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Famed Irish group performs Thursday at Eastwood's Palace Theatre

The band Lunasa, which features a blend of traditional and contemporary Irish music, will perform with students of the Drumcliffe School of Irish Dance on March 15 at the Palace Theater in Eastwood.

The band Lunasa, which features a blend of traditional and contemporary Irish music, will perform with students of the Drumcliffe School of Irish Dance on March 15 at the Palace Theater in Eastwood. Provided

— The Drumcliffe School of Irish Dance will perform on Thursday, March 15, with the iconic Irish traditional musical group Lunasa at the Palace Theatre in Eastwood. Proceeds from the performance will go toward the purchase of dresses and other expenses for the 80 students at the school’s Syracuse and Rochester studios.

Widely known for their original compositions and double bass-driven rhythms, Lúnasa upholds the traditional instrumentation of pipes, fiddle and flute.

Of the band, legendary Irish fiddler Kevin Burke said, “Maintaining the unique, intimate qualities of a musical tradition while at the same time meeting and fulfilling the demands of the contemporary music world is a difficult juxtaposition to achieve, yet Lúnasa have managed to accomplish exactly that.”

Lúnasa is composed of Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles).

The band was one of the featured collaborators on Natalie Merchant’s 2010 album Leave Your Sleep.

Tickets for the show, which begins at 7 p.m., are available through the Drumcliffe School's website.

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