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Second Home for Irish Band

Second Home for Irish Band

Who: Lunasa
Where: Wyndham Estate
When: Sunday March 25, 2001

IRISH all-star quintet Lunasa will continue an Australian love affair when it plays at Hunter Valley's, Wyndham Estate on Sunday.

The band's first tour was to Australia and ever since it has been itching to return.

'Once we came to Australia, we were hooked,' fiddle player Sean Smith said.

'We can't get here often enough.'

Lunasa, one of Ireland's most popular bands, is signed to American label Green Linnet Records, which means the majority of its playing is done in the United States.

Lunasa is often said to be a pioneer of the Irish music scene, with inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves steering Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory.

'All of our music is arranged by Lunasa,' Smith said.

'The music is either very new or improvised, while other tunes are based on music from Celtic regions over three centuries ago.'

The band is made up of well credentialled musicians. Smith is an all-Ireland champion on fiddle and whistle.

His solo debut The Blue Fiddle was named one of the 10 best albums of the year by music publication, The Irish Echo. Kevin Crawford plays flute and whistle and Trevor Huchinson plays double bass.

Guitarist Donough Hennessy is referred to as one of Ireland's most talented and Cillian Vallely will be the first piper to join the group in Australia.

Check out www.lunasa.ie

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