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Irish folk-rock outfit incorporating musicians from The Waterboys, The Sharon Shannon Band and Coolfin. Since releasing their debut CD in 1997, Lunasa has acquired a worldwide reputation for re-defining traditional Irish acoustic music. Their inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves redefine the genre by going to the heart of its rhythms and steering towards surprising new territory. Formed in 1996 Lunasa is 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. 'The hottest Irish band on the planet' -The New York Times.
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Steeped in music, Damien O’Kane grew up in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, with a deep respect and understanding of the folk tradition, yet which also forged a healthy appetite to explore its broadest borders and test its boundaries. He’s a singer. A very good one, too, with a relaxed, assured vocal style that exudes a natural warmth and empathy with the colourful characters who occupy his songs.
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Multi-instrumentalist Ron Block is a legend among bluegrass fans. Long time sideman to Alison Krauss and member of the Grammy-winning Union Station.
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South Birmingham College (Digbeth Centre)
- 120 Floodgate Street
- B5 5SU