Print this Page

World News

Irish Band Lúnasa Releases 6th Album,
Published February 22, 2006

Lúnasa’s sixth album (pronounced “Shay”), reveals the band at the top of their creative prowess.

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 (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.