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March 04, 2010

Lunasa to play only Irish gig at Riverbank Arts Centre

Lúnasa treat music lovers to Irish Show in advance of St Patrick’s Day Celebrations

"The best Irish instrumental band on the planet" Irish Echo-USA

Lunasa Traditional music lovers are in for a treat this March as the highly regarded trad group Lúnasa come home for one Irish show in Co. Kildare. On Tuesday March 16th, to kick off the St Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Lúnasa will play at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge for one night only.

Lúnasa are internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental band of recent times.  In October 1997, Ireland’s all-star quintet Lúnasa released their début CD Lúnasa, it became an immediate best-seller in Ireland, topping Hot Press’ folk charts and nominated one of the year’s top ten by the Irish Echo in the USA.

Since that auspicious beginning, Lúnasa has become one of the most sought-after bands on the international Celtic music scene, winning many awards including a nomination for Folk Album Of The Year in the BBC Radio 2 Awards and Best Traditional Album of 2005 in Irish Music Magazine.

Lúnasa’s sixth album Sé was released in 2006.  One of the highlights of that the year was Lúnasa’s headlining appearance at Dublin’s National Concert Hall on 8th June. The concert was recorded by RTE Radio One for national and European broadcast.

2007 celebrated 10 years of Lúnasa. The BBC showed their support by filming their headlining show at Glasgow’s international jamboree, Celtic Connections – making Lúnasa the only band to have been filmed twice by the BBC at the event.  The band also published their own book of tunes, Nótaí, compiled by band member Cillian Vallely.

 Lúnasa’s most recent CD is “The Story So Far …”. This new CD encapsulates the band's musical journey. It includes remixed and remastered tracks from all 6 Lúnasa albums and expansive liner notes on the band’s history with photographs across the past 11 years.

For enquiries and tickets for Lúnasa’s Irish show at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, contact Riverbank box office on 045 448327 or book online at

Recent Update:

  • The band recorded 5 tracks for Natalie Merchant’s forthcoming album
  • Headline appearance at Celtic Connections, Glasgow including TV and Radio live sessions.
  • Invitation to perform at The White House
  • Touring in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium