Lúnasa with the RTE Concert Orchestra (Lúnasa Records LCD002, 2013)
The new album by renowned Irish contemporary folk ensemble Lúnasa brings together two of the finest musical acts in Ireland, Lúnasa itself and the famed RTE Concert Orchestra.
Lúnasa with the RTE Concert Orchestra presents new orchestral arrangements of traditional music from Ireland and other parts of the Celtic music world as well as some originals by various composers.
The album contains nine tracks, eight of which are combinations of various tunes. Lúnasa is known for embracing the music of their musical cousins in Scotland, Galicia (Spain), Asturias (Spain) and Brittany (France). The engaging opening track ‘Casu’ is a clear indication of this with a medley of traditional airs and dances from Galicia and Asturias. Most of the album, however, is primarily centered on Lúnasa‘s contemporary vision of Irish traditional music although it does feature some Scottish pieces as well as a Breton set and a composition by French-Algerian guitarist Pierre Bensusan.
Although Ireland has many great traditional music bands and instrumentalists, Lúnasa is widely regarded as an all-star band, with some of the top musicians in the folk music field. They bring their traditional musical instrument expertise to this outstanding collaboration with skilled classical musicians.
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra is conducted by David Brophy. Lúnasa members are Kevin Crawford on flute; Seán Smyth on fiddle and low whistles; Trevor Hutchinson on double bass; Cillian Vallely on uilleann pipes and low whistles; and Ed Boyd on guitar.
Lúnasa with the RTE Concert Orchestra is an extraordinary collaboration that brings together the best of the traditional and classical music worlds. The following video will give you a taste of how all these great musicians work together.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.