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Lúnasa: An Irish Solstice Celebration with Special Guest Dave Curley

Called "the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet" by the Irish Times, Lúnasa will take you on a revelrous ride across the misty moors for a winter solstice celebration. Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival, Lúnasa embraces the Emerald Isle’s top musical talents: bassist Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys), piper Cillian Vallely (Riverdance), flute player Kevin Crawford, fiddler Colin Farrell, and guitarist Patrick Doocey.

Since the seeds of this Irish music dream team were sown in 1997, their complex arrangements and unique sound have reshaped the boundaries of traditional music and energized audiences the world over. “Anybody who listens can’t help but find them contagious” -Billboard. With over 2,000 shows in 36 countries, they’ve cemented themselves at the forefront of contemporary Irish music.   Gather around with Lúnasa and special guest multi-instrumentalist, singer, and dancer Dave Curley to celebrate the returning of the light and brighter seasons ahead.

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honour of the Irish god Lugh, Lúnasa was formed in 1997 from members of some of the greatest Irish groups of the previous decade, an early review from Folk Roots magazine describing the band as an “Irish music dream team”.

From the start, the band’s complex arrangements and unique sound reshaped the boundaries of traditional music and energized audiences the world over. Critical acclaim followed, The Irish Echo describing the band as the “the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet”; MOJO magazine named the band "the new gods of Irish music,” adding that “nobody since the Bothies has wielded such a thrilling rhythmic underlay.” Billboard raved that “anybody who listens can’t help but find them contagious.”

Having since sold over a quarter of a million records and performed over 2,000 shows across 36 countries, Lunasa has won multiple awards and become one of the most influential bands in the history of traditional music.  Collaborations with singers Natalie Merchant, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, and Tim O’Brien and high-profile concerts at The Hollywood Bowl, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Glastonbury Festival and Bercy Arena Paris helped broaden the band’s audience and cement it place at the forefront of contemporary Irish music.

Lunasa’s current lineup features: Trevor Hutchinson, who achieved fame as the bassist with the The Waterboys: piper Cillian Vallely was a member of Riverdance and recorded with Bruce Springsteen: Flute player Kevin Crawford, considered one of Ireland’s greatest flute players, was a member of Moving Cloud: award-winning fiddler Sean Smyth, who performed with Donal Lunny’s legendary Coolfin and accordionist Alan Kelly; Colin Farrell is a multiple award winning fiddler, who has toured with Project West, Grada and Michael McGoldrick: Guitarist Ed Boyd made a name for himself in the UK folkscene with bands such as Flook, Kate Rusby, and Cara Dillon.

Currently the band is touring their most recent cd, “Cas”. Released in the spring of 2018, the album breaks new ground for the band, and features for the first time guest singers

"this album is brilliant with a capital B…...a new feather in the cap of the talented and influential musicians we know and love as Lunasa” Irish American News

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7pm doors – 8pm show | $30 adv. – $40 day of

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We are very excited to be hosting live music shows again in our listening room. OLS is committed to providing a safe environment for all who work, listen, or perform live music in our venue. Because our venue is so small, we will require all staff, volunteers, performers, and patrons to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 when they attend OLS events AND to wear masks indoors unless they are actively drinking, eating, or performing.

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