CRESCENT CITY — Lunasa, with vocalist Karan Casey, will present Celtic music and songs during the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness’ (DNACA) third performance of its 32nd season.
The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St., Crescent City.
Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lunasa is a gathering of musicians from Ireland.
Performing in Crescent City will be Kevin Crawford, flutes and whistles; Cillian Val- lely, pipes and whistles; Trevor Hutchinson on bass; Ed Boyd on guitar; and Colin Farrell — not the actor — on fiddle. Founder and fiddler Sean Smyth is a doctor in Ireland, and not able to get away for this tour.
Casey, who normally performs with her own group, is joining forces with Lunasa
for December’s tour of “Christmas from Ireland.” Casey is a founding member and lead vocalist of Celtic group Solas, with whom she toured for four and a half years during the mid- to late-1990s.
Crawford joined the band in 1997 as it became known as Lunasa, and Vallely came on in 1999.
“We based ourselves on the Bothy Band, a well known Irish band in the 1970s,” said Crawford in a recent phone interview. “We are predominantly an instrumental band, with a melody line of pipes, fiddle and flute.”
About the program, Crawford noted “it entails the Christmas memories we have from growing up in Ireland; we are from areas spread out geographically around the country.”
County Clare celebrates differently from County Donegal or Mayo, and so on. In County Clare, the celebration starts on
Christmas eve, when, according to Crawford, “everybody gets together to play (music) in homes, not the usual pub playing.” And in County Kerry there is a tradition called “Hunting the Wren” on the day after Christmas, during which folks “dress up in colorful clothing and collect money that goes to charity,” said Crawford. “There are specific tunes and songs sung while doing this,”
Crawford went on to say that “Sean has chosen specific melo- dies and brought them together (for the pro- gram), representing the full geographical spread of (Irish) Christmas traditions,” Crawford said.
The band will also perform seasonal songs from other Celtic regions, including Scotland, Britanny (France), and Galicia (Spain).
Tickets for Lunasa with Karan Casey cost $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors 65 years and older, $12 for full-time students. Tickets are available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings, Del Norte Office Supply in Crescent City and at the door.
For more information, contact DNACA at 707-464-1336 or dnaca@ harborside.com.