2023 Festival Performer


Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, Lúnasa (lunasamusic.com) was formed in 1997 from members of some of the greatest Irish groups of the previous decade. An early review from Folk Roots magazine described 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.

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.

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

MOJO magazine named the band "the new gods of Irish music,” and Billboard raved that “anybody who listens can’t help but find them contagious.”

• FRI - 9:30-10:20 - Main Stage
• SAT - 1:10-2:00 - Main Stage
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