Lunasa's range doesn't stop at Ireland's musical shores
Blondie and the Beatles have changed the brogue of the Irish band Lunasa, its guitarist says.
Ed Boyd says the musical histories of some of its members have given a distinct twist to the band's traditional sound.
“That's one of the great outcomes of being human,” he says.
Lunasa, an acoustic Irish quintet focusing on instrumental music, will display that musical mixture March 9 at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland.
Boyd, who has been with the band only a little more than a year, is the newest member of the group. Among the bands Boyd has played in is Flook, an Irish band that performed here in a concert with singer Karan Casey in 2003.
That visit, he says, introduced him to Pittsburgh, a city he says he thinks of in terms of Paul Simon's “poetic” reference to it in his song “America.”
He says his days of playing “everything from jazz to skiffle and rockabilly” have brought to the band a style that fits well with that of bassist Trevor Hutchinson. The bassist has played with groups such as the Waterboys, a Celtic-rock band, and he brings that sort of sound to Lunasa.
Together, they change the lilt of the music of piper Cillian Vallely, fiddler Sean Smyth and flutist Kevin Crawford. Smyth and Crawford both also play whistles.
Isn't in amazing how “complicated” music can become, he jokes.
Despite the changes he and Hutchinson offer, Boyd says, Lunasa stays fairly traditional.
“They have the sound of the bands that brought about the Irish revival in the '90s,” he says of the original members.
The band, named after the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, is most known for its lean, acoustic setting. But it has an album on the way with an Irish orchestra that supplies a subtle heft to the proceedings. The arrangements also push the music more into the 21st century.
Boyd says he replaced Paul Meehan, who decided he wanted to return to his career as a nurse and stay home rather than tour. But Boyd says he enjoys the traveling lifestyle, particularly as it has been refined by Lunasa, “who have been on the road 16 years and have it down to a fine science.”
Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-320-7852.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- WXXP listeners, artists to recall ’80s indie-rock days at reunion show
- Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra offers own tradition with ‘Waltz’
- Isaak doesn’t leave his wheelhouse, but it still sounds good
- Rocker Pink added new hue to City and Colour’s sound
- Journey, Josh Groban shows set for First Niagara Pavilion
- Electronic composer Troxum’s sound follows natural course
- Soldiers & Sailors concert set; free tickets available