Lúnasa Wows Fans at NYC's Lincoln Center

Last March, Megan Finnegan Bungeroth reviewed Lúnasa. Heres's what she thought:

New York -- The five members of the Irish acoustic band Lúnasa play at venues large and small all over the world, so little wonder they turned in a fantastic performance with fans seated around them at café tables. They transformed the space, as remarkable performers are wont to do, not the other way around.

Lúnasa are known for their prodigious touring schedule, and added two performances last week at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium to their most recent pass through Manhattan. As part of the Target Free Thursdays concert series, the shows were played to a packed audience. The music was predictably excellent, and the band, with consummate ingenuity and professionalism, made the cavernous atrium, with its angles and colored lights and sandwiches from ‘Wichcraft, a boisterous, loud, joyous place, more akin to experiencing them in a seisiún than an impromptu concert hall. It’s testimony to how much fun they create.

The band is currently comprised of Seán Smyth, an All-Ireland champion on both fiddle and whistle who hails from County Mayo; Trevor Hutchinson, on stand-up bass, from County Tyrone; Ed Boyd, from Bath, England, on guitar; County Clare’s Kevin Crawford, born in the UK to emigrants from Clare, on flutes and whistles; and Armagh native Cillian Vallely, now living in Sunnyside, Queens, on uilleann pipes.Read the rest of the review here.


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