The Eighth Step: Lunasa Christmas From Ireland

Friday, December 06, 2019
The Eighth Step presents…

Lúnasa: Christmas from Ireland                                

with special guest ASHLEY DAVIS

“Lúnasa’s trademarks have always been the subtle rhythmic segues between tunes and the way they ratchet up the intensity during each set of music…there’s real passion in the performances” NPR

“Determined to drag Irish music kicking and screaming into the 21st Century” WASHINGTON POST

 

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lughnasadh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is one of “the hottest Irish group on the planet” (Irish Times) gathering some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade.

Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key member of The Waterboys, and later he, with guitarist Donogh Hennessy, would form the dynamic rhythm section of The Sharon Shannon Band; Ed Boyd (Flook, Michael McGoldrick Band) has recently replaced Hennessy; Fiddler Sean Smyth is an All-Ireland champion who has played with Donal Lunny’s Coolfin; Kevin Crawford, considered to be among the finest flutists in Ireland played with the acclaimed traditional group Moving Cloud; and, piper Cillian Vallely of the famous Vallely artistic clan has performed with Riverdance and recently recorded with Bruce Springsteen. Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed them an “Irish music dream team.”

The musical passport of recording artist and songwriter Ashley Davis offers a rich display of colorful stamps from Ireland and Scotland, but also heavily draws from the influences of her birthplace, the Kansas plains, and the country music traditions borne of the Appalachian Mountains. Educated in Ireland and fluent in Gaelic, she’s an internationally recognized recording artist and songwriter. She has collaborated with musical luminaries such as the Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney, fiddle player Eileen Ivers, harpist Cormac De Barra, the “First Lady of Celtic Music” Moya Brennan, Sara Watkins and John Doyle, among many others.

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