Issued:Tuesday 2 June 2009

Event info

All-star Irish quintet Lúnasa return to Birmingham on Friday 19 June for their first performance in the city since appearing at the Town Hall Re-opening Festival in 2007.

The traditional Irish instrumental group will perform live at the Grade I listed music venue later this month, before playing to sell-out crowds at the Glastonbury, Beverley and Kann Al Loar festivals.

Lúnasa?s June concert at Town Hall Birmingham will evoke memories of the band?s last visit in October 2007, where they celebrated the venues re-opening with Tommy Dempsey, Drowsy Maggie, local groups and a full audience.

Flautist Kevin Crawford was born in Birmingham and now lives in County Clare, said, ?I can’t wait to go back to the venue where it all began for me back in 1983. I was 15 years old at the time and decided to start at the top!?

Lúnasa recently returned from their biggest and most successful US tour to date, which took in twenty shows in twelve states over one month.

The band, committed to touring as ever, reluctantly had to turn down an invitation from President Barack Obama to perform at this year?s White House St Patrick?s Day celebrations, playing a long standing and sold out show at the prestigious Lensic Theatre in Santa Fe instead.

Named after an Ancient Irish harvest festival, Lúnasa – Sean Smyth, Kevin Crawford, Trevor Hutchinson, Cillian Vallely and Paul Meehan, recently recorded five tracks for legendary 10,000 Maniacs vocalist Natalie Merchant and released_?The Story So Far?_ a collection of songs charting the band?s spectacular musical journey taken from over the past twelve years.

Earlier this year, Lúnasa headlined the Celtic Connections festival in Scotland and continue to fly the flag for moving and thrilling Celtic music in Ireland, the UK and abroad, earning the accolade ?The hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet? from the New York Times.

Notes to editor:

Selected interviews are available with Lúnasa – please contact Lyle Bignon 0121 644 6028

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

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