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Music is one of Ireland’s most celebrated exports, and Lúnasa, a band like no other, has been at the forefront of that musical migration. Since the release of their 1997 recording debut LÚNASA and the band’s first tour of the U.S.—when word-of-mouth led to SRO shows and rave reviews (“This is the hottest Irish acoustic group on the ... Read more in Amazon's Lunasa Store

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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00005K9SK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lunasa's latest album, Merry Sisters Of Fate is another jewel in their crown. A must for fans of modern Celtic music.

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Unlike most contemporary Irish bands, Lúnasa has no singer, preferring instead to focus on purely instrumental music. But on The Merry Sisters of Fate, the playing of flautist Kevin Crawford, fiddler Sean Smyth, and uilleann piper Cillian Vallely is so lyrical you hardly notice the lack. The three lead players are supported by guitarist Donogh Hennesy and bassist Trevor Hutchinson, who create a sound that is rhythmically supple and harmonically complex while still being deeply rooted in tradition. All members of the band are topnotch players, but what sets Lúnasa apart from other Irish bands is the inventiveness of arrangements that skillfully weave the sounds of such nontraditional instruments as lap steel guitar, clarinet, and harmonium with the standard flutes, fiddles, and pipes. The sound that Lúnasa creates is undeniably modern, but they play these old jigs and reels with a combination of grace and conviction that will have even the most hidebound purist itching to get up and dance. --Michael Simmons

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Would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a lively Irish tune.
Cheryl Dyer
Perhaps it is their energy and intensity that makes them singular; perhaps it is their passion and the beauty they imbue their music with.
G. Freeman
This is a stunning albumn and would be a wonderful addition for anyone who collects Celtic music.
P. David Elosser

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Solomon Foster on July 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Nobody is better than Lunasa at playing traditional Irish tunes in modern arrangements. Donogh Hennessy (guitar) and Trevor Hutchinson (bass) are the keys to the sound, propelling everything along without losing a traditional feel. They are what sets the band apart, not the gimmicky non-traditional instruments that make brief appearances here. Seeing the basic five-piece band live is a pure pleasure.
Unfortunately, this album doesn't capture the live sound quite as well as the previous two. A little bit of the fire and sonic richness are missing. The great arrangements remain, though, and Donogh's waltz "Inion Ni Scannlain" (aka "The Hennessy Waltz") is a great new tune.
If you like this sort of music, this is a must-have album. (But get their album Otherworld first -- it's even better.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Freeman on December 1, 2005
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Lunasa has an amazing sound that far exceeds that of any other celtic instrumental group I have ever heard. They bring a fresh perspective to the genre that retains its old dance music roots but adds a dimension that makes for excellent listening. Perhaps it is their energy and intensity that makes them singular; perhaps it is their passion and the beauty they imbue their music with. It certainly has something to do with their sometimes nontraditional bass lines that drive the music and the harmonic structure that gives it depth; the music is always intriguing and engaging! It is a combination of these things that makes Lunasa the best. You must listen to this group if you are a fan of Leahy, Altan, Natalie McMaster, and other groups that produce fine instrumental music rooted in celtic tradition - Lunasa blows the rest away.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2001
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If you are unsure about celtic music this will change your mind.
You will not miss the vocals, with this band you do not need them. The band is fantastic and the cd is just a total pleasure to listen to.Grab a tea or coffee, sink back into the sofa and just let it play. It will move you!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By fruityflutey87 on April 1, 2002
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The first time I heard Lunasa was around St. Patrick's Day; my dad bought tickets to see them. Almost instantly, I was caught up in the rich harmonies coming from the stage. The music can fill you with such feeling. It sends messages: about sadness, happiness, or just having fun! Songs such as Inion Ni Scannlain is beautiful; it lifts you up. And Morning Nightcap is quite a toe-tapper! These musicians truly know how to play good music.
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I'm delighted to get this like new copy, with liner notes, of a band that plays in the great traditional style that I love to hear in session. I always prefer to get the physical CD rather than an mp3 download because 1)It will last longer, and 2)It comes with liner notes to give me some background and reference for the music and the musicians. I'm very happy with the seller because it's in better shape than advertised, and arrived relatively quickly, all for a great price.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. David Elosser on January 10, 2004
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This is a stunning albumn and would be a wonderful addition for anyone who collects Celtic music. Lunasa is an instrumental group with highly talented musicians. The sets are beautiful and unusually well crafted. There is plenty of variety to keep your interest throughout the albumn.
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