Lúnasa members with their instruments (a guitar, bass, bodhran, fiddle, and uilleann pipes) stand in front of a bar.

In honor of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and namesake of the internationally recognized holiday, the North Carolina Folk Festival announces today that world-renowned Irish band, Lúnasa, will be performing at the festival on September 6-8, 2019 in downtown, Greensboro.

Rooted in instrumental traditions from across Ireland, Lúnasa has been performing traditional Irish music for more than 20 years and continues to be a leading voice in the contemporary Irish music scene. The band’s complex arrangements and unique sound have pushed the boundaries of traditional music in Ireland and have energized musicians and audiences at home and abroad. 

“Lúnasa has a unique, modern sound that carries forward the traditional music of Ireland with respect and reverence to the musicians who shaped the island’s music in years past.  They are one of the best Irish music bands today and we are thrilled to host them at this year’s Festival.”

Current members of the group include Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, and bodhran), Trevor Hutchinson (bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), and Colin Farrell (fiddle).

Celebrating its second year on September 6-8, the North Carolina Folk Festival will feature hundreds of artists from around the world with performances and workshops at multiple outdoor performance venues across center city and at the Van Dyke Performance Space in the Greensboro Cultural Center. The free weekend-long festivities bring thousands to downtown Greensboro for music, juried crafts, food, craft beer, and more.

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