by LúnasaLúnasa


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A new album from one of the best Irish bands is always a welcome treat. The aim behind Redwood -- recorded in a ten-day break from Lúnasa's 2002 U.S. tour -- was to re-create the feel of their live set in the studio. And they succeed beautifully in that. There's a rare fire and flow to the music -- a piece like "Two-Fifty to Vigo" just slides along smoothly. There's plenty of risk-taking in the arrangements, such as using three whistles on "Spoil the Dance," or the duet between flute and fiddle on the gorgeous "Harp and Shamrock." Lúnasa is masterful at finding good tunes, be they traditional or mod (just witness the wonderful "Lady Ellen" that's simply sweeping). The musicianship is beyond question -- anyone who can make parts as complex as theirs sound easy is highly skilled, indeed. To hear them roar through "Temple Hill" is an absolute joy, negotiating the tricky turns of the melody at a dangerous speed. All the sets sparkle, broken in by being played in concert, the musicians thoroughly familiar with the material, and with what everyone else is going to play. Their previous albums have shown their intent to push Irish music a little and not be satisfied with the status quo; this shows that they really do have the power to remake Irish music in their own image

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2003
Label: Green Linnet
UPC: 0048248122429
catalogNumber: 481224
Rank: 39557

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lúnasa   Primary Artist
Trevor Hutchinson   Double Bass
Kevin Crawford   Flute,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Low Whistle
Jim Higgins   Snare Drums,Bodhran
Sean Smyth   Fiddle,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Donogh Hennessy   Guitar,Human Whistle
Cillian Vallely   Pipe,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes

Technical Credits

Pat Crowley   Composer
Trevor Hutchinson   Arranger,Producer
Randy LeRoy   Engineer
Kevin Crawford   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Christian Lemaitre   Composer
Brad Wrolstad   Cover Art
Sean Smyth   Arranger,Producer
Herri Leon   Composer
Angus R. Grant   Composer
Junior Crehan   Composer
Lúnasa   Liner Notes
Donogh Hennessy   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Cillian Vallely   Arranger,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Ed Kenehan   Engineer
Paul De Grae   Composer

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