Lúnasa with Tim O'Brien

Lúnasa with Tim O'Brien

Tuesday, February 27th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$35 ADV / $39 DOOR (plus fees)

All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Lúnasa
Lúnasa
Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade.

Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key member of The Waterboys, and later he, with guitarist Donogh Hennessy, would form the dynamic rhythm section of The Sharon Shannon Band; Ed Boyd (Flook, Michael McGoldrick Band) has recently replaced Hennessy; Fiddler Sean Smyth is an All-Ireland champion who has played with Donal Lunny’s Coolfin; Kevin Crawford, considered to be among the finest flutists in Ireland played with the acclaimed traditional group Moving Cloud; and, piper Cillian Vallely of the famous Vallely artistic clan has performed with Riverdance and recently recorded with Bruce Springsteen. Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed them an “Irish music dream team.”
Tim O'Brien
Tim O'Brien
Tim O’Brien’s career is maddeningly eclectic. A founding member of Hot Rize, he’s also a notable solo performer, and his songs have been recorded by Nickel Creek, Garth Brooks, and the Dixie Chicks. His recent album, Pompadour, features originals, Woody Guthrie and James Brown songs, and a traditional fiddle tune.



Each of O'Brien's solo albums has a distinctive identity. Many have specific themes, including Red on Blonde, an insightful collection of Bob Dylan compositions, and his Grammy-­‐winning celebration of Appalachian music and its Celtic roots, Fiddler's Green. So it is with Pompadour, or at least most of it. "It's kind of a breakup record," O'Brien says. "I separated from my wife four years ago and got divorced a year after that. So there's a breakup, an assessment and ultimately delight at the end."

Each of O'Brien's solo albums has a distinctive identity. Many have specific themes, including Red on Blonde, an insightful collection of Bob Dylan compositions, and his Grammy winning celebration of Appalachian music and its Celtic roots, Fiddler's Green. So it is with Pompadour, or at least most of it. It's kind of a breakup record, O'Brien says. I separated from my wife four years ago and got divorced a year after that. So there's a breakup, an assessment and ultimately delight at the end.

What separates Pompadour from his previous thematic albums? O'Brien answers by looking back to his first nationally released album. When I did Hard Year Blues, a friend said, 'This is kind of like a Chinese menu; there are so many options here. What's the theme?' It was really eclectic. Now, with Pompadour, I've sort of melded things together, like the flavors in a stew."

Pompadour swirls together bits of bluegrass, deep roots Appalachian music, field hollers, old school rock 'n' roll, traditional jazz and even James Brownian funk.