is sure to be a feast for all your senses!  They are available for $20 at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Ripon Drug, Pick ‘N Save (Ripon); Twister (Princeton); Berlin Chamber of Commerce or by calling (920)294-4279.  Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.

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