Best of old and new Irish tunes

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IRISH music ensemble Lunasa bring their energetic, atmospheric blend of contemporary and traditional compositions to The Dukes for the first time on May 10.

The band’s concert at the Lancaster theatre is part of Lunasa’s most extensive UK tour to date.

The band’s concert at the Lancaster theatre is part of Lunasa’s most extensive UK tour to date.

Formed in 1996 and with seven albums under their belts, Lunasa have been described as the finest traditional Irish instrumental band of recent times and are widely known for original compositions, powered by double bass-driven rhythms.

The band features Kevin Crawford, Sean Smyth and Cillian Vallely on traditional Irish instrumentation of low whistle, uilleann pipes, tin whistles and fiddle augmented by Trevor Hutchinson on double bass and Ed Boyd on guitar. On this tour Tola Custy will guest for Sean Smyth on fiddle.

Lunasa has toured and performed with some respected artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Rosanne Cash, and Billy Bragg.

Earning themselves the Coeur Miroir award at the Quebec City Summer festival in 2003 confirmed the band’s reputation as masters of modern Irish music, and in 2010 they won further major international acknowledgement in the LIVIES (liveireland.com) awards when they were named Performers of the Decade.

“This tour will be our most extensive UK tour ever”, said Kevin Crawford. “We will be visiting all points of the compass but are especially looking forward to coming to Lancaster – this will be our first visit to this venue and we are looking forward to it.”

Tickets are priced £14/£12 concessions. To book, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit {http:// www.dukes-lancaster.org|www.dukes-lancaster.org}.