Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center

Christmas with Lúnasa with Special Guest Karan Karan Casey has been critically acclaimed from Japan to America as one of Ireland's greatest singers. The Wall Street Journal has described her as one of the true glories of Irish music today. One of the most influential voices in contemporary Irish music, Karan Casey is a natural innovator. More than a decade ago American audiences were introduced to her as vocalist for the Irish "supergroup" Solas. She now has 4 solo releases to her credit and multiple collaborations. A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," Casey joined their December 2006 broadcasts from New York's Town Hall.

Lúnasa's 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. Paul Meehan 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. Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed them an "Irish music dream team."

Watch Lúnasa with Special Guest Karan Casey


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