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Once described as an “Irish music dream team”, Lúnasa’s complex arrangements and unique sound reshaped the boundaries of traditional music and energised audiences the world over.

Having since sold over a quarter of a million records and performed over 2,500 shows across 36 countries including high profile concerts at The Hollywood Bowl, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Glastonbury Festival and Bercy Arena Paris, Lúnasa has won multiple awards and become one of the most influential bands in the history of traditional music.

The current lineup features: Tyrone’s Trevor Hutchinson, who achieved fame as the bassist with the The Waterboys; Armagh piper Cillian Vallely who was a member of Riverdance and recorded with Bruce Springsteen; Birmingham born Flute player Kevin Crawford, considered one of Ireland’s greatest flute players, a member of Moving Cloud; award-winning fiddler Seán Smyth, who performed with Donal Lunny’s legendary Coolfin and accordionist Alan Kelly; Guitarist Ed Boyd who made a name for himself in the UK folkscene with bands such as Flook, Kate Rusby, and Cara Dillon.

“The new gods of Irish music...nobody since the Bothies has wielded such a thrilling rhythmic underlay.” - MOJO Magazine

“Anybody who listens can’t help but find them contagious.” - Billboard


Lumiere brings together two distinct voices cut from the same geographic cloth. One is Éilís Kennedy, whose sound has ready access to the soul without need for scaffolding or spotlights. The other is Pauline Scanlon, an award-winning singer from the same Kerry town of Dingle.

Since their debut launch, the duo has toured their distinctive sound from the cosy snugs of their native Dingle to international concert halls, and a worldwide audience has connected with their offering of real music, by real singers, communicating real emotions. They are joined by Donogh Hennessy, a guitarist, composer, music producer and studio engineer who has been working mostly with Irish traditional and folk music and is best known for his recorded and live work with artists like Lúnasa, Sharon Shannon & Seamus Begley.

Together, Lumiere offers a distinctly feminine sound and feel, where voice is the primary instrument and Ireland as motherland is re-imagined. With Lumiere, the song and its delivery are the primary focus, technical concerns give way to feeling as song and singer effortlessly merge.

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