Lúnasa's self-titled 1996 debut album (COM 4317) was considered by many to be a new chapter in the development of Irish music. By pinning traditional elements of composition and instrumentation to a fluid rhythmic undercurrent, Lúnasa achieved a new pinnacle of urgency and intricacy -– sparking off unprecedented acclaim and notoriety in the process.
Lúnasa’s sixth album Sé (pronounced “Shay”), reveals the band at the top of their creative prowess. Marked by a shift towards a more sophisticated and always original approach their music is mirrored with styles that inflect more contemporary sounding arrangements that exuberate an ornamental elegance. The fruits of what would be a painstaking song selection process, sifting through more than 200 tunes, would ultimately deliver 12 tracks the band calls their finest work to this point.
Building on the rock-solid rhythmic foundation of double bassist Trevor Hutchinson (ex-Waterboys, Sharon Shannon Band), piper Cillian Vallely, flautist Kevin Crawford, and fiddler Sean Smyth create a melodic context while introducing the alternating contributions of guitarists Paul Meehan and Tim Edey. Six years of constant touring has elevated the band’s already-formidable skill to peak brilliance, perfectly captured on Sé.