Lunasa, Hailsham Pavilion, Sunday, May 13, 7.30pm.
TOUTED as Gods of Irish Music Lunasa are undoubtedly a powerhouse of a band that continues to earn a wide fan base wherever they tour.
Inspired by Ireland’�s great 1970s group, The Bothy Band, Lunasa use melodic interweaving of wind and string instruments, pairing flutes, fiddle, whistle and pipes in often breathtaking arrangements.
The seeds were sown in 1996, when former Waterboy bassist Trevor Hutchinson teamed up with guitarist Donogh Hennessy.
From such tiny acorn beginnings have grown mighty oaks.
Back home in Dublin, they drafted uillean piper John McSherry and flutist/piper Michael McGoldrick to record some shows, then hit the jackpot when they landed the supreme fiddle player Sen Smyth and Kevin Crawford, whose flute and whistle work took them to another level.
Their 1997 d�ebut became a world-wide best seller and the rest as they say is history! (they were even invited to play at the White House!).
Like many bands there have been personnel changes but Se�n Smyth, Keven Crawford and Trevor Hutchinson are still there and for this current tour they will be joined by Ed Boyd on guitar and Cillian Vallely on Uilleann pipes and whistles.
Tickets available from 01323 841414.