Thrasher welcomes back Ireland's all-star quintet Lúnasa
On Friday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m., the historic Thrasher Opera House welcomes back for return visitnd visit to Green Lake, Lúnasa, a band whom critics are calling "Ireland’s hottest acoustic band on the planet."
Lúnasa has quickly become one of the most sought after bands on the Irish music scene since their first CD debuted in 1997. Since then, the group’s reputation as energetic and awe-inspiringly talented musicians has spread like wildfire leading to sold-out performances and rave reviews all over the world.
Inspired by Ireland’s great 1970’s group The Bothy Band, Lúnasa uses melodic interweaving of wind and string instruments, pairing flutes, fiddle, whistle and pipes in often breathtaking arrangements.
The Legendary Irish Fiddler Kevin Burke on Lúnasa: "The words "contemporary” and "traditional” would at first sight appear to be directly in conflict with each other yet both words are necessary when talking about the music of Lúnasa. Maintaining the unique, intimate qualities of a musical tradition while at the same time meeting and fulfilling the demands of the contemporary music world is a difficult juxtaposition to achieve yet Lúnasa have managed to accomplish exactly that. Since their inception, the band’s enthusiasm and professionalism together with their musical integrity and skills have continually produced performances and recordings of a dazzlingly high quality…
Lúnasa’s career has so far spanned over a decade and throughout that time, through personnel changes and the rigors of the road, the band has remained undeterred from the pursuit of excellence within the traditions of their chosen music. This wonderful career is still a work in progress. Music lovers everywhere can be thankful that we are many years away from seeing "The Definitive History of Lúnasa” as there are yet many, many more chapters to be written."-- Kevin Burke, Portland, Oregon
This project is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Accommodations provided by the Heidel House Resort & Spa.
Tickets for this exhilarating evening with Ireland's most in-demand band are only $23 and can be purchased online at www.thrasheroperahouse.com, at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.