Notes from the Road : Lúnasa - October 2017

Well well well, that was quite the summer of touring, recording, teaching and general non stop fun and games.

We had the good fortune to play at some of the great festivals on the circuit this summer including our very own Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis. Tremendous support for what I deemed a kind of homecoming gig given my 25 years living in this incredible town.
A massive thank you to all of our friends and amazing musicians that joined us over the course of the Fleadh week. Mairtin O’Connor, Seamie O’Dowd, Cathal Hayden, Tola Custy, Colin Farrell, Patrick Doocey, David Doocey, Cillian King, Ralph McTell, Karan Casey, such a privilege to make music with all of these incredible people.

We had an amazing time also at the Wheatland Festival in Michigan. This is definitely one that you should mark into your diary for future years. Beautiful setting, top class stages and sound systems, amazing vibe and simply the best programming of artists I’ve experienced in the US.

We’ve also been busy with the new album, it’s going to be such a new departure for us and we’re super excited for 2018 as we’ll launch it officially at Celtic Connections in January.
It’s our 20 year celebratory CD and Lúnasa’s first release featuring both songs and tunes. Tim O’Brien, Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Daoiri Farrell, Eric Bibb and the extended Lúnasa team with Colin and Patrick contributing in a major way too.

Many of our shows throughout the early part of 2018 will feature one or more of these amazing singers and musicians so bring it on!

Before all that kicks in we have one last hoorah for 2017 left in us.
Lúnasa Christmas Tour with one of our dearest friends and singer/songwriter extraordinaire Ashley Davis.
This is gonna be non stop fun and celebration from December 1st right up to Santa coming down the chimney folks!

A great way to check our schedule is to track us on Bandsintownúnasa

US Christmas from Ireland Tour w/special guest Ashley Davis

Dec 1, 2017 Dallas, TX First United Methodist Church
Dec 2, 2017 Lawrence, KS Lied Centre
Dec 3, 2017 Kansas, MO Kansas City Irish Center
Dec 5, 2017 Lawrence, KS Lied Centre
Dec 6, 2017 Kirksville, MO Truman State University
Dec 7, 2017 Muncie, IN Ball State University Pruis Hall
Dec 8, 2017 Bellafontaine, OH Holland Theatre
Dec 9, 2017 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Lecture Hall
Dec 10,2017 Cleveland, OH Music Box Supper Club
Dec 12,2017 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Irish Centre
Dec 13,2017 Wellsboro, PA Deane Centre PAC
Dec 15,2017 Burlington, VT University of Vermont
Dec 16,2017 Beacon, NY The Towne Crier
Dec 17,2017 Silver Springs, MD Montgomery College

It’ll be a short lived break over the holiday season then it’s hit the ground running time from Mid January onwards.

Celtic Connections in Glasgow, shows in the U.K. and a special Armagh Pipers Club concert in Dublin.

Jan 21, 2018 Dublin Liberty Hall – Armagh Pipers Club Concert
Jan 23, 2018 Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Jan 24, 2018 Shoreham By Sea Ropetackle Arts Centre
Jan 26, 2018 Glasgow Celtic Connections Festival
Jan 27, 2018 Bury The Met
Jan 28, 2018 London Kings Place


Join us on the ocean again as we hit the high seas with Joanie Madden on her Folk n Irish Cruise (can’t wait for this again)

Then the BIGGY Lúnasa tour to coincide with our US release of the new album.

Feb,01 18 Boston Somerville Theater
Feb,23 18 Santa Fe, NM Lensic Performing Arts Center**
Feb,26 18 Chico, CA Sierra Nevada Brewery**
Feb,27 18 Berkeley, CA Freight and Salvage**
Feb,28 18 Portland, OR Alberta Rose Theatre w/Altan
Mar,01 18 Portland, OR Alberta Rose Theatre w/Altan
Mar,02 18 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall
Mar,08 18 Green Lake WI Thrasher’s Opera House
Mar,09 18 Winona, MN Page theater
Mar,10 18 Madison, WI Wisconsin Union Theater
Mar,16 18 Garden City, NY Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
Mar,17 18 Kennett Square, PA PA Longwood Gardens
Mar,18 18 Nashville, TN Music City Irish Festival
Mar,21 18 Reston, VA Reston Community Center
Mar,22 18 South Orange, NJ SOPAC**
Mar,23 18 Brownfield, ME Stone Mountain Arts Center**
Mar,24 18 Hackettstown, NJ Centenary College
Apr,06 18 Savannah, GA Savannah Music Festival

**with special guest Tim O’Brien

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